Top guns converge for seaside carnival

WARRNAMBOOL Clay Target club will host shooters from across the country this weekend for its annual seaside carnival. 

The club’s biggest event of the year is expected to attract up to 150 shooters over the three-day carnival, competing for more than $12,000 in cash, shells and prizes. 

Club secretary Gerard Hose said the event had grown from a one-day to a three-day shoot. 

“We started it three years ago as the marquee event for the club,” he said. 

“The first year we had 90 shooters, last year we had 120 and this year we are expecting about 150.

“It just keeps getting bigger every year and attracts some top shooters from all over the country.” 

Hose said the program would get under way tonight, with a twilight 30-target pointscore championship.

He said at nightfall, the club at Buckleys Road would be lit up for the South West Zone Double Barrel Championship. 

“It’s a 25-target event that will probably run until about 1am by the time we get through all the shooters,” he said. 

The program continues from 10am tomorrow with a 25-target pointscore championship, a 25-target single barrel championship and the main event for the weekend, the 50-target double barrel championship. 

“That’s graded AA, A, B and C, with prizes for the overall winner as well as the ladies, juniors and veterans,” Hose said. 

“We finish everything off on Sunday with a 25-target handicap and a 45-target champion of champions. 

“Entries are taken right up until Friday night. People can shoot the whole program or just a few events,” he said.

“We have a barbecue on the Friday night and a dinner on Saturday night, so it’s a bit of a social weekend as well.” 

jwoolley@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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