Pukekohe High School’s clay target shooters have been recognised for their achievements at the North Island and New Zealand Secondary Schools Clay Target shooting competitions. In particular, year 11 student Hamish Nicholls and year 12 Ben McKenzie.
Held on 30 September and 1 October the two boys, along with the Pukekohe High School clay target shooting team attended the back to back events in Hamilton.
They enjoy the atmosphere of the competitions, but say it’s extremely competitive on game day. “It’s all on,” Ben said.
At the North Island Secondary School Championships, Pukekohe High School won the team shoot with a score of 216/225. The team consisted of Cian Moloney, Ben McKenzie, Regan Bernasconi, Brayden Entwistle and Hamish Nicholls. They also won the Winchester Inter-Secondary School Postal Trap Shooting annual competition trophy.
Ben McKenzie was second overall in Postal Shoot with a score of 188, and he received a medal for his efforts. He also came fourth in the Single Rise championship for the day.
At the NZ SS champs on Sunday 1 October, Hamish won the High Overall for the day, with a perfect score of 90. He was first in point score, first in single rise and highest overall in the single barrel. Hamish was also selected for the North Island team to shoot against the South Island team. The North Island team took out the title.
Hamish made the Auckland/Waikato Provincial team which shot on Monday 2 October. His team won in the team category, and Hamish also came third overall in the regionals.
He said he was happy with his results. “It was a bit of a fluke.” Both Hamish and Ben said practice makes perfect. “Anyone can shoot, but it does take a lot of practice. You can’t just show up and expect to be good.”
Around 300 competitors took part over the weekend.