Clay day and night shoots fire

Mansfield Courier - - SPORT - By MARTY MCLACH­LAN

THE Mans­field Clay Tar­get Club night shoot was held ear­lier this month in calm and fine but very cold con­di­tions.

For­tu­nately early in the day An­thony went to check all the equip­ment to find the gen­er­a­tor was play­ing up.

An­other stroke of luck came our way when a trailer gen­er­a­tor was avail­able at Mans­field Hire.

An­thony, Ken and the Des­mond broth­ers put in a huge ef­fort to en­sure the event pro­ceeded as planned.

The evening brought out a field of 25 shoot­ers, many of who stayed in town and re-at­tended the day shoot the fol­low­ing morn­ing.

This shoot was gen­er­ously spon­sored by Les Comen­soli from Co­huna CTC.

Although not a lo­cal mem­ber, Les stated in the pre­sen­ta­tions the rea­son for his spon­sor­ship was the friend­li­ness of Mans­field club and also the sup­port the club pro­vides to ju­nior shoot­ers, who are spon­sored ev­ery shoot for com­pe­ti­tion fees.

Com­peti­tors from other neigh­bour­ing clubs in­cluded Alexan­dra, Be­nalla, Euroa, Woods Point, Bendigo, Wan­garatta, Mel­bourne, Co­huna and Frankston.

Two events were on the fix­ture: the first the 75 Tar­get Night Cham­pion of Cham­pi­ons.

25 Dou­ble Bar­rel, 25 Sin­gle Bar­rel, 25 Points score, all shot off 18 me­tres, re­sult­ing in a max­i­mum po­ten­tial score of 125.

This was also a des­ig­nated state ti­tle.

Af­ter the squads ro­tated through the first 50 tar­gets the sec­ond ro­ta­tion de­liv­ered the fol­low­ing re­sults.

AA Grade and Over­all: Craig Hen­wood from Mel­bourne, 120/125, Fred Heinze, Bendigo 115.

A Grade: Spon­sor, Les Comen­soli 109, Daniel Chinn, Woods Point 96.

B Grade was a Mans­field clean sweep; Marty McLach­lan, Mans­field 95, Shawn­tie Coola­han 92.

C Grade: Pa­trick Kir­ley, Mans­field 97 and Louise Tin­gate from Frankston 85.

The next event was a 15 pair Dou­ble Rise Championship (tar­gets thrown as pairs).

For most this was a first dur­ing a night event.

AA Grade and over­all: Mick Ward, Woods Point CTC 23, An­thony Kir­ley, Mans­field 23.

A Grade: Matt Tin­gate, Frankston 22, David Luelf, Mans­field 21.

B Grade went to a shoot off with Marty McLach­lan, Mans­field 20/40. An­thony Arm­strong, Woods Point 17/40.

Over­all lady and ju­nior shooter went to Slap Comen­soli and over­all vet­eran David Luelf.

The fol­low­ing morn­ing it was back into com­pe­ti­tion with a beau­ti­ful calm day and an­other chal­leng­ing pro­gram.

Those who re­turned from the pre­vi­ous evening were joined by sev­eral oth­ers boost­ing the com­peti­tor num­bers to 35 over six squads.

The day was a three event pro­gram 40 mixed tar­gets, 30 tar­get con­ti­nen­tal graded cash di­vide and 15 tar­get tower.

The first event com­menced with five pair dou­ble rise fol­lowed by 10 dou­ble bar­rel, 10 sin­gle bar­rel and 10 con­ti­nen­tal.

AA Grade and Over­all: Rob Kir­ley, Mans­field 57, Mick Ward, Woods Point 55. A Grade: Matthew Tin­gate, Frankston 57, Peter San­dral, Wan­garatta 55.

B Grade: Rob Glos­sip, Wan­garatta 50/60, Marty McLach­lan 71/85. C Grade: Chris Petersen, Alexan­dra 51 and Denny Walker 48.

A lunch break fol­lowed with all com­peti­tors and vis­i­tors par­tak­ing in a hearty feast of home-made soup pro­vided by Aileen and a choice of casseroles from Pam Kir­ley.

The sun was shin­ing and ev­ery­one was ready for the sec­ond event of the day.

Con­ti­nen­tal in­volves tar­gets pre- sented ran­domly both ver­ti­cally and hor­i­zon­tally and at faster than nor­mal speed.

Af­ter 30 tar­gets two shoot­ers came home clean.

AA Grade shooter: An­thony Rohrlach from Euroa and A Grade from Alexan­dra, Ge­off McClure.

B grade was shared be­tween Rob Glos­sip, Wan­garatta and Marty McLach­lan both 24.

C grade also de­liv­ered a drawn re­sult, Denny Walker, Mans­field and Kirsten Chinn, Woods Point 23.

The last of the two day pro­gram was 15 tar­gets shot from the over­head tower.

Over­all and AA Grade was shot clean by Mick Ward 15 fol­lowed by Ken Skin­ner 14.

B grade Peter Grant, Alexan­dra 15, David Luelf, Mans­field 13.

C grade was de­cided by a shoot off with Lach­lan McDon­ald from Euroa vic­to­ri­ous 20/21 over Marty McLach­lan 19/21.

Over the Sun­day pro­gram Slap Comen­soli took out the ladies and ju­nior prize.

Lo­cal shooter Denny Walker has been put­ting i n some con­sis­tent per­for­mances re­sult­ing in him be­ing pro­moted from C to B Grade. Well done Denny. Special thanks to at­tend­ing shoot­ers and fam­ily mem­bers who par­tic­i­pated with scor­ing and gen­er­ally help­ing out to en­sure a suc­cess­ful day.

Co-or­di­nat­ing the shoot and re­sults, Shawn­tie and Aileen ran the of­fice and de­liv­ered two smooth back to back pro­grams.

Mans­field Clay Tar­get Club hosts the North East Zone shoot the third Sun­day of each month; the pro­gram will be an­nounced in the Mans­field Courier Oc­to­ber 11 with the next shoot Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 15 at 10:30am with 110 tar­gets over three com­pe­ti­tions.

Spec­ta­tors and new shoot­ers who wish to come and try are al­ways wel­come.

Pre-com­pe­ti­tion prac­tice be­gins from 10am.

The club is fam­ily fo­cused with lunch pro­vided and all ju­nior shoots spon­sored by the club with all ju­nior fees waived for all com­pe­ti­tions.

If you are in­ter­ested in at­tend­ing or want to come along and try, just turn up to the club, Pikes Road, Mans­field, or for more in­for­ma­tion tele­phone Marty on 0439 102 285.

NIGHT SHOOT WIN­NERS: (Back, from left) Mick Ward, Les Comen­soli, An­thony Kir­ley, Craig Hen­wood, Alan Kidd, Marty McLach­lan and (front, from left) Matthew Tin­gate and Slap Comen­soli.

DAY SHOOT WIN­NERS: (From left) Mick Ward, Kirsten Chinn and Matthew Tin­gate.

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