ESPLIN TOP GUN 160 TARGET SHOOT
Overcast and warm weather greeted the eight squads of ‘Down The Liners’ at the Wangaratta Clay Target Club October championship program on Saturday 17th. The club provided a big program of three 50 target championship events after the 10 target eye opener was completed. Huge thanks to our sponsors on the day, Spartan – White Flyer targets and Wangaratta Audiology clinic.
Top AA grade competitor Roger Esplin shot consistently throughout the series of events and won the Alf ‘Pikey’ Foster overall high gun sash on the day. Legendary shooter Bill Attwood from Melbourne provides the sash each October in recognition of his friend, Alf ‘Pikey’ Foster,
who was associated with the Showmans Guild and visited Wangaratta each October at show time and also to shoot along with his other colleagues from the guild. Roger shot 184/186 in the 50 tgt. points score championship, winning the event , with local shooter Daryl Hunt taking 2nd place. Trevor Bussell put in a great effort shooting 147/150 winning A grade and Sheridan Morley took out 2nd on 144/150. B grade was nicely won by Peter Watkins 145/150 and 2nd place went to Brandon Guglielmino 136/150. Nice to see local enthusiast Scott Glossop win C grade 138/150, placing Lachy McDonald 2nd with 135/150.
Next was the 50 tgt single barrel championship which gave local enthusiast Allan Cooper a chance to demonstrate his ample skills winning AA, two targets down at 48/50. This time Roger Esplin came in 2nd on 55/58. Sheridan Morley took out A grade 46/50, one target ahead of Darren Clarke 45/50. Tungamah gent. Bob Foster took out B grade only three targets down on 47/50 and Peter Watkins shot 46/50 winning 2nd place. Rob Glossop won the sash in C grade 44/50 putting Lachy McDonald in 2nd on 42/51.
The final event was a 50 tgt Double barrel championship and club secretary Angelo Grassi shot a clean result of 50/50 winning AA grade and again Roger Esplin won 2nd with a tally of 49/50. A grade Benalla shooter Max Gribben also shot a perfect tally of 50/50 winning the sash, with Darren Clarke in 2nd place breaking 48/50 targets. Ron Gulliver shot a nice score of 49/52 winning B grade, just ahead of Bob Foster 48/52 in 2nd place. C grade was sorted with a win to M. Rowan 48/50 and 2nd to Scott Glossop 47/50.
Veteran high gun winner was Allan Cooper with Noah Calandro taking out best Junior shot on the day.