Clay Target Club celebrates 50 years
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.
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.