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.
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
Gavin Lovelock leading the charge