Shoot­ers flock­ing back to Wan­garatta Clay Tar­get Club

Wangaratta Chronicle - - Sport - CLAY TAR­GET

WAN­GARATTA Clay Tar­get Club hosted its big­gest Down the Line shoot in 18 months on Satur­day, Septem­ber 16, as some 50 com­peti­tors bat­tled it out.

This is the largest group of shoot­ers com­pet­ing since the club was closed tem­po­rar­ily in May last year.

The club presently op­er­ates two of the three DTL traps at the range, due to a nec­es­sary re-align­ment of this lay­out in the near fu­ture.

As a re­sult, the last event was re­duced from a 50 tar­get to 25 tar­get event in or­der to fin­ish the com­peti- tion in a rea­son­able time.

A 10 tar­get point score cash di­vide eye opener was shared by seven shoot­ers.

The first main event was a 30 tar­get point score cham­pi­onship, kindly spon­sored by San­dral Trans­port.

Lo­cal sharp shooter Al­lan Cooper put in a su­perb per­for­mance, win­ning over­all and AA grade with a fi­nal tally of 110/111.

John Gem­mill fol­lowed closely be­hind tak­ing sec­ond place on 109/111.

Allen Cole dropped two points, win­ning A grade with 88/90 and Peter Watkins achieved a tally of 89/93 to claim sec­ond.

B grader Phillip Woods took out B grade with 86/90 and Thomas McGrath ended on 90/96 in sec­ond place.

An ex­cel­lent score for C grade of 88/90 was reached by Ryan Wilkin­son, with Ri­ley San­dral in sec­ond place with 81/90.

The 25 tar­get Dick English Me­mo­rial Hand­i­cap was again gen­er­ously spon­sored by Jack ‘Ir­ish’ McGau­ran, a rel­a­tive of the event’s name­sake.

McGau­ran was on hand dur­ing the en­tire day to present the tro­phies to the win­ners of this event.

Michael Rowan won it with a tally of 38/39, while sec­ond went to Carl Co- men­soli (37/38) and third to Craig Hen­wood (25/26).

The fi­nal event was also spon­sored by an­other reg­u­lar and gen­er­ous busi­ness donor – Win­sec Sav­ings and Loans, Wan­garatta.

Tony Ru­volo from Win­sec, him­self a keen trap shooter, pre­sented the tro­phies to the win­ners at the end of the day’s ac­tiv­i­ties.

This event was orig­i­nally planned to be 50 tar­gets, how­ever, due to a lack of time to com­plete the event, a de­ci­sion was made to re­duce it to a 25 tar­get cham­pi­onship.

Well recog­nised as one of the best Down the Line shoot­ers in the coun­try,

BIG WIN: (Far left) Dick English Me­mo­rial Hand­i­cap win­ner Michael Rowan with Jack McGau­ran. ON TAR­GET: (Left) Event win­ner Al­lan Cooper with spon­sor Peter San­dral.

FLAW­LESS SHOOT­ING: (Right) Event win­ner Mitchell Iles with spon­sor Tony Ru­volo. Mitchell Iles shot a clean re­sult of 50/50 af­ter a shoot off, tak­ing out over­all and AA grade.

Iles has a long and dis­tin­guished pedi­gree in clay tar­get shoot­ing, his grand­fa­ther Bill Iles was a grand mas­ter of the sport for many decades and his coach­ing skills have ben­e­fited many top grade com­peti­tors, in­clud­ing Mitchell. Phil Matthews claimed sec­ond place in AA with 27/28.

Com­mit­tee mem­ber An­ton Motha dropped only one tar­get, win­ning A grade on 49/50, leav­ing Alex Gobbo in sec­ond place shoot­ing 39/40.

Bob Glos­sop had a per­fect round of 25/25 to win B and Slap Comen­soli smashed 50/55 to fin­ish sec­ond.

C grade was nicely won by ju­nior champ Ryan Wilkin­son with 28/31, while sec­ond place went to Barry El­lis (27/30).

The over­all high gun was awarded to Carl Comen­soli (144/148), the vet­er­ans’ high gun went to Al­lan Cooper (136/140), and best ju­nior was Ryan Wilkin­son (129/140).

The club wishes to thank the spon­sors for their gen­eros­ity by pro­vid­ing a range of valu­able tro­phies on the day.

As a good­will ges­ture, net pro­ceeds from the event are set to be do­nated to North Wan­garatta Foot­ball Net­ball Club.

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