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JULY 16th & 17th 2022

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After selling out our 4th event of the series in a little 48 hours, we were kindly hosted by the Waikato Clay Target Club. Throwing a little over 16,000 competition targets in classic Waikato weather. Two fresh and foggy mornings followed by stunning clear days with not even a breath of wind. We had a wide range of new and old faces come along for the 400 target competition with more than 20 shooters biting off the full 400. Well done to those shooters for owning the weekend and shooting some very competitive scores over all three disciplines.

 

Thank you to our event sponsor Kauri Bay Boomrock. Definitely a great experience for any person interested in the variety of events and activities they host, including shooting clays. As always many thanks to our series sponsors Kilwell, Laporte and Target Products without whose consistent support UTNZ would not be operating with the high octane fuel it has to bring this great discipline to as many kiwis as possible. We hope to do you proud and have a great future ahead of us!

 

As our UT series has been so successful we tried a new format of shooting called in-line.  This involves all shooters starting from station 1. They shoot 5 targets per lane and move on to the next station. Given all of our events over subscribing so far this year, we needed to find a way to get some extra numbers through, and this method allows as much given reduction in downtime and increased efficiency. It looks to have been a successful first run meaning for future events we can continue to open up more capacity and have plenty of good blokes and gals joining us as we bring the best series to NZ. Thank you for our competitors' patience as it was a new program for our committee also.

Once again thank you to our event and series sponsors, Waikato Clay target club for hosting our event and all our competitors for attending. We hope to see you in the tropical Hutt Valley for event 5 of our series in August.

 

Trap1 100

Waikato also saw us throw a new discipline called Trap 1.  This is a FITASC event centred around the DTL layouts we are familiar with. This was also shot using the inline method. It is a mix of continental and ball trap and it was no surprise that Graham Ede shot an outstanding 49/50 on Day 1 to see him one target in the purple followed closely by Nick Wiseman on 48/50.

 

A very tightly contested Day 2 with multiple shooters performing well in the fog early. Graham continued his march to finish on 96/100 and clinching the Off the Gun outright.  Silver went to Nick Wiseman on 95/100 and bronze went to Myles Cole-Brown after a shoot off on 94/100.

Handicap saw newcomer Brandon Elliot take gold after a shoot off with Su Arn Kwek who took silver, with bronze going to Vaugn Snowling, also a newcomer to our events. Well done to all the place getters.

Off the Gun:

  • Graeme Ede - 96

  • Nicholas Wiseman - 95

  • Myles Browne-Cole - 94 + 2 s/off

Handicap :

  • Brandon Elliott - 20 targets in + 81 Off Gun = 101 + 9 s/off

  • Su Arn Kwek - 8 targets in + 94 Off Gun = 102 + 7 s/off

  • Vaughn Snowling - 12 targets in + 88 Off Gun = 100 + 2 s/off

  • Tim Fuller - 4 targets in + 93 Off Gun = 97 + 1 s/off

  • Alistair Burr - 16 targets in + 81 Off Gun = 97 + 0 s/off

  • Graeme Ede - 0 targets in + 96 Off Gun = 96

  • Nicholas Wiseman - 0 targets in + 95 Off Gun = 95 + 11 s/off

  • William Luxton - 4 targets in + 91 Off Gun = 95 + 10 s/off

  • Mirko Saranovic - 8 targets in + 87 Off Gun = 95 + 4 s/off

  • Myles Browne-Cole - 0 targets in + 94 Off Gun = 94 + 2 s/off

(See the Handicap rules for Trap1 here)
Compak 150

Callum Birch shot a cracking 50/50 early on Saturday morning but James Mackie managed to hang on the back with both ending Day 1 on 72/75, chased by a large pack only 1-2 targets back. Another cracking start to Day 2 with both Callum and James shooting 25/25 then 23/23 to go into the last round all tied up fighting for gold and silver. Callum shot 24/25 in the last round to take the gold over James who ended the competition on 141/150 shooting off with Peter Goodwin for silver and bronze both finishing 2 targets clear of 4th place. After a two stand, 10 target shoot off James took silver and Peter bronze.

Congratulations to the Handicap Compak champion Logan Clark, in his first UT event taking out the win, with Darryn Ashwell taking a close second and Peter Goodwin adding to his Compak success coming home for third.

Off the Gun:

  • Cullum Birch - 144

  • James Mackie - 141 + 9 s/off

  • Peter Goodwin - 141 + 8 s/off

Handicap:

  • Logan Clarke - 30 targets in + 119 Off Gun = 149 

  • Darryn Ashwell - 24 targets in + 123 Off Gun = 147 + 4 + 3 s/off

  • Peter Goodwin - 6 targets in + 141 Off Gun = 147 + 4 + 2 s/off

  • David Donald - 18 targets in + 129 Off Gun = 147 + 3 s/off

  • Cullum Birch - 2 targets in + 144 Off Gun = 146 + 16 s/off

  • James Mabin - 12 targets in + 134 Off Gun = 146 + 15 s/off

  • James Mackie - 3 targets in + 141 Off Gun = 144

  • Des Coe - 3 targets in + 139 Off Gun = 142

  • Brandon Elliott - 30 targets in + 110 Off Gun = 140 + 2 s/off

  • Max Edwards - 3 targets in + 137 Off Gun = 140 + 1 s/off

(See the Handicap rules for Compak here)

Universal Trench 150

The first 75 targets  on Saturday saw a blistering start from Myles Browne-Cole to end Day 1 on 72/75, followed closely by Graham Ede on 71/75, with Daniel Feutz and James Mabin both on 70/75 rounding out the top 4.

 

It’s great to see such close scores in such a challenging event with it being anybody's game heading into an extremely foggy start on Sunday on morning.

Myles Browne-Cole wasn’t having any of it, starting the day shooting another stellar 25 in the fog. James Mackie, also shooting another possible first up after shooting 25 the evening before to run 50/50. 

 

James Mackie and Nick Wiseman both shot 72/75 on Day 2 to stay close to Myles but his lead from Saturday proved insurmountable. Myles took the Off Gun title on 143/150 with James Mackie on 141/150 and Nick Wiseman on 140/150.

 

Congratulations to Su Arn Kwek, shooting some great scores and walking away with the highly contested Handicap title, chased by James Mabin in second and Mirko Saranovic in third.

Off the Gun (Open Category):

  • Myles Browne-Cole - 143

  • James Mackie - 141

  • Nicholas Wiseman - 140

Handicap :

  • Su Arn Kwek - 24 targets in + 132 Off Gun = 156

  • James Mabin - 12 targets in + 136 Off Gun = 148

  • Mirko Saranovic - 30 targets in + 117 Off Gun = 147 + 1 s/off

  • Phil Morrison - 24 targets in + 123 Off Gun = 147 + 0 s/off

  • Dave Copetti - 18 targets in + 128 Off Gun = 146 + 3 s/off

  • Vaughn Snowling - 30 targets in + 116 Off Gun = 146 + 2 s/off

  • Max Edwards - 12 targets in + 134 Off Gun = 146 + 1 s/off

  • Shane Ashforth - 24 targets in + 122 Off Gun = 146 + 0 s/off

  • Myles Browne-Cole - 2 targets in + 143 Off Gun = 145 + 4 s/off

  • Darryn Ashwell - 18 targets in + 127 Off Gun = 145 + 3 s/off

(See the Handicap rules for UT here)

FITASC Categories:

  • Junior - Nicholas Hutt - 132

  • Lady - Natalie Rooney - 139

  • Senior - Graeme Ede - 135

  • Veteran - John Hillock - 125

  • Master - Jamie Cane - 116