Shooters bring home the prizes



Last Thursday saw the Waiuku College Shooting Team head to the Waikato Gun Club in Hamilton to attend their fifth Secondary School Shoot, hosted by Hamilton Boys.
A slow trip down in the school van due to thick fog, meant the shoot didn’t get underway till 9.45am instead of the normal 9am start, with the fog still hanging around and not lifting completely till around lunchtime.
Attended by 148 shooters, a total of 30 squads, the weather certainly played a part with not too many possible scores on the board.
The girls’ team of Zoe Groot and Ellen Ballintine took first place in this section, ahead of Putaruru College and Hauraki Plains. It was also Zoe Groot who placed first in the Girls Individual Section, shooting 87/90, which was made up of 20/20, 59/60, and 8/10.
College first year shooter Emily Kitson placed fourth, ahead of Waiuku’s Ellen Ballintine, after a shoot-off to also secure prizes for the day.
The Open Team of Nelson Akast, Emily Kitson, Ethan Short, Ayden Porter and Niko Manning took out third place in the Teams Event, the team saying it was great to finally get in the top three after knocking on the door in fourth place at the last two competitions.
Niko Manning just missed out on securing tenth place over the whole day after a shoot-off in the Boys Individual Section, something to still be proud of shooting against 147 other shooters and only being in the second year of the sport.
First year shooter Ethan Short was over the moon when he picked up a 25 Long Run Badge, after shooting 25 consecutive targets in a row, no mean feat, not as easy as it sounds and something he should be very proud of in his first year. It sure was a great day and one that put Waiuku on the map with the College kids heading up so many times to the prize table. Next shoot is at the Putaruru Gun Club on August 13.

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