Sunday 09 June - Sporting Clays Competition
Standing L ~ R: Tom Challis, Brodie Seccull, Russ Taylor, Peter Brown, Marion Barnes, Russell Barnes, Clinton Kneebone & Simon Hore.
Kneeling: Matthew Motha, Tanner Irvine & Hunter Irvine.
Seccull Shows the Way in Sporting Clays
Seven squads of shooters fronted up to make the most of the new facilities at the Wangaratta Clay Target Club’s Sunday 09 June Sporting Clays competition. The club’s North Wangaratta grounds have been a hive of activity over the past few weeks, with all kinds of tradies involved in installing an impressive new toilet block, plumbing in the septic system, wiring up power supplies, fitting out the new kitchen, levelling and re-sheeting the carparks and calibrating the target traps.
Sunday’s competition started early for the club volunteers. Graham Coyle is up north chasing the sun, so it was left to Col Crittenden, Anton Motha and Matt Motha to brave the morning chill to get the target layouts up and running.
The 100 target event was comprised of four rounds of 25 targets shot over two grounds. The weather varied from patchy blue skies to heavily overcast to a sudden downpour late in the afternoon, but none of that concerned Cobram F&G member Brodie Seccull. He shot 96/110 to take out AA Grade and, after a shoot-off with Simon Hore, the overall win. Second in AA Grade was Tom Challis on 86/100.
A Grade went to Simon Hore with 92/110. Simon is from Wodonga, but says that he has fond memories of the Wang club, winning a schoolboys shoot here in 1978 and buying his first UO gun from club legend, Ernie Williams. Second in A Grade went to Russ Taylor on 84/100.
B Grade was close, but one extra target smashed gave Russell Barnes the win over Peter Brown, 80/100 to 79/100.
The C Grade win with 82/100 made the long drive from Moulamein worthwhile for Clinton Kneebone. Matt Motha was second on 77/100. Matt & Clinton both managed rounds of 22/25, impressive shooting for C Graders.
High Gun winners were, Overall, Brodie Seccull 96/110, Ladies, Marion Barnes 48/100 and Juniors, Matthew Motha 77/100. The Wangaratta Aussie Disposals Junior Encouragement Awards went to Tanner and Hunter Irvine.
Saturday 18 May - Down the Line Competition
Standing L to R: Philip Matthews, Gordon Twamley, Peter Brown, Peter Gorrie, Bob Foster, Graham Coyle, Mick Rowan.
Front L to R: Tom Davey, Jacob Motha, Matt Motha.
Gordon Twamley takes out the Bob Barron Memorial Event
It seems only fitting that a member of the host club should take out the annual Bob Barron Memorial Handicap shoot and local ace Gordon Twamley proved just the man for the job. The Handicap, one of three events held at the Wangaratta Clay Target Club on Saturday the 18th of May in perfect conditions, commemorates the late Bob Barron, a past committee member, grounds keeper, tireless volunteer and life member of the club.
Event one was the 25 Target Double Barrel and Gordon Twamley gave early warning of his intentions for the day. He took AA Grade & Overall with a perfect 30/30 after a shoot off with 2nd placed Jacob Motha, who finished with 29/30.
In A Grade, it was great to see Bob Glossop back in competition at his home club. He fought it out with club president, Anton Motha for the win. A shoot off saw Bob victorious on 26/28 from Anton on 25/28.
B Grade was another tight affair with local Bob Foster prevailing on 22/25 over St James club regular Peter Gorrie with 21/25.
C Grade saw spectacular shooting from two very talented youngsters. Tom Davey shot a perfect 25/25 to win the grade from 13 year old Matthew Motha on an equally impressive 24/25.
Event two was the 25 Target Single Barrel. AA Grade & Overall went to Mathoura’s Mick Rowan on 26/28 after a shoot off with fellow New South Welshman Philip Matthews, who finished on 25/28.
A Grade saw Bob Glossop on the top step again, taking the win with 22/25 from Cosgrove visitor Michael Ilickson on 19/25.
In B Grade, Albury/Wodonga’s Peter Brown hit 21/25, giving him the win from Peter Gorrie in 2nd with 18/25.
C Grade was another chance for Matthew Motha to shine and his 22/25 saw him in 1st place. Second place went to Peter Sunderland on 17/26 after a shoot off with Tom Davey.
Event three was the Bob Barron Memorial Handicap, with the back markers shooting off 25 metres. Gordon Twamley, off 22 metres, was the clear winner on 23/25. A shoot off saw Matthew Motha take 2nd place with 27/29 from Peter Sunderland in 3rd on 26/29.
High Gun winners were, Overall, Gordon Twamley 71/75 and Veterans, Graham Coyle 56/75.
The club recently took delivery of two new Laporte traps, so Anton Motha and Col Crittenden have been flat out preparing for the reconstruction of two of the club’s traphouses in time for June’s Centenary Shoot. It is hoped that Saturday’s event will be the last held using the temporary trap on loan from Bronzewing Australia, the Laporte agents.
Sunday 12 May - Sporting Clays Competition
Left to Right: Mitch Parker, Rocky Furci, Neil Campbell, Rhys McGauran, Adam Shale, Gary Byron, Angus Beck, Jacob Motha.
McGauran Builds on Recent Sporting Clays Success
Local shooter Rhys McGauran showed his class by taking the overall win at the Wangaratta Clay Target Club’s Sporting Clays competition on Sunday the 12th of May. Rhys’ win came hot on the heels of his excellent performance at the Sporting Clays Australia Championship of Oceania in Brisbane on the 20th of April, where he took 2nd in A Grade and 3rd in Juniors.
Setting up the grounds for competition is a big job and the Wangaratta Clay Target Club is fortunate to have a hard working core of volunteers prepared to turn up early to get the task done. Graham Coyle, Col Crittenden, Anton Motha & son Jacob spiced things up a bit this time with some challenging but enjoyable new target layouts. The early cold wind and dark foreboding skies cleared and made way for a delightfully sunny autumn day, excellent conditions for clay target shooting.
In AA Grade, it seemed that youthful reflexes and sharp eyes were the rule of the day. Rhys McGauran took 1st place and the overall win on 95/100, one target up on another very talented young man in Adam Shale, 2nd with 94/100.
A Grade saw SCA Bendigo Veteran Rocky Furci victorious on 84/100 with Benalla F&G’s Neil Campbell 2nd with 80/100.
Gary Byron, a regular visitor from NSW and great supporter of our club, took out B Grade with 82/100 from Corowa shooter David Whyte, 2nd on 78/100.
Angus Beck showed the progress he is making by winning C Grade with 68/100 from the very keen Mitch Parker in 2nd with 66/100.
High Gun winners were, Overall, Rhys McGauran 95/100, Veterans, Rocky Furci 84/100, and Juniors, Jacob Motha 74/100.
There was a bit of a Mothers’ Day theme to the event and that was evident in the lovely pink sashes and the prizes, which consisted of pastries, pies and slices. The tasty treats were a big hit and one wonders how many of them actually made it home after the shoot.
Saturday 20 April - Down the Line Competition
Standing: Colin Repacholi, Bob Foster, Peter Sunderland, Peter Gorrie, Mick Rowan, Malcolm Carr, Chris Climas, Les Comensoli.
Front: Kynan Rafferty, Darryn Rafferty, Ozzie the Spaniel, Matt Motha.
Raffertys Rule at Down the Line Competition
The father and son pair of Darryn and Kynan Rafferty made the most of their first trip to the Wangaratta Clay Target Club on Saturday the 20th of April. They were on target from the first shot and won their respective grades in the medley event. Dad Darryn got better as the day progressed, taking out the handicap event and the overall High Gun award.
Event one was the 60 Target Medley, with 20 targets each of single barrel, double barrel and point score.
Kerang Clay Target Club’s Les Comensoli spends a lot of time on the road, travelling to all corners of the map for clay target competitions. He showed his versatility by taking AA Grade and the overall win in the Medley with 102/110 after a shoot-off. Second in AA went to regular visitor Mick Rowan on 91/100.
In A Grade, the competition was close, with Chris Climas coming out on top by only one target, 86/100 to Melbourne visitor Malcolm Carr on 85/100.
B Grade was the Rafferty family’s first of many stints in the spotlight, with Darryn victorious on 99/110 from 2nd placed local Bob Foster on 88/100. Rafferty’s excellent performance had put him in the shoot-off with Les Comsensoli for the Medley overall prize.
Young Kynan Rafferty wasn’t going to let his dad take all the glory. He won C Grade with 83/100 from Matt Motha on 76/100.
Event two was the 20 Target Handicap, with the backmarkers shooting off 23 metres. The victory went to that man again, Darryn Rafferty, on 22/22 after a shoot-off for 1st and 2nd place with St James stalwart Peter Gorrie, who finished on 21/22. Third place was settled only after a tense four man shoot-off between Chis Climas, Mitch Parker, Peter Sunderland, & Gordon Twamley, Sunderland taking the spot with 36/38.
High Gun winners were Darryn Rafferty Overall, Colin Repacholi in Veterans and Kynan Rafferty in Juniors.
Sunday 14 April - Sporting Clays Competition
Matt Motha, Jack Hemmering, Shaun McGauran, Brett Jory, Andrew Dundas, Noah McGauran, Angela Kloppenborg, Rhys McGauran.
Jory Supreme at Sporting Clays
Competitors at the Wangaratta Clay Target Club’s 14th of April Sporting Clays competition were treated to a surprisingly hot autumn day. Wind gusts later in the day added an extra challenge to event and kept shooters on their toes.
As usual, the hard-working team of Anton & Jacob Motha, Graham Coyle, Col Crittenden and Trevor Bussell were at the ground early to set up the traps. Well-known local Field & Game shooter Brett Jory arrived early too, to lend his experience to the layout.
In AA Grade, Brett Jory made use of that aforementioned experience to take the win with 93/100. Second went to Rhys McGauran on 88/100. Rhys is the newly crowned the 2019 Victorian Compak Champion, having defeated a high quality field of shooters at the recent state titles in Daylesford.
Mansfield shooter Andrew Dundas won A Grade with 82/100, just one target clear of 2nd placed local, Shaun McGauran on 81/100.
B Grade was also decided by just one target, with Alex Mikolajewicz the victor on 80/100 from Bruce Duncan on 79/100.
Wodonga Field & Game member Jack Hemmering won C Grade on 67/100 with keen youngster Matthew Motha not far behind on 65/100.
High Guns on the day were, Overall, Brett Jory 93/100, Veterans, Alex Mikolajeicz 80/100, Ladies, Angela Kloppenborg 66/100 and Juniors, Rhys McGauran 88/100. Noah McGauran received the Junior Encouragement Award.
A good day of shooting was complemented by the assortment of great food in the canteen. The clubhouse kitchen has recently been replaced, thanks to a State Government grant, but the plumbing and stove are yet to be installed. Anita Klima & Joelle Everingham did an excellent job with portable appliances and bottled water. Their egg and bacon rolls deserved at least 3 Michelin stars.
Saturday 16 March - Down the Line Competition
Matthew Motha, Bob Foster, Jacob Motha, a very tall John Wojcik, Geoff McClure, Carson Weingott & his proud grandad David Luelf
Variety the Name of the Game in Wangaratta
The Wangaratta Clay Target Club’s Down the Line competition on Saturday the 16th of March coincided with Duck Opening, so entry numbers were down. Nevertheless, the 75 Target Medley format, consisting of 25 targets each of Single Barrel, Double Barrel and Point Score, provided variety and kept shooters on their toes. Some technical hiccups early in the day delayed proceedings, but once underway, good scores were achieved and competition was tight.
Jacob Motha took a break from his university studies to take out AA Grade and overall with 117/125. It was great to see John Wojcik at the event and he took a well-deserved 2nd in AA Grade with 111/125.
In A Grade, things were particularly close, with only one point separating the placegetters. Alexandra veteran Geoff McClure took the win with 116/125 from Mansfield regular David Luelf on 115/125.
Bob Foster took B Grade with 95/125, continuing his long run of successes at his home club.
Juniors dominated in C Grade with Matt Motha’s excellent Point Score round ensuring him the victory on 97/125. Impressive Mansfield youngster, and grandson of A Grader David Luelf, Carson Weingott was 2nd with 92/125.
High Gun winners were Jacob Motha Overall, Geoff McClure in Veterans and Matthew Motha in Juniors.
Sunday 10 March - Sporting Clays Competition
Left to Right: Graham Coker, Marty Seymour, Noah McGauran, Rodney Green, Vic Bowman,
Gareth Dobinson, Paul Weygood, Peter Sunderland, Matthew Motha.
Special Pre-Duck Season Event
The Wangaratta Clay Target Club’s Sporting Clays competition on Sunday the 10th of March was held under darkening skies with rain falling later in the day. It was good weather for ducks and, coincidently, that was the theme of the club’s special Pre-Duck Season Shoot. The event was Sponsored by Aussie Disposals and members of their staff were on hand at the club with a range of hunting and outdoor products that sold well throughout the day.
Club secretary Linda Motha had cleverly found recordings of duck sounds on the internet and played them over the PA during the event. That certainly entertained the humans, but a couple of dogs present didn’t seem to understand that the ducks weren’t real and were scanning the sky looking for them.
Cobram F&G shooter Marty Seymour hit 92/100 to take AA Grade and the overall win. Local Brett Jory was 2nd on 87/100.
A Grade was close with only two targets separating Graham Coker in 1st with 81/100 from the host club’s Terry Pigram 2nd on 79/100.
B Grade saw another Cobram F&G club member on top with Paul Weygood taking the prize on 73/100 from Corowa’s Rodney Green on 70/100.
C Grade was won by Peter Sunderland with 69/100 from yet another Cobram F&G shooter, Gareth Dobinson on 64/100. The water up there on the Murray is obviously good for the eyesight.
High Guns on the day were, Overall, Marty Seymour 92/100, Veterans, Vic Bowman 76/100 and Juniors, Noah McGauran 75/100. Matt Motha’s 56/100 won him the Sub-Juniors Encouragement Award.
Hard working club members Anton Motha, Jacob Motha, Col Crittenden & Graham Coyle were busy all day, monitoring the equipment and keeping the event on track. Aussie Disposals provided excellent prizes for the placegetters and the novelty theme of the day certainly added to the fun.
Saturday 16 February - Down the Line Competition
Back Row L to R: Mitch Parker, Carl Comensoli, David Pearce, Darren Bull, Matt Motha,
Anton Motha, Keith Brown, Peter Sunderland, Jacob Motha.
Front Row L to R: Bob Foster, Graham Coyle, Tom Davey, Vicki McDonagh, Peter Gorrie, Roy Ellis.
Comensoli the High Gun at Down the Line Competition
After the previous weekend’s huge crowd, it was a relatively quiet day at the Wangaratta Clay Target Club’s Down the Line competition on Saturday the 16th of February. The North East Zone championships were held in Bendigo on the same day, but the Wangaratta event still attracted an enthusiastic bunch of shooters.
Graham Browne, company ambassador for Laporte Traps, was recently in Australia from the UK and came to Wangaratta to instruct Anton & Jacob Motha and Col Crittenden on setting up the club’s impressive Laporte Twinlap trap. A lot of work has gone into ensuring that the club’s equipment is in the best possible trim.
Saturday’s competition kicked off with the 20 pair Double Rise, two targets being thrown at the same time. AA Grade & Overall was won by Jacob Motha with 34/40, a fair reward for the many hours he puts into his club. Second in AA went to David Pearce on 33/40. A Grade went to another hard working club volunteer in Graham Coyle. His 23/40 pipping 2nd placed Roy Ellis’ 22/40. B Grade saw Wagga Wagga’s Vicki McDonagh victorious on 26/40 from St James regular Peter Gorrie on 25/40. Tom Davey took C Grade with 29/40 from Mitch Parker on 28/40.
Event two was the 20 target Double Barrel. In AA Grade & Overall, Cohuna’s Carl Comensoli prevailed in a shoot-off with Angelo Grassi, 33/33 to 32/33. A Grade went to the host club’s indefatigable president, Anton Motha with 19/20 from Yarrawonga veteran Roy Ellis on 18/20. B Grade also required a shoot-off, which saw Vicki McDonagh’s 26/26 beat local veteran Keith Brown’s 25/26. C Grade saw yet another shoot-off with Matt Motha taking the win with 22/22 from the Frankston club’s Darren Bull on 21/22. Matt’s victory made it a hat trick of grade wins for the Motha men.
The final event was the 20 target Point Score. AA Grade saw Carl Comensoli back in the winner’s circle on 55/60, with David Pearce 2nd on 53/60. A Grade & Overall went to Anton Motha with an impressive 57/60 from Roy Ellis on 53/60. Peter Gorrie came out on top of B Grade after a shoot-off with 54/63 to Bob Foster’s 51/63. In C Grade, Peter Sunderland used his 1955 vintage Beretta ASEL to take the win with 56/60. Tom Davey and Mitch Parker continued their friendly rivalry in a shoot-off for second, Tom prevailing with 62/72.
High Gun winners were, Overall, Carl Comensoli 106/120 and Veterans, Roy Ellis 93/120.
Sunday 10 February - Sporting Clays Competition
Left to Right Standing: Hannah Wojtowyez, Phil Wojtowyez, Mark Irvine, Chris Thompson.
Sitting: Graham Coker, Rhys McGauran, Allan Seccull.
Big Turnout for Sporting Clays Competition
Twelve squads of shooters enjoyed perfect conditions at the Wangaratta Clay Target Club’s Sporting Clays competition on Sunday the 10th of February. The surprisingly large entry kept the club’s volunteers on their toes. Anton Motha, Col Crittenden, Graham Coyle & Jacob Motha were at the club bright and early to set up the traps and were kept busy all day refilling them with targets. Linda Motha and Ernie Williams were run off their feet maintaining the entries and results and Anita Klima had the canteen in overdrive keeping the crowd fed.
The mild weather made a pleasant change from the extreme heat of the past couple of events and it was great to see so many people sitting in the shade, watching their fellow competitors in action. Competition was tight throughout the day, with the winners in all grades decided by only one target.
Local shooter Brett Jory took AA Grade and the overall win. His 93/100 just edged out Chris Thompson, another local, on 92/100.
A Grade went to Alan Seccull with 83/100 from Mornington SCA shooter Peter Wilkie on 82/100.
In B Grade, a shoot-off was needed to sort out a three way tie between regular visitor Graham Coker, Trevor Jones and Phil Wojtowyez. When the dust cleared, it was Coker on top with 85/100 from Corowa’s Wojtowyez in 2nd on 84/100.
As happened at the January competition, Field & Game shooters once again dominated the C Grade results. The Cobram club’s Mark Irvine took the win with 68/100 from Geelong’s Ron Duncan, who was unavailable for a shoot-off, also on 68/100.
Top scorers on the day were, Overall, Brett Jory 93/100, Veterans, Ron Purss 86/100 & Juniors, Rhys McGauran 90/100.
Hannah Wojtowyez received an encouragement award in recognition of her persistence and great effort throughout the day. It’s always good to welcome juniors to our club, especially females. The club is currently running introductory sessions for women and girls over 12 years of age. Participants must register for the sessions by completing an online form. To do so and to find out more details, visit Sport North East at: http://www.sportnortheast.com.au/shoot/
Saturday 19 January - Down the Line Competition
Standing L to R: Peter Watkins, Greg Pinner, Mick Rowan, Peter Sunderland, Anton Motha, John Gray.
Sitting L to R: Peter Gorrie, Matt Motha, Tom Davey, Barry Ellis.
Rowan & Pinner in Top Form at Down the Line Competition
Mick Rowan rarely leaves Wangaratta Clay Target Club empty handed and Sunday was no exception. He cleaned up in two of the day’s three events, with fellow NSW shooter Greg Pinner spoiling Mick’s chance of a hat trick by taking the third event. The day’s competition had originally been cancelled, due to damage from December’s storms. The generous loan of a state of the art Laporte trap by Bronzewing Australia allowed the shoot to be held.
Given the late notice of the shoot going ahead, low entry numbers might have been expected. However, there is great support for the Wangaratta club within the clay target community and it was encouraging to see six squads of shooters sign up.
Event 1 was the 25 Target Double Barrel. Seven possibles were shot, necessitating a shoot off to decide the placings. AA Grade went to Greg Pinner on 53/54 with local shooter Terry Pigram 2nd on 52/54. Mick Rowan took A Grade & Overall with 54/54 from the host club’s president Anton Motha on 23/25. B Grade was won by Peter Watkins on 34/35 from St James regular Peter Gorrie on 25/26. C Grade went to Peter Sunderland with 23/25 from Tom Davey on 22/25.
Handicap events give all shooters an equal opportunity to shine and the day’s 20 Target Handicap saw reliable junior Tom Davey rise to the occasion, going into a shoot off to decide the winner. Mick Rowan took that honour with 24/24 from Tom on 23/24. Third went to Greg Pinner on 42/42.
The final event was the 25 Target Single Barrel. Greg Pinner took AA Grade & the Overall win with his perfect 25/25 from John Gemmill on 23/25. John Gray was in the middle of a 1,000 kilometre round trip from his home in Tura Beach to pick up his new Perazzi High Tech from Grassi’s in Oxley. He made good use of his new gun to take A Grade with 31/31 from Mick Rowan on 33/35. Peter Watkins took his second B Grade win of the day with 23/25 from Ken Birt on 22/25. Barry Ellis used his very old Winchester 101 to take C Grade on 20/25 from ever-improving junior Matt Motha’s 19/27.
High Gun winners were, Overall, Greg Pinner with 69/70 and Veterans, John Gemmill on 65/70.
It was a long day, but those present enjoyed relatively mild weather, sitting under the big trees with a cooling breeze. Even better, the club provided free lunch for the crowd, to make up for December’s cancelled Christmas shoot.
Sunday 13 January - Sporting Clays Competition
Left to Right: Peter Sunderland, Clayton Dennis, Ben Kuschert, Chris Thompson, Brendan Parker & Graham Coker
Clayton Dennis Beats the Heat at Sporting Clays
The Wangaratta Clay Target Club has shown that it is made of sterner stuff by recovering sufficiently from December’s storms to stage its first competition of the year. The clubrooms and grounds were under water and much of the equipment destroyed. Barely a month later, the club has staged a very successful Five Stand Sporting Clays shoot, with competitors from as far afield as Geraldton in WA and St George in QLD.
Club vice-president Brian Reid has been up to his elbows in insurance reports, while President Anton Motha, son Jacob, Col Crittenden and Graham Coyle have toiled long and hard since the December storms, patching together sufficient equipment to get the club operational. Their work paid off, with six squads of shooters signing up for 2019’s first event.
An occasional breeze provided some relief from the blistering heat and baking skies, but the conditions were no obstacle for West Australian visitor and SCA member Clayton Dennis, whose excellent 87/100 gave him the overall win.
AA Grade went to Chris Thompson on 73/100, with fellow Field & Game shooter Andrew Dundas 2nd on 55/100.
Clayton Dennis’ Overall winning 87/100 also gave him A Grade, from yet another F&G shooter in Graham Coker on 81/100.
B Grade went to impressive junior shooter Ben Kuschert with 79/100 from local shooter Trevor Bussell on 75/100.
Brendan Parker made the trip down from Queensland worthwhile by taking C Grade with 76/100. A shoot off saw Peter Sunderland taking second place on 74/108 from Jordan Hanley.
In spite of the heat, 42 degrees max, the day went off well and there was plenty of positive comment and encouragement from the visiting shooters. It was also great to see a good mix of organisations (ACTA, SCA F&G) represented in the results.