This year was no exception, with more than 40 squads from around the North Island competing. This represents nearly 200 shooters!
Conditions changed throughout the day, as we shot our first round in chilly overcast conditions, our second in rising winds. All of this made for testing shooting conditions which kept our shooters on their toes. Despite this, King’s shooters gained some creditable results, with each individual shooter achieving a personal goal.
In the opening event (Single Rise), top performers were Captain, Oscar Ferrier (Year 13, Greenbank) with a perfect 25/25 along with Mansimrat Singh (Year 12, Peart) and Beau Christiansen (Year 11, Averill) who each managed 24/25. Caleb McCallum (Year 11, Selwyn) scored a personal best 22/25.
In the Points Score, the first team all scored in the 60s with the best efforts coming from Gus Webster (Year 13, School) and Logan Harding (Year 10, Greenbank) with 67/75.
The 1st team, who are looking more and more consistent, finished with a total of 431/500, which gave them another solid top five finish. Altogether a solid if not spectacular performance in very cold and blustery conditions.
Top King’s shooter on the day was Oscar Ferrier with a total of 89/100.
As the Single Rise did not go to an individual shoot-off, Oscar placed 1st= in this discipline.
The students were once again exemplary ambassadors for the College throughout the competition, and on the trip in general, gaining several instances of positive feedback from members of the public for their manners, courtesy and consideration.
Many thanks to the dedicated cohort of parents (and grandparents) who came out to support their shooters, and those who supported from afar with comestibles!
Especially I would like to thank Mrs Jo Wall for organising catering and support behind the scenes. Her assistance and enthusiasm are both welcome and infectious.
Mr JD Jackson
Teacher in Charge of Clay Target Shooting