Thompson wins memorial trophy again

Rob Thompson with the Beryl Jones Memorial Trophy.

There was a field of 17 shooters for the Beryl Jones Memorial Trophy event at the Cobar Clay Target Club on Sunday, with some visitors joining the local contestants.
It was a sunny but chilly day, with a slight breeze in the air, which helped to keep the shooters alert and on their toes.
Skeet is traditionally the first event for the Beryl Jones Memorial Day.
For some shooters it was the first time they had attempted skeet—the goal is to hit two clay targets that are crossing one another from dif-ferent heights—and it was a new element of clay target shooting to enjoy while others just walked away shaking their heads.
After lunch, four down-the-line events were held.
In the first event, a 20 Target Double Barrel, there was a tie in AA Grade with both James Manns and Robert Thompson finishing with possibles, (perfect scores) of 20/20.
Matt Harland also shot a possible to win A Grade as did Brad Kendrick, the winner of B Grade.
Damian Wray, with a score of 17/20, finished as the C Grade winner.
Manns and Thompson once again couldn’t be split in the 25 Target Single Barrel event to tie for the second time in AA Grade, once again with perfect scores of 25/25.
There was also a tie in A Grade with Jim Manns and Tony Polack equal first with 23/25.
Kendrick won B Grade with 21/25 and Joe Webster, with 20/25, was the C Grade winner.
The feature event, the Beryl Jones 30 Target Handicap, was won by Robert Thompson with a near perfect score of 29/30.
Dick Tulloh was the runner-up with 30/32 and James Manns was third with 29/32.
The final event was a 10 Pair Double Rise with James Manns the AA Grade winner with 18/20; A Grade was taken out by Tony Polack with a score of 17/20; and the C Grade winner was Damian Wray with 16/20.
To help fight off the chilly conditions, a bar-becue lunch was provided and club members also contributed items for a very enjoyable afternoon tea.
The event was a good opportunity for mem-bers to polish their skills in readiness for next month’s Golden Clay Target shoot.—contributed