Shooters line up for annual comp
THE Mundubbera-based Central Burnett Gun Club has hosted its annual two-day shoot on the weekend.
Events included a 30 target medley, 30 target single barrel 15m, 50 target double barrel, 50 target double barrel points and 30 target double barrel handicap.
Chinchilla's Brenda Collins won the ladies' High Gun with 229/280 targets hit, Toogoolawah's Louise Wilson won the C-grade High Gun with 225/280, Gayndah's Jason Darlington won the B-grade High Gun with 241/280, Dalby's Julie Allan won the A-grade High Gun with 254/280, Bundaberg's Neil Berry won the overall High Gun with 259/280, while Toogoolawah's John Gemmill won the veterans' High Gun with 245/280.
Neil Berry was awarded the Frank Robinson Memorial Cup for his efforts.
Meanwhile, the team of Julie Allan, Brenda Collins, Frank Robinson Jr and Carlo Barletta won the Mark Shelley Memorial Shield.
Mark Shelly was the founder of the Central Burnett Gun Club in Gayndah in 1959.
He was tragically killed in an accident in 1983.
The club moved to Mundubbera when the town's doctor of many years, Guy Ethel, offered a hangar and land he owned to the club.
Mr Ethel, a keen shooter himself, had already installed a trap house on the land.
"It's gone from there," club president Nola Darlington said.
She said the club was always on the hunt for new members.
"I think shooting is a sport a lot of parents won't let their kids do," she said.
"But when young people come in here, they learn respect and how to handle firearms.
"They start off with older folk and they integrate.
"They've got good eyes, too."
The club accepts shooters from the age of 12.
Mrs Darlington said numbers were down this shoot compared to previous events.
There were 22 competitors, where normally the club would hope to draw around 45-50.
She said the shoot clashed with other shoots at Biloela and Moonie on the Western Downs, and that the persistent dry also had an effect.