Champion shooter John Radford won the inaugural Grafton round of the Northern Region Inter-club Rimfire Benchrest Championships.
Champion shooter John Radford won the inaugural Grafton round of the Northern Region Inter-club Rimfire Benchrest Championships.

World champion takes out inaugural benchrest event

WORLD champion shooter John Radford praised organisers for the success of the inaugural Grafton round of the Northern Region Inter-club Rimfire Benchrest Championships.

Radford, who lives in Coffs Harbour, won the meet with a score of 744.38 (possible 750) in conditions that started well before a westerly breeze strengthened throughout the day at the Clarence Valley Small Bore Rifle Clubs Shooting Facility at Grafton Rifle Range on Trenayr Rd at Junction Hill on Sunday.

Radford has had pneumonia since he won the World International Rimfire Benchrest Championships in France in world record style last month and said it was tough going at the Grafton meet.

"I gave myself a good talking to before the last target and managed to hold it together," Radford said.

"This was the best run shoot I've ever competed in. I honestly expected some glitches because it was their first shoot.

"It's only a small band putting it together but they were flawless. The whole operation was perfectly run."

This competition rotates through eight clubs from Grafton, Coffs Harbour, Guyra, Port Maquarie, Taree, Armidale, Glen Innes and Inverell.

A total of 30 competitors attended including Radford and Uralla's Joy Harrison, who also competed in France, where the nine Australian team members took home eight of the 12 medals on offer.

"It'll be a long time before John's record is broken," Harrison said.

However, it was John Harrison (740.27) who finished third in Open Class Competition on Sunday. Second went to Nick Ward (740.35) from Glen Innes.



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