Im­promptu shoot takes off

Field and Game - - FGA BRANCH NEWS -

A con­ver­sa­tion while di­gest­ing Christ­mas din­ner led to a suc­cess­ful nov­elty shoot that could be­come a per­ma­nent fix­ture on the cal­en­dar of Echuca Moama Field & Game.

Broth­ers Rick (pres­i­dent) and Mick (vice pres­i­dent) Keirl were be­moan­ing the fact there was no shoot on in their re­gion un­til a week into the new year so they de­cided to do some­thing about it. “Some­times you just have to make things hap­pen,” Rick said.

At 11.30 am on Box­ing Day, a post went up on the branch Face­book page seek­ing in­ter­est in a De­cem­ber 30 event: 100 tar­get 5 stand on two grounds with a bar­be­cue lunch in­cluded in the $50 nom­i­na­tion fee. “We ended up run­ning four grounds; it went on Face­book at 11.30 am on Box­ing Day and within 24 hours it has been shared and viewed by 10 000 peo­ple,” Rick said.

Smith’s Out­doors in Bendigo saw the post and of­fered a Hamil­ton slip­stand, which was used as a door prize; on the day 80 shoot­ers turned up. “We were happy with it, given it was only a last-minute thing,” Rick said.

What really sur­prised the branch was how keen peo­ple were to have a fi­nal shoot for 2017. Quite a few of the com­peti­tors were from Mel­bourne, Ballarat and even Warrnambool. A fam­ily of four trav­elled from their coastal home on the other side of Mel­bourne, leav­ing at 4 am to get there in time. “They’d never shot Echuca be­fore but it was school hol­i­days and they were happy to travel,” Rick said. “Ev­ery­one was over the moon, we had that many peo­ple thank us for the op­por­tu­nity to have a shot and many re­quests to put a shoot on at the same time next year.”

The com­mit­tee will dis­cuss a reg­u­lar fix­ture but for the mo­ment there is a sense of pride that the branch pulled to­gether to or­gan­ise a shoot in a few days. “Our com­mit­tee mem­bers pulled to­gether and ran the kitchen and we pro­vided a bar­be­cue lunch as part of the noms, we only really sold soft drinks on the day,” Rick said. “Ev­ery­one who turned up also chipped in and helped out be­cause they were so grate­ful we put some­thing on. We were ab­so­lutely bug­gered by Sun­day night when we fin­ished pack­ing up but we were stoked.”

“We were happy with it, given it was only a last­minute thing.”

Rick Keirl

Echuca Moama pres­i­dent Rick Keirl with Ge­off Ho­gan who won the Hamil­ton slip­stand, gen­er­ously do­nated by Smith’s

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