Griffith Sporting Shooters club will stage the 2019 NSW Sporting Clays State Titles in conjunction with their annual Dave Wallace Memorial Shoot at their range situated in bushland off the Rankins Springs Road on 21/22 September.
It is expected that this 200 target event will attract a large contingent of up to 100 sporting clay shooters from around NSW, ACT and Victoria. The shoot has been generously sponsored by a wide range of local and national sponsors that has been organised by Shotgun Captain Jamie Cirillo.
More than $7,000 in prizes will be on offer. Sections especially for juniors, ladies and veterans will be available to enable members of these groups to compete against each other. Prizes will be awarded to the winners on Saturday for the Dave Wallace Memorial Shoot with the NSW Sporting Clays State Titles being decided over both days of competition. A Shoot Dinner is planned for all competitors on Saturday evening.
The range is situated in bushland atop a rocky hill with cliffs on one side. Clay targets are thrown up, down and along the cliff face to add variety and a special challenge to competitors making the range unique in Australia.
"Dave Wallace was one of the original members who was responsible for the establishment of the sporting clays range more than 40 years ago when he helped establish a Field and Game Club there" President Warren Brown said
"The club has recently had the road to the hill top rebuilt to improve access to the range and two large shooting towers have been refurbished for the shoot.
Sporting clays is a form of clay target shooting where clay targets are presented to shooters to simulate various types of field targets with the clay targets thrown in an assortment of trajectories and speeds. Competitors can expect targets to simulate the flights of ducks, pheasants, driven grouse, springing teal and even fleeing rabbits in single or pairs of targets.
To add realism to the targets the traps that throw the clays are situated in the surrounding bush, with the clay targets rising out of the bush into a clearing where they can be shot. Many of the local shooters are expected to be on the podium including Frank Tagliapietra, Greg Allen, Jamie Cirillo, Bart Brighenti and 'Sid' Gugliemino.
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