Gun club fires up for another year full of bang

January 05, 2018

Stephan Haberman during the Victorian Trap Shooting Championships at Echuca. Photo by Luke Hemer.

JACOB Motha has taken the high gun at the 2017 Rich River Classic at the Echuca Gun Club.

The Wangaratta shooter was the dominant force in a strong field of shooters from across the state.

Motha put forward his best round of shooting in the opening pointscore round, making 245 of his 246 shots.

With the total points counted, Motha claimed victory with 150/150.

With the event open to all competitors, the metropolitan shooters took the majority of the overall titles for the shoot.

For Echuca, the top performer on the day was Ian Gebhardt.

Gebhardt took out the A grade single barrel event, shooting a strong 54 of his 55 targets.

The single barrel event was a major contributor towards Gebhardt claiming the overall A grade high gun.

The event featured three major events; a 25 target pointscore, a 25 target single barrel, followed by a 25 target handicap event.

Achille Varano claimed the honours in the pointscore, claiming a perfect 270 targets.

The single barrel saw Mitch Iles claiming victory with a perfect 70, edging out John Maxwell by one shot.

The handicap honour was taken by Andrew Fiek, who took out the event with 107 targets.

The classic also featured the 50 target double barrel event.

Club president Stephen Atkins said the shoot was the most enjoyable in the history of the Rich River Classic.

‘‘It was the best Rich River classic we have had,’’ Atkins said.

‘‘Since we changed the event from a two day to a one day event seven years ago, I think its become a really enjoyable event for everyone involved. We moved it off Boxing Day so now people can take the day to recover from Christmas before they make the trip down to take part in the shoot.’’

Atkins said it was the perfect time of year for an event.

‘‘To get 108 shooters to come up and take part is fantastic. People, no matter what sport they are involved in, love this time of the year and really enjoy getting out and competing.

‘‘The weather was a bit hot, but the targets were perfect and that reflects in the scores.’’

While 2017 was a fantastic year for the Echuca Gun Club, 2018 looks to have a great deal more in store.

‘‘In two weeks, we have the National Olympic Trap Championship, which will go part of the way to deciding the Olympic team for 2020,’’ Atkins said.

‘‘For us, I wish I could say we are slowing down a bit but we aren’t. After the Olympic shoot, we move towards our pre national championship shoot.’’

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