Ben Emms must be good at distance to find Commonwealth Games glory

BEN Emms will need to produce one of the best performances of his shooting career on Saturday if he is to mark his first Commonwealth Games appearance with a medal.

The Lyndhurst Rifle Club member will head to Brisbane’s Belmont Full Bore Range on Saturday morning sitting 12th in the battle for glory in the Queen’s Prize Individual competition.

His score of 252 29v is two shots outside a medal spot, while fellow Australian Jim Bailey is even further ahead in position one with his 255 37v.

While catching his rivals will require a good effort, given the 900 and 1,000 yard ranges are the two that remain, there is certainly the potential for a big re-shuffle on the tightly packed leaderboard.

It showed in the week when Emms and Bailey competed together in the Queen’s Prize Pairs.

They were in the bronze medal position after the first three ranges on Monday, but ended up in sixth after the 900 and 1,000 yard ranges.

“It was just one of those days. There was a real tough patch of wind near the end. If only we had shot earlier,” Emms said after that disappointment.

TIME TO CLIMB: Ben Emms currently sits 12th in the Queen's Prize Individual competition.

TIME TO CLIMB: Ben Emms currently sits 12th in the Queen's Prize Individual competition.

On day one in the battle for individual honours was intense, with Emms one of 10 shooters scoring the perfect 105/105 over the 300, 500, 600 ranges to sit fifth.

While he scored 50 on the 500 yard range on Thursday, he had 49 for the 300 and 48 for the 600.