Placegetters Max Rathmell (left, 2nd), winner Johno Felton and Ray Wingett (3rd) after the Old Diggers/Young Diggers shoot.
Placegetters Max Rathmell (left, 2nd), winner Johno Felton and Ray Wingett (3rd) after the Old Diggers/Young Diggers shoot.

Old boys win clay target trophy

OLD Diggers captain Johno Felton proved that age does not weary them by winning the inaugural Old Diggers versus Young Diggers shoot at the Warwick Clay Target Club on Saturday.

In the individual event, Felton was the overall winner from runner-up Max Rathmell. Ray Wingett was third. Ted “Wombat” Hawkins won the prize for the most improved shooter.

The Young Diggers, led by Sergeant Kev Neal, made up of 25/49 Battalion members in Warwick, could not quite match it with the Old Diggers team of Vietnam veterans in the teams’ event.

The name of the winning team has gone on the Rising Sun Shield which will be displayed at the Warwick 25/49 depot and competed for each year.

Felton said he expected the Young Diggers to be out on the range practising before next year’s event.

“The battalion donated a shield to the Warwick Clay Target Club in appreciation of the club’s help in providing the range, coaching and safety officers,” Felton said.

“Members of the Tannymorel Bowls Club catered for the shoot.

“Carey Brothers donated a meat voucher to the winning team which the Old Diggers will use for a barbecue at the 25/49 depot.”



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