Shooters met in warm, sunny conditions for the final round of the Fimac Engineering handicap shield recently.
The Fimac was the key event of the Bega Gun Club’s November shoot.
Club president and event sponsor Shane Platts willed the winds to stay away for the round and a strong field of 29 shooters who took part were grateful when it did.
The day’s activities began with a 50 target double barrel from 15 metres. Charlie Smith, Alf Niesar and Phil Body tied in AA Grade after the main round. After a shoot off of another 29 targets, Charlie emerged winner 78/79, with Phil in second 77/79. In A grade, Shane Platts and Craig Field took an additional five targets to sort things out with Shane victorious, 54/55 to Craig’s 53/55 Not to be outdone, B Graders Zip Summerell and Simon Buckley, after both finished on 48/50 took another four targets before Zip emerged winner 52/54 to Simon’s 51/54. Lindsay Blewitt cleaned up 54 of his 50 targets to win C Grade from George Toyne, 43/50.
Event two saw the shooting of the fourth and final round of the Fimac Engineering handicap Shield for 2017.With a number of shooters in contention for the overall prize in the event, competition was keen. After the twenty-five targets had been attended to, 3 A Graders and one B Grader went out to play again after they all finished on 23/25. At the end of proceedings, A Grader, Michael Diss had first place, Simon Buckley had second and Robert Taylor had third. Shooters will now wait – hopefully, till the Christmas shoot to find the overall winner for 2017.
The day’s program finished with a 25T single barrel event. C Grade saw a repeat of the first event results with George Toyne and Lindsay Blewitt finishing on 21/25 for the main. A further 4 targets saw Lindsay on 25/29 take out first with George in second place 24/29.
B grade went to Brian Moffitt with a score of 23/25, one target ahead of Mark Evans on 22/25. In A Grade, Craig Field and Steve McIntyre finished with 24/25 to go to the tie-break. A further six targets were needed for Craig to emerge the winner on 30/31 to Steve’s 29/31.
The only possible for the day decided AA Grade when Charlie Smith tallied up 25/25 to take first. Second went to Phil Body with a score of 23/25.
High Gun went to Charlie Smith with a score of 96/100 and Alf Niesar graciously left the shoot raffle money intact and settled for the meat tray.
Next shoot is of course the Christmas shoot with the associated presentations, glorious food and great novelty events. The only relatively serious section is the running of the 20 Mixed Target Invitational High Gun event. Hope to see you there.