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Clay target shooters continue to build well for Nationals


The clay target shooting teams are in a promising position with half a term to go before nationals (providing Covid-19 doesn’t torpedo things too much ). Two teams are competing within the local lower North Island circuit. The A team have now won three of the five shoots undertaken so far, while our B team are placed just outside the top three - ahead of many first teams.

The Lourie brothers have continued their good form with older brother Josh taking individual honours at the recent Gisborne shoot, on an impressive 99 / 100. Younger brother, Hayden wasn’t far behind placing third on 97 and taking out the junior shooter category. Captain, Greg Wood, has seen a return to form placing third in the Single Rise and posting 93 for the day. Callum Lowe’s skeet scores continue to improve and he finished just off the podium after a shoot off.

Recently the A team comfortably retained the Higgie Wyatt trophy at the annual Polson Banner exchange with Napier Boys’ High School. Greg Wood was high gun for the day on 97 / 100.

Earlier several of our young men, and their families, took it upon themselves to travel to Timaru, at the start of the July holidays, for the South Island Secondary School Championships. Promising team scores saw us finish just outside the top three. However, there were some truly impressive individual efforts. Josh Lourie took out the ‘High Over All’ (grand champion of both genders ) for the Points Score event and Greg Wood placed first boys for Single Rise - after an extended shoot off that ran well after the sun had dropped. Hayden Lourie placed third junior for Single Barrel.

Again, we would like to thank our coach – Mr Gordon MacPhee for his countless hours of expertise, as well as, all of the sponsors and suppliers who make this sport possible for our young men.