Mother Nature shines on the Misty Mountain

ALTHOUGH the forecast weather kept numbers down at the Shoalhaven Clay Target Club’s annual three day Misty Mountain shoot held from Friday, March 21, those who braved it and camped for the weekend were treated to fine conditions and no rain.

Storms threatened all around at various times, but the sun shone brightly all weekend. 

The new improvements to the SCTC’s clubhouse made it comfortable, and the club thanked the committee members who manned the office and ran the show. 

Thanks also went to the club’s sporting code captain, Steve Atkins, who worked tirelessly all weekend setting great courses for Saturday and Sunday’s events. 

A fantastic mix of well-presented targets was acknowledged by all competitors as being a challenge to shoot.

Close scores on both days saw the implementing of “shoot-offs” across most grades, with the AA grade shoot-off on Saturday afternoon a highlight. 

Mudgee veteran Mick Quinlan and SCTC club president Paul Hamilton put on an awesome display of clay shooting under pressure, dusting clay after clay on the testing Stand 6 Battue targets. 

Each trip to the cage ended for both shooters with the full bag of targets, so under the referee’s and a large group of spectators’ eyes, the cage was moved back five metres each time.

At the sixth move of the cage, and with the difficult targets now at more than 65 metres, “Mudgee Mick” showed true class dusting two targets with the one shot to claim the win. 

Paul got his revenge later in the evening, shooting consistently well to claim the overall win and the cash prize in the Denton Automotive Night Shoot. 

Many thanks again to Ben for his continued support of the SCTC and Misty Mountain with his sponsorship.

Clear and sunny conditions greeted all competitors on Sunday morning, with the seven full squads of keen shooters eager to test their skill in the 100 target event. 

Some great scores were returned during the completion of the four rounds to sort the winners of the 2014 Misty Mountain Shoot. 

Again, shoot-offs were required to separate competitors, with rising star Luke Sullivan scoring a possible to win his spot in AA grade. 

Rod Kinross managed to edge out his arch rival Mark Brown to claim the overall in B grade with some fine shooting of the Shondell targets.

The presentation saw all grade winners for individual events awarded their prizes.

The final part of the presentation concluded with the announcement that Steve Atkins was the overall highgun and winner of the 2014 Misty Mountain. Congratulations to Steve and all the grade overall winners.

Their results appear in the results on page 75.

The SCTC thanked all those who helped make the Misty an outstanding success, with much of the behind the scenes stuff going unrewarded. 

Thanks to all the club’s members and visitors, some who travelled long distances to attend, and to the businesses and individuals for their continued sponsorship of the SCTC.

New members and visitors are always welcome.

Information regarding the Shoalhaven Clay Target Club can be found on the club’s website or Facebook pages. 

Call Paul on 0412 423 520 or Rod on 0403 055 787 for any assistance.

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