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The 2018 5th Annual Yarra Valley
School Clay Target Contest

This popular event was again held at Lilydale on the beautiful Melbourne Gun Club grounds.

Click Here for a detailed report (PDF).

We reproduce the following article and photograph and acknowledge, with thanks, the Star Weekly Newspaper as the source.

Thomas Armstrong
Photo by Shawn Smits (Star Weekly).

Thomas Armstrong is the July nominee of the Don Deeble Rising Star award.

The award, hosted by the Sunshine Western Region Sports Club and Star Weekly, recognises young athletes from the western suburbs who have achieved outstanding results at state and/or national levels.Thomas will receive $1000, donated by the Yarraville Club Cricket Club, and other prizes, to assist him in achieving his sports goals.

Thomas’ achievements are:

The 17-year-old’s first competition was less than three years ago, but he has already represented Victoria at the national championships and Australia on the international stage and is one of Werribee Victorian Clay Target Shooting Club’s most promising youngsters.

“I seem to have progressed in the sport pretty quickly,” Armstrong said. “I owe that initially to my parents – they’ve taken me to a lot of competitions, which I think has improved my scores.”

Armstrong was in Wagga Wagga last week as part of a development program.
Among the most promising shooters in the land, the Plumpton resident received instructions from Suzie Balogh, a gold medal-winning Australian Olympian, and a number of other high-ranking shooters.

“We’re learning all about techniques that might help us and the mental side of it as well,” he said. “The mental side is more than half of it. You make too many mistakes when you get nervous, so it’s good to learn that side of it, too.”

Armstrong has already proven to have a steady hand and sharp eye in major competitions. Selected in the Australian junior down the line team after impressing at the national championships for Victoria, he won a team gold with two other shooters at the World DTL Championships in Ireland last year.

This year, Armstrong has done well for Victoria at the Australian National Trap Championships, which the Big V won with a perfect score of 250 out of 250.
Armstrong placed third at the Junior National Champion of Champions after one measly point cost him. There were no such worries at the National Single Barrel event as he became the youngest ever to win the title.

In the National Points Score competition, Armstrong finished with a combined score of 298/300. It was the highest junior score and second highest overall.
Armstrong’s greatest honour so far is being named captain of the Australian junior team for the World DTL Championships, which will take place in Wagga Wagga next year. In the meantime, Armstrong will focus on his second Australian team call-up when he competes at the World Universal Trench World Championships in France next month.

In the next 12 months, Armstrong will begin his transition into Olympic events. “That will give me a better opportunity to be able to make the Commonwealth or Olympic teams,” he said.

Debut of Gippsland Sports Academy’s Junior Development Squad for Clay Target Shooting

It’s not often you see 12 teenagers arrive early for anything, let alone an hour early. However, such was the enthusiasm for the commencement of Gippsland Sports Academy’s first ever Clay Target Shooting Development Squad, that the team assembled at Frankston Australian Clay Target Club at 10am on a Saturday morning an hour before coaching was due to commence.

Click Here for a detailed overview (PDF).

The 2017 Lilydale High School/ Melbourne Gun Club
Annual Clay Target Contest

Garry Bennett from Lilydale High School organised and put on a very successful day at Melbourne Gun Club.

A junior boy won the High Gun and broke Mitchell Iles record at the event shooting 30/30 which included 10 tgts DTL, 10 tgts Skeet and 10 tgts Sporting.

A wonderful achievement for Mark Du Rose from Flinders College (See Photo).

130 school students competed.  All were very well behaved and enjoyed themselves.

The 2016 Lilydale High School/ Melbourne Gun Club
Annual Clay Target Contest

This popular event was again held at Lilydale on the beautiful Melbourne Gun Club grounds.  Despite the threat of bad weather earlier in the week it was a pleasant autumn day.  Approximately 12 schools attended including students from the Hutchins School in Tasmania.

Click Here for a detailed report (PDF).

Youngest Ever Shooter Takes Australian Title

Aislin Jones

15 year old Aislin Jones makes history as the youngest winner of the Australia’s Open women's ISSF skeet championships.

Aislin, from Lakes Entrance has earned a place in the record books as Australia’s Open Womens ISSF Skeet Champion for 2016, and the youngest woman to ever claim the title.

In warm conditions at Brisbane Gun Club, the year 10 student contested the two premiere skeet events on the Australian ISSF Clay Target Calendar; the 2016 Commonwealth ISSF Womens Skeet Championship on Monday, followed by the 2016 National Womens ISSF Skeet Championship on Tuesday.

She emerged victorious by claiming the gold in both events.

Well done Aislin!

We acknowledge, with thanks, the Mildura Sunraysia Daily Newspaper for their kind permission to reproduce the following article and photograph.

Nathan Argiro
Photo by Carmel Zaccone (Sunraysia Daily).

Nathan Argiro succeeds at the ISSF National Championships.

Story by Chris Testa
Sunraysia Daily

NATHAN Argiro surprised even himself at the Australian Clay Target Association national championships in Brisbane last week and the 17-year-old shooting ace now hopes to take his career international.
The Merbein teenager, now in his fourth year of shooting, walked away from the championships with glory after competing in the junior Commonwealth double trap, the junior nationals and the junior high gun double trap.

His success comes just a year after moving into the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) disciplines.
Argiro's next target is to qualify for the ISSF Junior Cup, to be held in Germany in late April and after exceeding his expectations in Brisbane, hopes are high.
"My goal was just to go there (to Brisbane) and do my best. It's just real tough, you're competing against guys like Michael Diamond and Tom Turner," he said.
"Tom Turner was a Commonwealth double trap shooter and has been doing it for years."
His performance in the single trap has Argiro determined to "raise the bar a bit". He expects to find out whether he will be going to Germany just a month before the event begins.
Such is the nature of shooting, too, that a spot at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro later this year is not completely out of the question for Argiro.
His qualification would hinge on an excellent performance in the Australia Cup 2, being held in Sydney at the start of March, but Argiro knows that in shooting, anything can happen.
"If you have a good day, you can make the team like that, no worries," he said.
Argiro's success in Brisbane followed his silver medal performance for Victoria at the National Shooting Australia Junior Championship team event.
After that effort, he was selected as the 2015 Northern Mallee Sports Star of the Month for December, having been nominated by Sunraysia Academy of Sport and the Mildura Clay Target Club.
Argiro dedicated his continued success to coach Don Milino, the same man who first got him involved with the sport as a 13-year-old.
Shooting runs in the family, with Argiro's great uncle and father having also competed.
"I had a shot and since the first time I fired the gun, I got hooked on it," Argiro said.
"He was basically the one that got us into it."

Mitchell Iles and Aislin Jones awarded VIS Scholarships

Mitchell Iles, a member of the Melbourne Gun Club, and Aislin Jones, a member of the Bairnsdale CTC, have been awarded a VIS 2016 Future Talent Scholarship Program.

Mitchell and Aislin are rising athletes and we wish them all the best with their shooting.

Congratulations Mitchell and Aislin and good luck in 2016.

Aislin Jones

Mitchell Iles

Aislin Jones competes at the ISSF Junior Cup
in Suhl, Germany.

Aislin Jones made her mark on the world stage in June, ranking 2nd in the qualification rounds at the ISSF Junior Cup in Suhl, Germany with a score of 69/75.
Exceeding all expectations, the youngest member of the Australian team attending the Junior Cup shot 24/25, 22/25, 23/25 with the total also gaining Aislin her first Olympic MQS, making her eligible for Olympic competition should the opportunity arise.

Lining up for the semi-final as second ranked qualifier, just one target behind Russian, Victoria Ostapets; at just 15 years old Aislin was by far the youngest to make the cut. Her fellow finalists were generally five years and many more years of competition her senior. The semi-final placed new pressures on Aislin, with the unusual European environment of noise, music cameras and commentary, in addition to the pressure of a first time international final.

Finishing in 6th place, on an equal score with 5th, which is decided on a count back of the first who missed during the semi-final, Aislin can be justifiably proud of her debut.

While in Germany Aislin got some great news. In a surprise move based on recent strong performances in Australia Cup events Shooting Australia has announced Aislin's inclusion in the team to represent Australia at the pinnacle event on the 2015 shotgun calendar, the ISSF Shotgun World Championships in Lonato, Italy in September.

The announcement came on the eve of her debut international competition at the ISSF Junior Cup in Suhl. Aislin enjoyed her first international event, and watched team mate James Willett's Bronze Medal win in the Double Trap even, giving her a first taste of international finals atmosphere. She wasn’t to know at the time that only a few days later she would be competing in a final of her own.

The final can be viewed on Aislin’s web page under News & Achievements at www.teamaislin.com

Link to Shooting Australia Media Release - http://www.shootingaustralia.org/media/articles/819

Photos used with permission from: "Pictures www.fk-wurfscheibe.de"

The 2015 Lilydale High School/ Melbourne Gun Club
Annual Clay Target Contest

This event has become a popular event on the interschool shooting calendar.
An increased number of students attended this year’s event, some travelling in excess of 200kms.  The 20 squads of students keep the scorers busy all day.  A group of eight students even attended from the Hutchins School in Tasmania.

Click Here for a detailed report (PDF).

Sub-Junior Jack Cullinan has success at 2015 Nationals

Jack Cullinan is 14 years old and shoots for Mildura. Jack lives on a station near Pooncarie. He had a great Nationals in Wagga Wagga this year. This is only his second time attending the nationals.

Jacks achievements at the Nationals were:

  • First in Sub juniors Double Barrel;
  • First in Sub junior Double rise;
  • 2nd in Sub junior champion of champion;
  • 3rd Sub junior single barrel;
  • 3rd in sub junior pointscore; and
  • Sub junior High Gun

Well done Jack!

Aislin Jones takes Gold in ISSF Women's Skeet
at Australia Cup #1 in Sydney.

Aislin Competing

L-R: Laura Coles - Silver, Aislin Jones - Gold, and Amy van Bystervelt - Bronze.
After her recent Silver Medal in January at the Australian National ISSF Championships in Newcastle, Aislin competed in the first Australia Cup for the 2015 competition calendar at the Sydney International Shooting Centre on Saturday in a field of competitors from Australia & New Zealand.

Having turned just 15 less than a fortnight before the event, the majority of her competition in the event was 7-12 years her senior, though one competitor, Suzy Balogh - Athens Olympic Gold Medalist in Women's Trap - has been competing since before Aislin was born. Despite the seniority and experience of her opponents, Aislin went about the task ahead of her in her uniquely calm and quiet but dedicated manner. At no stage did she give any impression that she was under pressure, either in the event, or the finals.

In variable light and overcast conditions, the shooting in round 1 was challenging. Aislin shot 21/25 before equalling her personal best in the second round shooting a very credible 22/25 in the heavy rain as the weather deteriorated.

After coming third in the preliminary rounds with a new personal best total of 62/75 she went into the semi-finals as third placed shooter behind Laura Coles (Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist) on 68/75 and Chloe Tipple (NZ) on 64/75. 

In the semi-final she finished equal second, putting her into a shoot off to determine who would shoot the gold medal match with Laura Coles. Aislin out gunned Amy van Bysterveldt from New Zealand for a place in the ultimate final.

The 16 target gold medal match between Aislin & Laura was another close competition which was thrilling for the assembling crowd - a repeat of the Australian Nationals at Newcastle.
Shot as 8 pairs of crossing targets the sequence in finals differs from the main event to add to the difficulty. Complicating the final further is the introduction of two reverse pairs off stations 3 & 5, which aren't shot in the preliminary event.

Aislin & Laura went station for station shooting the first two stations without a miss, going into the third 8/8 each. After the third station they'd both dropped one target to be 11/12.

All eyes were on the pair and the audience were silent as they shot the final station. Laura Coles dropped a target in each of her final pairs to finish 13/16. Aislin followed and shot both pairs clean to the satisfaction of the onlookers.

Aislin came home to Lakes Entrance with a Gold Medal having beaten a Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist 15/16 to 13/16. In her admirable modest way, when asked by others how she'd gone, she replied with her usual, "Oh. Alright I guess." However her potential is revealed in a comment on Facebook by Russell Mark, retired 6 times Australian Olympian and multiple medalist, when he stated simply, "Great result Aislin. You're on your way. 15/16 in the Gold Medal match shows you have the X factor. Enjoy."

Her next domestic event is the South Australian State Titles in American Skeet in Adelaide on Labour Day weekend, and her next international event will be Australia Cup #2 in Brisbane in April.  She is hoping to be accepted in a position on the Australian squad to attend the ISSF Youth Cup at Suhl in Germany in June although it is likely to be self funded, and may be looking for sponsors to help make that possible should she be successful.

Note: Aislin is pronounced Ash-lyn

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Will Smithwick

Will Smithwick reports his experience in Tasmania at the Tasmanian State Trap Championships.

Tasmania was a really good experience for me. A very casual club and state titles.  It was my first time travelling by air and then shooting.

I started the carnival with a 43/50 in the double rise, then a 48/50 in the handicap.   My handicap score got me into the shoot off for third place overall and I won junior in that event.

I started the second day a bit shaky with a 43/50 in the single barrel, then 48/50 in the double barrel.   The conditions were really tough that day with not many possibles shot. 

On the last day I shot 147/150 in the points and managed to win the junior highgun.   I was very happy to get my name on the trophy and I would like to thank the Iles family for sponsoring the prize.  I would also like to thank Beretta Australia and Nick Kirley for letting me use one of the Beretta 692 try guns for the weekend.   I used Falcon shells for the carnival.
..  Will Smithwick

Mitchell Iles
with Proud Grandfather Bill Iles

Mitchell Iles wins Junior Commonwealth ISSF
Trap Championship

Competing in his very first ACTA National ISSF Championship in Newcastle, Mitchell Iles is the 2015 Junior Commonwealth ISSF Trap Champion.

Mitchell has only been shooting ISSF competition for a few months and he is certainly making his mark and will no doubt be competing in the Open in the not too distant future.

Congratulations Mitchell and well shot.

Another win for Mitchell Iles!

At the Australia Cup 1 championships in the Double Trap Junior Mitchell Iles competed in the Open Double Trap event in Sydney.  He competed against 11 other participants and won gold.  A remarkable feat for a Junior who has only just commenced the Olympic discipline.

Congratulations Mitchell, keep up the good work!

Following up her win as the 2014 National Ladies Open Skeet Champion of Champions, Junior Aislin Jones has again had success at her first ISSF Nationals

In the 2015 Commonwealth ISSF Womens Skeet, Suzy Balogh and Aislin shot for the Gold and Silver Medal with Aislin winning the Silver Medal one target behind Suzy.  This event was shot under terrible weather conditions in Newcastle, however Aislin managed to shoot without any problems.

2015 Australian ISSF National Womens Skeet Gold Medallist was Laura Coles with Aislin taking Silver after an intense shoot-off which was still anyone's when Laura stepped onto the last station. Only 1 target separated them at the conclusion.

Well done Aislin!

Aislin will be the next exciting lady to watch in the not too distant future.  Congratulations to Aislin for a wonderful result in her very first ISSF Nationals.

Laura Coles and Aislin Jones with their proud fathers


Click Here for full report (PDF file)

Jack Wallace Wins Silver at World Championships

17 year old Jack Wallace won the Silver medal over night (10/9/14) in the Junior Men's Trap at the ISSF World Championships in Granada Spain.

Jack qualified for the finals in second place with a score of 121/125, he then shot 13/15 in the semi final which took him into the gold medal match.  Jack shot against an Irish Junior shooter and was beaten by two targets with a score of 11/15 in the gold medal match. A remarkable effort for one of our up and coming juniors.  Congratulations and well done Jack!!

Lilydale High Juniors Shoot Well
at School Championships

Click Here for full report

Jack Clerke , Kyle Morrow, Matt Hollingworth, Will Smithwick,
Bonnie Rowland and Raffael Michaels

Jack Wallace

Victorious Victorians-
well done Juniors!!!

Junior Trap Shooter, Jack Wallace (Melbourne Gun Club) won bronze at the Gabala International Grand Prix last week which was a fantastic result especially shooting against a world champion. Jack will be travelling to Granada, Spain to compete at the World championships next month and he will look to build on his success after a good international campaign at the ISSF Junior World Cup in Suhl earlier this year and also his recent win last week.

Last week junior trap shooter Penny Smith (Warrnambool CTC) made the semi final at the International Grand Prix in Gabala, Azerbaijan in the Womens Trap event and shot extremely well in the qualifying rounds against a strong line up.  Penny finished the semi final to shoot for the Bronze medal, however unfortunately Penny missed by one target taking her to 4th place.  It was a fine effort and congratulate to Penny for her great performance. 
Penny is travelling to Granada, Spain for the World Championships early next month and will be going into her event with confidence, after claiming the Junior Women’s trap title at the Qatar Open earlier this year and performing well in Gabala.

Penny Smith

MILDURA junior shooters dominate the recent 2014 Australian Clay Target National Trap Championships in Wagga Wagga.

The following article and photograph is reproduced with the kind permission of the Sunraysia Daily Newspaper.

Mildura Clay Target Gun Club junior shooters:
Travis Redman, Luke Argiro, Megan Barnes, Daniel Mills, Tarryn Shaddock
and William Hand
Picture: David Sickerdick

Young guns on target at championship
By Toby Prime

MILDURA junior shooters have dominated the recent Australian Clay Target National Trap Championships in Wagga Wagga.

Luke Argiro (B Grade double barrel), Tarryn Shaddock (C Grade Australia/New Zealand Trap Championship point score), and Daniel Mills and Travis Redman (Open deauville doubles) finished first in their respective events at the championships.

Mills also claimed second in the junior Champion of Champions mixed medley, while Shaddock finished third in the sub-junior Australia/New Zealand Trap Championship point score.

Junior Megan Barnes was also a part of the Victorian ladies team that won the Australian Ladies Team Championship, finishing with 74/75.

Jack Cullinan finished second in the sub-junior Champion of Champions mixed medley and second in the A Grade Champion of Champions mixed medley, while William Hand shot 93/100 to finish third in the sub-junior single barrel. Beth Hayden finished third in the C Grade Australia/New Zealand Trap Championship point score with 290/300.

Mildura Clay Target Gun Club president Norm Watts said the club "couldn't be prouder" of the junior shooters' efforts."Our club was represented by a lot of juniors at the nationals and they all shot really well," Watts said. "It was a learning curve for most of them because none of them had been to the nationals before".

"For Megan to firstly make the Victorian team and then to win the national team event was really a fantastic effort. Megan is very proud of what she has done and the kids are walking around with grins on their faces because they all shot really well."

Megan Barnes Shoots well at
Pooncarie Gun Club

Megan Barnes, a 16 year old Junior and A grade shooter with the Mildura Clay Target Club, put together an impressive run of scores at a recent club shoot at Pooncarie Gun Club. Megan's results were as follows:
10 tgt eye opener ...... 10/10
20 tgt DB HCP .....20/20
25 tgt PS .....75/75
25 tgt SB .....23/25
25 tgt DB .....23/25

After the shoot-offs Megan took out the:
PS A grade 2nd 92/93;
SB A grade 1st 31/31; and
OA High Gun (A grade, Junior and Ladies) with a score of 141/145

These results follow on from Megan's success as a member of the winning ladies team at the recent Nationals.

Another of our Juniors on the rise. Well done Megan!

14 year old Aislin Jones has won the 2014 National Ladies Open Champion of Champion Skeet event at the nationals in Wagga. Her progress through the ranks is unbelievable for one so young.

The East Gippsland Sporting Foundation has also awarded Aislin with the "Award of the Month" in recognition of her achievements with the following notation:

The EGSF supported skeet shooter, Aislin Jones, has won Sub Junior Overall High Gun at the 2014 ACTA Skeet Nationals at Wagga. Shooting 514/550 over the 6 event program this past week she performed consistently, placing or winning in her grade or category along the way.

In addition, in the 100 target Champion of Champions event she won her grade, sub-junior and the open ladies category. Aislin shot against national and internationally accomplished athletes including current ladies world champion Lorraine Hughes.

Congratulations Aislin. Well done and welcome to the big league!

Victorian Junior, Mitchell Iles excels at NZ Trap Championships

At the recent NZCTA DTL Championships, young Mitchell Iles finished with the following impressive results:

  • NZ Mini Championship - 1st Junior 24;
  • NZ Single Barrel Championship - HOA 50/50 and 1st Junior;
  • Kilwell Trophy Match - HOA 75;
  • NZ Point Score Championship - HOA 150 and
    1st Junior;
  • NZ Championships High Guns
    - 1st Junior 430

Well done Mitchell!

Members of the Mornington CTC, Alex Weyermann and his daughter Bianca, are both accomplished clay target shooters.

Bianca, at 13 years of age, is already achieving competition success. Bianca came 2nd in the Junior Girls 2013 School Students Final and an indication of her ability to maintain concentration came at a recent DTL competition at the Melbourne Gun Club where she won the Ladies event with a final score of 140/150. Well done Bianca!

Our thanks to the Herald Sun for permission to use the above photograph.

Victorian Junior, Jack Wallace, does well at   the 2014 ISSF Championships
Perth WA 20th - 25th January

  • 1st A grade
  • 1st Junior Commonwealth Trap
  • 1st Junior National Trap
Well Done, Jack!

Jack Wallace

Penny Smith awarded Scholarship.

Penny Smith, a member of Warrnambool CTC, has been awarded the VIS Future Talent Scholarship Program.

One of our rising stars!
Congratulations Penny!

Jack Wallace

Mitchell Iles

Victorian Juniors Win Gold at the
Youth National Championships

At the Youth National Championships held over the weekend 8th-9th December 2013, Juniors Jack Wallace and Mitchell Iles each won gold with impressive scores in the Trap and Double Trap.

Jack, shooting in the Trench Championship, shot a qualifying score of 115, a semi final score of 15 and for the Gold/Silver match a score of 13 - dropping only 2 targets.

Mitchell, shooting in the Double Trap, shot a qualifying score of 111, a semi final score of 26 and a score of 28 in the Gold/Silver match.

Congratulations to Jack and Mitchell for an outstanding result. Both with a promising future!


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