Shooters flock to Cobar for Christmas Novelty event

Deauville Doubles finalists John Taylor and Garry Jones, James Mitchell and Sam Nardi with the eventual winners Jarrod Barraclough and Jim Manns at Sunday’s Cobar Clay Target Club Christmas Novelty Shoot. ▪ Photo contributed

Perfect weather attracted 30 competitors for the Cobar Clay Target Club’s Christmas Novelty Shoot on Sunday.

Some had travelled from Bourke, Brewarrina and Tamworth to join the locals to vie for the renowned excellent ham and gift basket prizes, the challenge of unusual events, and to experience the club’s hospitality.

The first event, a 10 target Eye Opener saw competitors, ranging from AA Grade to C Grade, shoot a possible score of 10/10.

That was however the last of easy targets for the day, with only 10 shooters scoring a possible before the remainder of the program proved to a challenge for both experienced and junior shooters alike.

The results for the 15 Mixed Targets event (which consisted of five single barrel off 11metres; five point score off 15m; and five double barrel  off 20m) were: 1st AA Grade— Robert Thompson 58/58, 2nd Hank Pritchard 66/67; A Grade—Kim Manns 24/25, 2nd Sam Nardi 32/37; B Grade—Matt Harland 25/25, 2nd James Mitchell 24/25; C Grade—Mitchell MacPherson 23/25, 2nd Dick Deppeler 22/25; and the encouragement award to Aiden Barraclough.

15 Target Graded Handicap: 1st AA Grade—Bryan Manns 15/15, 2nd Peter Hosie 24/25; A Grade—1st Sam Nardi 15/16, 2nd Garry Jones 14/16; B Grade—1st John Taylor 15/15, 2nd Jarrod Barraclough 17/18; C Grade—1st Mitchell MacPherson 15/18, 2nd Damian Wray 21/23. The encouragement award went to Todd Polack.

15 Target Crazy Points: AA Grade—1st Bryan Manns 60/75, 2nd Hosie 65/90; A Grade—1st Macka Codrington 52/75, 2nd Jones 47/75; B Grade—1st Taylor 56/90, 2nd Mitchell 55/90; C Grade—1st MacPherson 41/75, 2nd Wray 39/75. The encouragement award went to Aiden Barraclough.

10 Pair Continental (targets fly out two at a time at varied heights and angles):  AA Grade—1st Thompson 27/30, 2nd Dallas Codrington 27/34; A Grade—1st Blake Dunne 14/20, 2nd Macka Codrington 13/20; B Grade—1st Brad Kendrick 15/20, 2nd Jarrod Barraclough 13/20; C Grade—1st Luke Scales 13/20, 2nd Alex Codrington 09/20. The Encouragement award went to Molly Barraclough who had to contend with some very low flyers.

Partners for the 10 Pair Deauville Doubles  were drawn out of hat and five pairs shot a possible score, which was an excellent effort.

After a shoot-off the following were in the winner’s circle: 1st—Jim Manns and Jarrod Barraclough 15/15; 2nd—Sam Nardi and James Mitchell 15/17; 3rd—Garry Jones and John Taylor 14/17.

The Presidents Event was highly anticipated and was a Single Barrel, 10 Target Metered Handicap with Hank Pritchard 1st with 14/14 and MacPherson was second with 13/14.

The Overall Highgun, sponsored by J & R Contracting, was Bryan Manns with a score of 125/145.

Other Highgun winners were: AA Grade—Peter Hosie 116/145, A Grade—Sam Nardi 103/145; B Grade—John Taylor 106/145, C Grade—Mitchell MacPherson 92/145; Ladies—Macka Codrington 101/145; Veterans—Cliff Overton 114/145; and Juniors—Alex Codrington 83/145.

The day was rounded off with a delicious Christmas lunch and an appearance by Santa.