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Open day at shooting at Warwick Clay Target Club

REGULARS: Keith Rowling and Cheryl McCullough are shooters and volunteers at the Warwick Clay Target Club which has its open shoot on Sunday.
REGULARS: Keith Rowling and Cheryl McCullough are shooters and volunteers at the Warwick Clay Target Club which has its open shoot on Sunday. Contributed

CLAY TARGET SHOOTING: The Warwick Clay Target Club has its annual open shoot at the club range in Rosenthal Rd on Sunday.

Club president David Cox said he was expecting shooters from as far as Brisbane,

"We expect strong support from areas like Texas, Toowoomba, Ballandean, Tenterfield, Goondiwindi and Kyogle,” Cox said.

"Club shoots are supported by a good mix of local and visiting shooters.

"Our club caters for all ages, children can apply for a license to shoot at clubs like ours from the age of 11.

"We have three or four juniors who often beat a lot of the older shooters.”

Shooting will start at 9am Sunday with the first event, the Pro-Tactical 25 Target Pointscore Championship.

Event 2 is the Warwick Hotel 30 Target Single Barrel Championship.

The major event on the day will be the Warwick Outdoors and Sports 50 Target Medley.

Each shooter will have 25 double barrel and 25 pointscore shots in the medley.

Sashes and trophies have been donated by Roulston Builders for all events while the overall high gun winner will win an under and over shotgun from Pro-Tactical with removable chokes.

The Robin Loy Memorial Shield will also be presented on the day.

There will be a practice session from 1.30pm Saturday as shooters prepare for the competition on Sunday.

Some shooters from out of town will come Saturday to practice and then stay overnight.

The Warwick Clay Target shoots on the first Sunday of each month and the open shoot this Sunday will be one of the three biggest events of the year. Up to 80 shooters are expected.

Shoots on the first Sunday of the month cater for down the line shooting.

On the fourth Saturday of each month, club member Dan Johnson organises a trench shoot from 10am.

Trench shooting is an Olympic discipline event and is shot on the Warwick trench layout.

Cox said Warwick was one of only three facilities in the state with a trench layout.

"We are hoping to attract teams to our range to train in the run up to the Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast next year.”

The Warwick Clay Target Club is one of the town's oldest clubs. The club held its 136th birthday shoot last year.

It was originally called the Warwick Gun Club and shooting has been on the current site just south of Warwick for around half a century.

In between Warwick shoots, club members travel to shoots on set days each month at Ballandean, Texas, Koreelah, Toowoomba and the Gold Coast.

The Warwick club has members from ages 11and 12 to a couple of shooters in their 80s.

Anyone interested in looking at the facilities and having a shot welcome to the club range on Sunday where they can meet with club members.

The club is planning a come and try day this year but the gates are always open for people keen to try a new sport or return to shooting at the clay target range.

Information on the club from Cox on 0427967567.

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