BERMAGUI shooter Col O’Brien knows his Beretta Grand Prix outing could be a hit or a miss.
O’Brien, 82, has travelled from New South Wales with his wife Marj for the Warrnambool Field and Game meeting at the Woolsthorpe range tomorrow.
He will compete in the veterans’ class without expectations.
“I finished third two years ago in the veterans,” O’Brien said.
“That’ll probably be 10th this year — age wearies them.”
O’Brien has shot competitively for 10 years, travelled extensively to competitions across Australia for the past six and is preparing for his fourth straight Warrnambool grand prix. But the former marlin fishing boat skipper has a strong focus on enjoyment.
Winning comes second.
“I used to call myself a shooter and now I call myself a cartridge tester,” O’Brien joked.
“Sometimes I hit them and sometimes I don’t.”
O’Brien said the Woolsthorpe range was picturesque.
“The targets are thrown so all classes are a chance to hit a target, it’s not just for the high-class shooters,” he said.
“The grounds here are exquisite. It’s in the bush among the big old gum trees. A lovely venue with a great clubhouse.
“I have been here a week in preparation. It started at Laang last weekend and Shepparton the weekend before that.
“I am going to South Australia and shooting at the national field and game titles in three weeks’ time and then back home to Bermagui.”
O’Brien is one of 250 competitors entered across eight grades tomorrow.
Grades are AA, A, B, C, veterans, women, juniors and targets only, which is for non-members.
Shooting starts at 8am.