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Centenary Celebrations - Wang Clay Target Club Turns 100 Years Old
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Huge Turnout for 100th Anniversary Shoot.
This summary of Brian Reid's Wang Chronicle article is a general rundown on the Centenary celebrations.
For the competition results, go to the RESULTS tab on this website.
The Wangaratta Clay Target Club committee and volunteers were hard at work from early in the morning on Saturday 15th June, preparing for the club’s 100th Anniversary Shoot. This article will cover the general news from the big day. For competition results, go to the RESULTS tab on this website.
With a significant milestone event like the clubs 100th anniversary, it can prove difficult to calculate the expected number of attendees. The number of visiting shooters and non-shooters alike, many having travelled long distances to attend, far exceeded the club’s expectations. Nevertheless, the club did it’s best to accommodate the 81 participants and everyone was full of praise for the presentation of the grounds and the flawless operation of new equipment.
The club has recently added a brand new universal access toilet facility and complete renovated the canteen and kitchen, including new cupboards and modern electrical equipment. These significant projects were generously funded by the Federal Government and the Victorian State Government respectively.
On completion of Event 1, the 25 Target Handicap, club president Anton Motha called for a short stop to proceedings to conduct some brief formalities recognising the clubs 100 year history and its involvement in the local sporting scene. Local and State level politicians were present and spoke about the club’s achievements, especially the positive response to the EPA investigations the club has faced over the last three years. The club’s social significance to Wangaratta and North East Victoria was also recognised.
Many thanks to Anita and Joelle for the energy they put into running the canteen, providing approximately 100 meals during the day. Club secretary Linda Motha and her son Jacob did a fine job in the office, processing the large number of nominations and sorting out competitors handicaps, etc. Club President Anton Motha and hard working committee member Col Crittenden did a top job making sure the day ran smoothly.
Stephen Tamme was in charge of the sporting clay ground and was kept under the pump until relatively late in the day. Bob Pigram and Bruce Henshall once again put in the hard hours to have the club rooms and grounds all looking spectacular. Thanks also to numerous others who assisted during the day. Volunteers are the life blood of all non-profit clubs and we could not exist without their dedication, time and skills.
The club was excited to give their two brand new Laporte Twin Lap target throwers their first real test, resulting in a flawless performance throughout the day. The Laporte traps are considered to be state of the art equipment and will provide many years of reliable, consistent performance and regulation type targets well into the future.
The President, committee and members wish to thank the sponsors, Raytrade, Laporte, Spartan Global and Wangaratta Kebabs, for their generosity and support, which contributed to the success of the Wangaratta Clay Target Club’s 100th anniversary event.
New Toilets Installed - Posted 27 May 2019
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The new toilet block was delivered today, Monday the 27th of may, and what a beauty it is. Plumbing and final fitting will be done tomorrow and the toilets will be ready for use.
Working Bee to Install New Trap and Traphouse - Posted 26 May 2019
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The team has been busy again. Work started bright and early on Sunday the 26th of May. The first task was to remove the loan trap and the traphouse on Ground no.3 in preparation for the structural work needed to bring it up to ACTA specifications. Next, over to Ground no.2 and the club's shiny new Laporte Twinlap trap was put in position, ready for fixing to the floor and the associated concreting work. The new rear-opening traphouse was then put in position and fixed to the new pit walls.
No DTL for Two Weeks - Posted 22 May 2019
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Our Down the Line facilities will be out of action from Thursday the 23rd of May 2019 until around the 4th of June 2019. The two new Laporte traps have been delivered and they'll be installed over the next couple of weeks. The DTL grounds will be unavailable for the duration of the installation, but the end result will be state of the art traps that are properly set up and calibrated to ACTA specifications..
Working Bee to Dismantle the Old Kitchen - Posted 18 March 2019
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A disappointingly small group of volunteers turned out out on Sunday the 17th of March to dismantle the clubroom kitchen in preparation for the installation of the new one. Luckily, those that did turn up were up to the task. Steve Tammie is no stranger to hard work and he was into it the moment he arrived. He brought along his extra big trailer, too, and took away all the debris at the end of the day, saving the club a stack of money on waste disposal.
Thanks to Graham Coyle, Col Crittenden, Anita Klima, Anton, Linda & Jacob Motha, Bob Pigram, Peter & Alistair Sunderland and Steve Tammie for giving up their Sunday sleep-in for the benefit of the club. Oh, and thanks to Pippa Crittenden and Peggy Motha for providing the entertainment.
Keep your ears and eyes open for future working bees. It would be good to get more of our club's members involved and to take some of the pressure off those who are always there.
Laporte Reps Visit Our Club - Posted 15 February 2019
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We were very fortunate to have Graham Browne, company ambassador for Laporte Traps, drop in to chat with our technical crew on Wednesday the 13th of February. Graham was visiting Australia from the UK and came to Wangaratta with Bronzewing's Anna Shedrina. He spent a lot of time with Anton & Jacob Motha and Col Crittenden, sharing his knowledge of the club’s impressive Laporte Twinlap trap.
Anton was obviously inspired by Graham's visit, as he spent most of the following Friday welding up a frame to further enhance the Laporte trap's mounting rigidity.
Female Participation Initiative - Posted 12 February 2019
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The female participation initiative being run by the club in partnership with Sport North East (see 25 January post below) is off to a flying start. At the 12 February session, all three participants were busting clays in no time.
Samantha Watson had fired a rifle in the paddocks as a youngster, but it was her first time with a shotgun. You wouldn't know it to watch her, though. Steve Tamme's guidance saw Samantha regularly smashing the DTL targets. She even managed to break a few high loopers at the sporting clays layout.
Sabrina Hallam had been spotlighting with friends on the farm, but she was, to quote her own words, "...petrified to come out here today." Alison Harwood coached her through the procedures and it wasn't long before Sabrina was busting targets and telling the team that, "This is really good fun."
Carol Brimblecombe said it had been a long time since she used to shoot targets with a .22 in the paddocks with her husband. Like the other participants, Tuesday's session was her first time with a shotgun. Under Brett Jory's patient tuition, Carol was soon breaking the clays.
Thanks to Brian Reid for his work in coordinating the programme with Sports North East and to Graham Coyle for his behind the scenes work in setting up and maintaining the equipment.
The introductory sessions will be held at the Wangaratta Clay Target Club on Tuesdays from 5:30 ~ 7:00 pm and will run from 05 February until 12 March. See the 25 January post below for further details.
Working Bee in Response to EPA Notice - Posted 26 January 2019
Graham Coyle, Bernie Chivers, Brian Reid, Steve Tammie & Bruce Henshall emptying Coll C's ute load of litter.
The club received yet another blow last week in the form of an EPA directive to clean up wads that had been washed into the North Wang Recreation Reserve by the December storms. The EPA had received a complaint about the wads from a member of the public.
The EPA gave the club until Tuesday the 29th of January to respond to the latest notice, so yet another working bee was convened on Saturday the 26th of January. As most will be aware, we had a huge working bee on the 15th of December, but, obviously some wads had been missed at that time. What better way to celebrate Australia day than cleaning up our country?
Every man and his dog turned up. Well, actually 17 blokes, three ladies and two dogs turned up. We managed to pick up lots more wads and a lot of general litter, too. Next time you're at the club and you happen to see a wad, or a bit of a wad, on the ground, pick it up and chuck it in the bin.
Senator Bridget McKenzie Joins Wang Clay Target Club - Posted 25 Jan 2019
Senator Bridget McKenzie signing up as our newest member. She was very pleased to get a club hat, too.
Matt Motha forgot his manners and beat Senator McKenzie at DTL. Bad move, Matt, you might need a reference one day.
Senator Bridget McKenzie, the Federal Minster for Sport, visited our club on Friday the 25th of January, her second visit in recent months. Senator McKenzie is a keen shooter and she came to get an update on the various challenges facing our club. She met some of the committee members and Brian Reid gave her a detailed briefing on our EPA status. She was also brought up to date with damage caused by December's storms and the progress being made to replace ruined equipment.
Not many gun clubs can claim federal ministers amongst their membership, but the Wangaratta Clay Target Club now can. While here to talk to the committee, Bridget signed up to our club as a full fee paying member. She is moving her electorate office to our region and chose our club to show her support for the work we are doing to not only keep the club active, but to continually improve all aspects of our operations.
In spite of the blistering heat, Bridget was keen to have a shot, so she borrowed Brian's Beretta and challenged Matt Motha to a quick round of DTL. Matt is too young to understand the needs of politics and diplomacy, so he hit all his targets and beat the good senator. Let's hope she doesn't hold a grudge.
Female Participation Initiative - Posted 25 January 2019
Our club has teamed up with Sport North East to run introductory sessions for women and girls over 12 years of age to come and try clay target shooting. Sport North East is a not-for-profit organisation located in Wangaratta. It aims to connect local people of all abilities with sport and active recreation opportunities within their communities.
The introductory sessions will be held at the Wangaratta Clay Target Club on Tuesdays from 5:30 ~ 7:00 pm and will run from 05 February until 12 March.
Experienced club members will be on hand to supervise the participants. Guns, ammunition, targets and earplugs will be provided.
Participants must register for the sessions by completing an online form. To do so and to find out more details, visit Sport North East online at:
DTL is back & January DTL shoot to go ahead - Posted 14 January 2019
The two headed beast ensconced in its new home. It's a magnificent bit of kit and it's French. Très exotique!
An unbelievable effort by the club's technical crew (Anton, Col, Graham & Jacob) has seen a shiny new LAPORTE Twinlap trap installed on Ground No.3, so we now have DTL available for practice and competitions.
Our competition scheduled for Saturday the 19th of January will go ahead. It will be a 70 target DTL and there will be a free lunch to make up for the cancelled Christmas shoot. Come and try the new LAPORTE trap.
A huge thank you to Anna at Bronzewing for the loan of the trap and to John & Renee from Bronzewing for their expert help installing it.
Working Bee for Storm Damage - Posted 16 December 2018
All of the traps were under water.
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There was plenty of litter spread by the high water.
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Yet another kick in the guts for our club. As if we didn't have enough to cope with, Hughie decided that he (she?) would indeed send it down. The storms of mid-December inundated our grounds and the clubrooms and destroyed most of our equipment and stores.
The DTL competition for Saturday the 14th was cancelled and a working bee called for that same day. A good turnout of about 35 arrived with barrows, rakes and determination to tackle the mammoth task of getting our club back on its feet.
The work will not end with the ground drying out. On the contrary, the real work will only then begin. There will be many hours required to compile insurance claims and organise replacement equipment, etc.
Limited Shooting, Due to Water Inundation - Updated 14 January 2019
The club is able to provide Sporting Clays practice and limited Down the Line practice. We intend going ahead with our Five Stand and DTL competitions, but all of our activities are limited to some extent by damage caused by the storms on the 13th of December.
The committee is working flat out to navigate through the insurance maze and to get the equipment up and running as soon as possible. Our latest newsletter contains some details, such that are available at the moment. Keep an eye on this website and our Facebook page for updates.
Sporting Clays Australia Affiliation - Posted 01 December 2018
The Wangaratta Clay Target Club has recently become affiliated with Sporting Clays Australia (SCA), a national not-for-profit organisation focused on promoting the sport to all levels of recreational shooters. This means that any licensed shooter can now use the Wangaratta Clay Target Club’s facilities for Five Stand Sporting Clays practice sessions. The new affiliation also means that the club’s monthly Five Stand Sporting Clay competitions are now open to members of the ACTA, SCA, SSAA & Field & Game Aust. For more information, please visit the Wangaratta Clay Target Club online at https://wctc.jimdo.com/ & https://www.facebook.com/WangCTC/, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call club president Anton Motha on 0417278422.
EFTPOS Now Available for Nomination Fees - Posted 10 November 2018
Welcome to the 21st Century. We now have EFTPOS facilities available for the payment of nomination fees at competition days. Practice days will remain as cash only, as will the canteen. Thanks to Anita & Linda for the work that went into getting this hi-tec equipment up and running. These young people and their gadgets, hey?
Tammy Atkins Visited our Club to Show Support - Posted 07 November 2018
Thanks, Tammy, for your visit to the Club on Wednesday the 7th of November. We really appreciate your support.
Head over to Tammy’s Facebook page and see what Tammy has to say about The Ovens Valley in the upcoming Victorian election.
Tammy Atkins For Ovens Valley.
Sausage Sizzle Fundraiser - Posted 13 October 2018
The club conducted a sausage sizzle outside Aussie Disposals on Saturday the 13th of October. The event was organised by committee member Joelle. She, Anita and Debra worked hard throughout the day to keep the team of volunteer cooks in line. The crew sold over 130 sausages as well as some drinks. Our club did quite well out of the event, earning a couple of hundred dollars that will be put to good use for the benefit of our members.
Col & Matthew did a great job on the barby. Anton seems stunned to see Brian in charge of the BBQ.
Col is a renowned connoisseur of bangers! "Geez, we're gonna need more than 2 bangers, mate."
Hawthorn Scouts Try Clay Target Shooting - Posted 08 September 2018
A group of scouts from Hawthorn East visited the club on Saturday the 8th of September for their first experience at clay target shooting. The scouts were accompanied by three adult leaders and the whole troupe camped overnight at the Wangaratta scout hall in Park Lane.
Under the watchful eyes of some of our club members, the scouts and their leaders all had a go at Down the Line and Five Stand. Most of the kids managed to break a target or two and their enthusiastic feedback indicates that they’d like to have another go at it soon.
The happy campers being supervised by Peggy the pooch.
Raffle Drawn at Vine Hotel - 15 Aug 2018
Wangaratta Clay Target Club members and families gathered at the Vine Hotel for the draw of the club’s major fund raising raffle. The prize of a Wangaratta-built Lloyd’s trailer loaded with firewood went to local real estate man, Paul Reid. On receiving his prize a few days later, Paul said that the trailer will certainly be useful, but he has no fire at home, so the wood will be passed on to a good home.
Winners are grinners. Paul Reid with his trailer and wood.
Notice of Annual General Meeting - Posted June 2018
Annual General Meeting of the Wangaratta Clay Target Club Inc. will be held on Wednesday 18th July 2018 at 7:00pm. The venue will be at the club rooms, Detour Rd., North Wangaratta.
Election of Office Bearers and Committee will take place. Reports upon the transactions of the Association during the preceding financial year will be presented.
Please make a note of this important date as your attendance will be appreciated.
A number of current Office Bearers and Committee will be withdrawing.
The preceding year will be an important year in the clubs existence. With the ongoing environmental issues, new toilet complex / septic installation, kitchen upgrade to current health standards and hopefully installation of shot curtains to allow Skeet / use of ground 1 for DTL.
With all the regulation, governance and reporting required by the environmental cloud that shooting at the club is under. We need to change the culture in the club of the membership leaving all the work to a few on the committee.
The membership needs to be aware that we will never again be a normal CTC. The work required keeping this clubs doors open and operating is much greater than it was before the 2016 closure. So please come along to the AGM, because there is a real danger of People walking away from the club due to sheer exhaustion.
For more information, contact club secretary Mr Angelo Grassi ph. 0429365215.
COME AND TRY DAY - 20 May 2018
The National Come and Try May Day held at the club on Sun. 20 May 2018 was a huge success. The event attracted 32 participants and everyone enjoyed the relaxed, friendly atmosphere our club is famous for. Expert tuition in marksmanship skills and safety tuition were paramount on the day, thanks to the attendance of James Willett and other dedicated club members in attendance. A free BBQ was on offer which proved very popular, thanks to Bruce Henshall for his cooking skills. Thanks also to the Motha family who put a lot of effort into organising the event and their assistance in running the program during the day. The club is very hopeful of attracting several new members, it was great to see whole family groups turn up at the grounds to try out the sport of clay target shooting.
CLUB MAKES GENEROUS DONATION TO SPORTS RESERVE GROUP.
The Wangaratta Clay Target Club made a generous donation on Tuesday 29th November to Mr Mike Glenister, President of the Committee of Management of the North Wangaratta Sports Recreation Reserve Group, from the proceeds of the clubs September Down The Line competition.
On behalf of the Committee of Management, Mike expressed his thanks and appreciation for the donation from the Clay Target Club. Colin Crittenden from the Clay Target Club and Reserve Committee member presented the cheque accompanied by Marg. Pullen, who represents the North Wangaratta community on this committee. Mr Nate Bartlett, President North Wangaratta Football Netball Club was unavailable for the presentation due to other commitments.
Mike explained the committee of managements intention could potentially be to use these funds for improvement of the existing playground area, possibly including purchase of fencing or contribute
towards the cost of an effective shade cloth area. He emphasised that the final decision will be made at a future meeting of the full committee.
Wangaratta Clay Target Club junior members Jack Sandral and Jacob Motha, with Tom Bilney (Cosgrove Gun Club) represented North East Vic. at the State Championships held at Echuca Clay Target Club on Sunday 12th November. The trio took out First place in the Juniors section by achieving the top score of 73/75 points.
Both Jack and Jacob are regular shooters here at Wangaratta, along with their fathers Peter Sandral and Anton Motha. Great to see the next generation coming along so well in this exciting and skilful sporting activity.
All intersted persons, including juniors (over 12 years) are encouraged to contact club vice president Brian Reid, ph 57217799 on how to get involved in clay target shooting at Wangaratta.
Galen College Students on Target - 06 September 2018
A very enthusiastic group of students from Galen College, Wangaratta all put their hands up to participate in a sports day of clay target shooting at the Wangaratta Clay Target Club.
The club was pleased to be asked to conduct and supervise the session on Wednesday 6th September.
The students had a tremendous afternoon of learning the skills involved in trap shooting, under the supervision of club members. Firearms safety was paramount on the day as well as technique with using a shot gun effectively.
Thanks to Colin Crittenden, Brian Reid, Rob Glossop and Anton Motha from the club for supervising the students on the day.
The club encourages all schools to engage their students with the sport of clay target shooting, in a safe and enjoyable atmosphere.
For more information about the clubs program in this area, contact Brian Reid ph 57217799.
Celebratory Re Opening Day Huge Success - 20 May 2017
The club held its official re opening day on Saturday 20 May 2017 in conjunction with the May DTL shoot.
Almost 50 shooters were in attendance to help join in the celebrations and make this very special day in the clubs history a most memorable occasion.
The club stopped the competition after the first event for about half an hour to allow the visiting dignitaries to speak and congratulate the club on our return to activities. Many comments were made that reinforced the way the committee handled the sometimes difficult, time consuming and expensive down time period since closure in May 2016.
All members can be assured that their committee has attempted and succeeded in ‘ticking all the boxes’ in our dealings with all the various authorities over the last 12 months. The best interest of the club and its ongoing viability has always been of the highest priority in all decisions made in this regard.
At present, the club has received interim approval to resume both DTL (grounds 2 & 3) & 5 stand sporting clays from the EPA. The club will be issued with an Environmental Management and Clean Up Plans due at the end of August this year. The club remains optimistic that the plans will recognize the unique requirements and nature of gun clubs activities both here in Wangaratta and across the state.
Special thanks must go to the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party for their ongoing and tremendous assistance, support and advice in so many ways. Chief adviser Mr Norman Dunn, has been invaluable in this regard, working closely with Daniel Young MLC. In addition, the club has received valued support from the Rural City of Wangaratta, several Vic. State Government Ministers, their departments and staff.
The ACTA have also provided support to the club, recognizing the environmental situation here and the potential cost saving benefits to other ACTA clubs, as a result from the extensive scientific research being conducted here at the Wangaratta range. Thanks also to Mal Dyson and Judith Kent from the VCTA for their ongoing interest, communication and positive advice at all times. The club appreciated the attendance of Federal Senator Jane Hume MP to fire the official reopening shot at this significant occasion.
Apologies: Cr David Fuller Rural City of Wangaratta, Ian Porter Chief of Staff for The Hon. Lily D'Ambrosio MP Minister for Energy, Environment, Climate
Change & Suburban Development, Mike & Dianne Glenister, John King, Cheryl Batagol Chairman EPA Vic., Ken Clarke Mayor of Wangaratta, Shane Bruce Project
Coordinator Sport and Recreation Vic., Brendan McGrath CEO Rural City of Wangaratta, Tim McCurdy MP, Tony Turner National Exec. Officer ACTA, Judith Kent State Secretary
VCTA, Emily Garnett adviser to The Hon. Lily D'Ambrosio MP Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change & Suburban Development, The Hon. John Eren MP Minister for
Tourism, Sport & Veterans, Nate Bartlett Press. North Wangaratta Football Club, Jaime Carroll Rural City of Wangaratta.
New Team at the Helm in the Club Kitchen - 19 April 2017
The club would like to introduce and welcome Anita Klima and her daughters Joelle & Debra Everingham, who will running the club kitchen. The trio are working behind the scenes, preparing food to ensure members are well fed while at the club rooms. Anita said she first became involved at the gun club through a link with Wangaratta Girl Guides. She has been heavily involved with Wangaratta Girl Guides over the past six years as a leader, district manager and volunteer and it was through Guides that the opportunity to cater at the gun club arose.
Anita takes pride in being able to prepare simple, traditional canteen style-meals. The committee and members would like to welcome both Anita, Joelle & Debra to the club and we look forward to a long and successful partnership with the new team.
Five Stand to Resume - April 2017
The club is very pleased to announce that the 5 Stand Sporting Clay competition will be held on Sunday 07 May at 11am and the Down The Line competition will also be held on Saturday 20th May at 11am. Other than skeet, the program for 2017 can be accessed on this website. Skeet will remain closed until further notice.
Practice sessions on Wednesdays and Saturdays to recommence immediately.
It is possible that future interruptions to our activities may occur, depending on the result of the Clean Up Plan currently being prepared by CDM Smith Consulting.
All shoot programs are subject to change at the committees discretion.
2018 World DTL Championships
Two Wangaratta Gun Club members made the 2017 Mackintosh Team to compete in the 2018 World DTL Championships , see full list below, including Daryl Hunt B Team Vets and Allan Cooper B Team Super Vets.
Also Anton Motha took out the grade C overall Champion ,not bad from a
Wangaratta member who has only been shooting a year, well done Anton.
An additional factor to take into account is that these members home ground has been closed since May 2016, due to an EPA investigation into lead contamination issues. Not a bad effort, considering they have not had access to regular, local practice sessions !
ACTA 2018 WORLD'S TEAMS
Junior - Thomas Armstrong Nathan Burt Mitch Iles
Ladies -Jessica Harris Laura Woolley Tracey Barton
Veterans - Allan Pollock Tony Ryder Arty Del Ben
Super Veterans - Gary Hayden Max Medhurst Fred Heinz
Open - James Willett Steve Atkins Alex Dallas Steve Trembath Socrates Pilipasidis
B & C Juniors
Jackson Marriott Harry Mintram William Freni -Lizzi
Billy Baynes James Hayden Ben Tredea
B & C Ladies
Penny Smith Nanette McCallum Helen Overton
Amanda Holt Kelly Coogan Lil Brandt
B & C Vets
Frazer Roberts Glen Castellaro Greg Cassegian
Darry Hunt Charlie Sherry Kim Nealon
B & C Super Vets
Keith Calder Allan Cooper Keith Simpson
Mal Stephens Rob Andrews Andrew Atalios
B & C Teams
Tommy Turner Andrew Smith Clive Foster Matt Patmore Craig Bentley
Jason Oliveri Cameron Brown Byron Hewitt Richard Morrison Roger Duthie
James Willett Steve Atkins Alex Dallas Steve Trembath Socrates Pilipasidi
Lou is a very keen triathlete that thrives on a challenge and competes in many gruelling events across the country.
A member of our club, she has recently taken on the shooting sports as an additional ‘less physical’ activity that she really enjoys. Being super fit, with a positive outlook and quick reflexes, she is guaranteed of achieving her shooting goals in no time at all. Welcome aboard Lou !
ROGER ESPLIN WINS ALF ‘PIKEY’ FOSTER HIGH GUN AT WANGARATTA
In memory of Alf ‘Pikey’ Foster, Bill Attwood from Melbourne, provides a high gun sash each October in memory of his friend Alf, to the winner of the October Down The Line shoot at the Wangaratta Clay Target Club.
In the past, members of the Showmens Guild visited the club for some trapshooting whilst they were in the area.
The Wangaratta Show is held in October each year where the sash is presented at this shoot, held on the third Saturday of the month.
The championship events this year totaled 150 targets, plus a 10 target eye opener. Melbourne AA grade trap shooter Roger Esplin, shot brilliantly throughout, winning this years high gun award.
Congratulations to Roger Esplin and thank you to Bill Attwood for providing the sash on an annual basis.
CMPA Corporate Day - September 2015
The Wangaratta Clay Target Club conducted a corporate day for members of the Construction Material Processors Association Vic (CMPA) in September 2015. Club members Phillip Smith and Allan Cooper assist Jacinta Gall from CMPA shooting skeet from on station one
Access for All Abilities - 07 May 2015
On Thursday May 7, The Centre Active Recreation Network (CARN) Access for All Abilities program supported a shooting day hosted by the Wangaratta Clay Target Club, providing an opportunity for people from a Neuro Support Group in the North East a chance to test their skills at clay target shooting.
There were 15 participants in the group, with some who had never used a shotgun before, but before long participants from all ages, backgrounds and abilities were up and ready to have a shot.
Access for All Abilities program coordinator, Kathy Patton said “The Wangaratta Clay Target Club is just fantastic, they support each group we bring to the club giving guidance, safety and instruction, and really encourage our participants in a supportive, safe environment. It’s great to see people who have never done clay target shooting before, build the confidence to get up, have a go, and hit a clay- it’s very rewarding for the individual and the group”.
A lunch was thoroughly enjoyed by members of the group after a morning of shooting, and both the Wangaratta Clay Target Club and The Centre’s CARN were proud to be part of this day which offered accessibility to such a great sport for all to enjoy.
The Access All Abilities program through The Centre CARN provides exciting opportunities for people with a disability to participate in sport and recreation activities within their community, just like this one.
If you have a disability and would like to find out more about the Access All Abilities program through The Centre, contact Kathy Patton on 03 5721 0251 or email: Kathy.email@example.com . You can also contact the Clay Target Shooting Club by calling Brian Reid on 03 5721 7799.
ALISON HARWOOD ON TARGET - STATE SKEET CARNIVAL
Wangaratta clay target club member and enthusiastic skeet shooter, Alison Harwood, put in a top performance at the recent two day VCTA State Skeet Carnival held in Melbourne in late January this year. Competition was at a high standard as around 100 keen skeet shooters were all trying their best on both days.
Alison is a very regular competitor here at our local club over many years and travels to most of the major skeet events in the area. She has an immense amount of experience in both the technique of the sport and also a full understanding of the rules that apply to skeet shooting.
On Friday 31st January, Alison competed in the 20 gauge State Title and won gold in the ladies section and silver placing herself 2nd in B grade for the entire event. In addition she won gold again in the ladies for the 50 tgt. Handicap event and placed 6th overall. Another gold medal came her way with a terrific performance in the State Shoulder to Shoulder Team with a tally of 138/150.
Over the Friday and Saturday Alison qualified 3rd for the VCTA State Team, to cap off two days of consistent shooting at a very high standard.
Clay Target Shooting a Hit!
May 7th, 2014
On Wednesday the 7th May, the Wangaratta Clay Target Club along with The Centre’s CARN (Centre Active Recreation Network) provided a fun filled day for a local rehabilitation group, with participants travelling from as far as Myrtleford, Yarrawonga and Wodonga.
The majority of participants in the group had never been Clay Target Shooting before, let alone used a shot gun. Many from the group had limited use of their arms and legs, but were more than willing to shoot from their wheelchair with the support of members from the clay target club, and what an awesome effort it was by all participants. Some from the group were keen to have a second go and in many cases, hit the clay targets within a couple of shots.
Rob Newman from The Centre’s CARN said “This was one of the biggest groups we have had at Clay Target Shooting, with 18 participants. Each and every person that attended got up and had a go, which is just fantastic, and I’m sure a few from the group would love to come back for another go”
A beautiful lunch prepared by members of the group was enjoyed by all after a morning of shooting and both the Wangaratta Clay Target Club and The Centre’s CARN were proud to be part of this day which offered accessibility to such a great sport for all to enjoy.
The Access All Abilities program through The Centre’s CARN provides exciting opportunities for people with a disability to participate in sport and recreation activities within their community, just like this one.
If you have a disability and would like to find out more about the Access All Abilities program through The Centre, contact Rob Newman on 5721 0250 or 0427 212 638.
MP visits club
Pictured are Kaye Darveniza MP (Labor Party) and club representative Brian Reid.
Kaye visited the club in March 2014 as a follow up visit to check on the outcome and success of the 5 Stand Sporting Clays layout that the Labor government in conjunction with the Rural City of Wangaratta made significant funding available to the club for the establishment of this first rate facility. Kaye is an
enthusiastic supporter of the shooting sports and the club
appreciated her recent interest by revisiting our grounds.
Club donates $500 to family
Story from Wangaratta Chronicle, Wednesday, February 12, 2014.
Wangaratta Clay Target Club is the latest community group to help out the Mathes family.
Father of three Paul Mathes is in the Thomas Hogan Rehabilitation Centre after suffering a debilitating stroke, thought to have occurred as a result of the chemotherapy he has been receiving for bowel cancer.
The clay target club donated $500 after reading about Mr Mathes’ situation in the Chronicle.
“Even though he is not a member of the gun club we wanted to help out,” club secretary Kudri Demaj said.
“We don’t make a lot of money here at the club but this is a
worthwhile cause. Hopefully a few other clubs can help out.”
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December 18, 2013
The Wangaratta Clay Target Club once again provided it's grounds, equipment and volunteer helpers to supervise a visit from a group of disabled persons on Wednesday 18 December 2013.
The group was organised by Rob Newman from The Centre, Wangaratta - Access for All Abilities Program. The club has hosted several visits over the last few years for similar groups interested in having a go at clay target shooting.
People with acquired brain injury, paraplegic and quadriplegic groups and vision impaired persons have been able to try out the sport with many from each group putting in splendid performances in smashing clays.
Clay target shooting is a sport that can be enjoyed by most people and the club welcomes their return at any time.
Thanks to Rob Steel, Brad Sparling, Bruce Henshall and Rob Newman for their expertise and encouragement whilst supervising the enthusiastic group on the day.