Gillian Webb-Enslin is gunning to make up for Australia’s defeat against England in a prestigious rifle shooting tournament.
Gillian Webb-Enslin is gunning to make up for Australia’s defeat against England in a prestigious rifle shooting tournament.

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GILLIAN Webb-Enslin gave it her best shot – literally.

Unfortunately it wasn't good enough to help Australia beat England in a prestigious shooting tournament in England, but it was good enough to win a silver medal.

The Apple Tree Creek markswoman and her team-mates had to settle for second after the hosts won gold in the Australia Match (formerly Empire Match) at Bisley in Surrey.

The week-long event is similar in stature to the Ashes cricket series as far as shooters go – it's a true sporting showdown between England and Australia.

Webb-Enslin was making her fifth appearance for Australia after earning her selection following her victory in the Tasmanian Target Rifle Shooting Championships earlier this year.

Not surprisingly, the 42-year-old mother of two said she would have loved to have come home with gold.

“It doesn't get any better than beating England, but we couldn't manage it this time,” the woman, who was born and raised in a country ravaged by civil war, Zimbabwe, said.

“We gave it our best shot but they (England) shot better than us this time – it happens.

“Saying that, finishing second is no disgrace when you are shooting in this quality of competition.

“I'm happy with my silver medal, besides, there is always next time.”

A member of the Pacific Rifle Club in Brisbane, Webb-Enslin won't have to wait very long to have another crack at beating the arch rivals, England.

She and her husband Darren are in the Australian team to contest the World Long Range Rifle Championships in Brisbane next year.

“I am counting the days,” Webb-Enslin, who represented Zimbabwe before arriving in Australia 10 years ago, said with a laugh.

“I cannot wait to have a go at getting some revenge for this defeat and I am confident we will.”



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