Bathurst shooters show handgun skills
Western Advocate, Page: 46. Thursday, 22 October 2009
Bathurst shooters have delivered on their home turf when Sporting Shooters’ Association of Australia (SSAA) members gathered for the 2009 Handgun Rendezvous last week.
The annual shoot, where licensed target handgun shooters choose a handgun to compete with, saw Bathurst competitors come out in front in two of the seven categories.
With 34 competitors across all the events, Bathurst SSAA Pistol Club member Mick Moriarty said it was great to see the home grown heroes coming out in front “Bathurst’s Adam Hurley took out the Semi-Automatic Centrefire and Mat Barwick took out the Semi-Automatic Rimfire event,” he said.
“Everyone did very well considering there were so many shooters and their families supporting. It was probably one of the biggest crowds we’ve ever had at the new facility.” Mr Moriarty said the three-day event was very exciting starting with the old style black powder handguns on Friday along with the target and open sighted competitions.
“Saturday and Sunday saw a variety of classes of modern handguns shot,” he said. “To make the competition more interesting all of the shooters competed together, which had the desired effect.” Other winners included Mitch Newbury (Single Action Centrefire), Frank Taylor (Double Action Centrefire), Steve Rutledge (Open Centrefire), Luke Wyborn (Single Action Rimfire) and Tim Snell (Open Rimfire).
Mr Moriarty said one of the biggest awards, The Stan Tiggs Memorial Trophy, was awarded to Danica Roberts.
“The trophy was named after one of the founders of the SSAA in 1978,” Mr Moriarty said.
“Danica has only just started shooting but she does a lot of work behind the scenes at the club and was very a deserved winner.” Mr Moriarty said the shoot was so successful that it will be held in Bathurst against next year with even more shooters expected to attend.