After three months without having a shoot (due to bushfires) it was good to see 43 shooters and their family members roll up to Bermagui Sporting Clays to contest the annual Safari Firearms "Springing Teal Challenge".
The weather was perfect early, but a stiff little sea breeze snuck in late in the afternoon and brought a few shooters undone.
Shooters came from as far away as Karratha in Western Australia, Sale in Victoria, Albion Park Rail, Sydney, Batemans Bay, Cooma , Bega, Ulladulla, Canberra and Tumut.
They were here to spend their money in our struggling little tourist town and enjoy a day's clay target shooting at one of the best little gun clubs in the state, Bermagui Sporting Clays.
Darren and Jan Redman, with Mark Gschwend, set two challenging courses, including a total of 40 Springing Teal, (a vertical rising target, which challenges the best of shooters).
Darren Redman was the eventual winner of the Springing Teal event with a score of 32/40.
Grade winners are listed below.
Winner of the morning slab raffle was Dan Bruinsma, who travelled all the way from Karratha in WA to attend the shoot.
Winner of the shoot raffle was Nev Brady, who, much to the Treasurers disgust, but Shirl's delight, knocked off the $200 jackpot prize after shooting the mandatory eight targets, while second prize went to club stalwart, Bruce Arthurson.
The President thanked all those present, especially the sponsor, Safari Firearms, catering suppliers, office staff, chefs, set up crews, and all those who helped out during the day.
Our next shoot on March 22 will be the" Bush Challenge" a SxS event, (sashes) sponsored by Classic Racing and Performance Engineering.
On the same program there will be an U&O event proudly sponsored by Far South Coast Excavations.
This event has turned into our biggest shoot of the year, and one not to be missed.
So why not grab a mate and make a weekend of it, inject some much-needed funds into the local economy and finish the weekend off with a great shoot and top feed.
Set-up crew for the day is Phil and Shelly Craig, Wazza and Vicki Marshall and Rob Shaw - a quality set-up crew, with excellent targets assured.
Safari Firearms shoot results:
AA grade. 1st Gav Moulding, 2nd Darren Redman.
A grade. 1st Gary Georgiou, 2nd Phil Craig, 3rd Nev Brady.
B grade. 1st Chris Raabe, 2nd Mike Platts, 3rd Dan Bruinsma.
C grade. 1st Ken Buckley, 2nd Craigh Hurst, 3rd Dom Mooney.
Ladies. 1st Jan Redman, 2nd Barbie Magrin, 3rd Penny White.
Juniors. 1st Zane Curvin, 2nd Geordy Georgiou.
Springing Teal Challenge. Darren Redman.
Visitors are invited to visit the club during practice or competition days.
Bermagui Sporting Clays is located on Murrah River Forest Rd, Murrah, NSW.
Phone: 0418 168 207