Rifle club hot shots

SHOOTERS: Whyalla Rifle Club members Ian Noll (Queens Prize A Grade winner), SA Rifle Association President Malcolm Flavel and Michael Cox (C Grade winner).
SHOOTERS: Whyalla Rifle Club members Ian Noll (Queens Prize A Grade winner), SA Rifle Association President Malcolm Flavel and Michael Cox (C Grade winner).

Two members of the Whyalla Rifle Club recently shot their way to victory against shooters from all over Australia at the Queens State Championships

Ian Noll was the winner of the Queens Prize in the A Grade, an award which is considered very prestigious by those in the sport. The other successful shooter was Neville Kairl, who won the C Grade competition.

South Australian Rifle Association President Malcolm Flavel said it was ‘absolutely marvelous’ to have two winning shooters on the day.

“Ian has been shooting for nearly 50 years. He’s been a state team member for quite a few years, and he’s an excellent shot,” he said.

“Each state has a Queen’s competition once a year and to win one of those is pretty special. It’s taken him 50 years but he’s finally done it. He couldn’t talk afterwards, he was just overcome with joy.

“He was over the moon.”

Local members Michael Cox and Les McKnight also had success in the Over 60’s five-man teams event, being the winning combination that got the Whyalla team over the line.

Mr Flavel said the results gave the club some positive exposure.

“It shows that we have shooters who can match anybody in Australia and can win,” he said.

“It’s a really good result for Whyalla and the shooters who take the time to practice every Saturday.”