Shoot down to wire
STANTHORPE shooter Terry Rogers won a shoot-off against Ross Bartley to win the 131-target double barrel event at the Warwick Clay Target Club range yesterday.
The number of targets was one more than last year in recognition of the 131 years since the formation of the club.
Bartley shot 25/25 with his first three rounds before dropping shots in his fourth round of 26 and in his final round of 30 shots.
Rogers dropped a shot in his second and third rounds before finishing with possibles in the final two rounds.
In the shoot-off, Bartley missed his sixth shot which meant Rogers won with a score of 135/137.
Rogers has a glass and aluminium business at Stanthorpe and said clay target shooting was a welcome change from work.
“A bad shooting day is better than a good day at work,” Rogers said.
Before the shoot-off on Sunday, Rogers admitted he was nervous.
“Shoot-offs are usually in front of the clubhouse and everyone is watching,” he said.
He shoots on the first Sunday of each month in Warwick, then heads to Goondiwindi for the second Sunday and gets the chance to shoot at his home range at Ballandean each third Sunday.
On the fourth Sunday of the month, he usually travels to Texas but there is a shoot later this month at Woodenbong as well.
“I also compete in some two-day shoots,” Rogers said.
Bartley said his major aim in the sport was to keep his average up.
“My average is 98.9 out of 100,” he said.
“If I keep my average, I can be lucky enough to win a trophy event,” Bartley said.
Club president Michael Loy said he was happy with the turnout of 55 shooters despite it being Father's Day.