A CLOUDY late May afternoon did not deter 82 shooters from attending Echuca Moama Field and Game’s 75 target handicap shoot.
Mick Keirl designed and set a great course, providing shooters with a wide variety of targets, including throwing some very long standard targets off the club’s big truck, which shooters needed to work hard to hit as they were a long way out from the shooting stand.
The majority of shooters enjoyed the challenge at that station.
Station one was set at the south end of the shooting ground, where shooters were presented with five targets including a target flying straight away from the shooters into the trees, along with a crossing target from the left, and an overhead target coming from a hill behind shooters.
Station four integrated the club’s little tower, with a high crossing target following the battue target that was thrown from the shooter’s right hand side.
A report pair after two double barrel targets helped to make up the required seven pairs and eight exotic targets as set by the field and game guidelines.
Station nine, the last station at the north end of the ground, provided shooters with a low incoming target which landed a few metres in front of the shooting stand, followed by a quick target flying from the shooter’s left which flew across the front of the shooting stand to the right side.
Ricky Keirl maintained his top form of late, shooting his way to high gun with 22, 23, 22 (67 out of 75), one target ahead of Shepparton member Grant Sandford who won AA grade with 66/75.
Before beginning the winners’ presentations at the end of shooting, club president Ricky Keirl called Roger Kerslake to stand with him as he announced that Roger was the latest recipient of life membership with Echuca Moama Field and Game.
He has been a part of the club since 1998, was the president from 2002-05 and has held other positions on the committee including vice president, safety officer and shoot ground coordinator.
Roger continues to do many jobs around the club, and members look forward to checking out his course for the Golden Rivers Classic on Monday next week.
The Classic is hosted by three clubs over the three days of the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, with Barrook Field and Game presenting day one, Pinegrove Field and Game hosting day two and Echuca Moama the final day.
This weekend attracts between 250 and 300 shooters to the area and is the second biggest shoot on the Field and Game calendar, only beaten in attendance by the Field and Game Nationals.
Any inquiries about the club or its events can be directed to president Ricky on 0418 922 951 or to the club’s Facebook page.
High Gun: Ricky Keirl (67/75).
AA Grade: 1st: Grant Sandford (69), 2nd: Chris Charleson (68), 3rd: Wayne Stiff (66).
A Grade: 1st: William Cole (73), 2nd: Lindsay Newton (68), 3rd: Leo McIntyre (67).
B Grade: 1st: Mick Lewis (70), 2nd: Lee Lewis (69), 3rd: Steve Regan (67).
C Grade: 1st: Hayden Cox (63), 2nd: Dean Free (63), 3rd: Ian Drummond (61).
Vets: 1st: Trevor Smith (66), 2nd: Doug Frankling (64), 3rd: George Shawcross (60).
Ladies: 1st: Emily Jones (64), 2nd: April Thompson (64), 3rd: Krystal Butler (62).
Jnrs: 1st: Bradley Chaplin (65), 2nd: Tom Cox (60), 3rd: Jordon Smith (51).
Sub Jnrs: 1st: Taylor Cole (70), 2nd: Nicholas Cox (62), 3rd: William Brooks (60).