Mathoura’s March clay target shoot was an all-tower affair, using the new Gemini trap that was recently purchased and installed with the grateful assistance of a community council grant.
The grant was part of government money made available as part of the recent council amalgamation process.
The Mathoura Gun Club committee was pleased to receive the grant and had lots of willing helpers to install the new trap prior to the shoot — an ideal time as the old tower trap had been giving quite a bit of bother.
Word had probably spread about the new trap as four full squads of shooters turned up to compete in the shoot, and being an all-tower program that is a good roll-up.
The night turned out to be excellent weather and some good scores were recorded.
Event one, a ten target double barrel night tower cash divide, was won by three Numurkah/Shepparton shooters and one Echuca member all shooting a full 10/10 score and each receiving an equal share of the first place dividend. They were Colin and Peter Finn, Barry Bloodworth and Echuca’s Nick Dean.
Event two was a fifteen target single barrel night tower cash divide. No possibles were shot this time, but two shooters managed to lose just one target to score a 14/15. They were Peter Finn and Nick Dean sharing all the first place prizemoney.
In second place with a score of 13/15 was Paul McKendrick (Euroa), Bloodworth, and Mick Keirl (Mathoura).
Event three, the main event for the evening, was a 25 target Victorian north east zone night double barrel tower championship.
After a shoot-off lasting just three targets Mick Keirl put his hand up to be the overall winner, as well as the first placegetter of A/AA grade, with an unbeaten score of 28/28.
B grade winner, again after a short shoot-off, was McKendrick with 29/31, and C grade winner was Echuca’s April Thompson having scored an excellent 23/25.
An enjoyable night of clay target shooting, with not a hiccup from the new Gemini trap, making sure of a smoothly run shoot and an early finish.