Sydney shooter wins Golden Clay event

Cobar Clay Target Club’s annual Golden Clay Shoot this year attracted a big field of 138 shooters for the three day event including some of the best names in the sport. Pictured on Saturday afternoon just before the double barrel shoot-off are Australian Clay Target Association Trap Hall of Fame AA Elite shooter Phillip Chryssovelonis from the Sydney Clay Target Club and Ben Woodhouse from Wagga Wagga, who last year made the
Australian team for the Down the Line World Championships (with Cobar club president Bryan Manns). At the time of taking the photo, neither shooter had missed a target. Chryssovelonis went on to win the Overall High Gun prize for the weekend.

Phillip Chryssovelonis, a Sydney Clay Target Club member, won the coveted Overall Golden Clay Championship at the 46th Annual Golden Clay & NSW Junior Masters Championship on Sunday.

The three day event, hosted by the Cobar Clay Target Club, attracted a good field of 138 competitors with a lot of new faces among them.

First time shooter at the Cobar event, Chryssovelonis, was thrilled with his Golden Clay win which he can now add to his big list of shooting achievements at club, regional, national and international levels.

Chryssovelonis stated he will be back next year to defend his title.

The Overall Highgun Golden Clay Trophy, sponsored by Peak Gold Mines, was once again a 9ct solid gold miniature clay.

The weekend carnival commenced on Friday night with the State Night Point Score Championship, a 30 Target event, sponsored by Kevin Hatch Engineering.

The field of 98 shooters braved the rainy conditions with some local shooters being successful in their grades including: Matt Harland who won A Grade with a score of 86/90; Darcy Manns scooped first place in C Grade with 75/90; Peter Hosie with 95/96 was 2nd in AA Grade; Luke Scales was the runner-up in B Grade with 84/90; and Aiden Barraclough finished 2nd in C Grade with 69/90.

Clear skies and a sunny day on Saturday morning provided beautiful shooting conditions for the field of 139 shooters competing in the Golden Clay & NSW Junior Masters program.

In the first event, a 30 Target Point Score Championship sponsored by Cobar Powerhouse, local winners included Jason Mitchell, who was 1st in B Grade with 88/90; Wayde Hawkins was 2nd in AA Grade with 195/198; and Darcy Manns finished 2nd in C Grade with 78/90.

In the 45 Target MAC CSA Mine Medley, Jason Mitchell, with 95/100, was 2nd in B Grade and Aiden Barraclough, with 63/75, placed 2nd in C Grade.

Saturday’s final event was a 30 Target Double Barrel Championship, sponsored by LGB Marine & Contracting. Locals Jason Foster won C Grade with 28/30 and Victor Papierniak finished 2nd in B Grade with 37/38.

Sunday morning promised a beautiful day, and commenced with the 30 Target Single Barrel Championship, sponsored by Epiroc.

Locals featured with Robert Thompson 2nd in AA Grade with 42/43, Ross Morris (29/31) was the runner-up in B Grade and Aiden Barraclough was also 2nd C Grade with 24/30.

The 30 Target Bryan’s Empire Hotel Mafeesh Handicap, (which is also sponsored by the Hawkins Family) carries a reward of the Mafeesh Cup and prizes for 1st to 5th place.

Additional enthusiasm is generated throughout the weekend with a Calcutta being held in conjunction with this event.

A total of 21 competitors shot a possible (perfect) score, and then were required to shoot-off until the final placements were achieved. Daniel Seton, Cameron Ford, Douglas Osborne, Phillip Chryssovelonis and Beau Brown were the final five contenders with Brown the eventual winner with 46/46.

The final event of the weekend was the 15 Pair Double Rise Championship sponsored by Broughton Field Services with local shooter James O’Neill claiming second place in C Grade with 35/40.

Harry Brown (Hamilton, Victoria), was the Junior Masters Champion of Champions, sponsored by the Polack Family, with a score of 147/150.

Highgun winners were: Overall—Phillip Chryssovelonis 283/285; AA Grade—Matthew Patmore 280/285; A Grade—George Depaoli 271/285; B Grade—Max Ingelton 268/285; C Grade—Daniel Seton 242/285; Ladies—Tracey Stringer 268/185; Veterans—John Reid 271/285; and Juniors—Ben De Pedro 271/285.