Gillian Webb-Enslin and husband Darren Enslin relax display their medals following Australia’s win over New Zealand in an international long rifle match against New Zealand in Brisbane this week.
Gillian Webb-Enslin and husband Darren Enslin relax display their medals following Australia’s win over New Zealand in an international long rifle match against New Zealand in Brisbane this week. Gary Hutchison

Couple fire up to help beat kiwis

THE marksmanship of high-calibre Apple Tree Creek couple Darren Enslin and Gillian Webb-Enslin led Australia to victory in the National Target Rifle Championships this week.

Australia triumphed over New Zealand in the one-day trans-Tasman competition held at the Belmont Shooting Range in Brisbane.

The couple served in the critical roles of opening lead-off shooter and closer during the event, helping Australia sneak home to victory, 1753-1732.

Mr Enslin said he and his wife had returned to their Apple Tree Creek home exhausted after an intense battle with the Kiwis.

“It was pretty hard going and there was quite a bit of pressure on us as the lead-off and closer shooters,” he said.

“It was fantastic to come back with the result, though. It’s always good to beat our mates across the ditch.”

Mr Enslin said the result had given the Australian team confidence as it prepared for the world championships, which are on the same shooting range in October next year.

“We’re shaping up to have an excellent team and we will be familiar with the range and weather conditions, so things are looking good,” he said.

“It’s the pinnacle of our sport and it’s something the Australian team will be working very hard towards.”

The couple will travel to Wellington, New Zealand, in January to compete in the New Zealand Open Championships.



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