Girls win gold at North Island Champs



Waikato Gun Club hosted the North Island and National Championships over the last weekend of September, which saw over 300 students attend, including representatives from Waiuku College.

The North Island Champs, which was held on Saturday, was hampered by a cold and pesky wind, which was playing havoc with the clay shooters. As a result, there was a lack of possible scores on the board.
It was the girls’ team of Zoe Groot, Emily Wilks and Ellen Ballantine who managed to take first place and a gold medal.
This saw them six points ahead of Craighead Dio from the South Island and a further 25 points ahead of Hastings Girls High who took third place.
Only Niko Manning could manage a possible from the college team, shooting 20/20 in the Single Rise Event. After a shoot off against 17 other competitors, Niko placed eighth in that event and won a $75 voucher.

Sunday was the Nationals, with the weather improving incredibly for near on perfect conditions, but again, this didn’t show on the board with not many possible over the day.
Unfortunately none of the college team shot well enough to make any shoot offs on the day, however, Ellen Ballantine made the Auckland-Waikato Regional team which took out silver the following Monday.
Manager, Jo Sands, wanted to thank coaches, Les Clarke and Bob Anderson, for all the time, effort and dedication they have invested into the team.
“It has been a relatively young team and I am sure they are going to go places with more shooting under their belts.”
The team says goodbye to Nelson Akast and Zoe Groot, who finish school this year and head off into the work force.
Jo would also like to thank all the wonderful parents for their continuous support throughout the year.

Photo: Emily Wilks, Zoe Groot and Ellen Ballantine took out gold in the North Island Champs.

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