JASON Smith was in fine form at Echuca Moama Field and Game Club’s 75-target handicap September event, winning high gun with a super impressive raw score of 74/75.
That is to say, Smith shot two perfect rounds of 25 and missed just a solitary target in his other round.
Some 62 shooters defied the wet and drizzly conditions to shoot their three rounds on a Glenn Mounsey-designed six-station layout.
Taking the conditions into account, Mounsey prepared a compact course beginning with a five-target stand, plus five others of four targets each.
The fluoro orange targets were clearly visible while offering an open shooting window, and the many excellent scores recorded suggest shooter concentration in the murky conditions was pretty good.
The day’s better scores included the two perfect rounds by Smith, one by Warwick Kelvy and another by Cody Smith.
In addition, there were 12 rounds of 24 put together by various competitors over the day.
Apart from station one using three traps and presenting one single barrel target along with two report pairs, the format on each station was two double barrel targets plus a report pair using these same two targets.
As the rules require, spread throughout the course were eight exotic targets including rabbits, battues, midis and loopers, along with 17 standards.
Further variety came from the different speed, angles, height and distances at which these targets were thrown.
On a handicap basis, the day’s best score came from B grade winner Oliver Draper.
Catching the eye of the handicapper, Draper shot rounds of 22, 22 and 21, giving him a final tally of 79/75.
Finishing tied on 76/75 and separated only on countback were ground setter Mounsey and Seymour’s Brendon Knowles, the latter picking up second place.
Ever consistent in his attendance and his performance, Deniliquin’s Rod Wharton was a worthy AA grade winner, dropping just four targets all day and finishing with a handicap total of 74/75.
Just behind him came Storm from Barrook and Ricky Keirl from Echuca Moama on 73/75 apiece.
Storm’s better round two score earned him the second place prize.
Leigh Woolley from Bendigo went close to earning a 25 badge, or two, with two rounds of 24 in his overall score of 76/75.
He still won A grade, a target ahead of Echuca Moama’s Kelvy, who did earn a 25 badge in his final round.
Kelvy finished one target ahead of fellow Echuca Moama member, third placed Nick Dean.
Competition was also tight in C grade where Dunolly visitor Craig Payne won with 74/75, followed by Josh Sims from Pinegrove with 73/75 and local Danny Neven on 72/75.
Local members John Howe and Roger Kerslake fought out Veterans with Howe picking up first prize.
His handicap total of 72/75 gave him a comfortable victory, despite a much closer margin on a raw score basis.
Three different clubs were represented in the Ladies’ winning circle, with club treasurer April Thompson shooting rounds of 17, 21 and 21 for a two-shot win over Kyabram’s Vicki Norris.
With one great round of 23 in her 72/75 total, Norris finished comfortably ahead of third placed Rachelle Payne from Dunolly.
Ben Knowles from Seymour was the best under 18 competitor, while Kiara Dean had another solid win in under 15.
Her total of 76/75 was enough to keep her ahead of another Echuca Moama member Jordon Smith.
Smith’s 73/75 was a very encouraging effort for a young shooter.
Like third placed Ryan Archard from Barrook, these youngsters will see their scores improve as they learn from the more experienced members in their squads with each event they contest.
They are after all, the future of our clubs and our sport.
75 Target Handicap Echuca Furniture Store, Sunday, September 18 results.
High Gun: Jason Smith, Echuca Moama 74/75. AA grade: Rod Wharton, Deniliquin 74/75 1, Cody Storm, Barrook 73/75 2, Ricky Keirl, Echuca Moama 73/75 3. A grade: Leigh Woolley, Bendigo 76/75 1, Warwick Kelvy, Echuca Moama 75/75 2, Nick Dean, Echuca Moama 74/75 3. B grade: Oliver Draper, Echuca Moama 79/75 1, Brendon Knowles, Seymour 76/75 2, Glenn Mounsey, Echuca Moama 76/75 3. C grade: Craig Payne, Dunolly 74/75 1, Josh Sims, Pinegrove 73/75 2, Danny Neven, Echuca Moama 72/75 3. Veterans: John Howe, Echuca Moama 72/75 1, Roger Kerslake, Echuca Moama 58/75 2. Ladies: April Thompson, Echuca Moama 74/75 1, Vicki Norris, Kyabram 72/75 2, Rachelle Payne, Dunolly 67/75 3. Under 18: Ben Knowles, Seymour 57/75 1. Under 15: Kiara Dean, Echuca Moama 76/75 1, Jordon Smith, Echuca Moama 73/75 2, Ryan Archard, Barrook 66, 3.
Echuca Moama’s next shoot, the 25th Anniversary 100-target graded event shot on two grounds, is on Sunday, October 16, starting at 10am.
In recognition of this special anniversary, prizes for this month will range from first to fifth in all grades and categories.
Visitors are always welcome to view the action at the club’s ground located near the south east corner of Barnes Rd and Milgate Rd, Moama.
And for those keen for a more hands-on approach, Echuca Moama Field and Game club is soon to hold a ‘Come and Try’ day.
Provisionally set for Saturday, November 19, the club will provide coaching and all necessary equipment for sponsors, members and non-members keen for a simulated field shooting tryout.
Keep the date free. More details will appear on the club’s Facebook page in coming weeks.