James Corbett is on track for a place in the Commonwealth Games, but he has some rivals at his heels.

Victorian shooters lead Glasgow games qualifiers


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Victorian rifle shooter James Corbett from Benalla is on target to represent Australia at his sixth Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next year.

The 2010 Delhi Games silver medalist holds a commanding lead on 340 points after the penultimate qualifying trial in Brisbane on 24 June.

He is one of three shooters still in contention for the two full bore rifle shooting positions in Glasgow going into the final trial which will be held in Adelaide on October 8.

Fellow Victorian and Delhi team mate Geoff Grenfell from Bendigo is ranked second on 326 points.

NSW marksman Jim Jeffery, a member of the Lyndhurst Rifle Club, is third on 314 points and remains within striking distance.

The Commonwealth Games qualifying system involves a series of Australia Cup matches shot over ranges from 300 to 1000 yards. Points are also allocated for placings in Queen’s Prize shoots.

The Games selection process is coordinated by the National Rifle Association of Australia.

Jim Jeffery closed the gap on the top two shooters in Brisbane, but will need a strong performance in the South Australian Queens Prize and final Australia Cup match to be a chance of qualifying for Glasgow.

Geoff Grenfell won the National Queen’s Prize in Brisbane at the weekend with James Corbett third and Jim Jeffery fourth.

The Australia Cup match on Monday was narrowly won by Jim Bailey from Holsworthy in Sydney with Ben Picton from Mungindi, NSW, second.

Geoff Grenfell placed third, just ahead of James Corbett.


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