Clay Tar­get Club cel­e­brates 50 years

Chinchilla News - - SPORT - Con­trib­uted.

LOADS of late nights and many big week­ends by a few mem­bers prior to the 50th An­niver­sary Shoot saw the club­house and grounds in great shape con­sid­er­ing no rain in months.

Fri­day af­ter­noon ar­rived and those want­ing to prac­tise started at 3pm as many took a look over the new fa­cil­i­ties.

The club started the week­end with the Of­fi­cial Open­ing of the new club­house. A few past mem­bers and val­ued sup­port­ers came to help cel­e­brate this spe­cial oc­ca­sion. Pres­i­dent Mal­colm Collins thanked our club­house spon­sors and those in­volved in build­ing this new 360m2 club house.

The club was suc­cess­ful with three grants and/or fund­ing from the Queens­land Gam­ing Fund, CS En­ergy Chin­chilla Com­mu­nity Ben­e­fits Trust and Cameby Downs Mine Com­mu­nity Ben­e­fit Fund.

Also in-kind do­na­tions from lo­cal busi­nesses and cash do­na­tions helped de­liver such a qual­ity as­set for the sport and the Chin­chilla com­mu­nity.

State Mem­ber for Cal­lide Colin Boyce was in­vited to of­fi­cially open the club­house. He was proud to be in­volved in what is a mile­stone event for any club and to be able to cel­e­brate this with the open­ing of the club­house was some­thing spe­cial for the club, its mem­bers and the wider com­mu­nity.

Stain­less steel plaques now take pride of place on a Wall of Val­ued Sup­port­ers to recog­nise the sup­port of these busi­nesses and peo­ple.

Satur­day morn­ing and the 50th An­niver­sary Shoot was un­der way, with five in­di­vid­ual 50 tar­get events shot for over the next three days.

With great spon­sor­ship the club of­fered $16,800 in cash prizes to make the week­end a huge suc­cess.

A to­tal of 117 shoot­ers com­peted over the week­end.

Event 1 was the Chin­chilla Fluid Power 50 Tar­get Sin­gle Bar­rel and at the end of the event there were four shoot­ers shoot­ing off for the over­all. Irvine Wyn­yard from Bund­aberg held solid to win the event with a 54 / 55. 1st in AA - Brian Kniepp 57/59 & 2nd was Bren­dan Podlich 56/59. Event 2 was the STAYOVER By Ausco 50 Tar­get Dou­ble Bar­rel with some 17 pos­si­bles or per­fect scores shot. The shot-off be­gan with three squads of shoot­ers and be­fore long there was just four still shoot­ing as 100 shoot-off tar­gets were shot. After 150 tar­gets in the shoot-off there was Ge­off Moore and Brett Pile left to find the over­all win­ner. Ge­off won with a cred­i­ble 230/230.

Satur­day night had the club host its usual Satur­day night feast be­fore the start of the 20 Pair Night Deauville Dou­bles.

Some 40 teams shot the event with three teams shoot­ing the per­fect score of 20 pairs. The shoot-off lasted only four pairs, and Brian Kneipp and Ta­batha Schultz from Moree were the cham­pi­ons with a 24/24.

The other 2 teams both miss­ing their fourth pair, and it a tus­sle with both teams keen to win. Phillip and Cody Spencer fin­ished with a 48/49 over Sean Beck­man and Frank McEwan.

Sun­day’s first event was the Western Downs Re­gional Coun­cil 50 Tar­gets Points Score and the con­di­tions for most shoot­ers were over­cast and breezy.

With no pre­fect score shot, the win­ner with a 148/ 150 was Spring­sure shooter Bruce Pow­ell. Event 4 the RIE 50 Tar­gets Con­ti­nen­tal was shot and just four shoot­ers posted a per­fect score of 50/50. These four re­turned to shot-off for the $500 for the over­all and the split of 1st to 3rd in AA Grade.

After an en­ter­tain­ing few rounds, Bill Pavy and St Ge­orge ju­nior Sean Beck­man were the last two com­pet­ing.

At 118 Sean faulted, leav­ing Bill Pavy the 2018 Con­ti­nen­tal Cham­pion.

The Spe­cial Draw Event had 10 lucky shoot­ers ran­domly drawn to shoot 10 tar­gets points score from their hand­i­cap.

The win­ner was new lo­cal shooter Tom Wat­son with a cred­i­ble 29/30 ahead of Ge­off Moore on 28 and John Tait with a 27/30.

Din­ner was served and the NRL Grand Fi­nal had be­gun on the big screen.

Mon­day morn­ing and the event ev­ery­one was here to win, the Mur­phy Pipe & Civil 50 Tar­gets $5000 Cash Hand­i­cap, was on.

This was chal­leng­ing and not a 50 was posted. Kin­garoy Shooter Richard Brit­tain­shot the only 48/50 to win the over­all Cap & Sash plus the $2000. Sean Beck­man sec­ond and third went to Ron­nie Robert­son.

The hand­i­cap event paid to 10th po­si­tion.

With the events all over it’s only the high guns to be de­cided and with just one shot-off for the veter­ans High­gun needed, young Guyra shooter John Smith won ith a 327/364.

Ladies High Gun was won by lo­cal ju­nior shooter Bre­anna Collins with a 318/350 and Sean Beck­man from St Ge­orge won the Ju­nior High­gun with a 323/350.

The Grade High Gun win­ners for the week­end were: C Grade Ron­nie Rober­son from Nor­man­ton with a 314/350; B Grade Cody Spencer from Too­goolawah 319/350; A Grade Ni­cholas Tan­ner from Tam­worth a 329/350; and AA Grade Bren­dan Podlich of Bris­bane with a 332/350.

The week­end’s best over­all shot and the win­ner of the 2018 - 50th An­niver­sary Black Toy­ota Over­all High Gun was John Reid from Guyra with 333/350.

Pres­i­dent Mal Collins thanked our val­ued spon­sors and tire­less work­ers for their sup­port and on­go­ing com­mit­ment.

PHO­TOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

BRIGHT FU­TURE: A few of the Chin­chilla Clay Tar­get club mem­bers in their new club shirts.

Wall of Val­ued Sup­port­ers at the club­house.

Moses Abra­ham of Black Toy­ota con­grat­u­lat­ing John Reid from Guyra, the Over­all High Gun or best over­all shooter for the week­end.

Spike Scouller and Ladies High Gun Win­ner Bre­anna Collins of Chin­chilla.

Mal Collins with Ju­nior High Gun win­ner Sean Beck­man from St Ge­orge.

Stan Scher­win with Veter­ans High­gun win­ner John Smith from Guyra.

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