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