More success for College shooting team



The Waiuku College clay target shooting team noted up another set of successes earlier this month, again led by the outstanding girls pairing of Ellen Ballintine and Emily Wilks who won the teams event in their section.
136 college shooters in 28 squads attended the event in Pukekohe, which was originally set to be hosted in Matamata, but was cancelled at the last minute as organisers could not get enough manpower to run the event.
The five schools that shoot out of the Auckland Metropolitan Club in Pukekohe, (Waiuku College, Pukekohe High School, Tuakau College, Kings College and Rosehill College), were asked to put the event on at short notice.
The group managed to secure excellent sponsorship from Gun City, which meant a laden prize table, and the event ran well despite squally showers passing across the range.
Ellen Ballintine and Emily Wilks won for Waiuku College, ahead of Putaruru College and Hauraki Plains College.
The Waiuku Open team of Nelson Akast, Ethan Short, Zoe Groot, Ayden Porter and Niko Manning were just edged out of the top three, finishing fourth behind John Paul College, Kings College and Pukekohe High School.
In the first-year shooter section, Ethan Short again placed second, just one point behind James Kenna from St Pauls, shooting 80 from 90, an excellent result with 55 shooters in the event.
In the Girls section, Zoe Groot won with 28/30, ahead of Hannah Childs of Pukekohe High School on 27/30 and Ellen Ballintine made it a Franklin trifecta with third place and 25/30.
Niko Manning shot 29/30 in the Boys section, but after a shootoff, placed just out of the prizes, but shot well  on the day overall.

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