THE third round of the Fimac Engineering Handicap Shield was the feature event of the August shoot at Bega Gun Club.
Twenty-five hardy souls turned up on a beautiful, crisp, sunny morning, numbers being slightly down due to the two day event at Cowra which a number of members traditionally attend.
The program opened with a 25-target double barrel event shot from a common mark.
B Graders Craig Field and Robert Taylor shot possible, as did A Grader John Siede.
After a brief shoot-off, Craig took B Grade with 31/31, from runner-up Robert on 30/31.
With John Siede taking A Grade, second went to Kevin Hurt with a score of 23/25.
In AA grade, Fimac sponsor Shane Platts shot 24/25 to win from Alf Niesar on 23/25.
C grade again saw places being decided by shoot-off, with Mick Diss taking the winner’s trophy 26/28 from runner-up Jeff Crowe on 25/28.
The main event, the third round of the Fimac Engineering Handicap Shield, followed and again the scores were close.
Robert Taylor and Kevin Hurt both shot possibles and then took a further eight targets, before Taylor was successful, winning the round with a 33/33 to Kevin’s 32/33.
New Club member and C grade shooter Gary Way took out third place with a score of 24/25.
The usual fantastic lunch was followed by the final event, a 50-target point-score.
Cooma shooter and regular visitor, Steve McIntyre, scored 144/150 to win AA Grade, with Shane Platts featuring again in second, with a score of 137/150.
In A Grade veteran John Siede scored 140/150 to win from Gary Vickers on 136/150.
Keith Pearce displayed a high level of skill to take the prize in B Grade 143/150, with Bert Deacon second on a total of 138/150.
Once again in C grade, Mick Diss and Jeff Crowe competed for the prize, with Crowe reversing the event one result, winning 126/150 to Diss’s 125/150.
With president Phil Body in Cowra, Shane Platts and Alf Niesar did the honours, thanking all and presenting the prizes.
Taylor seemed very pleased to receive the shield for the Fimac and much applause was forthcoming when super oldie Siede was announced as High Gun with a score of 188 for the day.
George Adamopoulos graciously accepted the meat tray as winner of the raffle draw, leaving the money to accumulate for the next shoot.
September sees another highlight on the club’s calendar, with the program consisting of one event, the Alf and Gail Niesar sponsored 100T Ball Trap Open Championship.
Speed up your reflexes and come along to what should be a fabulous fun day. Practice at 9am with competition commencing at 10am.