Visitor gets his name on Beryl Jones Memorial trophy

Cobar Clay Target Club’s Beryl Jones Memorial Trophy winner Mark Kolstad (at right) with Cobar club president Bryan Manns. ▪ Photo contributed

The Cobar Clay Target Club recently held their annual Beryl Jones Memorial Shoot with visitor Mark Kolstad getting his name on the trophy.
There was a field of 27 shooters for this year’s event which preceded the State Night Point Score Championship.
Local shooters and visitors contested both events.
Skeet is traditionally a warm up first event for the Beryl Jones Memorial Day, and for some shooters it was an introduction to a new element of clay target shooting.
Four down-the-line events were then held commencing with a 20 Target Double Barrel event.
Finishing equal first in AA Grade were Shane Gallagher and Bryan Manns after both finished with ‘possibles’ (perfect scores) of 20/20.
It was the same story in A Grade with Tony Polack and Aaron Marsh also finishing with 20/20.
Jarrod Barraclough had the best score in B Grade and he won with 18/20.
There was a three-way tie in C Grade with Jay Webster, Jason Foster and Damian Wray all recording 18/20.
Gallagher finished out in front in AA Grade in the next event, the 25 Target Single Barrel.
He recorded 24/25.
Button Powell won A Grade with 25/25; Dick Tulloh (22/25) was B Grade’s best; and the win in C Grade went to Jim Niland with 21/25.
Mark Kolstad won the next event, which was the Beryl Jones 30 Target Handicap, after a shoot-off with Robert Thompson.
Kolstad shot 32/32 for the win pipping Thompson with 31/32.
Third place went to Dick Tulloh and Peter Hosie with 28/30 while the Front Marker was a very happy Jim Niland who finished with 27/30.
Another round of Skeet was held as the light was dwindling, as shooters wanted to get their eye in for the next event, the State Night Point Score Championships.
Robert Thompson finished as the overall winner of the 50 Target State Night Point Score Championships with a score of 168/171.
In AA Grade, Peter Hosie was the winner with 167/171; A Grade went to Matt Harland (138/150); B Grade was won by Dick Tulloh (131/150); and the winner of C Grade was Jay Webster with 126/150.
In other Clay Target news, eight Cobar shooters competed at the King Of Kaputur shoot at Narrabri on the weekend.
Bryan Manns won the Overall High Gun, Overall Medley and Overall Point Score priz-es and also finished first in the AA Grade Double Rise event.
Robert Thompson, shooting in AA Grade also, finished second in Single Barrel, Double Barrel and Point Score.
Shooting in the Vets class, Kevin Hatch won the Night Single Barrel event and was second in Double Barrel while Cliff Overton claimed second spots in the Night Single Bar-rel and Handicap classes.
B Grader, Luke Scales claimed second spot in his Night Single Barrel event.
In the Juniors division, James O’Neill was first in this Night Single Barrel event.
Tony Polack and Darcy Manns also compet-ed on the weekend.
Bryan Manns, Thompson, Hatch and O’Neill have now all gained positions in the Western Zone Teams.