On Monday 8th September six students from Lilydale High School attended the State School  Championship shoot at Bendigo Clay Target club.  Close to 80 students qualified to attend the State Championship shoot.  Eliminations had occurred  around the state at the various Zone shoots that had seen close to 1000 competitors state wide  attend the various venues. The regular practice every Wednesday evening after school in addition to the weekend  competitions attended by several of the Lilydale High students paid dividends.  Competition at  Bendigo was very strong but the Lilydale High students displayed great competitive spirit and skill  and at the end of the competition had taken a considerable amount of the awards on offer.    Bonnie Rowland won the State Junior Girls award with 27/30. Will Smithwick won the State Junior Boys award with 30/35. The team of Bonnie Rowland, Will Smithwick, Kyle Morrow, Matt Hollingworth and Jack Clerke  won the State teams event with 132/150.  Finally Jack Clerke won the overall event and was presented with the trophy for State Champion with a score of 34/35.  It was extremely encouraging to see the hard work and determination of the Lilydale  High/Melbourne Clay Target juniors pay off.   Shooting at the High School has over the last couple of years displayed increasing popularity.  This  year in excess of 20 students have attended the club on Wednesday afternoons.  The teachers who  run the program would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all students on their various  achievements and to thank the Melbourne Gun Club for their continued support and  encouragement. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Melbourne Gun Club who have this year  offered their facilities and assistance in initiating a new school competitive event to be held at the  club later this year.  It is hoped that several schools will take up the opportunity to attend another  competition for their students.   A report of this event will be given in mid October.  See below for photographs of our students who competed at the State shoot in Bendigo. 
 Lilydale  High  Juniors Compete at the 2014 State School Championships
September 8th - Bendigo Clay Target Club Report By Mark Smithwick and Gary Bennett
State Champion
Jack Clerke
1st State Junior Boys
Will Smithwick
Jack Clerke , Kyle Morrow, Matt Hollingworth, Will Smithwick, Bonnie Rowland and Raffael Michaels Lilydale High Competitors
1st State Junior Girls
Bonnie Rowland