Far West Gun Club hosts successful birthday celebration

Anthony Durdin, Rodney Hammat, Locky Nicolson, Andrew Bury, Liam Morgan Jordan King, Brian Thomas, Howard Sleep, Sophie Reynolds, Jonti Brice, Matthew Wilson, Shane Gallagher, Jack McInnis, Deserie Baynes, Ted Stringer.
Anthony Durdin, Rodney Hammat, Locky Nicolson, Andrew Bury, Liam Morgan Jordan King, Brian Thomas, Howard Sleep, Sophie Reynolds, Jonti Brice, Matthew Wilson, Shane Gallagher, Jack McInnis, Deserie Baynes, Ted Stringer.

The Far West Gun Club recently hosted 42 shooters for its two-day birthday shooting and 50-target state title double barrel.

Shooters, including ladies and juniors, represented clubs from around the state and some from Queensland and New South Wales.

Port Lincoln’s Ted Stringer won the 50 target on Friday evening with 49/50, while first in the A grade with a perfect score was Jack McInnis.

On Saturday was the 75 target double barrel won by Jordan King of Port Augusta with a score of 131/131, following a shoot-off for first with Ungarra Gun Club’s Kym Firth.

The third event of the weekend was the 30-target ball trap sealed by Andrew Bury of the Port Augusta Gun Club after a shoot-off against Kym Firth, who again was pipped at the post.

That was followed by the 30-target handicap, which saw two shooters battle for first with Howard Sleep of the Far West Gun Club the winner with 36/36, just getting the better of Port Lincoln Gun Club member Cameron Foster.

The guns were then put away for the evening and replaced by a wonderful dinner consisting of a spit roast and oysters and the draw of a successful 16-prize mega raffle.

The action resumed on Sunday in the 30-target point score won by Deserie Baynes of Elsewhere Gun Club with a score of 94/94 following a shoot-off with Ted Stringer, while the A grade saw Far West’s Jack McInnis claim first place with 93/94.

In the 30-target single barrel, Ted Stringer got over the line thanks to a 30/30 score and also perfect was Far West’s Wayne Gurney in the A grade on 39/39.

The eighth event was the 30-target continental point score, which was scooped up by Anthony Durdin of Whyalla Gun Club, who ended the competition with a score of 84/90 to be the overall winner, while Stephen Donnelly of Far West was first in the A grade with 83/90.

The final step was to name the overall high gun for the birthday shoot weekend, which was awarded to Deserie Baynes with an impressive score of 376/380.

The A grade overall winner was Far West’s Matthew Wilson on 369/385, the B grade champion was Shane Gallagher of Darnick Gun Club in New South Wales with 357/385 and the C grade winner was Locky Nicholson of Whyalla Gun Club with 321/385.

The ladies overall high gun winner was Sophie Reynolds of Elsewhere Gun Club with a result of 300/385, while Brian Thomas of Port Pirie and Howard Sleep of Far West were dual veterans’ winners, locked on 357/385.

The junior winner was Liam Morgan of Elsewhere Gun Club with 361/385, with Elsewhere’s ladies junior shooter Sophie Reynolds claiming the encouragement award.

Far West Gun Club thanked all the sponsors who help put the weekend together as the weekend finished with a meal at the Ceduna Foreshore Hotel.