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AA-grade winner: Darren Redman.
A-grade winners: Nev Brady, Craig Field, Adam Shiels, Phil Craig and Richard Seears.
B-grade winners: Rob Shaw, Bob Duncan, Col Brownlie and Chris Raabe.
C-grade winners: Pete Tomasi, Chris O'Dea, Mick Diss, Bruce Arthurson and Richard Watkins.
Ladies' winners: Jan Redman, Carol Cook, Shelly Craig and Robbie Perkins.
Juniors' winners: Patty Thompson, Evie Heffernan and Oscar Heffernan.
George Digweed Springing Teal winner: Matt Richardson; runner-up Mick Rouse.
Junior novelty event winners: Patty Thompson and Ryan Holdsworth.
All week our beloved weather forecasters have been predicting rain, rain, rain, and more rain for the Phil and Shelly Craig sponsored 100-target shoot at Bermagui Sporting Clays.
23 shooters braved the pending horrid weather conditions, only to find that the predicted wild weather turned out to be nothing more than a few drizzle patches.
Rob Shaw and Darren Redman and their team of helpers set up a great little course which looked easy enough, but which turned out to be a real tester which everyone had issues with.
Instead of the usual 2 x 50 rounds, it was decided (due to the impending torrential rain) to shoot the 100 targets in one visit, and eat lunch on the run. It worked out well, but was completely unnecessary ... once again, thanks for nothing, Bureau of Meteorology.
Our next shoot will be our much awaited Christmas Shoot, with more details to come (depending on COVID restrictions).
Sunday, September 27, was the 777 Supermarket and Drakos Bros. Construction, 100 target shoot.
Jimmy Drakos and his band of helpers set up a great course which tested the very best, but all targets were there to be hit.
Jimmy and Rhonda put out a top array of prizes which had the recipients smiling from ear to ear. Thanks again, gang.
COVID-19 restrictions have become second nature to shooters, and everyone seems to be taking the restrictions in their stride. Well done all.
The morning slab raffle was won by NSW state president Andrew Fairfield-Smith after he drew out his own ticket; well done, mate.
The shoot raffle was won by Charlie Kimber who left the $200 in the treasurer's kick, while club stalwart Barry Dunn won the Bermagui Country Club restaurant voucher.
This shoot was also the second round of the Coomagui Cup.
This is a much sought-after event between the two clubs and has been going for 19 years. The first round was held at Cooma Sporting Clays on September 20, with Cooma holding a slender three-target lead going into Sunday's event at Bermagui .
It was nip and tuck all day, but Bermi stood tall and picked up six targets to win back the Cup by three targets.
Cooma has now won the trophy 10 times, to Bermi's nine.
Well shot, Bermi.
Forty shooters braved what could only be described as atrocious weather conditions to try and win the 20th, and final, running of the Cheryl Brady Memorial Shoot.
The day started off fine for those early birds who were out to the ground at dawn to set up the fire and pre-shoot preliminaries, but by 9am a 30 to 40 knot westerly breeze blowing straight off the peaks of Perisher had settled in, and did not let up all day.
The course was originally designed to be tough; but when the wind hit, it made the targets twice as hard to hit. Brian Boon, from the Illawarra, was the only shooter to score 80 in a remarkable display of miserable weather shotgun shooting.
Being a handicap event , local C-grade shooter Ken Buckley was good enough to win the title for the second time, with a handicap combined score of 106 / 100.
Everyone who attended was congratulated for their conduct in regards to social distancing and hygiene practices. The President also thanked the set-up and pack-up crews, along with the hard-working office staff.
Our AGM was supposed to be held last month, but because of the COVID-19 crisis and meeting / numbers restrictions we have decided to hold our AGM via ZOOM. Our secretary will explain the details via e-mail shortly.
Don't forget, our next event is the Rhonda and Jimmy Drakos sponsored shoot on the 27th of September. This will also be the second round of the Coomagui Cup, with the first round being at Cooma on September 20. We will require good numbers at Cooma, so please make an effort to get there.
Our presentation dinner on November 21 has only got a few spots left, so get in contact with Shirl for details and to book your spot for what promises to be a top night.
Results of the Cheryl Brady Memorial Shoot:
A Grade: 1st Brian Boon, 2nd Mark Corbett, 3rd Adam Shiel.
B Grade: 1st Barry Dunn, 2nd Mario Magrin, 3rd Rob Shaw.
C Grade: 1st Charlie Smith, 2nd Chris O'Dea, 3rd Dan Hyland.
Ladies: 1st Barbie Magrin, 2nd Robbie Perkins, 3rd Elspeth Dunn.
After having to postpone our July shoot because of the 7 inches of rain which fell, it was pleasing to see 40 shooters take advantage of the fine and pleasant winter conditions which were on offer at the rescheduled event.
Naturally, because of the COVID-19 problems, there were no interstate shooters present, but the local brigade were out in good numbers.
The Neil Rouse Memorial Shoot was once again sponsored by long-time supporters of the club, Patrick and Tatia Jubb.
Patrick and Tatia put out a spectacular assortment of meat trays for prizes, which were much appreciated by all the winners. Thanks again gang, for all your hard work and support.
The course was a 6 stand layout with a good mixture of A , B and C grade targets, with a couple of AA grade targets thrown in for good measure. Well done to Patrick and his set-up crew.
Hygiene and safety were once again the #1 priorities at the shoot, with hand sanitizer, social distancing and face masks (for those who wanted to use them), all being supplied and used on the day.
Collecting contact details from everyone who is at the range will be an ongoing requirement, and everyone's "no worries" attitude makes life easy for the committee. Thank you all, for your help and understanding during these uncertain times.
Winners on the day were:
A grade: 1st Mark Corbett; 2nd Craig Field; 3rd Bob Duncan.
B grade: 1st Rob Shaw; 2nd Barry Dunn; 3rd Jimmy Drakos.
C grade: 1st Dave Beddingfield; 2nd Chris O'Dea; 3rd Pat Thompson.
Ladies: 1st Robbie Perkins; 2nd Barbie Magrin; 3rd Rhonda White.
Our next shoot, on August 23, will be the 20th and final Cheryl Brady Memorial Shoot.
This shoot has been proudly sponsored by Nev and Shirl Brady from Bermagui Welding for the past 20 years.
There will be some magnificent prizes on offer and your attendance will be greatly appreciated.
After three months without having a shoot (due to bushfires ) it was good to see 43 shooters and family members roll up to Bermagui Sporting Clays to contest the annual Safari Firearms Springing Teal Challenge.
The weather was perfect early, but a stiff little sea breeze snuck in late in the afternoon and bought a few shooters undone.
Shooters came from as far away as Karratha in W.A., Sale in Victoria, Albion Park Rail, Sydney, Batemans Bay, Cooma, Bega, Ulladulla, Canberra and Tumut to spend their money in our struggling little tourist town and enjoy a days clay target shooting at one of the best little gun clubs in the state: BERMAGUI SPORTING CLAYS.
Darren and Jan Redman with Mark Gschwend set two challenging courses, including a total of 40 springing teal (a vertical rising target which challenges the best of shooters).
Darren Redman was the eventual winner of the Springing Teal event with a score of 32/40. Grade winners are listed below.
Winner of the morning slab raffle was Dan Bruinsma, who travelled all the way from Karratha in W.A. to attend the shoot. Well done mate, and let's hope we catch up again soon.
Winner of the shoot raffle was Nev Brady, who, much to the treasurer's dismay but Shirl's delight, knocked off the $200 jackpot prize with a masterful display of precision shooting, despite some heavy heckling from the peanut gallery, while second prize went to club stalwart and all-round good bloke, Brucie Arthurson.
The president thanked all those present, especially the sponsor Safari Firearms, catering suppliers, office staff, chefs, set-up and pack-up crews and all those who helped out during the day.
Our next shoot, on March 22. will be the Bush Challenge, a SxS event (sashes), sponsored by Classic Racing and Performance Engineering.
BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE ... on the same program there will be an U&O event proudly sponsored by Far South Coast Excavations.
This has turned into our BIGGEST shoot of the year, and is one not to be missed.
Set up crew for the day is Phil Craig (course setter extraordinaire), his gorgeous wife Shelly, Wazza and Vicki Marshall and Rob Shaw. A fine crew, with excellent targets assured.
If you are unable to attend your allocated set up day roster, it is YOUR, responsibility to find a replacement person ... PLEASE do not ring Nev.