Smith shines at Easter Bega shoot

• Dual AA grade winner, ball trap runner-up and high gun Charlie Smith collects a meat tray for his efforts.

ORGANISERS of the Bega Gun Club’s latest shoot said it was hard to beat a combined continental and ball trap round on a fantastic autumn day.

With excellent conditions despite forecast showers, a solid field of 29 shooters turned out to take on the challenge.

The day began with a 25-target continental with Charlie Smith shooting one of the few best-possible scores for the day to win AA grade.

Phil Body took second with a score of 38/39 after a shoot-off.

Alf Niesar collected 24/25 to win A grade with John Siede needing another six targets to take second, 29/31.

B grade went to veteran, Doug Blewitt with a score of 24/25 with another veteran Brian Smith finishing second on 24/26.

In C grade, Tim Collins displayed good form to win with a 24/25 with Warren Packer on 21/25 in second place.

The second round was another continental with the “added spice” of point-score, organisers said.

Steve McIntyre from Cooma posted the second clean round of the day to win A grade on 75/75.

Runner-up was Alf Niesar with 69/75.

Robert Taylor continued his recent consistent form to claim B grade, 73/75.

Robert Secker shot 70/75 for second place.

Tim Collins did it again in C grade, scoring 64/75 for first place with George Toyne second on 58/75.

Smith dropped just one shot in the second round to win AA grade again with 74/75.

Body was consistent to finish in the runner-up spot on 72/75.

The day wrapped up with a 50-target ball trap round after a lunch break.

Organisers joked they should have shot this first.

“Many thought we should have shot this first as I’m sure lunch slowed the movements of many,” a spokesman said with a laugh.

Ray Welch cleaned up A grade with a fine score of 46/50.

Charlie Smith again featured with his 42/50 scoring him the runner-up spot.

In B grade, Bert Deacon and James Body finished the main round tied.

A brief shoot off, saw Deacon victorious 43/52 to James’ 42/52.

Simon Buckley managed to hold off Mick Diss to win C grade, with a score of 33/50 to Mick’s 32/50.

The club’s shoot raffle was finally won on the day.

Brian Smith took his mark and displaying great skill shot the five targets necessary to collect the $421.50 prize.

He only used his second barrel on the final target and members congraulated him on the win.

With two round wins and a runner-up spot in the third Charlie Smith was named the high gun for the day.

Smith has been in strong recent form at the local range and on away trips.

He recently took on the Veterans Games and won three gold medals from the three events he entered.

He topped the podium in the point-score, double barrel and champion of champions.

Next month sees shooters compete in the second round of the 25-target Fimac Engineering Shield Handicap sponsored by club president Shane Platts.

The day will also feature a 25-target double barrel and 50-target point-score.

Practice is from 9am with competition from 10am.

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