Sport

Geary shooting for stars in skeet

Blackwater’s Blake Geary represented Queensland at the National Skeet Championships.
Blackwater’s Blake Geary represented Queensland at the National Skeet Championships.

DISTANCE is no object for Blackwater clay target shooter Blake Geary.

Now living at the remote cattle station Lake Nash in the Northern Territory, Blake recently travelled to Wagga Wagga to represent Queensland at the National Skeet Championships.

Blake headed up the three-person junior squad with two other team members from Bundaberg and Roma.

The trio teamed up in the state Shoulder to Shoulder 2012 Teams Match against junior teams from other states.

Shooting 25 rounds each, the Queensland boys scored 69/75 and placed second to New South Wales, improving on last year's result of third.

Queensland was also awarded the overall best presented team.

Preparation for the competition was hard for Blake, who was unable to make it to weekend club shoots, due to distance and time restraints.

Despite these obstacles, Blake's results at the four-day shoot were exceptional.

In the 13th National Skeet Handicap of 50 targets, Blake was on a handicap of three targets and managed to get into two shoot-off rounds, out of all grades of shooters represented, from AA to C grade, and ended up with a 46/50.

In the 2012 Commonwealth Skeet Championship-100 Targets, Blake shot a 92/100 and in the National Skeet Championship of 100 Targets, one of his rounds was a clean 25/25 targets - his first at nationals, helping his total score for that event to 94/100 and placing him sixth in B grade.

Another factor Blake had to battle was Wagga Wagga's unfavourable weather conditions.

Going from the Northern Territory, where the days are still hot, to the cold southern climate, where temperatures are sometimes as low as one degree with rain and wind put Blake well and truly out of his comfort zone while competing.

"I think it was with the benefit of last year's competition and knowing the facility and how it all runs that kept Blake's nerves at bay this time around," Blake's mum Leonie said.

"So it was just the weather he had to contend with."


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

New breed of laws

PAWFECT COMPANION: Isaac dog owners like Curtis Teale, pictured with husky Luca, will need to abide by new breeding laws that start today.

New dog breeding laws throughout Queensland will begin today.

Serving up a tasty fundraiser

YARNS APLENTY: Bush poet Murray Hartin will entertain diners at the Springsure State School's Paddock to Plate 2017 dinner.

Springsure State School is serving up a yummy fundraiser.

Let's seal our future prosperity

KNEE DEEP: Matthew and Bernadette Paine's daughter Grace demonstrates how the heavy traffic load causes incredible wear and tear on Springsure-Tambo Rd.

Region outgrows dirt road

Local Partners

The 'pretty boy' miner wowing the world of fashion

FROM being called "pretty boy", to hiding his passion from his father to the point he was almost listed as a missing person, his career change hasn't been easy.

What to expect at Birds of Tokyo's Ipswich gig

The band will perform at the Racehorse Hotel on Friday.

BAND member Glen Sarangapany talks music, pub grub and doing shoeys

What public holidays are left in 2017

Ipswich residents will get the day off tomorrow for the show.

IPSWICH residents will get tomorrow off for the show

Caitlyn comes home to launch debut album

Gympie's Caitlyn Shadbolt will launch here debut album Songs On My Sleeve at an exclusive all-ages concert in Gympie on Friday, May 26.

Win tickets to Caitlyn's album launch

Shot at the live shows slips through Sally's fingers

SUNSHINE Coast singer's dramatic elimination from The Voice nearly saw her form a duo with her battle round opponent.

Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor split after 17 years

They were married in May 2000 and have two children, who they said will remain their priority.

Ben Stiller and his wife Christine Taylor have called it a day

Why The Voice hasn't produced a star

Boy George responds to Brittania Clifford-Pugh's heart-warming message.

It's the industry, not the show, says Boy George

These actors hated their movies and didn’t mind admitting it

Channing Tatum and Marlon Wayans in a scene from GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra.

Every year, Hollywood blesses us with plenty of God awful movies.

Miranda Kerr and fiance hang up backyard tent for wedding

The decorators and caterers are arriving for the final preparations for the wedding of Miranda Kerr and Evan Spiegel. Pictures: Splash

Evan Spiegel and Miranda Kerr are set to marry today

Book review: Mia Freedman's book meets her critics head on

I appreciated Freedman's blunt honesty in the book

Man's amazing comeback from monster crisis

Pat O'Driscoll agents Penny Keating and Doug Webber sold 56 Agnes St, The Range at auction over the weekend.

NOT long ago, he sold his possessions to pay staff. Now he's back.

Report reveals progress on $319m airport upgrade

Aerials of the Sunshine Coast.Jetstar plane in front of the Susnhine Coast terminal, Sunshine Coast Airport.

Over two dozen government approvals needed for airport expansion

Lost dough leaves sour taste after company collapse

Kathleen and John Mahoney from Sugar and Spice Bakery were stung after the collapse of Cantro Pty Ltd and are still owed money.

Supermarket operator collapse leaves sour taste for bakery

Open for inspection homes May 25-31

Check out this weekend's homes open for inspection

How Toowoomba house prices compare in Australia

For sale sign in front of home.

Here's what $700,000 will buy you in Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!