Clay shoot­ers win bronze at champs

Bush Telegraph - - News - By DAVE MUR­DOCH

There were top shoot­ers at the Woodville Clay Tar­get Club on Sun­day, April 29, when it hosted the Manawatu Dis­trict Cham­pi­onships and four of them had re­cently per­formed well in the world cham­pi­onships held at Wagga Wagga in Aus­tralia dur­ing late March.

Three of the medal­lists were from the Tararua and each won a bronze in the teams’ events, Dave Smith and Roger Bi­dois of the Dan­nevirke Club in the men’s open and Vance Butcher in the vet­er­ans.

March was ex­tremely busy for all top shoot­ers as it be­gan with the na­tional cham­pi­onships in the first week where the Hawke’s Bay provin­cial team won the com­pe­ti­tion and Vance Butcher won the vet­er­ans sin­gle bar­rel com­pe­ti­tion.

From there they qual­i­fied for the New Zealand teams to com­pete in the world cham­pi­onships at Wagga Wagga.

Be­fore tak­ing part in the worlds they shot in the Aus­tralian Na­tional Cham­pi­onships for six days, gain­ing some ex­pe­ri­ence of the con­di­tions be­fore mov­ing on to the in­ter­na­tional event in the last week of March.

Roger Bi­dois and Dave Smith were in the No 1 New Zealand Team of five shoot­ers which placed third. Vance Butcher was in the New Zealand Vet­er­ans Team of three which also placed third.

In the same world cham­pi­onships the New Zealand Ladies won a sil­ver medal and the NZ Ju­niors a bronze. There were more than 1000 shoot­ers at Wagga Wagga from all over the world.

At the same time shoot­ers qual­i­fied to rep­re­sent New Zealand in the Mack­in­tosh Team. This com­petes over six months in a World Postal Shoot when teams from around the world put in their best scores out of 100.

The Mack­in­tosh team con­sists of New Zealand’s best 25 shoot­ers and this year in­cludes Roger Bi­dois, Vance Butcher, Robert Evans and Mitchell Dean.

Woodville Clay Tar­get Club has 25 mem­bers and com­petes in a reg­u­lar round-robin se­ries of events hosted by the Manawatu clubs. Woodville hosts on the first week­end of each month while Dan­nevirke is on the fourth week­end.

BRONZE medal­lists at the Clay Tar­get World Cham­pi­onships in Wagga Wagga Aus­tralia. From left: Dave Smith (Dan­nevirke), Roger Bi­dois (Dan­nevirke), Paul Black (Nel­son), Vance Butcher (Woodville).

MEM­BERS of the New Zealand Mack­in­tosh team from left: Robert Prince (Hutt Val­ley), Roger Bi­dois (Dan­nevirke), Robert Evans (Woodville), Vance Butcher (Woodville). (Ab­sent Mitchell Dean — Dan­nevirke).

SHOOT­ERS tak­ing part in the Manawatu Dis­trict Cham­pi­onships on Sun­day, April 29.

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