Davis posts perfect scorecard to win sash

Top dogs: Continental championship sash winners are Tony Gray (A), Paul Watchorn (AA), Chris Davis 2018 Champion, Mark Evans (B) and George Toyne (C).
Top dogs: Continental championship sash winners are Tony Gray (A), Paul Watchorn (AA), Chris Davis 2018 Champion, Mark Evans (B) and George Toyne (C).

The Bega Gun Club welcomed an impressive field for the annual continental championship over the weekend. 

Club officials said the June round has become traditional to host the 100-target RV Repairs double barrel championship event with support from Pauline and Phil Body of RV Repairs. 

This year’s event saw eight squads face the traps on a partially cloudy, cool Tarraganda day.

Shooters visited from Yass, Canberra, Cooma and Orbost to add to the numbers in the local contingent. 

Targets were presented in four lots of twenty-five, across the Club’s two layouts

AA Grader, Chris Davis set the scene for a magnificent day’s target shooting by finishing with a clean sheet after the first half of proceedings.

He was closely followed by Yass shooter Paul Watchorn, Charlie Smith, Wayde Hawkins and Matthew Gerstenberg.

By the end of the second half, Chris had done what officials said all shooters aspire to - he had shot a flawless card 100/100.

This gave him the overall sash and ammo prize and the 2018 bragging rights.

Officials congratulated Davis on his excellent result and said it was physically impossible to do any better than he had on the day. 

AA grade went to Paul Watchorn with a score of 98/100 with Charlie Smith taking second with 96/100.

A Grade saw Tony Gray take the prize with a score of 95/100, one target up on regular Cooma visitor, Steve McIntyre 94/100.

B Grade saw a cluster of shooters in contention at the half-way mark.

It stayed close in the second half and in the end, Mark Evans took the sash and ammo with a score of 91/100.

Runner-up just one target shy was Keith Pearce on 90/100.

George Toyne once again showed the way in C grade shooting 89/100 to hold off Russell Rowling 86/100.

High gun for the day went to Chris Davis, while the ladies’ result went to Trina Watchorn 88/100, with Robin Perkins second on 78/100.

George Toyne, ever the dedicated club member, left the treasurer with the shoot raffle cash, settling for the meat tray instead.

Club vice-president Shane Platts thanked the sponsors, Phil and Pauline, whiel Body thanked all the helpers for their efforts and wished all a safe journey home.

Next month the Club will offer two events on July 1. 

There will be a 50-target double barrel and a 50-target point score round with competition to start at the Tarraganda range at 10am with practice open beforehand.  

Visitors and new members are welcome, you can contact the club to find out more about signing up.