The shooting of the Iraq-Afghanistan War Remembrance Cup was the top event for competition at the Monarto Clay Target Club's recent competition on November 16 and 17.
Competitors for the weekend numbered 73 and they came from far afield including Esperance, WA, Mundulla in the South-East and Rainbow, Western Victoria.
An equal number of visitors accompanied those competing in the events so it all boded well for an exciting weekend's shooting.
In cold, gusty conditions competition got underway. Saturday's two 50 target skeet championships were won by Lynton Schubert with a perfect score of 50/50, while Nathan Campbell took the honours in the Bill Quinn Skeet Shield Championship with another 50/50.
The Bill Quinn Shield was won by members from the International Clay Target Club; L Schubert, N Campbell and W Clarke with their score of 147/150. Lynton won the overall high gun with a score of 100/100.
The cool, sunny weather on Sunday, an improvement from the previous day's gusty conditions, saw competitors shoot in almost perfect conditions.
The 100 target Double Barrel Iraq-Afghanistan War Remembrance Cup (engraved with the names of those Australians who have lost their lives serving our country), was being contested for the third year and this year we were honoured to have some special guests.
The competition on Sunday was well underway by the time our special guests arrived, a group of riders from the Veteran's Motorcycle Club, thundering into the club grounds on their Harley Davidson motorbikes. They were going to mingle with the shooters and visitors and help with the presentation of the trophies and the much sought after cup.
Ryan Foster, Monarto Clay Target Club member and Iraq-Afghanistan war veteran, initiated this event into our yearly program.
The Cup was finally won by AA grade shooter, Lisa Smith of Adelaide after shooting a score of 98/100 and she was later presented with the overall sash by 'Marksy', President of the South Australian Veterans' Motor Cycle Club, who spoke of why the Remembrance Cup was so significant to them.
Others to take out trophies, after a number of shoot-offs, on the event were:
- AA Grade: Gerald Hopgood 105/108, Rob Clark 104/108
- A Grade: Allan Vilcins 110/116, Rick Zupanic 109/116
- B Grade: Richard Warden 96/100, Langdon Pentz 94/100
- C Grade: Alexander Souter 83/100, Evan Gunby 90/112
A percentage of the day's nominations, proceeds of two raffles and an auction were then presented to Jim Foster, a representative from Legacy in Murray Bridge, a total sum of $1050.
The two-day overall high gun was won by Lynton Schubert who's score for the weekend was 194/200.