Team Australia has won the gold medal in the Farquharson CupF/Open class at the 2013 F-Class World Championships held in Raton, New Mexico.
The cup is an eight-shooter team event in the Open class andAustralians Martin Lobert, Mark Fairbairn, Benjamin Ferrara, Cameron McEwan,Julie McEwan, Stuart Braund, Alan Fraser and Roderick Davies shot their way togold with 3490 points and 339 Vs.
They beat the USA (3475pts, 308 Vs) and South Africa(3445pts, 267 Vs) to earn the coveted team event trophy.
Sharing the glory are team captain Linda Shehan, main coach,Richard Braund, 1st target coach David McNamara, 2nd target coach DavidStewart, armourer Mark Fairbairn, 1st alternate David Zerbe and 2nd AlternateJohn Tracey.
It wasn’t the only glory for Australia at the worldchampionships with North Queenslander Marty Lobert finishing second overall inthe Open division, to be the first Australian to achieve a medal in this event.
American Kenny Adams won the F-Open Title in a tough battleagainst Lobert. Both men finished with identical scores of 466, but Adams hadthe edge in V-Count, 51 Vs compared to 43 Vs for Lobert.
Lobert, who shoots a .284 Winchester with H4350 powder,admits that it was a tight match.
“Losing on Vs, well it makes you think, what if I got onemore point in that first relay on Day One, what if I’d held off a littlefurther on just one shot,” Lobert said.
At the Worlds, Lobert shot a perfect 75-15V at 800 yards (5is the highest value per shot).
Meanwhile, Team Australia finished fourth in the RichardsonTrophy F T/R teams event just 14 points adrift of a bronze medal.
The eight-shooter team of Shane Green, Jason Mayers, StephenLazarus, Nicola Slee, Rodney Mahon, Daryl Barlow, Mike Willment and MichaelHalloran shot a total of 3379 to finish behind Great Britain, Canada and theUSA.
Our best placed Aussie in the Individual T/R division was JasonMayers in 12th.