ECHUCA Moama Field and Game president Ricky Keirl was the best shot in town at the club’s first event of the year.
Competing against 80 shooters the club started the day’s competition early to beat the heat of a 38 degree day.
But the shooters were not put off by the forecast, as three rounds of 25 targets got under way.
Club president Keirl proved too good on the day, winning the overall high gun with 24 out of 25, followed by 23, and then 24, meaning an overall score of 71 out of 75.
‘‘You’ll always be kind of annoyed that you didn’t get more. I know I can get more, but I’m pretty happy with 71,’’ Keirl said.
He said the weather did play a part in the day’s action, but the shooters did well to cope.
‘‘Everyone that wanted to shoot got there early to avoid the heat, and we were all wrapped up by 3pm.
‘‘It was still hot but the worst thing I think was when you’re just sitting there in the open. It’s like a desert, it might only be 40 in the air, but the heat off the ground makes it feel more like 45,’’ he said.
Shepparton’s Mick Baldwin was next closest with a score of 70. This included the only perfect round of 25 shot for the day, along with a 24 and a 21. Baldwin’s score won the A grade.
Other winners on the day included local shooter Steve Norris in AA grade winning with 68, Russell Cook from Pinegrove won B grade with 59, while C grade went to Jordan Harman from Shepparton on 48.
Echuca Moama’s Roger Kerslake won the veterans grade with a score of 58, while another local, April Thompson, won the ladies with 59.
Junior shooter Xavier Russell, of Shepparton, scored 57, and the sub-junior class winner was Barrook member Ryan Archard with 53.
A draw for third place in A grade between Tim Finnegan and Stephen Penglase saw them donate the prize to the junior shooters instead of shooting off in the afternoon heat.
The club’s February shoot competition will be held on Sunday the 18th. It will be the Jack Howe Memorial Shoot, and will be a 75-target handicap event, with the course to be set by past president Tim Finnegan.
The club will be paying prizes down to fifth place in every grade and category thanks to generous sponsors.
Any enquiries can be directed to president Keirl on 0418 922 951 or via the Facebook page.
High Gun: Ricky Keirl 71 (Echuca Moama)
AA grade: 1st Steve Norris 68 (E/M) 2nd Mick Keirl 67 (E/M) 3rd Wayne Stiff 66 (Wodonga)
A grade: 1st Michael Baldwin 70 (Shepparton) 2nd Jason Smith 68 (E/M)
B grade: 1st Russell Cook 59 (Pinegrove) 2nd Mark Potter 56 (Seymour) 3rd Brook Nichol 56 (Pinegrove)
C grade: 1st Jordan Harman 48 (Shepparton) 2nd James Danatzis 47 (E/M) 3rd Jono Holmes 43 (Keith)
Vets: 1st Roger Kerslake 58 (E/M) 2nd Trevor Smith 54 (Barrook) 3rd George Shawcross 43 (E/M)
Ladies: 1st April Thompson 59 (E/M) 2nd Kiara Dean 53 (E/M) 3rd Emma Keirl 46 (E/M)
Juniors: 1st Xavier Russell 57 (Shepparton) 2nd Jordon Smith 53 (E/M) 3rd Tom Cox 39 (E/M)
Sub Juniors: 1st Ryan Archard 53 (Barrook) 2nd Nicholas Cox 37 (E/M) 3rd Izzy Keirl 8 (E/M)