Back-to-back suc­cess

Field and Game - - NATIONAL CARNIVAL -

Pine­grove stepped up for a sec­ond year host­ing the Na­tional Car­ni­val but they didn’t set­tle for a re­peat, they made it big­ger and bet­ter.

Steve Koch was his usu­ally un­der­stated self when sum­ming up the suc­cess of the Na­tional Car­ni­val.

“I think we’ve done pretty well,” he said dur­ing a brief chat be­fore he got back to work.

How­ever, the praise for the event was univer­sal with shooters, spon­sors and spec­ta­tors all en­joy­ing the ex­panded clu­b­rooms and the ad­di­tional space on the shoot­ing grounds pro­vided by the re­cent ac­qui­si­tion of ad­ja­cent farm land.

FGA Chair­man Bill Pater­son summed it up. “Their per­for­mance this year has been re­mark­able,” he said. “The feed­back has been ex­cel­lent, peo­ple are re­ally ap­pre­cia­tive of the tar­gets, they are all pre­sentable, and they are all hit­table.”

Pine­grove pres­i­dent Brook Ni­chol said hav­ing the ex­tra pad­dock freed up space for more cross­ing tar­gets but also made the squads flow bet­ter.

Brook said the pis­tol club and com­mu­nity mem­bers made an enor­mous con­tri­bu­tion to the event, and he made spe­cial men­tion of FGA de­vel­op­ment man­ager Daryl Snow­don who lit­er­ally slept at the club dur­ing cru­cial prepa­ra­tions.

He said the com­bi­na­tion of suc­cess­ful grant ap­pli­ca­tions and two years of host­ing the Na­tion­als had set the club up for the long term. “We’ve dou­bled the size of our club­house and bought nearly 90 acres of land, that would have taken us 30 years and we would have been in debt to do it. “Now we’re pretty keen to go to Wodonga Al­bury next year for a shot.”

Bill Pater­son said key spon­sors Winch­ester Aus­tralia, Beretta Aus­tralia, In­toshoot­ing, GB Cor­sivia, Blaser, Ray­trade, Per­azzi, Kub­ota, and event in­surer Marsh Ad­van­tage In­sur­ance were cru­cial to the suc­cess of the Car­ni­val. “We had more ex­hibitors, our spon­sors have been great and we’ve had new spon­sors come on board, the event is grow­ing and our tar­get now is to try and grow the num­ber of com­peti­tors be­yond 500.”

Steve Koch and Brook Ni­chol

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