Smith wins top ac­co­lade

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY SARAH SCULLY

Na­timuk and District Field and Game mem­ber Brad Smith held his own against tough com­pe­ti­tion from across the coun­try on Mon­day, tri­umph­ing in the club’s big­gest event in sev­eral years.

Smith scored 92-100 in the 100-tar­get clas­sic to win the high­gun ac­co­lade.

Club pres­i­dent Tom Hard­man said 201 shoot­ers con­verged on the Na­timuk course for the event.

“We have monthly shoots but this is our big­gest event in years,” he said.

“We had com­peti­tors from Queens­land, South Aus­tralia, New South Wales and Vic­to­ria. Bal­larat brought a bus down, which is good, and we had shoot­ers from clubs across the state in­clud­ing Gee­long, War­rnam­bool and Mor­well.

“It was good to see Brad shoot the high­est over­all score for the day.

“A cou­ple of com­peti­tors are in­ter­na­tion­ally ranked – one is about sixth in the world – so to see a lo­cal guy take it home against such strong com­pe­ti­tion was great.”

Mr Hard­man said form­ing a part­ner­ship with Hor­sham busi­ness J & A Shoot­ing Sup­plies con­trib­uted to the event’s suc­cess.

“We started up this event over the past two years. It’s a 100-tar­get event, which is a longer one. Hav­ing J & A spon­sor it has upped the ante and we’re now of­fer­ing $8000 in prizes,” he said.

“Bill Jor­gensen is heav­ily in­volved in the sport, which helps be­cause he knows a lot of peo­ple and has helped spread the word.

“We’ve had some great feed­back about the event. Ev­ery­one seemed to en­joy the day.

“Be­ing a long week­end a lot of peo­ple stayed in Hor­sham or Na­timuk, so it also pro­vided a boost for the re­gion’s busi­nesses, which is great.”

Re­sults

Open: Brad Smith 92-100. AA: 1st, Adam Shale 91-100, 2nd, Aaron Ed­mond­son 90-100, 3rd, Jack Gibbs 89-100, 4th, Robert Hall, 89-100. A: 1st, Ben Carter 89-100, 2nd, Peter Mitchell 86-100, 3rd, Richard Em­mer­son 86-100, 4th, Phillip San­ders 86-100. B: 1st, Ian Cameron 81-100, 2nd, Mark Cooper 78-100, 3rd, Ben Tay­lor 78-100, 4th, Steven Graetz 76-100. C: 1st, Jay­den Egan 72-100, 2nd, Reece Ar­nett 69-100, 3rd, Christo­pher Trim­ble 67-100, 4th, Scott John­son 67-100. Ladies: 1st, April Thomp­son 83100, 2nd, Vicki John­stone 73100, 3rd, Rachel Corn­well 54100, 4th, Carey Bren­nan 54-100. Vet­eran: 1st, Ian Cooke 87-100, 2nd, Lance Fisher, 85-100, 3rd, Neville John­son 80-100, 4th, Brian Hut­son 79-100. Ju­nior: 1st, Dun­can Pur­cell 85100, 2nd, Lach­lan Pun­chard 83100, 3rd, Xavier Rus­sell 82-100, 4th, Michael Stevens 73-100. Sub-ju­nior: 1st, Bart Tur­goose 52-100, 2nd, Will Lutze 51-100, 3rd, Brock San­ders 51-100, 4th, Jordi Eland 44-100.

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