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.
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