Shooters aim up
TWO world-class displays of pistol shooting highlighted a highly competitive three days of competition at the Grafton Pistol Club range.
The club hosted The International Practical Shooting Confederation Amateur Pistol Association NSW Titles from Friday with the event finalised yesterday.
Match director Robert Tucker said the performances of eventual winner Steve Clough and runner-up Craig Ginger were the highlights of the weekend.
“Cloughie's scores were good enough to get him into the world titles,” Tucker said.
“It was no surprise. He's a world-ranked shooter and people have been urging him to go to this year's world titles (in Greece).”
However, Tucker believes Clough, who operates a small business on the Gold Coast, will not fulfil their wishes because of his work commitments.
“It's a pretty expensive sport to compete in and the cost of getting to Greece later this year is pretty exorbitant,” he said.
Tucker said Ginger's performance to push Clough all the way through the 12 stages of the competition also was outstanding.
“There was not a lot between them in the end,” he said.
Tucker said Ginger had plenty of overseas experience as he was a regular competitor in the US on the action pistol circuit.
Tucker said local shooters Trevor Lascelle, Shane Sedger, Jason Knox and Louis Covre all performed well over the weekend.
“We've got some real good up-and-comers in the club,” he said.
“I think a few of them will enter the nationals at Little River in Victoria later this year.”
Competitors in this shooting discipline complete on a range comprising 12 different scenarios.
Each scenario is either short, medium or long.
The length of the scenario is determined by the amount of ammunition allowed.
Competitors fire between nine to 32 rounds at targets varying in distance from two metres to 20 metres away.