The Program at the Bega Gun Club for August saw the running of the State Deauville Double Championship for 2018 with round three of the Fimac Engineering Handicap Shield and a 40 target point score completing the day’s program.
Thirty shooters attended, with visitors from Cooma, Goulburn, Bairnsdale and other points in NSW, adding to the local talent.
Weather was quite cold for the start of things but brightened up later in the day to provide good conditions for shooting.
Event one saw squads roll up for the 40 target point-score which provided the only perfect score for the day. AA Grader, Chris Davis took the prize for his grade with a perfect 120/120, with Phil Body three targets back,117/120 collecting second. Goulburn visitor, David Turner, collected in A Grade with a score of 115/120, with Kevin Hurt taking second with a score of 109/120. Club elder statesman John Seide showed the way in B grade with a score of 106/120, one target up on Cooma regular, Lindsay Blewitt,105/120. Another senior citizen, Tom Peadon, shot 100/120 to win C Grade from junior, Nick Davis, 96/120.
Round two for the day saw the third round of the Fimac Engineering Handicap Shield. Club President, AA Grade Phil Body saw off the opposition to take the first prize. Shooting off 24m, Phil gathered in all but one of the targets for 24/25, one target up on Wayde Hawkins (AA) and Kevin Hurt (A).
Following a brief shoot off, Wayde emerged in second 25/27 with Kevin in third 24/27. Members are looking forward to round four in November.
Highlight of the day, the State Deauville Doubles followed lunch. Not shot often at Bega, the event caused much entertainment for the audience as rusty memories tried to remember the smartest way to deal with the twenty pair on offer.
Visiting pair, Chris Davis and Frank Bagnato demonstrated how it was done, shooting 18/20 to win the Championship sashes on offer.
After Phil Body and Shane Platts and Allan Wilson and Dave Turner finished tied for second on 12/20, a further 10 pair were offered before Shane and Phil picked up second spot and the runner up medallions, with a final score of 22/30.
High gun for the day based on events one and two saw Phil Body collect with a score of 141/165.This also saw Phil gain another metre to now have the pleasure of shooting off 25. Members congratulated him on the effort.
Raffle winner, Frank Bagnato collected the meat tray, with the raffle now up to $500 for the September shoot.
Following the usual thank-you’s and presentation of prizes by Pres. Phil and VP Shane, an invitation was issued to meet again for more fine fun on Sunday, September 2nd , where 50T Continental PS and 50T Ball trap will be on offer.