EASTER Sunday saw history made at Echuca Moama Field and Game, with Emma Keirl stepping up as the club’s first female to design and set a shooting course, assisted by a few members who helped bring her vision to life. Keirl’s course consisted of two rounds, the first being 37 targets, and then 38 targets in the second to make up the 75 targets for the day. With the first station at the north end of the ground, five targets were thrown, with a low double barrel incomer first, followed by a slightly looping target from the left and the incomer on report, then a simultaneous pair where both targets were thrown at the same time.
Stations three, six, seven, eight and nine had targets thrown high above or through the trees, providing a bit of a different feel to the shooting ground.
Ninety-six shooters from far and wide joined us for the day, with shooters travelling from as far as Frankston to Deniliquin, and many places in between.
Easter Bunny had popped in overnight and left a few surprises for the kids who came along with their families, and the grown-ups who missed out tried their luck in the raffle with seven great prizes donated by the Smith family.
Ballarat member Jack Gibbs showed us his fine form, shooting 72 targets off the gun to win High Gun for the day. Jack’s last round was a perfect 25/25.
Bendigo’s Ross Dunstan also shot a possible 25 in the middle block of 25 targets.
Club member Jason Smith set up a challenging two stations at the end of the day for two shoot offs that were required to determine second and third in women’s, and third place in B grade.
Emma Keirl along with Carolyn Stanford (Bendigo) shot off with Emma two targets up after the first station, and taking the win shooting 7/10 targets to Carolyns 4/10.
Kyabram’s Graeme Haw shot off against Matt Forster from Pinegrove for third in B grade.
Graeme took the win with 8/10 to Matt’s 6/10.
After all place winners were determined, presentations of the W.B. Hunters trophies and shot gun shells were under way, with president Rick Keirl encouraging those present to support those who support us.
The club’s next shoot will be held on Sunday, May 21, with a 75 target event at 10am and being kindly sponsored by Riverina Canvas.
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Any enquiries can be directed to club president Rick Keirl on 0418 922 951 or on the clubs facebook page www.facebook.com/echucamoamafieldandgame
High Gun: Jack Gibbs (Ballarat) 72/75
AA grade: Mick Keirl (Echuca Moama) 70/75, Rick Keirl (Echuca Moama) 69/75, Ross Dunstan (Bendigo) 66/75
A grade: Wok Kelvy (Echuca Moama) 61/75, Ian Pyke (Kyabram) 60/75, Michael Warburton (Kilmore) 59/75
B grade: Robert Tonkin (Frankston) 53/75, Tony McGurgan (Shepparton) 52/75, Graeme Haw (Kyabram) 51/75
C grade: Alex Wild (Pinegrove) 48/75, Lonny Hore (Echuca Moama) 45/75, Glen Carrol (Bendigo) 41/75
Vets: Barry Eastwood (Bendigo) 53/75, Bruce Duncan (Wodonga) 49/75, George Shawcross (Echuca Moama) 42/75
Women’s: April Thompson (Echuca Moama) 52/75, Emma Keirl (Echuca Moama) 49/75, Carolyn Stanford (Bendigo) 49/75
Juniors: Harry Wilkie (Echuca Moama) 58/75, Kiara Dean (Echuca Moama) 52/75, Thomas Cox (Echuca Moama) 41/75
Sub juniors: Brendan O’Brian (Ballarat) 48/75, Jordon Smith (Echuca Moama) 45/75, Cooper Rodwell (Kilmore) 43/75