MORE than 50 competitors took part in the inaugural grand opening and first official clay target shooting competition at the Hopetoun Clay Target Shooting Club.
It ran over two days, January 12 and 13, and club president Bernie Biddulph said it had been achieved by a massive effort of a small group of people."This project has taken more than five years to get up and running," Mr Biddulph said."It started in 2008 with a small handful of people who were interested in clay target shooting and has grown from there."Mr Biddulph said the first competition hosted by the new club attracted clay target shooters from across WA to participate."We had tremendous support, with people coming from Leonora, Perth, Denmark, Wagin, Katanning and all the clay target shooting clubs in between," Mr Biddulph said."We held several events over the weekend."Esperance resident Terry Malony won the overall high gun winner and was awarded the Isak and Tandy Buttendak perpetual trophy, which will remain at the club."Mr Biddulph said the raffle of a gold nugget donated by Bernie Mazza was won by Johnny Rourke."I would like to extend a sincere thank you to all the sponsors and competitors for making the first competition at the Hopetoun Clay Target Shooting Club such a success," Mr Biddulph said.