QCTA State Trap Carnival - Gemfields Clay Target Club
Two hundred & forty nine
shooters lined up for Event 1, a 25t Points Score event won last year
by Ray Collinson, and sixteen shooters recorded a possible. Following
a short opening shoot-off of only 20 single barrel targets Kev Jarick
of the Gold Coast waited for the remaining squads to catch up to him at
the back of trap 2, it wasn't necessary as the last contender (John Farrell
from Guyra) pulled a second on No 20 & Kevin was the Overall winner with
a score of 135/135.
Two hundred & fifty one
competitors assembled to do battle for Event 2 the 50t State D/B Championship
held by Brett Pile in 2005. As the noise abated on Saturday afternoon
48 shooters were filling their pockets to commence the shoot-off. The
shoot-off continued Saturday afternoon & re-commenced on Sunday morning
before a winner was found.
Following the shoot-off
on Sunday morning, Event 3 the 50t State S/B Championship commenced a
little late with a record 253 competitors, and at the end of it all there
were only 4 possibles that included one very happy lady. After a short
shoot-off history was created when Viv Moore from a new QCTA club at Surat
won the right to place her name after Ray Collinson's (the 2005 winner)
& Frank Musemici of Ballandean had to be content with his part in the
creation of history.
2006 saw another perfect
score & as the only possible in Event 4 the State Double Rise Championship
it authorised Daryl Stevens of Brisbane to join the 2005 titleholder Joe
Rossato as recent "skinners" in this event. Wes Humphreys from the Sunshine
Coast is wondering what's going onů2 years in a row he has shot 49/50
& both times couldn't get into a shoot-off. They were the best of 251
A bit of rain & some real
clouds arrived on the Monday morning, nevertheless it wasn't going to
dampen the enthusiasm or assist with a few tingling nerves as the final
event for the State team selection was ready to start.
|Team qualification followed and it was obvious you were going to have to have a pretty good score to be considered for any team let alone the 15 person State Trap Team. It was not cut & dried and those on 5 points down had to shoot-off for the final positions in the open team. (Thanks to Carol Betteridge for the photos - click for full size image)|
The following people were presented with their 2006 Open State Team badges: Irwin Wynyard, Frank Musemici, Don Portors, Steve Szabo, Kevin Jarick, Ray Collinson, Daryl Stevens, Lil Brandt, Bryan McMillan, Bruce Powell, Bill Pavy, Robbie Dunn, David Stit,t Colin Wit,t Chris Lee.
State Ladies Team 2006: Lil Brandt, Holly Wilson, Veronika Forsythe, Julie Allen, Lynne Thompson & Kristin Williams.
|State Veterans Team 2006: Mick McGill, Robbie Dunn, Mike Collins, Neil Berry, Graham Rudd & Noel Beale.|
State Juniors Team 2006: Matthew Waugh, Sam Waugh, Anthony (Ant) Nugent, Clay Walters, Michael Swale Jun, & Allan Bredden.
|After their qualifying scores were added in the Queensland Open Team for Wagga Wagga in 2007 is: Ray Collinson, Bruce Powell, Kevin Jarick, Daryl Stevens and Robbie Dunn.|
|The Open Team High Gun resulted in another tied score of 150/150 and Ray Collinson and Bruce Powell will share a space on the R.A. Dean Perpetual trophy.|
other State Teams at Wagga Wagga in 2007 will be well represented by:
Ladies Juniors Veterans Lil Brandt, Matthew Waugh, Robbie Dunn, Holly Wilson, Clay Walters, Mike Collins, Lynne Thompson, Anthony Nugent, Mick McGill (the Skeet Shooter)
Ladies Team High Gun went to Lynne Thompson on 75/75
The Juniors Team High Gun winners were Matthew Waugh and Clay Walters who tied on 75/75
Mike Collins took the Veterans Team High Gun with a 74/75.
The record books continue to be updated annually as the Queensland Trap Champion is recognised. This team member is the person with the highest aggregate in their qualifying score & the team score and their name is recorded on the Ron & Muriel Porter Perpetual Trophy. Again the engraver will not be troubled with the spelling or the layout as Ray Collinson goes on again to make it seven in a row. This is a great achievement & well done Ray with a 445/450.
Two Gold Coasters, Kevin Jarick & Colin Witt came up trumps to scribe their names on the Two Man Team Cup for 2006.
The High Guns are all that's left to present & a consistent performance from Daryl Stevens won the Overall High Gun with a creditable 371/375. The 2006 carnival saw Daryl as an excited but humble winner who displayed exceptional commitment & was not troubled with recent gun problems.
The grade High Guns were next up and the recipients were:
AA Grade Colin Witt (Gold Coast) 368/375
A Grade Don Portors (Sunshine Coast) 367/375
B Grade Laurie Rodden (Pioneer) 355/375
C Grade John Fordyce (Pioneer) 315/375
Overall & Grade Highgun Sponsors: Beretta Australia
The Ladies High Gun winner is Lil Brandt of Rockhampton with a score of 355/375.
The Juniors High Gun winner is the emerging Roma member Anthony Nugent on 352/375.
The Veterans High Gun winner never makes it easy in any competition congratulations to Robbie Dunn from Pioneer on 365/375.
It is interesting to note Pioneer was the most successful club at the carnival claiming 10 placing's plus an encouragement award.
Section Highgun Sponsors: Bruce Powell - Central Park Helicopters Don Berrie - Livestock Data Link Rick Kennedy - Rick's Tyre Centre
Congratulations to Gemfields, the host club, & to George & his team, on all round good effort.
I hope everyone takes some positive learning away from this carnival so that 2007 will be bigger & better and we keep re-drafting the record books.
See you all next year.
Queensland Clay Target Association