Goody sur­vives to claim sil­ver medal

Monto man beats Aus­tralian rep­re­sen­ta­tives in sud­den-death shoot

Central and North Burnett Times - - CENTRAL & NORTH BURNETT SPORT - Emily Smith emily.smith@cnbtimes.com.au

IN CLAY trap shoot­ing a split sec­ond can mean the dif­fer­ence be­tween suc­cess and fail­ure.

There is no mar­gin for er­ror but Monto shooter Kurt Goody con­tin­ues to thrive in the high-pres­sure en­vi­ron­ment, claim­ing sil­ver against a star-stud­ded field in the Aus­tralia Cup four men’s trap in Bris­bane on the week­end.

Goody sur­vived a sud­den-death shoot to edge out a host of Aus­tralian rep­re­sen­ta­tives, in­clud­ing the cur­ren­tWorld Cup cham­pion who fin­ished with the bronze medal.

The re­sult con­tin­ues Goody’s im­pres­sive re­cent form which in­cludes win­ning bronze in the third event of the Aus­tralia Cup

Kurt Goody We had a sud­den-death shoot then and I was the last man stand­ing so went into the gold medal match.

se­ries in Perth in Au­gust.

“It’s not about aim­ing in clay trap shoot­ing, it’s all about in­stinct,” the 29-year-old said.

“When the tar­get comes out you get your eyes on it and then the gun just fol­lows.

“When you are chas­ing (the tar­get, with your eyes) you then swing the gun in front a bit, then you pull the trig­ger and in that split sec­ond the tar­get and the bul­let line up, so you break the tar­get.”

Goody was strong from the start in the Aus­tralian Cup at the week­end.

“Out of my first 125 I shot 110,” Goody said.

“Then I shot 12 out of 15 in the semi, to tie with three other guys. We had a sud­den-death shoot then and I was the last man stand­ing so went into the gold medal match.

“I shot pretty ter­ri­bly in the fi­nal though. I missed the first three and got only eight out of 15 but it still meant I got the sil­ver.”

Although Goody said he pre­ferred to shoot in com­pe­ti­tions rather than prac­tise, grow­ing up around fel­low en­thu­si­asts at the Mungungo Gun Club meant he had a life­long pas­sion for the sport.

“My dad was al­ways a shooter at the club and I went along since I was about 12-years-old,” Goody said.

“I used to be the trap-boy, fir­ing the traps from the con­crete bunkers. I don’t think you’re al­lowed them any­more though, now they have au­to­matic hop­pers.”

Goody said his aim was to wear the green jacket for Aus­tralia, declar­ing that the goal served to mo­ti­vate him and that he still had plenty of time to achieve his rep­re­sen­ta­tive goal.

“It’s great how it’s one of the only sports you can play all your life,” he said.

“(But) when your eyes start to go it gets a bit tougher.”

PHOTO: EMILY SMITH

EYES ON THE PRIZE: Monto's Kurt Goody fin­ished sec­ond out of 32 clay-tar­get shoot­ers at the Aus­tralian Cup Four on the week­end.

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