Competitive day for state championships

AA GRADE WINNER: Club president Andrew Hoare with AA winner Ken Atkin.


THE Mount Gambier Gun Club held The South Australian State Sporting Clays Championships on Saturday in fine and sunny conditions, with competitors coming from around the state to compete.

The competition was a 100-target event held over two sporting clay grounds which had been specially set up on Friday by some of the top Limestone Coast shooters in the format.

The target flying patterns tested the competitors’ reflexes and accuracy skills, with some impressive scores achieved.

After a competitive day Ken Atkin and Joe Densley both had scores of 94/100 and therefore a shoot-off was required to decide the overall winner.

Densley eventually claimed victory with a score of 101/110.

Atkin’s score of 94/100 won AA grade, from Steven Scheidl (93/100), while Andrew Hoare (90/100) just edged out Steve Zadow (89/100) to win A grade.

Luke Higgins finished with 86/100 to win B grade, from Peter Klieve (82/100), while Surasak Pienudomkijlert in his first time for sporting competition, finished with 79/100 to claim C grade from Simon Vaughan (73/100).

Veteran Highgun Champion was won by Kevin Mules with 88/100, while Janette Densley (85/100) was crowned the Ladies Highgun Champion and Declan Wright (87/100) the SA State Junior Champion.

The team selected to represent South Australia in the Australian Sporting Nationals being held later in the year were Joe Densley, Atkin and Scheidl, with Timothy Widdison reserve.

The next competition for the club will be held on Saturday, June 12.