Ricky the hottest shot of them all

The Riverine Herald - - LOCAL CLASSIES -

FOUR HUN­DRED and seventy two out of 500 is the score to beat at the Echuca Moama Field and Game club in 2019.

The 94.4 per cent hit rate was re­vealed at the club’s re­cent awards night, where pres­i­dent Ricky Keirl was named club cham­pion.

Over 20 rounds of 25 shots each, Keirl shot two per­fect rounds of 25, eight rounds of 24, and 10 of 23.

Tied for sec­ond were Ja­son Smith and Steve Nor­ris with 450 out of 500, fol­lowed by Mick Keirl’s 449.

The awards were handed out af­ter the club’s last meet of the year re­cently.

The day started out with plenty of show­ers and look­ing over­cast, and the club was sur­prised to have 152 shoot­ers travel to at­tend one of the most an­tic­i­pated events for the year — the two-per­son team shoot.

It was run as a nov­elty event, where a pair of shoot­ers are placed in a shoot­ing stand within a few feet of each other, and have to work to­gether to try and hit a va­ri­ety of tar­gets that are thrown on their com­mand.

It takes com­mu­ni­ca­tion and con­cen­tra­tion to hit all tar­gets thrown, which can vary from hav­ing two to four tar­gets in the air at the same time.

Through­out the day there were many laughs and shakes of the head as some fluked a great shot and hit two clay tar­gets in one go.

Life mem­ber Daryl Scott has set up this for­mat for a few years, and the feed­back from shoot­ers was great, with many say­ing it was the most fun they have had shoot­ing in a long time.

Moama RSL were the gen­er­ous spon­sors, and prizes up for grabs were Christ­mas hams.

The big­gest hams went to the high gun win­ners, who shot the most tar­gets for the day with­out hand­i­caps added. Then first to 10th place were awarded to the teams with the high­est scores in­clud­ing their hand­i­caps.

High gun went to re­cently crowned na­tional cham­pion Nick Guerra and his part­ner Chris Brown. The two of them only missed three of the 140 tar­gets for the day which was top shoot­ing.

With only five tar­gets sep­a­rat­ing first to 10th place, listed here: first (hand­i­cap): Robert Hall and An­thony Panetta; sec­ond: Bill Zo­gogian­nis and Brian Morn­tensen; third: Mick and Ricky Keirl; fourth: Grants Woods and Stephen Bottcher; fifth: Adam and Demi Shale; sixth: Xavier and David Rus­sell; sev­enth: Ryan Ar­chard and Mark Bottcher; eighth: Ron Purss and Peter Kriss; ninth: Emily Jones and Cody Storm; 10th: Graeme Haw and Ian Pyke.

At the con­clu­sion of shoot- ing, the chil­dren who came along had a spe­cial visit from Santa Claus, who made his grand en­trance on the back of a ute.

George and June Shawcross very kindly spon­sored the club cham­pion and club ag­gre­gate awards each year and they take great plea­sure in pre­sent­ing the awards to the win­ners.

The ag­gre­gate is awarded to the shooter for all of their tar­gets shot over the year in­clud­ing their hand­i­cap.

This gives all shoot­ers the chance to be in the run­ning, but with his form on point this year, Ricky Keirl was un­beat­able, with a com­bined score of 743 tar­gets for the year.

Ja­son Smith was next clos­est with 720, fol­lowed by George Shawcross of 663 and Emma Keirl on 662.

Mick and Ricky Keirl then awarded the Keirl Brothers Shield to the ju­nior and sub ju­nior cham­pi­ons for the year.

Jor­don Smith fol­lowed on from his win in 2017 to again be the ju­nior win­ner, shoot­ing 682 tar­gets (in­clud­ing hand­i­cap).

In her first year of shoot­ing, Izzy Keirl was awarded the sub ju­nior cham­pion, shoot­ing 553 tar­gets for the year.

Both Jor­don and Izzy re­ceived a slab of shot­gun shells and a tro­phy to dis­play at home, with their names go­ing on the shield for all to see.

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