Rob Thompson wins his first Beryl Jones trophy shoot

Garry Jones along with Cobar Clay Target Club president Bryan Manns (at right) presenting the Beryl Jones trophy to the 2018 winner Rob Thompson. Photo contributed

Overcast, cool conditions brought out 28 shooters on Sunday for the annual Beryl Jones Memorial Trophy Shoot at the Cobar Clay Target Club.

There were a lot of visitors among the contestants along with some new starters and juniors.

It was a dull day with a slight chill to the air, which kept shooters alert, and in most cases kept them on their toes!

Skeet is traditionally the first event for the Beryl Jones Memorial Day, with all shooters showing their skills, and a few new faces to the sport enjoyed a new element of clay target shooting.

A barbecue lunch was then provided and four down-the-line events were contested afterwards.

In the first of those events, the 20 Target Double Barrel, AA Grade was won by Aaron Marsh and Rob Thompson with both recording a possible 20/20 score; in A Grade Peter Hosie, Jim Manns and Sam Nardi all had 19/20; B Grade was won by Brad Kendrick with 20/20; and the C Grade winner was Jason Mitchell on 19/20.

The 25 Target Single Barrel AA Grade winner was Rob Thompson 24/25; A Grade: Garry Jones and Jim Manns 23/25; B Grade: Walter Friend 23/25; C Grade: Jason Mitchell and Todd Polack 15/25.

Thompson won the Beryl Jones 30 Target Handicap with a score of 42/44 after a shoot off with Tracey Boon who eventually finished in second place with 41/44.

Both started tied on 29/30, with neither of them giving in before Thompson went on to win. A much accomplished shooter, it’s also the first time Thompson has won this event.

The front marker prize went to junior member Todd Polack with a score of 27/30.

In the final event, the 15 Pair Double Rise, the winners were: AA Grade: Kevin Hatch and Bryan Manns 28/30; A Grade: Tony Polack 22/30; B Grade: Walter Friend 23/30; and C Grade: Jason Mitchell 21/30.

To help ward off the seeping cold conditions, a very enjoyable afternoon tea was provided by the Jones Family, with ‘The Jones Girls’ showing their talents in the cooking field once again.—contributed