In May 2014 the North Queensland Queens returned to Towsville after a long absence, during which it was held in Mackay. It was preceded by the Townsville Marksmen’s Prize Shoot on 13 May covering 700, 800 & 900 metres. Kevin Chatfield came 2nd in F Standard A (FA) with a score of 174.13, Mick Wood was 5th with 172.12 and Kathy Chatfield 11th with 168.11. In F Standard B (FB) Murray Wilson came 3rd with a score of 173.4 over Liz’s score of 170.8.
The Wilson lead-up to the Queens on 14-15 May was 500, 600 & 600 metres on Day 1 and 700, 800 & 900 metres on Day 2. Conditions were overcast with only slight winds. Kevin Chatfield excelled in FA winning the Aggregate with a score of 354.24 over Mick Wood on 353.19. Kathy Chatfield put in a creditable performance with 351.21 coming overall 6th.
The Queens was held over 500, 600, 600 metres on 16 May; 700, 800, 900 on 17 May and 800 & 900 on 18 May. It was attended by 51 Target Rifle and 35 F-Standard and 15 F-Open shooters (9 Ravenshoe F Class shooters attended). The wind picked up somewhat over these days and some mirage also appeared. Day 1 saw Kathy Chatfield come 1st at 600m and 1st in the Daily Aggregate in FA. In FB Liz Wilson came 2nd at 600m and Murray Wilson 3rd at 600m. Day 2 was a good day for Kevin and Murray with Kevin coming 2nd at 900m. Mick Wood was 2nd at 700m in FA, and Murray come 3rd at 700 & 800m and 1st at 900m in FB. Murray also won 1stAggregate for Day 2 in FB. Paul Padget also did well, coming 3rd at 900. On Day 3 Kevin was 1st at 800m in FA, Liz was second at 800m and Murray 3rd at 800m and 1st at 900m in FB. Murray also got 1st Aggregate FB on Day 3.
Overall in the Queens in FA Kevin Chatfield received 3rd Queens Badge;Mick Wood was 14th, Kathy Chatfield 15th and Betta Gianasi 18th. Murray Wilson was over the moon with 1st Queens Badge in FB; Liz came 5th, Chris Allman 8th and Paul Padget 11th. Congratulations to all winners and to top it all off Kevin Chatfield won the Champion of Champions, defeating Jim Blomfield (Bowen) and John Lorimer (Townsville).
Grand Aggregate (total of Wilson + Queens scores) – In FA: 1st Kevin Chatfield; 9th Mick Wood; 10th Kathy Chatfield. In FB: 2nd Murray Wilson; 6th Liz Wilson.
Full scores available at www.nraa.com.au