Dan­nevirke clay shoot in gusty con­di­tions

Bush Telegraph - - Trades And Services Directory - By JIM MOR­TON

What a great day was had at the club by all those present. The main shoots for the day were for the last three dis­ci­plines re­main­ing in the club champs pro­gramme th­ese be­ing Skeet, Hand­i­cap by Dis­tance and Con­ti­nen­tal. The pro­gramme was filled up with 25 sin­gle rise and 10 pair of dou­ble rise.

Gusty mid-winter weather con­di­tions played their part in pro­ceed­ings in the morn­ing but set­tled by the af­ter­noon with many scores get­ting bet­ter as the day went on.

The first up event for the day was a round of 25 skeet. The gusty con­di­tions made for some re­ally in­ter­est­ing tar­gets. The clays were bounc­ing, fly­ing high or div­ing quickly to the ground de­pend­ing on the wind con­di­tions and the di­rec­tion of the tar­get. When con­di­tions are like this the need to fo­cus on the tar­get and have good gun mount­ing tech­niques are para­mount to achiev­ing top re­sults. In the A grade: Tug O’Brien put on a great dis­play in try­ing con­di­tions and pro­duced the only per­fect round of 25/25; Dave Smith took out the B grade with a re­spectable 23/25; and Jim Mor­ton won the C grade.

Hand­i­cap by Dis­tance was also shot in gusty con­di­tions pro­duc­ing some in­cred­i­bly chal­leng­ing tar­gets. Some clays were chased around the sky and were shot with a great amount skill. Yet others were missed and were fol­lowed by var­i­ous lev­els of amuse­ment as the shooter was left won­der­ing what it was they were look­ing at down the bar­rel and ques­tion­ing how on earth shoot­ing them was even pos­si­ble. Brian Smith came out on top with 23/25 fol­lowed closely by Jim Mor­ton 22/25. There was a four way shoot-off for third hav­ing shot 21/25 This was be­tween Tug O’Brien, Rob Means, Vance Butcher and the even­tual win­ner of the shoot-off for third po­si­tion David Pol­lard.

25 Con­ti­nen­tal saw two pos­si­bles and a shoot-off in the A grade be­tween Tug O’Brien and Dave Smith. Af­ter some chal­leng­ing tar­gets Dave Smith came out on top. There was a shoot-off in the B grade be­tween Jim Mor­ton and Tony Cur­ran af­ter both shot com­mend­able 22/25 scores. The shoot-off for this was a lit­tle shorter than that of the A grade with Jim Mor­ton com­ing out on top. Rus­sell Archey put up the best re­sult of the day in the C grade.

Hand­i­cap by Dis­tance Champs: David Pol­lard 3rd, Brian Smith 1st, Jim Mor­ton 2nd.

Con­ti­nen­tal Champs: Jim Mor­ton (B grade), Dave Smith (A grade) Rus­sell Archey (C grade).

Skeet Champs: Dave Smith (B grade), Tug O’Brien (A grade), Jim Mor­ton (C grade).

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