Shooters flocking back to Wangaratta Clay Target Club
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.