OVER the October long weekend two Shoalhaven Clay Target Club members travelled to Gunnedah to compete in the 47th Eastern States Gumtree Championship which saw over 120 competitors and some of Australia’s best shooters converge on the Gunnedah Gun Club to contest one of the most sought after sporting clay target trophies in the country.
Local up and coming junior Kimberly Atkins performed exceptionally well to finish third in the sub-junior (under 15) section on the Saturday and finished strongly on Sunday to take out the sub-junior girl overall high gun for the weekend with a score of 111/200.
Her dad, Steve Atkins made it a family duo and led from the front all weekend to win the overall competition by two targets on 180/200.
The pair also featured in a novelty event which saw a teal target thrown about 50 metres vertically into the air.
Shooters started shooting at a distance of 30 metres from the target and stepped back five metres after each successful shot.
Miss and you were out.
Kimberly won the juniors prize by breaking the target at 55 metres.
Steve managed to break the 110 millimetre moving target at a mammoth distance of 85 metres.
Unfortunately he faltered at 90 metres and Singleton shooter Mark Buchanan hit his to claim the winner’s cheque.
This is a remarkable feat with a 12 gauge shotgun.
In local slub news, a small but
enthusiastic group of shooters braved the hot and blustery conditions last Sunday to compete in the Shoalhaven Clay Target Club’s monthly Down The Line competition.
This month was a 100 target continental event and the Ian Reibein Shield was the prize on offer.
Given that the targets were wind affected, some good results were still recorded.
It was good to see a few juniors competing this month and it was Kimberly Atkins who top scored with 67/100 and visitor Damien Ingrao second on 56/100.
In C grade, Mark brown finished first with a score of 84/100 with the evergreen Allan Spillman second on 79/100.
B grade went to Richard Beck with an excellent 91/100.
Overall top score for the day went to Steve Atkins on 97/100.
SCTC members are reminded there will be a club general meeting at the Bomaderry RSL on October 24 starting at 7pm.
The next club shoot at the Turpentine Road range will be 50 targets skeet on October 26 at 1pm, and 100 targets sporting the following day starting
at 9.30am. Visitors are more than
For more information call Paul on 0412 423 520.