Back Row L to R: David Luelf; Geoff McClure;
Geoff Shore; Liam Shore; Darryl Johnston; Peter Gorrie;
Front Row L to R: Tom Davey; Matthew Motha;
WANGARATTA CLAY TARGET CLUB
July Down The Line Competition
Clay Target Shooters Rise to the Challenge
A sunny day greeted competitors at the Wangaratta Clay Target Club’s July Down The Line shoot. Newly elected club president Anton Motha and son Jacob were up bright and early to join club stalwart Col Crittenden in ensuring that the grounds and equipment were ready for the big day ahead.
Events included a 10 target Eye Opener, a 30 target Continental Trap and a 50 target Point Score. In Continental Trap events, the clay targets are thrown faster and at more varied angles, providing an extra challenge.
In the 10 target Eye Opener, Geoff Shore won with 10/10, showing that the long trip up from Melbourne had not affected his aim. In the 30 target Continental, Alex Gobbo came out on top in AA Grade with 28/30, closely followed by Jacob Motha on 27/30. Geoff McClure took out A Grade with 26/30 over David Luelf on 25/30. Peter Gorrie was the winner in B Grade with 25/30 with Geoff Shore 2nd on 20/30. Two impressive juniors fought it out in C Grade, Tom Davey winning with 22/30 over Matthew Motha on 17/30.
After a short lunch break, shooters tackled the 50 target Point Score event. AA Grade was won by Darryl Johnston on 146/150 from Angelo Grassi on 150/159. Geoff McClure triumphed in A Grade on 145/150 with Ray Gamble 2nd on 141/150. B Grade saw Geoff Shore back in the winner’s circle with 126/150 followed by Peter Gorrie on 120/150. The battle of the juniors continued in C Grade, with Tom Davey once again coming out on top with 123/150 from the ever impressive Matthew Motha on 125/155.
The high gun winners were, Overall - Geoff McClure on 178/190; Veterans – David Luelf on 165/190 and Juniors – Liam Shore on 174/190.
WANGARATTA CLAY TARGET CLUB
JULY SPORTING CLAYS SHOOT
SEYMOUR EXCELS IN COLD CONDITIONS
Cold, overcast weather was no deterrent for Yarrawonga shooter Marty Seymour at the July 5 Stand Sporting Clays Championship event held at Wangaratta Clay Target Club on Sunday the 8th. AA grader Seymour, returned an excellent score of 91/100 over two 5 stand layouts. Thanks to Col Crittenden, Anton, Jacob and Matt Motha for putting in the early morning work to expertly set up the excellent variety of targets which kept shooters concentrating hard during the event.
Robert Yeo placed 2nd in AA with a tally of 86/100, maintaining a consistent approach throughout the day. Local member David Jackel took out A grade on 72/100, he used a variety of guns and choke arrangements during the day to lift his scores, however once he settles on the right set up next time, his scores will show a marked improvement. Marc Connell broke 68/100 taking 2nd in A grade. A shoot off in B grade between Jacob Motha and Trevor Bussell resulted in a win for Bussell on 86/110 with Motha on 81/110. Veteran shooter and regular attendee at Wangaratta, Geoff Agnew took home the ribbon for C grade on 54/100 and junior top shot Matt Motha won 2nd by demolishing 52/100 targets.
Another top day of Sporting Clay shooting at the Wangaratta club. Plenty of hot, tasty food on hand to warm everyone up thanks to Anita Klima.
WANGARATTA CLAY TARGET CLUB
June Down The Line C/ship.
WET, COLD CONDITIONS AT WANGARATTA.
The cold and wet weather conditions at the Wangaratta Clay Target Clubs June Down The Line shoot was no doubt responsible for the reduced number of enthusiastic competitors who turned up to brave the poor conditions on the day. However, on a more positive note, the wet weather was gladly received by many farmers in the district after a dry spell leading up to the event.
The 10 tgt point score eye opener was shared amongst 5 shooters and was quickly followed by a 50 tgt point score championship event. Daryl Hunt remained consistent throughout and won AA grade and overall with a top result of 148/150. Jacob Motha was close on his heels taking 2nd place on an equally impressive score of 153/156. Ray Gamble had a convincing win in A grade 143/150, with Chris Climas scoring 134/150 taking 2nd. B grade was won by Geoffrey Hogan 138/150 and junior shooter Matt Motha took home the sash in C grade 126/150, just ahead of Mitchell Parker 123/150.
A 50 tgt Double barrel championship was next up, resulting in a perfect score by Michael Rowan winning overall and AA grade, Daryl Hunt placed 2nd on 86/87. A grade was won by Lachlan McDonald 59/60, with Chris Climas in 2nd place on 58/60. Geoffrey Hogan once again took out B grade 47/50. An almost perfect tally of 49/50 was achieved by Tom Davey easily winning him C grade, placing Matt Motha in 2nd on 39/50.
The high gun winners were, Daryl Hunt O/all - 226/230, Veterans – Allan Cooper 223/230 and Juniors Lachlan McDonald 202/230.
SHALE’S TOP EFFORT PAYS OFF
A lovely autumn day greeted shooters at the Wangaratta Clay Target Club May Sporting Clays shoot on Sunday 13th. Volunteers from the club had been up early, expertly setting up the traps to cater for the different skill levels of this most challenging discipline.
The club put on a lovely BBQ lunch for the competitors and some excellent scores were recorded on the day. Both grounds were in full swing, and thanks to the enthusiastic efforts of a group of dedicated committee members the day went off perfectly.
Adam Shale took out overall and AA grade demolishing 95/100 targets, a truly astonishing result. Adam was followed by another expert 5 stander, Marty Seymour winning 2nd in AA grade on 89/100. Rhys McGauran performed extremely well by connecting with 92/100 targets in A grade, ahead of David Jackel on 86/100. Marc Connell, a regular shooter here, shot 77/100 winning B, and Trevor Bussell took 2nd place on 70/100. A close result in C grade saw Mark Large win the sash with 72/100, placing local shooter Jacob Motha in 2nd place on 70/100.
The club operates 5 stand championship events on the second Sunday of each month and encourages all ACTA registered shooters, both experienced and novices, to enjoy the first rate
facilities provided by the Wangaratta Clay Target Club.
MEDLEY EVENT POPULAR AT WANGARATTA
A total of seven squads of keen competitors arrived at the Wangaratta Clay Target Clubs April DTL Championship, held on Saturday 21st. Once again, North East Vic. turned on perfect weather conditions for the 110 target program on offer. Some excellent results were recorded on the day, with the 50 tgt. Medley event once again proving very popular amongst the shooters on the day.
After a nice warm up shooting the 10 tgt single barrel eye opener, which was shared amongst six shooters, the club ran the Medley event. This consisted of 25 tgts.single barrel and 25 points score format. AA grade competitor Darren Clark took overall with the top result of 99/100 – well done Darren. Nice to see local club member and keen contributor to all club activities, Jacob Motha win 2nd place on 98/100. Greg Ganning had no trouble winning A grade on 95/100, ahead of David Luelf, a long time supporter of the club, on 113/120. B grade was won by Neil Ham 92/100, placing Peter Gorrie in 2nd place on 106/120. New member Mitchell Parker was pleased with his win in C grade 71/100, it will only take a short time before Mitch. will go up a grade or two as his experience increases.
Lastly, the 50 tgt. double barrel C/ship. was won by AA grader Carl Comensoli, after a grueling shoot off with Trevor Hicks. Comensoli reigned supreme exercising perfect control by demolishing 136/136 clays, with Hicks finishing on 135/136. A splendid performance by two very experienced shooters. Greg Ganning remained consistent all day and won A grade again with a tally of 49/51, ahead of Alan Patten 48/51. In a duplication of the first events winners, a score of 52/53 was enough for Neil Ham to win B, leaving Peter Gorrie in 2nd place, on 51/53. Mitch. Parker was again successful in C grade, claiming another sash for his efforts with a result of 35/50.
The overall high gun winner was Darren Clark 158/160 and Veterans was Alan Patten 151/160.
The club recognizes and appreciates the support from Adventure, Camping & Fishing, Wangaratta, for providing the trophies at a discount rate.
MCDONALD WINS COVETED ATTWOOD – LAW CUP & ZONE SKEET EVENT
Albury Wodonga Clay Target Club did a top job conducting the Riverina Zone and Attwood – Law Skeet Championship events in conjunction with each other, on Sunday 8th April. The Attwood – Law event has been traditionally shot at the Wangaratta Clay Target Club, however due to lead contamination issues at this club, they are unable to run skeet events at present. This is the second year that the event has been held at the Albury – Wodonga club, in recognition of the importance and history of the cup to many skeet shooters now for several decades.
It was great to have Bill Attwood attend this years shoot, thanks to Mario Marino for going out of his way to pick Bill up very early on Sunday morning and deliver him back to his home in Melbourne after the event.
Both Bill Attwood and the late Kevin Law were very keen skeet shooters for many years. In particular, Bill’s contributions and generosity towards skeet and his promotion and encouragement of younger shooters over many years, has made him a well respected and recognized figure both here and in New Zealand.
The club decided to combine the Riverina Zone Skeet Championship with the Attwood – Law event, which was a good and popular decision amongst all competitors on the day. The weather conditions were very warm and fine and the targets presented were to the usual high standard that Albury – Wodonga are well recognized for. Thank you to the group of enthusiastic and dedicated team of ladies for their high standard of food and snacks available during the day. This very important task was recognized and appreciated by all.
The overall winner of the Zone event and the Attwood – Law cup was Mark McDonald, with an almost flawless result of 99/100. Mark puts a lot of effort into his game and displays perfect control with his approach to every shot fired. Gil. Farish took out AA grade one target behind on 98/100, leaving David Jackel from Wangaratta in 2nd place with 97/100. Brian Reid shot 96/100 achieving a win for himself in A grade, just ahead of Shepparton – Numurkah member Peter Finn on 94/100. Nice to see Royce Wojtowyez win B grade with a tally of 104/109, placing keen skeet shooter Ross Winnell in 2nd, on 103/109. Junior shooter Ben Kuschert shot well all day to achieve 1st place in C grade 95/104, one target ahead of Trina Adams on 94/104. It was nice to see Trina improve her scores as the day went on, she puts a lot of effort into her sport and deserves to do well.
At the conclusion of the event, Lesley Wojtowyez won the Ladies trophy, Ben Kuschert claimed the Juniors award and Robert Thorne took home the best veterans prize.
SECCULL SUCCEEDS AGAIN AT WANGARATTA
AA grade 5 stand sporting clays top shot Brodie Seccull, has won both the March and April competitions at the Wangaratta Clay Target Club. Seccull’s consistency, gun control and mental approach keeps him well on top of his game. Brodie produced the remarkable score of 95/100 on Sunday 08th April here at Wangaratta, comfortably ahead of 2nd place getter and skilled veteran shooter Victor Bowman on 75/100. A grader Alan Seccull demolished 80/100 clays winning the sash in that grade, with regular Wangaratta competitor Trevor Bussell in 2nd on 66/100. Local member Ian Auranaune put in a good performance in B grade with a result of 71/100, placing his good friend Neil Plumridge in 2nd place on 56/100. C grade was claimed by Gary Byron with a very respectable tally of 65/100.
Numbers were down somewhat this month, there are other shoots on in the area, and only so many shooters can attend their club of choice. The club looks forward to building up this challenging discipline in due course, and encourages ACTA members to visit the excellent facilities on offer at North Wangaratta.
Weather, Fine & hot.
Event 1, 10 tgt. P/S E/O. - 4 poss.
Event 2, 50 tgt. P/S C/ship.
OA & AA, Micheal Rowan 147/150, John Gemmill 138/150.
A, Graham Coyle 144/150, Peter Watkins 142/150.
B, Bob Foster 134/150.
C, Riley Sandral 129/150, Keith Brown 112/150.
Event 3, 25 tgt. H/cap.
1st - Riley Sandral 24/25, 2nd - Graham Coyle 34/36, 3rd - Micheal Rowan 33/36.
High Gun Winners - OA, Micheal Rowan 200/205, Veteran - Graham Coyle 197/205, Junior - Riley Sandral 179/205.
SECCULL TOP SHOT AT WANGARATTA
Hot and clear weather greeted shooters at the Wangaratta Clay Target Clubs March 5 Stand Sporting Clays competition. Although numbers were back a little, perhaps due to the long weekend, the marksmen on the day certainly didn’t lack any enthusiasm or finely honed skills at the 100 target event. Sporting Clays are definitely a good test of any shotgunners skills and the local club has the ability to provide for both experienced and novice levels at the range.
Largely due to the excellent skills of Col. Crittenden, Graham Coyle, Anton and Jacob Motha in setting up the two grounds early on the day, all shooters enjoyed an excellent range of targets to satisfy all abilities. Thanks also goes to shooters from other clubs, that assisted at the end of the day in packing everything up before the presentations were made.
Brodie Seccull easily took out AA grade and overall with a brilliant score of 92/100. David De Maria , a member of Finley Gun Club, soon moved from C grade to AA after his first 50 targets at this discipline, finishing in 2nd place on 89/100. Regular visitor to the Wangaratta range, Victor Bowman, also remained on top of his game during the day, winning A grade with a tally of 89/100, placing Allan Seccull 2nd place on 84/100. B grade was well won by Colin Kneebone 75/100, with Marc Connell blasting 73/100 in 2nd place. Paul Weygood demolished 77/100 taking home the ribbon in C, leaving Barry Ellis in 2nd place on 66/100.
The club encourages all ACTA competition shooters to visit the excellent facilities at Wangaratta for an enjoyable days shooting. Any non members can visit the club up to three times on practice days for a shot. More details contact Brian Reid, 03 57217799.
REYNOLDS TOP SCORER AT WANGARATTA.
The Wangaratta Clay Target Club ran a very successful 5 stand sporting clays shoot on Sunday 11th February. The club is encouraged by a gradual increase in competitors attending to shoot this exciting and challenging discipline. Wangaraata offers two layouts of expertly set targets, providing a satisfying experience to all skill levels.
AA grader Mark Reynolds expertly took out the overall title on the day, demolishing 87/100, ahead of local member David Jackel on 82/100. Jackel has proven to be a good all-rounder at both skeet and sporting clays, and is always very receptive to accept advice and coaching from others to further improve his scores. Junior shooter, Rhys McGauran proved his abilities in A grade hitting 79/100, just ahead of Victor Bowman on 78/100. Nice to see husband and wife team and regular visitors to the club, Angela and Christopher Kloppenborg take home the trophies in B grade. Angela shot consistently well during the event, bagging 72/100 ahead of Christopher on 62/100. C grade winner and junior member who contributes in many positive ways to the suuceess of the club was Jacob Motha, winning himself another sash after breaking 76/100, one target in front of Ben Kuschert 75/100.
Best veteran on the day was hard working committee man Graham Coyle 79/100 with Rhys McGauran claiming the Junior trophy on 79/100.
January 20 DTL shoot.
Very hot / fine.
10 tgt E/O 11 poss.
30 tgt DB C/ship. OA & AA, Daryl Hunt 68/68, Rob. Stackhouse 67/68. A, Tom Bilney 66/66, Hayden Bevan 41/42. B, Rob. Foster 30/30, Colin Repacholi 33/36. C, John Collins 27/30, Barry Ellis 18/30.
30 tgt SB C/ship. OA &AA, Rob. Stackhouse 39/39, Daryl Hunt 44/44. A, Thomas Bilney 30/30, Bobby Lambevski 30/32, B, Colin Repacholi 29/30, Rob. Foster 25/30. C, John Collins 22/30, Barry Ellis 21/30.
30 tgt Cont. C/ship. OA & AA, Daryl Hunt 30/31, Michael Rowan 29/30. A, Thomas Bilney 29/30, Ricky Bilney 40/44, B, Greg Ganning 25/30, Rob. Foster 23/30. C, John Collins 22/30, Barry Ellis 18/30.
High Gun Winners - OA, Tom Bilney 108/110, Vet - Rob Stackhouse 107/110, Jnr. Lachlan McDonald.
SPORTING CLAYS SUCCESS AT WANGARATTA
Perfect weather conditions greeted shooters at the Wangaratta Clay Target Club grounds for the January 5 Stand Championship event on Sunday 14th. The attendance was up on the previous shoot in November last year which was very encouraging for the club.
Enthusiastic club volunteers put a lot of thought and effort into setting up the traps on both grounds early in the morning. At presentation time, several winners complimented the club on the way the excellent flight pattern of the targets were suited to all skill levels. The entire event was conducted in the clubs usual friendly and relaxed style, encouraging the competitors to return for the excellent facilities available here in Wangaratta.
Local member David Jackel took out the overall sash with a result of 87/100. The only target that challenged him was the rabbit on the second ground, however after some helpful advice from club member Brian Reid, he should overcome any further difficulties next time around. Max Kavanagh placed 2nd in AA grade on 70/100. Veteran shooter and regular attendee at Wangaratta, Victor Bowman produced an excellent tally of 83/100 taking out A grade, followed by Chris Kloppenborg on 69/100. Colin Repacholi also put in a top effort smashing 75/100 winning him the B grade sash and Stephen Tamme shot 68/100 taking 2nd place. Nice to see junior shooter and keen club volunteer Jacob Motha win C grade on 75/100, leaving his dad Anton in 2nd place with 66/100.
The club will hold monthly 5 stand shoots throughout 2018 on the 2nd Sunday of each month and encourages shooters to come along and enjoy the first rate facilities on offer.
Please contact Brian Reid 03 57217799 for more information.