Two events formed the program at the Bega Gun Club for the February shoot. Fifty targets of continental, was followed by fifty targets of ball trap. Thirty shooters turned up to enjoy great weather, fine company, good food and 100 challenging targets.
The morning’s proceedings began with the 50T continental, shot in two sessions of 25, set across two layouts.
In AA grade, Phil Body showed great form to take out first place with a score of 47/50. Jason Peters and Alf Niesar took an extra nine targets to sort out second place with Jason being victorious. In A grade, Tony Gray began the day brilliantly, dropping only one target for a winning 49/50. Having dropped three targets early in the first set, Craig Field cleaned up all his second 25 to finish second on 47/50.
In B grade, Simon Buckley took the honours, collecting 46 of his 50 targets. Brian Smith finished second with a score of 44/50. Once again, in C grade, George Toyne collected the winnings with a score of 44/50. Visiting junior Chris Peters shot 38/50 for second.
A short break for lunch and the 50T ball trap began. Bega doesn’t shoot a lot of ball trap so some variations in grades were evident. Squads went to the layout twice, shooting 25 targets at each visit. To add a little further interest, the breeze began to gust intermittently.
Alf Niesar led the A grade field with a winning score of 44/50, with Phil Body one target back on 43/50, taking second.
Once again, Tony Gray showed how it should be done with a score of 46/50 to take B grade. Second went to super vet John Siede, who gathered in 38 of the fast flying clays. Peter Engelbrecht shot very well to win C grade with a score of 42/50, while Simon Buckley took out second with a score of 38/50.
A grader Tony Gray happily took out the high gun for the day, dropping only five targets across two relatively difficult events. The handicapper is watching closely! George Toyne added to his efforts for the day by collecting all five targets in the shoot raffle, thus adding $200 plus the meat tray to his haul for the day.
Presentations were concluded by Shane and Phil who thanked Pauline and Brian in the kitchen, Tracy and Phil in the office, barbecue masters Shane and Phil, George for the grounds, and all the refs and helpers who ensure things run smoothly. A special presentation was made to Simon Buckley for his 2017 Fimac Engineering Handicap Shield win.
Next month’s shoot is on March 4, with the program to feature the first round of the Fimac Shield as well as 40T D/B and 20PR/double rise.