A PERFECT night for shooting clay targets under lights was had on Friday, September 22, at the Mathoura Gun Club Inc.
There was no wind at all, a mild temperature, and the sky was a perfect backdrop for the lit-up targets.
An evening of tower competition was on the agenda, which attracted a good number of shooters to compete, not only for the trophies, but also the last event, which was a Victorian North East Zone, carrying that zone sash also.
Mathoura has recently installed another new Gemini trap, which raised the performance and the reliability of their traps, ensuring the chance of a breakdown miniscule, virtually guaranteeing an early finish to most shoots.
The first event was a 15-target, night tower cash divide where two shooters were able to down all 15 targets sharing the first place cash and a 15/15 score.
They were Mathoura’s Tom McCluskey and Numurkah/Shepparton’s Colin Finn.
Paul McKendrick (Euroa) and Tim Maher (Deniliquin) managed to lose just one target each, so they shared all the second place cash as well as a 14/15 score.
Event two was a 10 target, night, single barrel tower cash divide, and there were only two shooters who came up with a clean score of 10/10.
They were Tim Maher and Peter Finn, who shared all the first-place money.
The third and final event was a 25-target, Victorian North East Zone, night, single-barrel tower championship.
The overall and AA/A grade first place was taken out by Peter Finn, who by this time really had his eye in, dropping only two targets in this difficult single-barrel night event.
His score of 23/25 was unbeaten with B grade first place collected by Paul McKendrick with an excellent score of 22/25.
Peter McCluskey and Rhys Glenn, both Mathoura members, needed just one target in their shoot-off to decide that Peter McCluskey was the C grade placegetter in this event with a score of 21/26.
It was a good night for clay target shooting and each and every competitor really enjoyed the evening.