Boorowa Gun Club recently held their annual 2 day competition. Over 80 keen competitors contested the events held over two days.
Event 1 The 25 target Grand Handicap was won by Don McMillan after a shoot off with Phil Grainger coming second and Craig Ceely coming third.
Event 2 Edlins 75 target Double Barrel event was won by Matthew Stokes after a lengthy shoot off against Ben Woodhouse. The shoot off continued under lights with both shooters never looking like missing. The final tally saw Matt shoot a total of 491 targets, to come out on top and take the first prize of a gold sovereign, championship sash and prize money.
AA grade honours went to Ben Woodhouse on 490 targets. The A grade winner was Rod Haug.
The winner of B grade was Boorowa Gun Clubs own Mervyn Campbell. The C grade winner was another local Sean Hughston, earning himself a promotion to B grade with his excellent shooting.
Saturday night proved to be a most enjoyable wind down. With the shoot off continuing in the background, the rest of the shooters downed tools and picked up fighting irons (knives and forks). Saturday night’s dinner was a feast fit for a king. Two spit roasts, a pig and a lamb, had been lovingly tended all day long. A big thanks to Rodger Cooper who put the gun down for the day to cook a delicious spit roast. Also thanks to the small army of friends, family and neighbours who gave their time to make the two days and indeed the Saturday night an event to remember.
Day 2 started with Event 3 The 10 Target Point Score, with just 5 competitors managing a perfect 30 points. These were Steve Schiller, Ben Woodhouse, Phil Grainger, Kim Nealon and Glenn Barton.
Event 4 The highlight of the second day was the Boorowa Classic, a 30 target double barrel, 30 target single barrel and 30 target point score. The overall winner of this event was Aaron Jones from Boorowa Gun Club with a 149/150.
First in AA grade was Glenn Kable with a 147/150.
The A grade winner was Rohan Fleming from Goulburn with a 132/150.
B grade was won by Mervyn Campbell with a 138/150 and C grade was won by Chloe Alho with a 125/150.
All the reports from shooters visiting Boorowa for the first time were very positive. The visitors all enjoyed the hospitality of the town and its people. Many positive comments were made about the new facilities at the Club. But a club is only as strong as its volunteers and members, it is testament to the local community that Boorowa Gun Club attracts so many selfless and committed volunteers, who are seldom given credit for all the hours of work they do for the benefit of others.
Just some of the many people who made the day such a success were Geoff Mason and Dave Thornhill on the grill and Chantelle and Sandra in the kitchen. Christine in the office and Adam Reid for organising new scoreboards for the club. Shoot Marshall Ben Murphy ran the shoot and did a fantastic job. The trap machines (clay target throwers) were attended to by Anthony Gray with no major issues presenting themselves over the two days.
The two stars of the show though, are Rex Murphy and Garry Martin, both of these men have put a massive amount of work into the Club and set it up well for the future, ensuring Boorowa Gun Club is and remains one of the best down the line trap shooting clubs in New South Wales.
If you are interested in having a try at clay target shooting, the Boorowa Gun Club is open for practice for members and for beginners every Tuesday evening from 5.00 till 7.00pm. All ages and abilities 12 years and up, photo ID is required.
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