Western Downs shooters represent state
Pinjar in Western Australia has a reputation in the competitive shooting world of being a difficult range to tackle but the Queensland team at the recent competition left its mark.
Graham Sells was selected to be part of the Queensland team in November and he, alongside Lowell Tillack, Darren 'Frog' Lowe, and team manager Daph Tillack, flew the flag for the Western Downs.
Other members of the state team were Brian Potter, Dave Boreham, Dave Reddan and Andrew Burns.
The team took out third place in F-class open, second in F-class standard and first in F-class target rifle.
With the competition over, Sells said it was good to finish strongly and he can relax now but he does plan to get back into it again next year.
He said it could feel stressful to represent Queensland.
"You don't want to be that bloke, to have your rifle and equipment, and yourself, go bad, which can happen, just like in any racing or competing,” he said.
"Fortunately, in the teams event I was the second highest scorer in my team and I was in the top 10 of rifle out of all the team shoots.”
During the competition, there were three days of individual competition for Sells.
"Day one, I was in the top five for the individuals, day two, I was hanging around the top seven, top five, and then I just had one bad range; just fatigue, I dialled the wrong way and dropped seven points in one hit and that wiped me out,” he said.
"I finished 23rd out of 35.”
It is an impressive feat for Sells to be selected to compete at this level.
"It wasn't easy,” he said.
"There was a lot of mirage, we were shooting from 600 yards out to 1000 yards, a lot of it was long range.”
"[Pinjar] was a very challenging range.
"One of the toughest I've shot on.”