The Boorowa Classic annual two day competition was held recently on the weekend of November 27 and 28.
The Boorowa Gun Club has run the event since 2017 with the event becoming a major attraction in the Clay Target Shooting calendar each year since then.
The Boorowa Classic attracted competitors from all parts of NSW, as well as country Victoria and the ACT.
Some of Australia's Best Trap shooters including national and state representative shooters were in attendance.
There were 124 registered competitors for the events plus many more in attendance as spectators, which is a new record attendance for Boorowa Gun Club.
The unseasonal eastern states' big wet eased over the weekend, although it was still a little cold with a gusty breeze blowing most of the weekend making for some challenging shooting conditions.
The shoot was scheduled to start at 9am on Saturday morning and, with the help of plenty of volunteers both first thing in the morning and throughout both days, there were very few delays.
It is a credit to the club and to the shooters present over the weekend that everything ran so smoothly.
Squads were backing up and ready to go almost immediately with club members and visitors helping to keep the Traps filled and running smoothly.
All four traps were in operation enabling the club to cope well with the large number of squads.
The competitors were a mixed bunch, with many regulars as well as first time visitors to both the club and the region.
Some very positive feedback was received from many of the visitors, many of whom stated they would be returning in the future and bringing their friends.
This word-of-mouth advertising is a huge bonus to both the club and the wider regional community as visitors stay overnight and spend their money with local businesses.
The first event on Saturday was the 25 target Grand Handicap.
Two shooters managed a 25/25 in the trying conditions and after a short shoot off, Boorowa Gun Club member Chris Oehm came away with the first place prize.
Second place went to Lauren Love from Mudgee.
Three shooters managed a 24/25 and had to shoot off for third to fifth place, this meant that each of them was guaranteed a place.
Adam Reid took third, Christopher Brown came fourth and Peter Chryssovelonis came fifth.
The second event of the day was the 30 target Medley shot from 18 metres.
The Medley consists of 10 targets Double Barrel, 10 targets Single Barrel and 10 targets Point Score.
The overall winner was Kim Nealon with an event score of 49/50 and a shoot off score of 24/25.
Ross Hibbert took first in AA Grade with an event score of 49/50 and a shoot off score of 22/25.
Second in AA was Ron Bou Moussa with an event score of 48/50 and a shoot off score of 48/50.
A Grade was won by Peter Chryssovelonis with a score of 46/50, second in A Grade after a shoot off was Mick O'Dowd with an event score of 44/50 and a shoot off score of 23/25.
B Grade was won by Karen Berry with an event score of 42/50 and a shoot off score of 22/25, second in B Grade went to Francis Bartolo with an event score of 42/50 and a shoot off score of 20/25.
C Grade was won by Anthony Squillacioti with an event score of 40/50, second place went to local Boorowa shooter Xavier Thompson with a 37/50 making the podium on his very first competition with a very handy score.
The third event of the weekend and the last event for Saturday was the 30 target Double Barrel event.
Boorowa Gun Club has made the commitment over the last few years to shoot the Saturday Double Barrel event to completion without reverting to Point Score or similar.
There are very few opportunities at club level for shooters to attempt long breaks, the only opportunities are usually are at state carnivals or at the Nationals.
This has been very popular with the shooters and is certainly one draw card for the weekend.
Fifteen shooters managed the possible (shooting 30/30 targets).
Four and a bit shoot off rounds were required to get a result with the last three standing in AA Grade being, Matt Stokes taking first overall, scoring 101/101 in the shoot off.
Amy Smith came first in AA with a shoot off score of 100/101, and Grady Evans with 92/93 came second in AA.
Louis Galea came first in A Grade with the only 30/30 A Grade score, Peter Chryssovelonis shot his way to second place with an event score of 29/30 and a shoot off score of 27/27, Peter also made his way up to AA Grade for his efforts (congratulations Peter).
B Grade was won by Mark Patterson with an event score of 30/30 and a shoot off score of 49/50.
Second in B Grade was Max O'Dowd with an event score of 30/30.
Anthony Squillacioti won C Grade with a 29/30 and Michael Kisbee came second with 26/30.
The club put on a hot cooked dinner on the Saturday night which was very welcome indeed after the cool and mostly overcast day.
It was a nice social evening, with many of the clay target shooting community not having had much contact with each other for well over 12 months, it was nice after the last two years of living with COVID to get "a little normal" back again.
Sunday morning kicked off at 9am again with the smell of bacon and egg rolls greeting the early arrivals, surely one or two second breakfasts were had.
The fourth event of the weekend was the 25 pair Double Rise.
Arthur Turner skinned the event with the top score of 47/50.
AA Grade had to be decided by a shoot off with Matt Schiller and Ben Rumble both scoring 46/50 in the event.
Matt won first in AA with a shoot off score of 10/10, Ben coming second with a score of 7/10.
A Grade was won by Kim Nealon with a score of 46/50 and in second was Al Scott on 44/50.
Blake Gruber won B Grade with a 43/50 and Mark James took second with a 42/50 after a shoot off.
C Grade was won by Peter Chryssovelonis with a 40/50 and Peter Hart came second with 39/50.
The fifth event was the 30 target Single Barrel.
The overall winner was Steve Caltabiano with an event score of 30/30 and a shoot off score of 20/20.
Robert Thompson was first in AA Grade with a 30/30 event score and a shoot off score of 19/20.
Second in AA Grade was Matt Schiller with an event score of 29/30 and a shoot off score of 25/25.
A Grade was won by Ned Shelton with an event score of 27/30 and a shoot off score of 4/4, second in A Grade was Anthony Biviano with an event score of 27/30.
B Grade was won by Francis Bartolo with an event score of 26/30, Adam Reid came second with a 25/30 after a shoot off.
C Grade was won by Sam Baker with a 24/30 and Anthony Squillacioti came second with 22/30.
The last event of the weekend was the 30 target Point Score.
The overall winner after a shoot off was Kim Nealon with an event score of 90/90 and a shoot off score of 12/12.
First in AA was Grady Evans with a shoot off score of 11/12.
Second in AA was Phil Chryssovelonis with a shoot off score of 9/12.
A Grade was won by Enzo Dimeglio with 89/90, coming second was Blake Gruber with 86/90 in the event and a shoot off score of 27/27.
B Grade was won by Adam Reid with a score of 88/90.
Jenny Twarloh came second with a score of 85/90.
C Grade was won by Anthony Squillacioti with a score of 81/90 and Sam Baker coming second with 76/90.
High Guns for the top event scores over the two days were as follows:
The overall High Gun went to Kim Nealon with a score of 264/275.
AA Grade High Gun Grady Evans 258/275.
A Grade High Gun Peter Chryssovelonis 251/275.
B Grade High Gun Adam Reid 244/275.
C Grade High Gun Anthony Squillacioti 220/275.
Junior High Gun Rohan Fleming 245/275.
Ladies High Gun Lauren Love 231/275.
Veterans High Gun Glen Castellaro 249/275.
The Boorowa Gun Club Committee would like to take this opportunity to thank all the shooters and volunteers that attended the shoot and helped to make this event such a great success.
To all our shooting friends who could not attend this shoot because of COVID restrictions we look forward to seeing you all again soon.
Boorowa Gun Club's last shoot of the year will be held on Saturday, December 18, commencing at 11am.
There will be an abundance of Christmas cheer which we can all use this year.
The club will close for a few weeks from the December 21, until at least the second week of January 2022.
Please see the Club's Facebook page for announcements about when Tuesday practice will resume for 2022.
If you are interested in having a try at Clay Target Shooting.
The Boorowa Gun Club is open for practice for members and for beginners every Tuesday evening from 5pm till 7pm.
All ages and abilities, 12 years and up and photo ID is required.
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