Ter­ri­tory top guns

Peter Hall from Met­ro­pol­i­tan Field & Game in Mel­bourne was the High Gun win­ner at the North­ern Ter­ri­tory Open Cham­pi­onship shoot on July 10 with a score of 89.

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You might ex­pect the re­sult would lead to mut­ter­ings about ‘poach­ers from the south' but for NT Field & Game it's an out­come that un­der­lines what the Fes­ti­val of Clays is all about.

Pres­i­dent Gavin Love­lock said 45 shoot­ers par­tic­i­pated in all graded at the ti­tles, a first for the Ter­ri­tory. “It gives us some­thing to build on given it is the first time we've staged the ti­tles,” he said.

The tim­ing is per­fect for shoot­ers in the south­ern states to plan a mid-win­ter es­cape north and with many ‘grey no­mads' al­ready lob­bing in the Ter­ri­tory the plan is to build the fes­ti­val into a sig­nif­i­cant event.

The club had to can­cel 5-stand and side-by-side events this year but in­tends to add them to the Fes­ti­val next year.

“The idea is to at­tract those in­ter­state shoot­ers to come up and make it at­trac­tive to them by of­fer­ing a num­ber of ti­tle events to shoot,” Gavin said.

“Lo­cally it is school hol­i­days and the best time to take the kids camp­ing though so we may look at some dates around Au­gust next year.”

GB Cor­sivia spon­sored the event and Beretta Aus­tralia kindly pro­vided a watch, which was raf­fled to raise valu­able funds for the club.

Gavin Love­lock said the club would con­tinue to try to grow the Fes­ti­val of Clays and en­cour­age south­ern­ers to visit and en­joy the warm weather and equally warm wel­come. “We want to pro­mote it as a real des­ti­na­tion in the mid­dle of win­ter,” he said.

Pho­tos; Daryl Snow­don Ter­ri­tory champs (l-r) Ja­son Har­ring­ton, Re­nee Bar­rat, Sarah Fitzger­ald, Kim Fitzger­ald, Zac Pearce, Brian Ir­win, Peter Hall, An­drew Brock and Tim Broad

John Ward

Nathan Pratt

Gavin Love­lock lead­ing the charge

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