Horsham shooter Michael Williams lights up Warrnambool clay target carnival

HORSHAM shooter Michael Williams set a new record at Warrnambool Clay Target Club’s seaside carnival.
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Michael Williams: new double-barrel standard.150214AS61 Picture: AARON SAWALL

Williams hit 270/270 in the double barrel at the Lake Gillear range on Saturday night, beating Hamilton’s Alan Pollock in a marathon shoot-off.

Pollock hit 269 consecutive targets but missed his 270th. Williams was on target too, securing him the win. The pair were still shooting under lights about 9pm.

Jeparit’s Wayne Hawker and Geelong’s Steve Haberman, both renowned marksmen, also posted scores above 240.

Warrnambool club president Malcolm Dyson said the unprecedented score smashed the previous record for the double barrel of 237.

“When it got to the stage the light was difficult to see, we had a roast meal for all the visitors,” he said.

“We went under lights after that. There were still five left in it at that stage. It finished under lights at 10pm.”

The double barrel class was one of three Williams took out at the carnival.

The Central Wimmera Gun Club member also won the 25-target handicap on Friday night with 46/46 and the 25-target points score on Saturday with 180/180.

His clubmate Craig Kelly won the 30-target points score on Friday night with 173/174.

Other winners included Hamilton’s Roger Duthie in the 25-target single barrel on Saturday, shooting 94/94.

In Sunday action, Morwell’s Jason Davis sealed the 30-target handicap with 38/38 and Noorat’s Matt Hayden won the champion of champions with 125/125.

Overall high gun honours went to Werribee’s Nathan McDonald.

The high gun class takes into account the five events on Saturday and Sunday. McDonald scored an astounding 251/255.

Dyson said 137 shooters took to the range, the most since the club hosted 157 for the Commonwealth Trap Championships in 2009.

“Everybody can’t wait to come back next year,” he said.

“It’s a lot of work but it’s been a pleasure to get the response back from the shooters who enjoyed it. It was a real carnival atmosphere.”

Dyson praised Williams for winning three of the seven events, but noted McDonald’s exceptional consistency en route to high gun honours.

“Nathan is one of the top shots in Victoria. He’s certainly extremely good. He’s won a lot of championships,” he said.

“The calibre of shooters that were here in the AA grade was very high. A lot of state and national representatives over the years were here.”

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