GALLERY: Just what was the Battle of Biggenden?
EIGHT months of hard toil by the Biggenden Rifle Club came to fruition at the weekend with the staging of the Huntsman Battle of Biggenden.
Being held in Queensland for the first time this was the sixth event in the regular season of the Precision Rifle Series AUS.
By the end of the weekend, shooters from every state with the exception of Western Australia had competed over 20 different stages.
Biggenden Rifle Club president and match director Jared Trigger said when he suggested Biggenden hold the event eight months ago he talked it over with Joel Faint, Brad Thorne and Brady Forgacs.
"They said righto, let's do it," he said.
"There were mountains of work to undertake to qualify us to hold the event.
"From general maintenance and earth works we accomplished what we set out to achieve."
Precision Rifle Series AUS director Rusty Russell from Adelaide said Jared and the Biggenden Rifle Club did a great job.
"The range was perfect," he said.
"The guys did a stellar job."
The biggest sponsor for the whole series, Huntsman a Queensland business is based in Townsville.
Mr Russell said owners are former veterans who served in the military.
Kahles area sales manager Dave Duprex said the series is only held in Victoria, South Australia and Northern Territory
"The expansion of the event into Queensland has only been bought about by Jared (Trigger) and crew and extended family," he said.
On Sunday afternoon at the presentation, Mr Trigger said credit to Huntsman and fellow sponsors with what has been put on the table.
"There would be $25,000 to $30,000 worth of equipment," he said.
"We greatly appreciate the support of all the sponsors.
"I would encourage you all to get behind these sponsors by emailing them and thanking them for their support."
Praising the competitors Mr Trigger said your behaviour, how you conducted yourselves and at the end of the weekend to help us pack up is a credit to you all.
Mr Trigger said since the weekend it has been absolutely terrific.
"I am getting messages how much people enjoyed the weekend,” he said.
Fingers crossed, Biggenden will be part of the circuit next year.
In the meantime, Mr Trigger is looking forward to compete at the series finale at Monarto, South Australia in November where the top 40 shooters will via for the Australian number one shooter.
Winners: Open, Luke McKennie (Melbourne) 1, George Crisp (Tasmania) 2, Gareth Bosse (Darwin) 3. Production, Brady Forgacs (Maryborough) 1, John Nichlas (Townsville) 2. Burris sidematch, Brendan Greer (Millmerran). Huntsman/Kahles ranging side match, John Nichlas.
The other winners from the event was the Biggenden Meals of Wheels who catered for the event. The other being the promotion the town will receive as each competitor received a Battle of Biggenden t-shirt.