Nick is top gun

Nick Guerra over­came blus­tery winds on the first day and a tense but en­thralling shoot off against Blake Nankervis to win his first Winch­ester Field & Game Aus­tralia Na­tional Cham­pi­onship.

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For keen ob­servers of the score­board, Nick wasn’t on the radar when shoot­ing started on the fi­nal day at Bairns­dale even though he shot 93/100 in the blus­tery con­di­tions on Sat­ur­day to sit just three off the in­cred­i­ble 96 posted by even­tual run­ner-up Blake Nankervis over the first four rounds. “The score wasn’t there be­cause I for­got to put our score­card in last night, that’s why you didn’t see me up there,” he said after claim­ing the ti­tle.

Nick, who is a mem­ber at Co­bram and lives in Nathalia, said the con­di­tions on Sat­ur­day, with a westerly blow­ing a steady 40 km/h and gust­ing up to 65 km/h, were chal­leng­ing for ev­ery com­peti­tor. “Ev­ery­one had the same — wind af­fected tar­gets and the dust — but it was still a good day,” he said.

“I felt a bit sorry for the or­gan­is­ers be­cause after all the ef­fort they went to, to have such an or­di­nary day, but over­all I was pleased with 93; I shot two and six, two of the harder cour­ses in the wind. “Nearly ev­ery tar­get was dif­fer­ent, you couldn’t try to re­peat what you had just done, you had to be re­ally watch­ful of in­di­vid­ual tar­gets, that’s for sure.” A near flaw­less 49 from the last 50 tar­gets set up a shoot off with Blake Nankervis. “The 96/100 Blake shot on Sat­ur­day was just ex­cep­tional,” Nick said. “I’ve been try­ing to get to these sorts of heights ever since I started shoot­ing and to do it in a shoot off with Blake, who is one of my best mates, that is even bet­ter. I would have loved to have seen Blake win as well.” Nick said the scale of the Car­ni­val was a credit to Field & Game.

Nick Guerra takes aim at the win­ning tar­get in the shoot off

Blake Nankervis pro­duced an amaz­ing score in the wind on the first day but lost the shoot off by a sin­gle tar­get

Part of the large crowd that watched the en­thralling shoot off

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