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Record numbers at SA clay target carnival

Record numbers at SA clay target carnival

Shooters compete for spots in state team


A record number of competitors turned out recently to vie for spots in South Australia’s Down-the-Line (DTL) clay target shooting team.

In DTL shooting, competitors are positioned 15 metres behind a traphouse, which then fires out clay targets, or traps, at random angles.

Shooters earn points for hitting the traps as they zoom away from them.

A record 210 competitors took part in the three-day state carnival, held in early February at State Shooting Park in Virginia, north of Adelaide.

Hot and at times very windy conditions made shooting challenging, but some terrific scores were still posted.

  • Double Rise Championship: Overall Winner, Ross Walsh. Scored 49 out of 50 (his only miss coming on his very last target!).
  • 50-Target Handicap:  Overall Winner (and Junior Champion), Willis Jenkins. Score – 61/63.
  • Single Barrel Championship: Overall Winner (and also Junior Champion), Tarryn Shaddock. Score 58/58 (after a shoot-off).
  • Double Barrel Champion: Darryn Nicholls (87/87)
  • 50-target Point Score Championship - Overall State Title Winner, Wally Clarke. In blustery conditions Wally shot the only perfect score, 150/150.

The standout men’s, ladies’, juniors’ and veterans’ shooters are now readying themselves for the nationals in Wagga Wagga early in April. (In the meantime, the state championships in another discipline – skeet shooting – will be held this month [12-14 March], again at State Shooting Park, Virginia.)

Curious? Think you’ve got what it takes? There are 24 clay target shooting clubs in SA – visit http://www.sacta.com.au/clubs to find one close to you. And - good luck!!