Shooters enjoy Far West Gun Club's birthday event

GROUP Back: Andrew Atkinson, Sean Sleep, Barry Sims, Andrew Bury, Tony Cox;
front: Sue Koch, Howard Sleep, Lachlan Koch and Ted Stringer at the Far West Gun Club's 2020 birthday shoot. Picture: Supplied
GROUP Back: Andrew Atkinson, Sean Sleep, Barry Sims, Andrew Bury, Tony Cox; front: Sue Koch, Howard Sleep, Lachlan Koch and Ted Stringer at the Far West Gun Club's 2020 birthday shoot. Picture: Supplied

The Far West Gun Club hosted its annual birthday shoot for 2020 in early March, with competitors from Western Australia across to Adelaide visiting Ceduna to enjoy the weather, food and targets across the weekend.

Once the sun had set and the lights came on, the first event of the weekend got underway.

The 50 Target State Night Handicap was won by Port Lincoln's Ted Stringer with a score of 46/50, ahead of Roger Freeman from Ceduna with 45/50, who got the better of fellow Ceduna shooter Tony Cox in a shoot-off.

Streaky Bay's Jack McInnis was fourth on 44/50.

On the Saturday morning the group started with the 100 Target Double Barrel, won by Monarto's Barry Sims on 99/100 after defeating Peter Minhard of Ungarra in a shoot-off.

First in the A grade was John Tonkin of Port Lincoln on 94/100, with Ceduna's Howard Sleep second on 93/100, while Cox was first in the B grade with 96/100, ahead of Lachlan Nicholson from Whyalla who scored 90/100.

The C grade was taken out by Andrew Atkinson from Streaky Bay on 95/100, with Ceduna's Sue Koch second with 90/100.

That was followed by the 30 target George Burnett Memorial Handicap, won by Atkinson's 29/30.

Stringer and Cox were locked on 28/30 with Stringer winning a shoot-off, while McInnis was fourth with 27/30 after a six-way shoot-off.

On Saturday evening the group enjoyed a roast dinner cooked by Andrew 'Butch' and Jodie Dunn, with refreshments and many laughs and stories.

The next day started with the 50 Target Single Barrel event won by Port Augusta's Andrew Bury in a shoot-off after he and Minhard were locked on 47/50.

Sleep won the A grade after he and John Tonkin scored 43/50 and went to a shoot-off, while Cox's 43/50 was good enough to win the B grade ahead of Freeman's 38/50.

Atkinson took out the C grade on 43/50, with Stephen Brice of Streaky Bay the runner-up with 37/50.

The final event was the 50 Target Continental Point Score that was won by Stringer in a shoot-off against McInnis after both finished on 144/150.

Ceduna's Sean Sleep was the A grade victor with 139/150, finishing ahead of Tonkin's 133/150.

Cox was the B grade winner with 135/150 and Freeman the runner-up on 130/150, while Atkinson won the C grade with 131/150, ahead of Brice on 123/150.

The final presentations for the grade and overall high gun winners saw Lachlan Koch of Jamestown win the juniors with 303/330 and Koch win the ladies with 248/330, while Sleep was the veterans winner with 291/330 and Atkinson's 298/330 won the C grade.

The B grade winner was Cox with 302/330 and Sean Sleep took out the A grade on 297/330, as Stringer took the overall award on 316/330.

The Far West Gun Club would like to thank all competitors and sponsors as without their support the event would not be as successful as it has been in recent years.

Organisers said sponsors including the Ceduna Foreshore Hotel, Crowders Tyre Service, Streaky Bay Plumbing, R and A Freeman, A and C Suter, Ceduna Pharmacy, H and J Sleep, Winchester Australia, G Cragan, G and C Parkes, and others, helped make for a great weekend.