40th an­nual in­ter­school shoot at Sale

For four decades, schools from across Gipp­s­land have been com­pet­ing in the Howard and Schuback Gipp­s­land In­ter­school Shoot­ing Com­pe­ti­tion. In June the young guns gath­ered at Sale Field & Game near Long­ford for the an­nual chal­lenge.

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The weather was per­fect as 163 stu­dents from 12 sec­ondary schools through­out Gipp­s­land were bussed into the range, a bonus for win­ter down south. Com­pe­ti­tion was un­der way soon after 9.30 am as squads of five were taken through five dif­fer­ent stands that were set up in two dif­fer­ent lay­outs. After a free shot to check the set up of their firearm, shoot­ers were given two tar­gets at each stand to fire at with a sin­gle shot. Each squad thus had 10 tar­gets in each of two rounds, with club mem­bers ref­er­ee­ing and scor­ing each of the 32 squads. Stu­dents aged 15 and over shot as ‘Se­niors’, whereas those 14 and un­der were classed as ‘Ju­niors’. After the first round, scores in each of the five events were very close with rounds of 10/10 only scored by two stu­dents. One of these, Mark du Rose from Flin­ders CCC, Trar­al­gon, re­peated the feat in his sec­ond round, be­lieved to be the first per­fect score in the 40-year history of the com­pe­ti­tion. Gary Howard also chalked up a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone: 40 years as chief ref­eree. Howard and Schuback In­ter-school Clay Tar­get Shoot re­sults

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