Shooter just misses

South Waikato News - - SPORT - By PET­RICE TAR­RANT

You wouldn’t want to be a clay tar­get when farmer Isaac Billing­ton is around with a shot­gun.

The Pu­taruru 18- year- old took out sec­ond place in the New Zealand Young Farm­ers Gun City Clay Tar­get shoot­ing fi­nal held in Christchurch.

He said he was pipped of first place by two points to fel­low Waikato shooter Jeff Bensen.

The in­au­gu­ral event was a hit with six dif­fer­ent re­gions send­ing shoot­ers down to the grand fi­nal.

But Billing­ton said the leadup was just as good with the re­gional Waikato/Bay of Plenty com­pe­ti­tion hosted by the Pu­taruru Gun Club on June 7.

The event was open to all young farmer mem­bers.

Billing­ton put on an im­pres­sive dis­play on his home turf, tak­ing out first place in front of Bensen.

He said he has been shoot­ing tar­gets for about four years.

‘‘I first started duck shoot­ing with my Dad and he said, ‘if you want to hit some ducks you might as well get good’. It just ran away from there.’’

He said both him and his sis­ter showed nat­u­ral talent and so when the young farm­ers op­por­tu­nity came along he grabbed at it.

Pres­i­dent Royce Nola, who trains along­side Billing­ton, said there were about 38 en­tries in the re­gional heats, a pretty im­pres­sive ef­fort for the de­but­ing hosts.

Clay tar­get shoot­ing will now be an an­nual event at both the re­gional and na­tional lev­els and Nola hopes Pu­taruru will once again host the area com­pe­ti­tion.

He said the Pu­taruru Gun Club, with its great fa­cil­i­ties and great lo­ca­tion in the heart of the re­gion, is the ideal spot.

Good shot: Isaac Billing­ton is ac­cu­rate when he has a shot­gun in his hand.

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