MATHOURA’S March clay target shoot was an all tower affair, shot over the new Gemini trap, just purchased and installed, with the grateful assistance of a community council grant.
The grant was part of government money to help sport during the council amalgamation process.
The committee of Mathoura Gun Club was very pleased to receive the grant, and had lots of willing helpers to install the new trap prior to the shoot, an ideal time as the old tower trap had been giving quite a bit of bother.
Word had probably got out about the new trap as four full squads of shooters turned up to compete in the shoot, and being an all tower program that is a very good roll-up.
The night turned out to be excellent weather, and some very good scores were recorded.
Event one, a ten target bouble barrel night tower cash divide, was won by three Numurkah/Shepparton shooters and one Echuca member all shooting a full 10/10 score and each received an equal share of the first place dividend.
They were Colin and Peter Finn, Barry Bloodworth, and Echuca’s Nick Dean.
Event two, was a fifteen target single barrel night tower cash divide.
No possibles were shot this time, but two shooters managed to lose just one target to score a 14/15.
They were Peter Finn and Nick Dean sharing all the first place money, coming in second place with a score of 13/15 was Paul McKendrick (Euroa), Barry Bloodworth, and Mick Keirl (Mathoura).
Event Three, the main event for the evening, was a 25 target Victorian north east zone night double barrel tower championship.
After a shoot off lasting just three targets Mathoura’s Mick Keirl put his hand up to be the overall winner, also the first placegetter of A/AA grade, with an unbeaten score of 28/28.
Well shot Mick Keirl.
B grade winner, again after a short shoot off, was Paul McKendrick (Euroa) 29/31, and C grade winner was Echuca’s April Thompson, after having scored an excellent 23/25.
A very enjoyable night of clay target shooting, with not a hiccup from the new gemini trap, making sure of a smoothly run shoot and an early finish.