BALLARAT shooter Aaron Edmondson has pulled out the best performance of his career, finishing second at the 2013 Beretta Grand Prix on the weekend.
The 21-year-old came devastatingly close to winning the title, falling to national champion Craig McPherson in a shoot-off at Woolsthorpe’s Wickham Park range near Warrnambool.
Edmondson, alongside six other marksmen from Ballarat Field and Game, overcame all manner of conditions and a 209-strong field to shoot 91 out of a possible 100 targets and take out the AA grade trophy.
“You need to have good movement and good concentration to succeed at these events,” Edmondson said.
“You know where the target is coming from – but you don’t don’t know which angle or which direction they will be heading in, and then the wind starts to whip up and everything becomes harder again.”
McPherson also shot 91-100 throughout the day’s four rounds, and proceeded to beat Edmondson by one target, 17-16, in the 18-target shoot-off.
“There was wind, rain, hail and sun all in the one day, and the four-season weather was probably a factor in sorting out the men from the boys,” Edmondson said.
“There were a lot of good shooters out there who were using this event as a lead-up for the national titles that are coming up in a few weeks, so it’s nice to know that I can compete at this level.
“It’s one of the bigger tournaments that I’ve contested and probably the best I have ever shot.”
Edmondson started shooting at 12 years of age, and while he doesn’t plan on contesting the state titles later this year, he has his eyes set on shooting in both the state and national titles in 2014 in a bid to make the national team.