Goulburn Valley clay target shooters featured prominently at the Sporting Shooters’ Association of Australia’s 5-Stand National Championships in Three Springs, Western Australia, last weekend.
Held across two days with 100 targets each day, the event attracted competitors from across the country, including state teams from Victoria, NSW, Queensland and Western Australia.
Eight shooters from the SSAA Shepparton branch made the journey west and all were rewarded for their efforts.
Gino D’Angelo was the overall winner, taking out High Gun with a total score of 177/200.
Two targets behind was Xavier Russell, 16, who was awarded first place in AA-grade after an exciting 25-target shoot-off with Queensland’s Brett Chambellant, 24 to 22.
Also in AA-grade, Mick Coll placed third and Travis Tait fourth.
Andrew Harrington won A-grade and Jordan D’Angelo placed second.
Claire Bourke was third in Ladies and Russell also took out first place in Juniors.
The Victorian team, which this year includes Gino D’Angelo, Russell, Tait, Harrington and Tony Connell, won the teams competition shield for the second year in a row.
The Australian team is now being discussed with Russell, Tait, Gino D’Angelo, Coll and Connell all placing in the top 10 shooters nationally after scores from the Victorian and national titles were combined.
The Australian team is set to compete in New Zealand in late October.