National champ visits
MUNDUBBERA’S reputation for being home to the best bunch of Mugs was put to the test on the weekend.
Challengers from the Bundaberg region, Gympie, Maryborough and Isis came to make claim on a sought-after title.
“I became a member of the (Mundubbera) club five months ago and although I am not expecting to win, I will have a good go,” A grade shooter Dave Sims said.
“I use my farm gun for the silhouettes and I have been going okay of late.”
Silhouettes of small animals are set out in rows of five, and each shooter has five shots to knock them down.
In a normal competition, a competitor has 40 shots and out of that 36, 37 or even 38 is a good score. But when you are up against Roy Muller, of Maryborough, 40 out of 40 will only give you a draw.
Muller has been shooting since 1979 and recently won the national championships. That was with two perfect scores of 600 out of 600.
He said he was always looking for good places to shoot.
“This is one of the best facilities in the state here in Mundubbera and the friendly attitudes will always keep me coming back,” Muller said. “I am always looking ... to keep my eye in. I want to make the Australian target shooting team.”
Travelling from Gympie for the day, 17-year-old Hannah McKay has been shooting for five years and said she enjoyed her time at Mundubbera.
“I have been here several times and I always get good results on this range,” Hannah said.
Winners were presented with homemade mugs in gold, silver and bronze.
The gold mug went to Greg Mara, of Gympie, silver to Anton Perk, of Isis, and the bronze to Hayden Stey, of Gympie.
“This has been the best day and the competition was fierce,” club secretary Cheryl Doessel said.