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Bermagui Sporting Clays held its annual Presentation Night on the Saturday, followed by our Christmas Shoot on the Sunday. The 2 events were proudly sponsored by BRONZEWING AUSTRALIA and SANTA. Numbers for both events were down a bit from last year due mainly to COVID uncertainty and the weather, but all those who attended had a great time. The club would like to thank all our sponsors, members and hard-working committee for a great 2021 and wish everyone a very merry Christmas and happy New Year. Catch you all in 2022.
On October 24, Bermagui Sporting Clays hosted the 100 target Phil and Shelly Craig sponsored, Battue and Looper Challenge, which also incorporated the first round of the 20th running of the much coveted Coomagui Cup. Darren Redman and his team of helpers had set up 8 top stations, with a lot of thought going into target presentation. Sixty-four shooters and their families travelled from all over country N.S.W. to participate in the event, and help put some much-needed monies into the struggling business economy of Bermagui. High Gun on the day went to Steve Atkins from the Shoalhaven club, who shot a top-notch AA grade score of 92/100. The day started off magnificently, with not a breath of wind, and clear sunny skies, but before the first shot was fired a tricky little south-westerly breeze had reared its ugly head and made some of the targets mighty tricky. A beautiful FREE luncheon was prepared by our two chefs, Barbie Magrin and Shirl Brady. Sensational once again, girls; and to all those who supplied food for the luncheon -- top notch, once again. Patrick Jubb, Muzz, Rob, Matt and Chris also excelled in a well run but hectic office. Well done, fellas. Highlights of the day: a top-class 25 shot by AA grade shooter Steve Atkins; and a good rollup of Junior shooters. It was also great to see Patrick Tennant out and about after a bout of illness, and enjoying the camaraderie that only a gun club can produce. Great to see you back, mate. After its inaugural success, our Presentation Dinner will once again be held on the Saturday night before our Christmas Shoot, on November 27, at the Bermagui Country Club auditorium. John and Sue Singleton from the Bermagui Motor Inn are once again offering accommodation deals for those travelling shooters who want to make a weekend, or more, out of it. Because of COVID, numbers for the night will be restricted, so give Shirl a call on 0418 621 423 to ensure your spot. This is our one and only formal gathering for the year, with prizes for "best dressed couples" and other novelty events. So pull out the glad-rags and take the missus out for a well earned break, and enjoy a top night.
On Sunday the 26th of September was the Drakos Bros Construction & 777 Supermarket and Deli 100 target OTG shoot, it was sadly set back a month as we could not shoot last month due to covid. Non-the-less it was a great day in the sun with some great targets . Despite the icy wind coming up shortly after the first round, the 40 plus shooters got involved in the well set out course of seven stands. From slow , but tricky incomers followed by a fast paced crosser & rabbits that had even the best shooter hungry for rabbit stew! The course was well thought out to accomodate all shooters. After lunch Jimmy & crew made a few adjustments to the course, that certainly had us all on our toes and thinking hard. Double spring and teal & the battue were a great challenge. Overall it was a very successful day with Craig Field taking out 1st in AA grade. Tony Crome, Nev Brady and Pat Jubb winning 1st, 2nd and 3rd in A grade. John Hine took out B grade closely followed by Colin Brownlie only one clay behind. Shane Platts and Daryl Newman tied for first place in C grade with Daryl coming out on top by a coin toss. Penny white came down from the Monaro to win the lady’s shoot followed by Robin Perkins and Wendy Crouch. Pat Thompson won a beautiful fruit and veg tray kindly donated by this months sponsor as the lucky door prize. Thank you once again to everyone who brought salads and sweets to help with our FREE lunch, thank you to the lady’s on the BBQ and everyone in the office. The first half of the Coomagui cup will be held in Cooma on the 17th of October, the second half will be held in Bermagui on the 24th of October where we will keep the Coomagui cup in its spiritual home. you opened a new location, redesigned your shop, or added a new product or service? Don't keep it to yourself, let folks know.
July 25 was the annual 75-target Neil Rouse Memorial shoot followed by the AGM. It started off as a beautiful sunny winter’s day, not a breath of wind and some beautiful targets in the air, thanks to our awesome set-up crew. But shortly after the first round the wind picked up from the west and all hell broke loose, with some targets bouncing like rabbits in mid-air. But that didn’t stop the roll-up of 29 people to the shoot. Rob Shaw still smashed a brilliant 77 (with handicap) despite the weather, taking out first place in A-grade. David Bedingfield shot an amazing 82 (once again with handicap) in B-grade, followed by Michael Platts with 76 and Barry Dunn with a respectable 75. In C-grade Jim Callaghan shot a 77, taking out first place, closely Followed by Mathew Richardson with a 75. After a brilliant lunch cooked by the girls in the kitchen, the presentation started followed by the AGM. Sadly Jon Theobold has stood down as secretary of BSC but nonetheless Barry Dunn was quick to fill the role. Nev Brady has remained the president of the club, Mario Magrin stays on as vice-president, Pat Jubb has remained in the position of treasurer, while Matt Richardson, Rob Shaw and Chris O'Dea make up the committee and I (Patrick Thompson) have taken the role of publicity officer.
Thanks this month go to Scott and Lisa Bradley from Bermagui Bait and Tackle for once again sponsoring our June 100 target Hcp event. Bermi Bait and Tackle is the little shop with the BIG , BIG range of fishing gear, situated just over the main bridge in Bermagui. We urge all our members, their family and friends, to support our supporters. The course was set by new range setter Jon Theobald and his crew, who were congratulated for making the course shootable for all grades. While some of the club's better shooters thought the layout was a bit on the easy side, nobody came in with a 25. Winners: A grade: 1st Bob Duncan 2nd Jarrod Ringland 3rd Adam Shiels B grade: 1st Patrick Jubb 2nd Pete Tomasi 3rd Mike Platts C grade: 1st Richard Watkins 2nd Patty Thompson 3rd Justin Mann Sponsors: Scott and Lisa Bradley Weather: Beautiful mid-winter day Event: 100 tgt Hcp Office: Patrick Jubb, Chris Raabe, Matt Richo and Mike Platts. B.B.Q: Shirl Brady and Nikita Spires Slab raffle: Dick Brown Shoot raffle: Nev Brady Bermagui Country Club Meal Voucher: Bob Duncan Salads, cakes and pasties: All our wonderful suppliers Next shoot: Neil Rouse Memorial Shoot Date: July 25, 2021 Course design: Patrick Jubb Sponsors: Patrick and Tatia Jubb Event: 75 tgt Hcp shoot, all shot in the morning, followed by our FREE luncheon, then followed by our AGM, where ALL positions are declared vacant. PLEASE attend this shoot in honor of one of our truly great past members, and stay on for the AGM.
FAR SOUTH COAST EXCAVATIONS
Sponsors .................................Waz and Vicki Marshall
Course design ........................Rob Shaw
Event .......................................100 target O.T.G.
Weather ..................................Cold but no rain.
Office .......................................Jon Theobald, Patrick Jubb, Chris Raabe.
Chefs .......................................Shirl Brady, Niketa Spires.
Slab raffle ...............................Michael Platts.
Shoot raffle ............................Peter Tomasi.
Bermagui Country Club ........Jarrod Ringland.
Salads, cakes and pastries ...B.S.C. ladies' committee. (Thanks gang)
Next shoot..............................27/6/21 Bermagui Bait and Tackle.
Sponsors ................................Scott and Lisa Bradley.
Event .......................................100 target Hcp Course design .........................Jon Theobald.
Event .............................................100 tgt Hcp.
Weather.........................................Beautiful autumn day.
Shooters .......................................30, and familie.
Office staff.....................................Jon, Matt, Patrick, Mario, Barbie. Chefs..............................................Shirl, Lisa, Nikita.
Slab raffle .....................................Penny White.
Shoot raffle...................................Nev Brady
Bermi Country Club voucher......Bobby Duncan
Course designer...........................Chris O'Dea.
Salads, cakes and pastries......The "A" Team.
Under blue skies and idyllic conditions, the Dave Cook and Mark Raabe Memorial Shoot was held at the Bermagui Sporting Clays range situated at the Murrah. Weather conditions were perfect, and club sponsor Chris Raabe and his team put together a couple of magnificent courses for the 40 shooters to enjoy. High Gun for the day was Darren Redman, who finished with a great score of 87/100, including a perfect 25/25. The day also coincided with the return of our FREE luncheons, which was much appreciated by visiting shooters, members, guests and their families -- once again, A GREAT JOB LADIES.
The February shoot was jointly sponsored by Bruce Arthurson from Classic Racing and Performance Engineering, and Ken Buckley from The Big 4 South Durras Holiday Park. Although these two 'Grand Gentlemen' live a long way from Bermagui, they are more than happy to put their hands in their pockets to support our great sport by way of sponsoring this annual event. Thanks again fellas from all at B.S.C. The course was put together by first-time course designer Rob Shaw and his helpers, and incorporated an U&O shoot as well as a SxS event. 52 shooters and their families came from Sydney, Goulburn , Shoalhaven and Melbourne, with a special mention to Phillip and Tess from Ballarat, who are on a shooting/working holiday around Australia, having a shot at as many gun clubs as possible on their way around. Safe travels gang, and we hope you enjoyed Bermi. Barry Dunn won the chance to shoot for the $300 jackpot prize (unfortunately, Barry dropped the 3rd target), whilst Ken Buckley and Barbie Magrin won the BERMAGUI COUNTRY CLUB meal voucher. Once again, a big THANKYOU to our setup / packup crews, and our hard working office staff. Our next shoot will be The Mark Raabe and Dave Cook Memorial Shoot, proudly sponsored by family and friends of Mark and Dave. This is always a well attended shoot, in honor of two of our club legends. If you are available to give Chris a hand to set up, please give him a call, l know he'd love to hear from you. This will be a great chance to hone your skills for the following weekend's COOMA EASTER CLASSIC . Shoot straight and often! -- Nev P.S.: Our next shoot will see the reintroduction of our FREE LUNCHEONS. There will naturally be some COVID restriction guidelines to follow, but l think everyone is COCID-savvy with hygiene procedures these days. If, prior to our next shoot, our "Make and Bake Ladies' Committee" could get in contact with Shirl on 0418 621 423 for more details, it would be much appreciated.
Unlike last shoot where they promised us rain, and rain we got, this shoot they promised us hot, and hot we got. With no breeze and stifling temperatures, 35 shooters and their families attended the annual SAFARI FIREARMS Springing Teal Challenge, at the Bermagui Sporting Clays range. Darren and Jan Redman along with shoot sponsor Gary Georgiou and their set-up crew, put together two top courses, which meant shooters had to negotiate "Heartbreak Hill" a minimum of 3 times in unbelievable heat, which inevitably took its toll on several of our more senior members, and unfortunately some had to withdraw at lunch time due to the conditions. A combination of trap malfunctions and broken clays made the day drag out a little longer than usual, but despite all that, everybody seemed to enjoy themselves. Gary and his family put up some great prizes on the day, for which the club is extremely grateful. We ask ALL our members AND guests to support Gary, and SAFARI FIREARMS, whenever they are in the market for anything firearms related. (Mention Bermagui Sporting Clays , and you certainly won't get a better deal anywhere else.) Covid restrictions, and concerns, were once again a priority for the club, and everybody is to be congratulated for their help in maintaining a safe, friendly and happy environment. It's a big drawcard, I know, but unfortunately there won't be any free lunches until further notice. A BIG THANKYOU to the set up crew , who worked tirelessly on the Saturday to produce 2 great courses, and to our office staff, ably led by Muzz, Patrick, Matt and Chris, for once again doing a magnificent job in very trying conditions. A very special THANKYOU goes out to Tim Holdsworth from Bermagui Cellars for supplying an industrial pedestal fan, which came in very, very handy on the day. Thanks mate (my new S.I.L. to be). Our next shoot will be the Bruce Arthurson and Ken Buckley sponsored "BUSH CHALLENGE " on February 28th. This shoot is our biggest shoot for the year with prizes in all grades, for both UNDER and OVER, and SIDE x SIDE participants, there is also High Gun sashes up for grabs in both sections.
Well they promised us rain, and rain we got. On January 3, Bermagui Sporting Clays held its first shoot for the year, under bleak skies and continual rainfall. The day started off a very lonely affair, with just Shirl and myself (Nev) out at the range for kick-off duties, but that soon changed when shoot sponsor Mario Magrin arrived, quickly followed by nine other desperadoes, keen to have a New Year's shot. As the rain continued to pour down, we all sat around the club-house drinking tea and coffee, talking about Christmas, New Year and Covid. About 11 am it was more or less decided that we would call the shoot off, so Pete and Sam Tomasi bid us farewell and headed home. Everybody else started to prepare for home, when a slight easing of the rain occurred and it was decided (by the remaining desperadoes) to get a very hastily arranged 5-stand event underway. Mario and club stalwart Barry Dunn were happy not to shoot but were also happy to grab a brolly and man a few manual traps so the rest of us could have a shot, whilst Elspeth and Shirl helped out with scoring duties -- thanks all four for a great effort. We shot the first 25 targets in drizzly rain which got progressively heavier, so we decided to stop for lunch to see if the rain would once again abate; unfortunately it didn't, so we decided to call it a day. Club armourer and treasurer Patrick Jubb took out High Gun honors after a very well shot 21/25. (Tatia will have to buy him a bigger hat.) This is the second time in two years that the Mario and Barbie Magrin shoot has been cancelled, last year by bushfires, this year by torrential rain, but Muz and Barb, being the great club supporters that they are, have once again decided to give their sponsorship money to the club. Thanks again gang, much appreciated. Our next shoot, on January 24, will be the Gary Georgiou / Safari Firearms sponsored Springing Teal Challenge, and hopefully Gary and his family will be coming down to take part in the set-up and competition (Covid restrictions pending). If you need anything brought down from Safari Firearms, please get in contact with Darren Redman, so that he can get things organized for you. Cheers all.