Bega Gun Club's shoot hampered by wind

• Gun club president Phil Body (left) presents C grade’s Christel Feldman with second prize.

• Gun club president Phil Body (left) presents C grade’s Christel Feldman with second prize.

Twenty-five hardy souls faced the windy conditions at the Bega Gun Club for the May shoot. 

The program for the day included the second round of the Fimac Engineering Handicap Shield sponsored by Shane Platts.

With the Fimac as the final event of the program, shooters warmed up with a 25 target double barrel off the common mark and a 50 target point- score.  

In the double barrel, C grade’s Brian Moffitt shot 17/25 to take the winner’s trophy.

Barbie Magrin placed second with a score of 15/25. 

Robert Taylor and James Body took an extra seven targets to decide the winner  of B grade.

Taylor prevailed 30/32 to Body’s 29/32. 

Meanwhile, A grade went to Dean Shipton after an additional three targets 27/28 from Ray Kearns on 26/28.  

Four extra targets were needed to decide  AA grade with Fimac sponsor Shane Platts being victorious 28/29 to Peter Athanasopolous’s 27/29.

The second event for the day, the 50 target point-score, saw some very good shooting considering the windy conditions. 

Athanasopolous handled the conditions well to score 146/150 to win AA grade.

Runner-up was Phil Body with a score of 139/150. 

Ray Kearns followed up his first round form to take A grade, shooting 141/15.

Peter Johnston took out second 125/150. 

In B grade, Craig Field showed good form to score 138/150 to win over James Body on 131/150.

Moffitt again scored in C grade with 116/150 followed by Christel Feldman scoring 91/150 for second.

Organisers said it was a “just reward for the practice she has been putting in”.

The key event of the day, round two of the Fimac, saw two AA graders and one A grade shooter battle it out for supremacy. 

Seven extra targets saw Phil Body successful with a score of 30/32 from  Ray Welch in second and Ray Kearns in third.  

These results ensure the Fimac will continue to be a pressure effort for the remaining two rounds.

Peter Athanasopolous took the day’s high gun with a very creditable 192/200, while the shoot raffle went to Charlie Smith.

The club shoots competitively again on June 1. 

Practice will run from 9am with competition beginning at 10am.  

The club practice afternoon on the third Sunday of each month is proving very successful with numbers  increasing each time. 

Practice starts at 2pm with a 5pm finish and provides a great opportunity for anyone who might like to try the sport.

It also helps existing shooters refine their skills. 

Sunday is the next club meet with a 1pm start time and practice afterwards. 

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