Grafton’s Yvette Gulliver takes aim during competition.
Grafton’s Yvette Gulliver takes aim during competition.

Grafton targets rival top guns

THEY have just shot down some of the region’s biggest rivals.

Now the Grafton Clay Target Club is taking aim at other sports in a bid to attract more junior competitors into their backyard.

Large numbers flocked to Southgate Rd for the Northern Zone Trap Carnival, including 12 squads with some of the state’s best shooters.

But it the results of the junior competitors that impressed club secretary Rus Wesslink.

As expected Grafton’s John Ryder proved too strong and claimed the High Gun award for the meet’s overall best shooter.

Ryder successfully completed 287 of his 300 trap attempts.

Other members to impress were John Black, Jeff Lowndes, Derek Milligan as well as juniors Yvette Gulliver and Lahnie Shannon.

“People that come along and have a go say they are amazed because it increases hand-eye coordination as well as concentration,” Wesslink said.

“This is why it’s so good. And they (the association) are encouraging juniors to take the sport up.”

Competitors aged from 14 to 75.

And everyone left content after taking part in the professionally run event.

“People came up to us and said that we ran it really well. We had people say how good the quality was,” Wesslink said.

“We didn’t get one complaint which is good because that’s what shooters tend to do if anything goes wrong.

“To see a smaller club able to pull it off shows that it can be done.

“The big thing was to keep the show running.

“The carnival days should take to heart the words of one departing visitor: ‘Grafton you did yourselves proud’.”

Shooters arrived from almost every club in the state as well as leading Queensland organisations.

“It was good,” Wesslink said.

“We were down a little bit on numbers because of the weather. But the rain didn’t affect us at all.

“There were some gusty winds but it didn’t stop anything.”

The premier 50-target Double Barrel Championship event was amazingly decided within 30 attempts after pressure got to the participants.

The club will settle back into a normal routine on April 11 with the Double Barrel Championship.

Contact 6642 4636.

"The carnival days should take to heart the words of one departing visitor: ’Grafton you did yourselves proud’."



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