Sunday, August 2, 2009

Sharp Shooters

Of the many sports that take place in Central Otago over the winter, Smallbore shooting probably rates the least in media coverage. But on at least one night each week, shooters assemble in Wanaka, Cromwell, Clyde, Gimmerburn and Hyde. Each has their own range, and each believe their range is the best. At least 4 nights during the winter, all assemble in the same place, and shoot for various trophies between the clubs. It is very competitive, and only a few points separate the top five at the end of the season. From these competitions, a team is selected to shoot at the Andrew and Faulkner shoot somewhere in the South Island. This year it was in Oamaru.
The above photo is of the Central Otago team.
While they did not win, they did not do too bad, and some very good cards were presented.
The Andrew and Faulkner is reputed to be the biggest small bore shoot in the southern hemisphere. Shooters from all over the South Island turn up, and this years' winners were a very slick team from Nelson, who shot 2946 out of a possible 3000.
For a small association Central Otago does very well.

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