Champion fit for top clay target title for Championof Championsclay shooter
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
AUSTRALIAN representative John Maxwell has been crowned the Gladstone Clay Target Club's Champion of Champions after the club's successful two day shoot last weekend.
Maxwell's trip from Hervey Bay was certainly worth it as he left with the Champion of Champions sash for his efforts.
His consistency over the nine event competition was a feature of his success, the highgun comfort- ably winning the competition with a total of 462/500.
Maxwell also walked away with two sashes for winning the 25 target Skeet handicap club championship and the 30 target double barrel club championship events. Competitors converged on the club from as far away as Newcas- tle, Maryborough, Emerald, Bun- daberg, Biloela, Gayndah, Mun- dubbera and Rockhampton for the popular event.
Fifteen-year-old Gladstone ju- nior Colin Wright showed why he is regarded as a star of the future to win the Intermediate (B and C grade) and Junior champion events.
Donna Barletta showed her form in winning the Ladies event, while Brian Morrissy won the vet- erans competition.
The Champions shoot is a major event for the club and president Carlo Barletta was happy with how the weekend panned out.
'It went well for us, we had a good weekend and the weather was fantastic, so we are happy with how it turned out,' Barletta said.
The club also had more to cele- brate winning the first round of the Interclub challenge against Bi- loela by nine points 394-385, but they will have to defend the crown at next week's Christmas shoot held in Biloela.
Ray Wise was smiling as he cel- ebrated a double success by win- ning the 50 target single barrel state championship and the 30 tar-get single barrel club championship.
Other event winners included Carlo Barletta (50 target ball trap Central Zone championship), Gary Darr (50 target DB Points continental state championship) and Garry Wright.