Shooters on target at NSW carnival

October 07, 2017

Stephen Atkins, Robert Viney and Stephen Haberman at the New South Wales State Trap carnival

ECHUCA Clay Target Club members have put on a show at the New South Wales State Trap Carnival, with three shooters taking out individual accolades.

Stephen Atkins led the way, winning the overall High Gun for the best aggregate total of all events in the four day carnival.

He also finished as runner-up NSW State Champion of Champions with 146/150, and won the 25 metre championship with 49/50.

Robert Viney won the Veterans Champion of Champions award with 123/125, as well as the Veteran High Gun.

And completing the club’s brilliant carnival was Stephen Haberman, who won the double rise championship with 50/50, as well as the single barrel championship with 99/99.

Atkins, the club’s president, said the great results showed the high level of competition at the club.

‘‘There were only seven major titles to be won, and we’ve won three of them,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s always been the same. We’ve always had at least three or four of the better shots in Australia at our club for 40-odd years.

‘‘It’s a great place for people coming up and learning, because you have to beat the best. It’s hard to win, and that’s good for our club.’’

He said the four-day event had been a great experience.

‘‘It was really enjoyable. It was the first time I’ve won the overall high gun so for me personally it was really good,’’ he said.

‘‘I know Stephen (Haberman) has won lots of things like national championships and even internationally, but he’d never won up there and he was elated with that.’’

The carnival was held at the National Shooting Grounds in Wagga Wagga.

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