Valley Shooters Make History in New Zealand

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Byline: Quinn Jones

GRAFTON Rifle Club members Nick Abrahall, Peter Brown and Andrew Brown have made history while shooting their way to glory at the New Zealand Service Rifles Association (NZSRA) Nationals/Charles Upham competitions.

The three Clarence Valley sport shooters made up the bulk of the Shooters' Association of Australia (SSAA) four-man team which travelled to Gladstone and Brancepeth, New Zealand, for the four day-twin competition recently.

Abrahall said the touring Australian team was a unique SSAA squad.

"No club has ever provided three shooters for the trip," Abrahall said.

"The team is selected after state championships and national shoots and only the top four shooters go.

"It's quite hard to get in ... a lot of people want to go."

The SSAA squad finished second in the teams event picking up 25 medals between the four shooters, who competed against an international including New Zealand, US and South Africa.

Abrahall won six gold medals at the competitions including 300 metre rapid, 150 metre three positions and 150 metre snap, while the Browns increased the teams tally with a swag of medals of their own. …


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