Mansfield Clay target club up and firing again
THE monthly Mansfield Clay Target Club shoot was held on Sunday under a clear sky in perfect conditions.
Despite restrictions limiting attendance to only members from rural Victoria, the day brought out a healthy attendance of 33 competitors, making up seven squads.
This shoot was to be the annual Mansfield vs Woods Point Shield, however, with a large number of Woods Point members residing in Metro Melbourne, the shield was delayed and the shoot program altered accordingly to a 10 target eye opener, 50 target Double Barrel and 50 target Ball-Trap.
Neighbouring club representatives included Alexandra, Benalla, Euroa, Shepparton, Echuca, Yarrawonga, Bendigo and Wangaratta.
The eye opener was shot 10 target points score with a maximum of 30 points.
Taking the cash in AA grade was Cameron Ford, Yarrawonga, and Allan Kidd, Mansfield.
A grade: Geoff McLure, Alexandra, B grade: Geoff Foster, Mansfield, and tied for C grade were two locals John Desmond and Jason Foster.
Immediately following the eye opener it was over to layout two for the first 25 of the 50 target double barrel, then following a short break back to layout one for the second 25.
After a brief shoot-off, the overall and AA grade win was taken out by Peter Watkins of Shepparton over Phillip Matthews from Yarrawonga.
A grade was a three-way tie requiring a further 17 targets before the winner was declared as John King from Euroa over Mansfield’s Ken Skinner.
B grade was also a split result with Jake Murray from Mansfield taking the prize over Kirsten Wilson, Yarrawonga.
C Grade first was a Mansfield clash with John Desmond winning and Jason Foster runner up.
Club room density restrictions meant that lunch was not the normal feast, with out-door pies and pastries doing the job and satisfying the competitors before it was into the last round.
The last challenge, 50 target Ball-Trap, involves targets presented randomly, both vertically and horizontally and at faster and greater distance than normal trap shooting.
Despite this being a challenging event, conditions were perfect and resulted in some excellent scores.
Overall winner was Phillip Mathews on 47, who had a great day only missing four targets across all of the events.
Second was Daryl Hunt from Yarrawonga on 42.
A Grade: Fred Heinze, from Bendigo, and Pat Calandro, Echuca, B grade: Kirsten Wilson, Yarrawonga, 45 over Marty McLachlan, Mansfield 42.
C grade winners were Cameron Ford 42 and David Luelf, Mansfield, 40.
Co-ordinating the shoot and results, John and Marty delivered a smooth program.
Mansfield Clay Target Club hosts the North East Zone shoot the third Sunday of each month with the next competition weekend being September 19 with a 110 target program which will include a Medley, Handicap and Ball Trap events.
The next club pre shoot meeting will include our AGM on Tuesday, September 14, all members welcome.
New shooters always welcome at practice every Thursday afternoon from 3.30pm.
The club is family focused with lunch provided and all junior shoots sponsored by the club and all junior fees waived for competitions.