Old age and treachery win the day shooting

THE ANNUAL "Trivial Cup" off-rifle team competition was fired over the 500 yard distance on Saturday afternoon.

This match between the club's F-Class contingent [F-Troop] and the traditional Target Rifle crew, (derisively named "Dad's Army" - no doubt in recognition of their many years of accumulated wisdom and experience) requires that the match will be shot with all competitors decked out in F-Class get-up and under F-Class rules.

No wonder F-Troop were confident.

But not wanting to be outdone, the wise heads in the Dad's Army mob quietly began preparing for the clash.

Nothing happens too fast in this camp, but with a few time-proven tricks up their sleeve, old age and treachery in the end turned out to be much more of a match for youth, enthusiasm and over-confidence.

A deceptive wind kept competitors on their toes for most of the day, before Dad's Army strolled away with a two point win.

Top off-rifle score was posted by Nick Abrahall using his guardian angel rig [Dad's Army] with John Black [F-Troop] just one point off the pace. Under daily aggregate rules - which didn't apply on the day - there was a remarkable four way count out for the top spot.

John Bloomer was named winner after counting out Matt Bloomer, ahead of Ian Griffiths and Nick Abrahall, all with a one point break of handicap.

This year, with the match falling right in the middle of the pre-Christmas rush and an important wedding anniversary celebration being on the same day, numbers were down, but the usual rivalry was still very evident.

Next week, some sanity returns for those who can manage a leave pass, with another intriguing encounter with the elements, taking place probably from the 300 yard mound.

The range is located at 434 Trenayr Rd, opposite the Koppers log mill and adjacent to the Experiment Farm. Full bore shooting from 1pm. Visitors and new members welcome.

Fisher who exploited Indonesian fishing crew fined $48,000

An Indonesian fishing crew has been underpaid almost $50,000.

Tuna fishing company fined almost $50,000 for underpaying crew

Gig Guide: Get your dancing shoes on

Dan Hannaford.

Gig Guide: What's on around Tweed

Traffic delays on Kennedy Drive

Motorists can expect delays on Kennedy Drive due to scheduled construction.

Traffic delays expected on Kennedy Drive.

Local Partners

What's on the big screen this week

Benedict Cumberbatch in a scene from the movie Doctor Strange.

MARVEL'S latest superhero Doctor Strange makes his debut.

Trump 'worked like hell' to pick up John Travolta's wife

John Travolta and Kelly Preston

Trump wrote comments in tribute to Travolta's son Jett

RECAP: The Bachelorette S2E11 - top three battle it out

The Bachelorette finalists, from left, Matty Johnson, Lee Elliott and Jake Ellis.

It's Matty, Lee or Jake. Who will Georgia choose?

Jake left broken-hearted by Bachelorette break-up

Jake Ellis is one of the final three bachelors on The Bachelorette.

GEORGIA chooses Lee and Matty J as her final two suitors.

MOVIE REVIEW: Doctor Strange is out there in a good way

Benedict Cumberbatch in a scene from the movie Doctor Strange.

MARVEL'S new superhero takes viewers along on his mind trip.

MOVIE REVIEW: Jack Reacher sequel falls flat

Tom Cruise in a scene from the movie Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.

THE film's title Never Go Back should serve as a warning to fans.

Tough times in CBD: Woolies says goodbye Ipswich

Woolworths in the Ipswich Mall.Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times

The last day of trading will be January 1

Look at me! Kath and Kim home up for sale

Kath and Kim from the iconic Aussie TV series.

'Crack open the Baileys and grab a box of BBQ Shapes'

How to fit 100,000 new homes on the Coast

Property, real estate, housing, suburb,  August 2016

Fitting 2m extra people in south-east Qld in 25 years a balance

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June