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Volume 7                                                                    Issue 4                                             December 2007
 CONTENT:                                   Page         28 October which proved to be another          well and my Best Wishes for a Merry
 From the National President       1                     very successful event. With Laang setting      Christmas, happy festive season and
 Clay Target News                  2                     the benchmark last year, Sydney club           a safe and prosperous New Year.
 FITASC/Federation News            4                     knew they had to really shine to match the
 Website                           4                     very high standards set for the National       Take care and enjoy our sport.
 Advertising rates                 4                     Championships. They certainly did this
 Hunting & Habitat                 4                     with the opening of a pristine section of      Matt Leighton - Past President
 FITASCS - Worlds Cyprus - Info     6                    their available land and the erection of new
 Sporting Clay Nationals        __ 9                     towers and very much upgraded catering         Well, what a few weeks! So much has
 FITASC Australian Grand Prix      10                    facilities. The standard set by shooters       happened since our last newsletter.
                                                         was excellent and certainly indicated
 State News                                              where some of the members of next              Firstly, I wish to thank Matt Leighton for
  Queensland                                     13
                                                         years’ Australian Team may be generated.       he’s dedication and time that he put into
  New South Wales                                14
  Victoria                                       14                                                     Field and Game Federation of Australia.
                                                         Just to give you an indication of the          As an AGM was just held and I was elected
  Tasmania                                       15
  South Australia                                17      organisation required, Paul Smidt, NSW         as your new President I will endeavour to
  Western Australia                              19      Clay Target Director covered 62 km             fulfil this position to the utmost of my ability.
                                                         on my Yamaha Quad over the 3 days              I wish to thank all those who attended the
 Field and Game Federation of Australia Inc.             ensuring the program ran as smoothly           AGM in Melbourne and congratulations
accepts no responsibility for the accuracy of the        as possible. Certainly Ray McFarlane,          to all those who took on positions.
material placed in this newsletter. The opinions
expressed in this newsletter do not necessarily reflex   other executive and range workers all
the opinion of the Field and Game Federation of          contributed to the success of the event.       The Nationals have come and gone.
Australia Inc. governing body.
                                                                                                        Congratulations to the crew in Sydney for
                                                         Several meetings were covered on               conducting a competition that was both
     FROM THE NATIONAL                                   behalf of Federation throughout the            enjoyable and challenging. The trophy
         PRESIDENT                                       year, the latest one with me representing      table is, of course, the result of some
This past year has been a busy one as                    Federation at the Sporting Shooters            very generous sponsorship thank you for
it would have been for most of us by the                 Firearms & Advisory Council meeting held       your generous support. I wish you all a
time we covered all of our commitments.                  in Canberra on Wednesday 24 October.           Marry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
                                                         This Council has not yet met the new
As I have mentioned previously, it was most              Minister for Justice and Customs, Senator      Tony Trevorrow New National President.
rewarding and beneficial to have attended                The Hon. David Johnston, as he did not
                                                         attend this meeting. The subject of this
the World Championships in the Czech
                                                         special meeting was to facilitate high level
                                                                                                          Field & Game Fed of Aust
Republic. When I say rewarding, this is
due to the camaraderie and the attitude                  consultation with stakeholders on the          National President:
of our Australian Team members and the                   proposed National Firearms Management          Mr Tony Trevorrow — South Australia
increasing number of privateers that go                  System (NFMS). It became clear during          National Vice-President:
to these world competitions to support                   this meeting that the consultants to the       Mr Howard Barks — Western Australia
our team members. It was also noted                      government had already set the guidelines      Secretary:
that several complete families attended                  and the detail therefore when this was         Mr Glen Rider — Queensland
the event, which was very significant                    presented to the meeting, it was obvious       Treasurer:
for the level of support that is shown.                  that the deal was done and not much            Mr Mark Farrow — Queensland
                                                         credence would be input to the meeting
Unfortunately it does not look like I                    by the delegates. This will be pursued         Director of Target Shooting:
will be able to attend the 2008 World                    by delegates to see whether important          Mr Ray McFarlane — Victoria
Championships in Cyprus.           This is               comments are taken onboard at this stage       Director of Habitat & Hunting:
due to the fact that my company has                      as it now has to pass onto other government    Mr Peter Teakle — South Australia
six franchises in the 4WD and heavy                      departments and then to ministers for          Director of Coaching:
vehicle wheel alignment industry and I                   ratification. I personally don’t think much    Mr Ken Moore — New South Wales
must source new product to keep our                      was achieved on the day, but we have to
franchisees ahead of the opposition. The                 be part of the process to remain informed.     Affiliations:
worlds are in September as indicated, and                                                               Federation Internationale de Tir Aux
the second largest automotive equipment                  The previous meeting of the SSFAC was          Armes Sportives de Chasse (FITASC)
show, that is behind Frankfurt in Germany,               held on 7 December last Parliament House,      Delegates: Ray McFarlane, Glen Rider
is in Las Vegas, Nevada shortly after.                   Canberra. This meeting cover the Australia
It’s a dirty job but someone has to do it.               Post ban of the importation of firearms and    Australian International Shooting Ltd
                                                         weaponry which you have been advised of.       Delegates: Matt Leighton, Glen Rider
Our Australian National Championships
were held on Friday to Sunday, 26, 27 &                  I trust all members and families are

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                                                  fine score of 75/80 to once again take out    Lonsdale was 3rd
    C L AY TA R G ET NEWS                         the Open event.                               Juniors saw Blake Nankervis 1st with
                                                  Lady Champion was Vikki Ellis with 62/80,     a score of 130/150 from Robert Hall
Sporting Clay Nationals 2007                      it was a pleasure to meet Vikki again after   128/150. Both shot a final day of 66/75
                                                  about 13 years we shot together in the        and Kai Tonkin in 3rd
Sydney Sporting Clays was the host to             World’s at Mt. Gambier.                       Sub Juniors and Ryan Wharton proved
the 2007 3 Day Nationals Carnival.                Junior Champion saw a return to form of       that his win in the English Sporting was
I arrived at the range on the Tuesday prior,      Robert Hall who shot 69/80                    no fluke and he scored 110/150, 2nd was
to assist and oversee the development of          Sub Juniors was a victory by Ryan             Paul Adams 108/150, 3rd Jacob McKenzie
the ranges to be used for the Nationals.          Wharton with a great 62/75                    100/150.
When I arrived, Paul Smidt was well               The Veterans was won by Denis Bullimore       Veterans was another victory for Ken
advanced with the placement of the 45             with 66/80.                                   Triffitt 126/150, 2nd Rod Evans 123/150,
trap machines, that were to be used.                                                            3rd Ed Treadwell 121/150.
As usual at these events a number of              With the first event concluded the Jury
traps were being borrowed from other              members went out and set the course,          The Carnival High Guns for both Open
NSW Field and Game Clubs as well as               for the start of the Australian Sporting      and Juniors were now decided, in the
the travelling SSAA trailer, full of traps,       Clay Nationals, this was to be shot over 3    Open Damien Birgan was again supreme
complete with John Nichols.                       ranges, 265 competitors entered.              and received as his trophy a “Beretta 686
Brian Heffer of International Target              At the completion of the Saturday shooting    Shotgun” sponsored by Beretta Australia
Products also supplied 6 brand new Viper          the clubhouse leader was Peter Hall,           Juniors was won by Robert Hall who
traps for use at the events.                      Peter had shot a fantastic 70/75 which        received from Winchester Australia a
Placing these in position kept us busy            included a possible. Close behind was         “Winchester Supreme Shotgun”.
for the next 2 days, on the Thursday              Colin MacPherson 69/75, John Younger,
morning all was ready for the Federation          Damien Birgan both on 68/75, and on           We give thanks to our generous sponsors
TSSC, to approve the trajectories and set         67/75 were Chris Brown and Mike Birgan.       who provided ,with assistance from
the target menu’s, that would be used for         In the Ladies it was tight, the mother and    Federation, the great display of prizes that
the 3 days of competition.                        daughter Birgans were tied with Natasha       were available, for the winners and place
                                                  Lonsdale all on 60/75, Kelly Norris was a     getters over the 3 days of the carnival.
At 10pm on Thursday evening the                   distant 54/75 in 4th place.
heavens opened and there was a                    In the Juniors Blake Nankervis and Kai        Sponsors in alphabetical order:-
torrential downpour of rain, it was with          Tonkin shared the lead with 64/75 and         Beretta Australia
some concern that I set out for the range         Robert Hall was next on 62/75.                GB-Corsivia
early on the Friday to find my fears of           Sub Juniors Leader was Paul Adams             Highland Sports
water problems allayed. With Craig Hobbs          60/75, Ryan Wharton 57/75 and Jacob           International Target Products (Brian
and Lorraine Barber in the office shooting        McKenzie 51/75                                Heffer)
started spot on at 8am.                           Veterans leader was ken Triffitt 63/75,       SSAA Insurance
                                                  Max Kavanagh 62/75, Rod Evans 61/75           SSAA (NSW)
The first event was the 10th English              and Ed Treadwell 59/75.                       The Outdoor Sportsman
Sporting Nationals with a entry of around                                                       Rio-Ammunition
200.                                              The Saturday shooting finished on time,       Winchester Australia
This was a 80 target event conducted              the scores were good over all the Grades,
over 2 ranges.                                    and all the various Categories promised       Sydney Sporting Clays as the hosts for
Damien Birgan showed the way with a               tight finishes on the Sunday.                 this event, must be congratulated on the
                                                  Once again the Jury went out and reset        smooth conduct of this event.
                                                  the targets for the final day.                It certainly lived up to the high standards
                                                  Sunday morning and again good weather,        that Federation expects, of those who are
                                                  the Pelicans flying out of the adjacent tip   entrusted to conduct this prestigious event
                                                  seemed to have no fear of the gunshots        .
                                                  and quite often flew within range.            When Sydney applied for the event it was
                                                  The scores were again hot and Damien          accepted that the size and contours of the
                                                  was not going to die wondering, with 3 x      site, would pose problems for the design
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AA: 1. Damien Birgan 75, 2. John             State Team Event:                             Chapter 14        Scorecards (not
Younger 72, 3. Brenton Irons 71              1. Victoria 859/1050,                                           applicable to domestic
A: 1. Scott O’Brien 69, 2. Robert Hall 69,   2. Queensland 851/1050,                                         events)
3. Alex Grodski 68                           3. South Australia 776/1050,                  Chapter 15        Competition
B: 1. Stephen Norris 64, 2. Tony Clarke      4. Tasmania 770/1050,                                           Organisation
64, 3. Andrew Garvie 63                      5. NSW 762/1050,
C: 1. Rod Saligari 57, 2. John Argilla 56,   6. WA 691/1050                                Copy of revised FITASC Rules will be
3. Nazim Ali 55                                                                            available on Federation Website
                                             Carnival High Guns                            www.sportingclays.org.au
Results Australian Sporting Clay             Open: Damien Birgan         212/230
Nationals 150 targets                        Junior: Robert Hall         197/230           It was confirmed that the FITASC
Open: 1. Damien Birgan 137, 2. Chris                                                       Championship of Oceania will be held in
Brown 136, 3. Colin MacPherson 135,          Ray McFarlane                                 New Caledonia on 21st – 24th March .
4. John Younger 135. 5. Mike Birgan 134      NDTS
Ladies: 1. Renae Birgan 118, 2. Kelly                                                      FITASC have relaxed the rule that only
Norris 117, 3. Natasha Lonsdale 115                                                        allowed Black or Orange targets to be
Juniors: 1. Blake Nankervis 130,              FITASC/FEDERATION NEWS                       used. The new rule reads:- Targets must
2. Robert Hall 128, 3. Kai Tonkin 123.                                                     be in colours that clearly stand out against
S/Juniors: 1. Ryan Wharton 110, 2. Paul       Federation Target Shooting                   the background in which they are thrown
Adams 108, 3. Jacob McKenzie 100.                     Committee
Veterans: 1. Ken Triffitt 126, 2. Rod                                                      There was also discussion on the
Evans 123, 3. Ed Treadwell 121.              FITASC Rule Changes                           prevalence of shooters asking to see
A: 1. Robin Shawyer 132, 2. Phil Stowe       The FITASC Rules have been altered in         more than one sighter target at a stand.
129, 3. Scott O’Brien 127.                   places and the changes apply from 1st         It is disturbing that some shooters ask
B: 1. Steve Norris 122, 2. Tony Clarke       January 2008.                                 to sight more than one sighter target at
120, 3. Marton Holmes 120.                                                                 every stand.
C: 1. Peter Passarin 111, 2. John Dickey     Changes include                               This is a abuse of the FITASC rules, yes
106, 3. Kim Halbert 101                      Chapter 2.5        Trajectories               in some circumstances it is necessary to
                                             Chapter 5          Referee’s                  throw more than one sighter target, only
The Outdoor Sportsman Team Event:            Chapter 6          Target Refereeing          the shooter in the stand has the right to
1. John Younger, Alan White, Robert Hall     Chapter 8.10       Safety Glasses             request a second sighter target.
2. Colin Johns, Ross Clancy, Craig           Chapter 9          Appeals                    The shooters backing up in the squad
Hobbs,                                       Chapter 10         Refusal to Comply          have the opportunity to view the targets
3. Colin Johns , Ross Clancy James           Chapter 11         Attempting to Influence    when the first and subsequent shooters
Clancy.                                                         the Referee                are shooting.
                                             Chapter 13         Penalties                  As to whether more than one sighter
                                                                                           target is thrown for the first shooter in a
                                                                                           squad is the decision of the referee.
                                                                                           Also discussed was the prevalence of
                                    2008 NATIONALS Little River, VIC — 24th, 25th 26th October                                   
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Robert Hall, Kai Tonkin, Jarryd Passarin                                                    This past year has been most difficult
Reserves: Nick Guerra, Paul Adams,                                                          and looking back to the December 2006
James McIver                                   JUNIORS                                      report there’s been little change from
                                               1     Robert Hall          128/150
                                                                                            the H&H perspective, all are aware of
Veterans                                       2     Kai Tonkin           123/150
                                                                                            the creeping drought situation impacting
Ken Triffitt, Rod Evans, Ed Treadwell          3     Jarryd Passarin      120/150
                                               4     Nick Guerra          110/150           not only on rural production and support
Reserves: Alec Ceccato, Rod Brain, Ross                                                     industries but the loss of inland waters
Christian                                      5     Paul Adams           108/150
                                               6     James McIver         106/150           as well. The significant loss of wetlands
                                                                                            through natural dry down is now wide
     2008 NATIONAL TRAINING                    VETERANS                                     spread, however this is a natural cycle
             SQUADS                            1     Ken Triffitt         126/150           and on return of normal / wet season
OPEN                                           2     Rod Evans            123/150           recharge will benefit waterfowl and fish
1        Damien Birgan 137/150                 3     Ed Treadwell         121/150           species.
2        Chris Brown    136/150                4     Alec Ceccato         120/150
3        John Younger   135/150                5     Rod Brain            118/150           Another concerning factor is of
4        Mike Birgan    134/150                6     Ross Christian       117/150           government       agencies       initiating
5        Peter Hall     134/150                                                             questionable drought management
6        Brenton Irons  131/150                                                             regimes by purposely blocking off -
7        Matt Libbis    130/150                             WEBSITE
                                                                                            detaching functioning wetlands and lake
8        Terry Scicluna 129/150                    www.sportingclays.com.au                 systems to rivers - potentially risking
9        Colin Johns    127/150                has been updated regularly and the           the delicate ecological systems that
10       Scott O’Brien  127/150
                                               most recent being the results and            supports a variety of birdlife and other
11       Peter Tobin    126/150
                                               some photos of the Sydney Nationals          aquatic dependencies.
12       Ross Clancy    126/150
13       Chris Ball     126/150                as well as the full results of the English
14       Dale Whiting   126/150                Sporting as well as the Sporting Clays       Annual SA aerial duck surveys -The
15       Craig MacPherson125/150               Nationals.                                   annual October aerial duck surveys of
                                                                                            the SA waters is completed, the total
                                               The rules have been updated and are          number of birds in the SE area (67,500)
LADIES                                         now available on the site.                   is greater than last year, however the
1        Renae Birgan    118/150                                                            available water/habitat is greatly reduced
2        Kelly Norris    117/150                                                            with non target areas, the Riverland at
                                               There is also a electronic version of
3        Natasha Lonsdale115/150                                                            the time of survey supported only 4.500
4        Maree Birgan    111/150
                                               this newsletter and copies of pass
                                                                                            birds, dramatically down from the 2006
5        Sally Ridgeway 100/150                newsletters available on the site
                                                                                            count.
6        Cheryl McGaffin 97/150                some of the old ones are just text with
                                               no format but it has all the content.        For the first time, the Kangaroo Island’s
                                                                                            6 major wetlands were surveyed with
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some 26,000 birds all species sighted,      for all duck species during 2008.             must be comfortable with the direction
(includes about 5000 Shell duck), most                                                    that this may be heading!)
of these are non target areas, however      Quail; The recommendation that a
it’s essential to find and survey drought   significantly limited hunting season for      ** Interesting extract CSIRO
refuges. (The new private aircraft that     quail be approved for South Australia
surveyed the SE wetlands was equipped       with the following restrictions:              “Relationships      between     Waterbird
with GPS, with most wet / dry areas now     Bag limit of 15 birds per day                 Ecology and Riverflows in the Murray
GPS logged).                                Proposed dates for the open season are        Darling Basin (Anthony Scott 1997).
                                            Saturday 5th April – Sunday 27th July         Waterfowl hunting; 7.4, para 2-
Feedback from the October surveys           2008. These recommendations are to            Braithwaite (1975), and Briggs et al,
indicated high percentages of adult birds   be signed off by the Minister shortly.        (1993) have both reported that hunting,
with low breeding overall; some areas                                                     if properly controlled, does not seriously
reported good earlier breeding. Although    Bucks Lake Game Reserve – Good to             affect waterfowl populations. Kingsford
heavy rains have fallen across some         see action !The earth works by way of         (per comm.) suggested that for most
areas more rain is needed to reduce         a connecting drainage swail between           species of waterfowl, the effects of river
the soakage factor allowing run-off and     Lake Bonney across the Admella Flats          regulation are much more important than
ponding.                                    to Bucks Lake game reserve has been           the impacts of hunting.
                                            completed at a cost of about $140.00.
No SA Duck hunting for 2008                 This was initiated by SAFGA with              Foxes - DNA project – Feed back from
Following the late November joint meeting   departmental project support funding,         the University of Western Australia
between CHASSA and the NPWS,                on completion waters flows were               regarding the population structures of
with the compilation of survey data of      satisfactory attracting many birds (many      foxes in Australia, at the last count over
climatic/landscape condition, regional      bluebills and shoveors). Virtually now in     4,500 samples have been returned from
Information and qualitative points from     a dry state as water levels in both lakes     shooters across most states. Tasmania
the 2007 Aerial Survey of Wetland Birds     have dropped.                                 is now active on their fox issue and
in Eastern Australia. (Kingsford, R. and                                                  still a cause for concern as there are
Porter, J. October 2007), the continuing    Search for a Nationally Important             still enough sightings to prove their
drought has seen much reduced support       Wetlands.                                     existence. Strategic baiting has proven to
habitat.                                                                                  be the most effective method of keeping
                                            Shortly, contact will be made with            the numbers down. Government funding
The annual harvest of wild duck is          Richard Kingsford regarding this new          has been allocated for ten years; it could
based on wise use, sustainability and       federally funded project, the project         well take this long to be on top of the
conservation of the species and in order    initiative, is to annually survey all major   problem.
to ensure sustainable harvests well         and Nationally Important Wetlands
into the future, the Department strongly    across Australia. David Roshier is now        The Australian fox population is estimated
recommended that the South Australian       part of this. (As hunting organizations       at 7.2 million threatening the survival of
duck-hunting season be declared closed      are major stakeholders in wetlands, we        many species of native mammals and




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    bag limits, and the extensive                                        dedicated game park include         at no cost and full safety instructions and gear
                                       dog handlers, and a full safety
    range of the property allows                                         habitats ranging from open          are provided. Unlicensed shooters receive one
                                       briefing is given prior to the
    for up to three days of shooting                                     grasses to heavy timber, suiting    on one instruction whilst licensed shooters it is
                                       shoot.
    without covering the same                                            all techniques from stalking to     one instructor to five shooters.
    area twice. Partridge, bobwhite    There is a maximum of six         still hunting. Trophy hunts for
    quail and ringneck pheasant        Guns at any one time, all         stags in the 200-250 Douglas
                                                                                                             Trout Fishing
                                       requiring either a current        Score points are available from     Three lakes full of trout present their own
                                       Australian Firearms License or    late February until May, and doe    unique attraction. Brown and rainbow trout are          Fly fish year round
                                                                         hunts until October.                available with some superb fly fishing to trophy            size brown troutin three lakes for trophy
                                                                                                                                                                                          and rainbo
                                                                                                             sized trout.                                                        No licence require w trout.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    d.
                                                                                                                                                                               Self contained
                                                                                                                                                                                                cabins
                                                                                                                                                                               1204 Long Ma
                                                                                                             BBQ Lodge                                                                          rsh
                                                                                                                                                                                Lake Leake, Tas Road
                                                                                                                                                                                                  , 721
                                                                                                                                                                                   Tel 03 6381 114 0
                                                                                                             The perfect place for a function, seminar                            Fax 03 6381 1018
                                                                                                                                                                         Email: trout@c              9
                                                                                                             or meeting. Excellent facilities in a beautiful                             urrawonglakes
                                                                                                                                                                        Web: www.trout                  .com
                                                                                                                                                                                         fishtasmania.co
                                                                                                             environment with lake just outside the door.                                                m.au




birds along with the predation on lambs,
the estimated cost to farmers is more                                           CAN YOU HELP BECAUSE                                                           FITASC World Champion-
than $100 million annually. Victoria still                                         YOU ARE WANTED                                                                ships - CYPRUS 2008
has a bounty that assists in the control of                                                                                                            1. THE RANGE
fox numbers.                                                               As you all know FITASC have awarded                                         The competition will take place at the Limassol
                                                                           the 2009 Sporting World Championships                                       International Shooting Range which is located
MDBC - I’ve been fortunate to be                                           to Australia                                                                near Armenochori village, at a distance of 10
invited by the MDBC to take part in                                        This event will be hosted by FGFA at the                                    kms from the city of Limassol towards the east
                                                                                                                                                       (about a 15 – 20 minute drive from the centre of
the Federal Native Fish Management                                         SSAA(Vic) Eagle Park complex at Little
                                                                                                                                                       the city and only a 10 minute drive from the
Strategy, in particular the Murray Cod                                     River.                                                                      Beach Hotels and tourist area of Germasogeia
Taskforce and Community Stakeholder                                        We are requiring expressions of interest                                    area). The range hosted very successfully the
Taskforce. There’s been several high                                       from members who would be prepared to                                       2005 European FITASC Sporting Championship.
profile meetings with the NFS and senior                                   act as Referee’s for this event.                                            It is facilitated by a nice restaurant, which can
                                                                           We will be requiring approx. 30 Referee’s                                   offer meals, lunch, dinner, etc. at very
scientists regarding the state of the                                                                                                                  reasonable prices.
                                                                           Some of the Referee’s will come from
inland freshwater fishery, fish off take and                                                                                                           The driving distance from the other towns to the
                                                                           overseas but the majority will of necessity
drought impacts on aquatic systems and                                                                                                                 range, is as follows: 70 kms from Larnaca, 90
                                                                           be Australians.
wearing the FGFA hat, they are aware                                       It is a splendid opportunity for
                                                                                                                                                       kms from Nicosia, 95 kms from Paralimni and
and support the importance of wetlands                                                                                                                 Ayia Napa and 95 kms from Paphos.
                                                                           interested persons to participate and                                       2. ARRIVAL IN CYPRUS
for waterbird habitat).                                                    become a important part of the World                                        Cyprus through its main international airport in
                                                                           Championships.                                                              Larnaca (approximately a 40-minute drive from
                                                                           The minimum standard required is that                                       Limassol) offers excellent travel connections
                                                                           you hold a Australian Sporting Referee’s                                    with the whole of Europe. Cyprus Airways,
                                                                           License.                                                                    which is the national airline of the island, has
                                                                                                                                                       direct connections with many European cities,
                                                                           If you are not already a Referee we will
                                                                                                                                                       whereas many other national airlines (British
A Merry Christmas and a happy New                                          train and accredit anyone interested in                                     Airways, KLM, Lufthansa, Swissair, Alitalia,
Year to all                                                                assisting us in this important task.                                        Aeroflot, Malev, Austrian Airlines, Olympic
Cheers,                                                                    All Referee’s accepted to officiate                                         Airways, Czech Airlines etc.) hold regular
         Peter.                                                            at the World Championships will be                                          flights from and to Larnaca airport. Some
                                                                           remunerated.                                                                airlines hold flights from and to Paphos airport
                                                                           Please either contact me or your State                                      also (approximately a 55-minute drive from
PS. The best present for all is RAIN...                                                                                                                Limassol).
                                                                           Target Shooting director if you are
                                                                                                                                                       3. ENTRY VISAS
                                                                           interested.
                                                                                                                                                       Cyprus is a full member of the European Union
                                                                           Ray McFarlane NDTS                                                          and new regulations apply for entry into the
                                                                           Vice President FITASC                                                       country. No Siegen visas are acceptable in
                                                                                                                                                       Cyprus.

   6                                                        2008 NATIONALS Little River, VIC — 24th, 25th 26th October
For the participants that require visas to enter        (manufacturer, model and serial number) d) a          15. CONTACT DETAILS
into Cyprus, detailed information regarding             personal letter from the participant addressed        The Cyprus Shooting Sport Federation
visas and formalities for entry into Cyprus can         to the Cyprus Police Authorities requesting the       E-mail: cyshooting@cytanet.com.cy
be found in the website of the Cyprus Ministry          issue of a temporary shotgun import permit for        Website: www.cssf-shooting.org
of Foreign Affairs, www.mfa.gov.cy, at the ‘travel      participation at the Championship e) a letter         Limassol Shooting Club (Organizing Club)
information for foreign visitors’ and ‘application’     from the local club (or national federation)          E-mail: lakis.phylactou@cytanet.com.cy
subsections.                                            certifying the applicant’s membership with the        Website: www.shootingclub.org
We strongly advise all non European Union               club (or the federation) and his registration
participants to verify well in advance whether          number.                                                               ABOUT LIMASSOL
they need a visa for entry into Cyprus. The visas       5. AMMUNITION                                         The south coast town of Limassol is the island’s
must be obtained from a Cyprus Embassy or               The custom authorities, at the point of entry, will   largest seaside resort. Acting as a magnificent
Consulate abroad prior to arrival. The Organizing       allow the import of not more than 500 hundred         backdrop to the city that spreads for ten miles
Committee will be ready to supply to the                cartridges, per shooter for use at the competition.   along the coast are the Troodos mountains,
participants applying for a visa, any necessary         Local made and imported cartridges will be            in whose fertile foothills most of the country’s
additional documentation.                               available for sale at the shooting range at           grapes are grown. Since the Middle Ages when
4. SHOTGUN PERMITS & CUSTOM                             approximately €6.00 - €9.00 per box of 25.            the Crusaders heid Cyprus under Richard
FORMALITIES                                             6. STORAGE OF GUNS                                    the Lionheart, Limassol has been known to
Shooters, not holding a ‘European Firearms              Unfortunately, no guns storage facilities will be     traders for its wine and sugar cane. Now, this
Certificate’ upon arrival at Larnaca or Paphos          available at the shooting range.                      second largest city of Cyprus, with a population
airports must present to customs (Red Channel)          The police authorities, however, permit all           of 135.000 is the centre of its wine-making
a completed official shotgun & ammunition               visitors possessing a European Firearms               industry, and an important commercial and
form in triplicate, in order to obtain a temporary      Certificate or a temporary gun permit to carry        tourist centre.
shotgun import permit.                                  freely their weapons and ammunition and store         The town’s carefree holiday atmosphere, with
European Union nationals holding a ‘European            them in their hotel room, during their stay in        wide seafront promenade and bustling little
Firearms Certificate’ should not fill in the official   Cyprus.                                               shopping streets, is matched by the gaiety and
shotgun and ammunition form. They will be               7. RULES AND REGULATIONS                              lively character of its people. With its fun-loving
required to check their shotguns through                The competition will be conducted according to        reputation and the best nightlife on the island
Customs (Red Channel) and verify the serial             the FITASC rules and regulations.                     it is fitting that only Limassol stages some of
numbers of their shotguns only. The shotgun             8. REFEREES                                           the Island s best-known festivals: the annual
import permits or the ‘European Firearms                Qualified FITASC Range Referees will officiate        Wine Festival in September, when the various
Certificates’ must be represented to customs at         at the competition.                                   wineries offer free samples of their products for
the time of departure before check-in.                  9. PARTICIPATION - CATEGORIES                         ten days: the ten day pre-Lenten Carnival with
IMPORTANT for all shooters (EU or non EU                INDIVIDUAL                                            masquerade parties balls and grand parades,
members): The import of 12G Auto or Semi-               SENIORS, LADIES, VETERANS (55+)                       the Limassol Festival in summer and the
Auto shotguns is prohibited in Cyprus. Shooters,        SUPER VETERANS (65+)                                  ancient Drama Festival at Kourion.
who intend to bring such shotguns for exclusive         JUNIORS (-21)                                         Concentrated chiefly on the eastern side of
use at the competition, must contact the Cyprus         NATIONAL TEAMS                                        Limassol, all types of holiday accommodation
Shooting Sport Federation at least one and a            SENIOR (Four (4) members each)                        have been built close to the sea These range
half months before arrival in order to obtain a         LADIES, VETERANS, SUPER VETERANS,                     from luxury hotels. to apartments and villas
special shotgun import permit. The following            JUNIORS (Three (3) members each)                      Near them are a wide range of tavernas pubs,
documents must be submitted a) copy of                  10. ENTRY FEES & TRAINING                             discos and nightclubs There are numerous
passport b) copy of the ‘European Firearms              Entry fee SENIORS, VETERANS, SUPER                    beaches to choose from. some very popular
Certificate’ (if any) c) details of the shotgun         VETERANS €240.-                                       during midsummer with the convenience of
                                                        Entry fee LADIES €240.-                               changing rooms, showers, cafes and bars,
                                                        Entry fee JUNIORS €145.-                              others quite uncrowded, particularly those
                                                        National Teams € 90.-                                 on the outskirts of town, such as the sandy
                                                        Training per round of 25 targets € 10.-               beach Known as “Ladies Mlle’, west of the new
                                                        11. REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT OF                       harbour. Limassol also has an attractive, newly-
                                                        ENTRY FEES                                            completed marina equipped with every facility
                                                        The number of entries will be limited to the first    for the yachtsman.
                                                        672 registered shooters. Inscriptions                 As a shopping centre Limassol offers the
                                                        will be valid upon payment of the entry fees. If      full gamut from ultra-modern to traditional
   CLOVER DESIGNS                                       places are available, shooters will be allowed
                                                        to register until 23rd September 2008, 12:00
                                                                                                              and handmade. European wares have place
                                                                                                              alongside local produce, and as in other parts
        Tailoring To Your Needs                         noon, the latest.                                     of the island, shoes and clothes can be made to
                                                        IMPORTANT NOTICE - THE REGISTRATION                   measure in a matter of days. Busy St Andrews
  Shooting Jackets                                      AND THE PAYMENT OF THE ENTRY FEES                     Street, not far from the seafront promenade,
                                                        WILL BE DONE THROUGH THE FITASC                       makes a fascinating trip with its quaint buildings
         ~Full Mesh Jacket~                             INTERNET SITE                                         and overhanging terraces, under which a
                                                        12. LOCAL CURRENCY                                    cornucopia of small shops vie for attention on
        ~Mesh Back Jacket~                              The currency of the republic of Cyprus as of          this narrow, jostling street. Another important
        ~Full Frabric Jacket~                           1st January 2008 will be the EURO (€). The            shopping street is Makarios Avenue,
                                                        exchange rate of the Euro, to the US$ and ST£         A tour to one of the wineries can easily be
        ~Waterproof Jacket~                             (November 2007 rates) is approximately                arranged in order to witness production and
                                                        €1.00=US$1.4, ST£0.69.                                taste the final product. Down near the old port is
       Full range of colours for                        13. ACCOMMODATION &                                   Limassol Castle, where Richard the Lionheart
       Jacket, Mesh and Piping                          TRANSPORTATION                                        allegedly married Queen Berengaria of Navarre
  Extras: Leather front, Back Pocket                    Hotel information, daily rates and lists of sea       in 1191 and crowned her Queen of England -
                                                        side hotels of all categories, in Limassol, will be   the first Coronation and Royal Marriage to take
    Embroidery for front and back                       provided as soon as possible.                         place outside England. Its grounds house the
                                                        The participants will be responsible for their        Medieval Museum of Cyprus with interesting
Contact:                                                own transportation. Special car rental rates will     pottery and tombstones amongst its numerous
Fax: 03 5274 9250                                       be provided in due course.                            exhibits. Limassol also has an Archaeological
                                                        14. WEATHER INFORMATION                               Museum, with fascinating statues and pottery
Phone: 0425 724457
                                                        September in Cyprus is normally very pleasant         finds, the municipal Art gallery as well as a
email: cloverdesign@hotmail.com                         with lot of sunshine. Temp 17/27 degrees              FolkArt Museum where specially staged room-
                                                                                                              sets display the old clothes and utensils to their
                                                                                                              best. The Municipal Gardens with small zoo
                                                                                                              offer a pleasant stroll amidst lush trees plants
                                                                                                              and shrubs.

                                             2008 NATIONALS Little River, VIC — 24th, 25th 26th October                                                   
        COOMA EASTER CLASSIC
        4 Days of Top Class Clay Shooting in Australian Alpine Country
                           21st -24th March 2008




       20 Gauge State Championship
                                     sponsored by
                              Safari Firearms
                  Friday 21st March 2008 (10.00 am Start)
                           75 target - All Grades
                                    and
                          12 Gauge Over / Under
                          75 targets (cash divide)




               Cooma Easter Classic
                                     sponsored by
       Cooma Ex-Services Club & Express Cartridges
               Saturday & Sunday 22nd & 23rd March 2008
                         9.00 am start each day
                          200 targets (Graded)

                in conjunction with 1st State Selection 100 tgt
                                Saturday Only




    NSW Side X Side State Championship
                                     sponsored by
                       Snowy Camping World
                  Monday 24th March 2008 (9.00 am start)
                         75 targets – All Grades
                     and Over and Under 75 Targets
                              (cash divide)


             Contact Trevor Heise 02 6452 2363 (h) or 02 6452 4841 (w)
                     John Starr 02 6452 2442 or 0427 405 486



8               2008 NATIONALS Little River, VIC — 24th, 25th 26th October
                         field and game federation of australia
                                                    presents the

                              october 24th – 27th 2007
                     3 Day Sporting Clay Carnival incorporating
                11th federation english sporting nationals
                  32th australian sporting Clay nationals
                                           Venue: Little River, Victoria
                                               Range Location:-


event 1: 11th english sporting nationals – 80 targets
friday 24th october max.load 28 grams
1.National Open Champion                                 4. National Junior Champion
2.National Lady Champion                                 5. National Sub-Junior Champion
3.National Veteran Champion                              6. Graded H/Gun Champions 1st-3rd

1st placings only for above Championships. All competitors will be placed in their appropriate
Grades and compete for Trophies in AA,A,B,C Grades 1st – 3rd.
entry fee:- tBa

event 2: 32th australian sporting Clay nationals – 150 targets
sat 25th and sun 26th october
Overall National High Gun Events
1. Open Championships 1st-4th                   4. Junior Championships 1st-3rd
2. Ladies Championships 1st-3rd                 5. Sub-Junior Championships 1st-3rd
3. Veterans Championships 1st-3rd               6. Graded H/Gun Championships 1st-3rd

State Team Championships:- 7 person State Teams 1st-3rd
Saturday Team Events:- National H/ Gun Team Event 1st-3rd — 3 person-max.1AA per team


entry fee:- tBa
Conditions of Entry
1. Only Postal entries to both National Championships will be accepted. Cheques to be made payable to
Field and Game Federation of Australia 2 Rolfe Court Leopold Vic. 3224. Closing Date for entries TBA.
2. To receive your Squad and shooter number and your start times it is essential that a
business sized stamped and self addressed envelope accompany your nominations
3. All competitors require the mandatory line on their vest as per Rule 1.05.
4. Competitors will be drawn at random into Squads. Sub/Juniors are required to compete with a guardian. Guardians to
be notified on Nomination Form.
5. If you are unable to attend the Nationals, nominations will be returned only on receipt of a reasonable written excuse.
6. Handicap Cards must be produced prior to commencing competition. All prize winners H/Cap cards will be checked to
verify that they are in correct grade. Any found to be incorrect will result in the competitor being disqualified.
7. Shotshells:- Maximum load 28 grams English Sporting. Shot size 2mm-2.5mm (7-9 Australian).
8. Shotshells:- Maximum load 28 grams Aust.Sport. Clays. Shot size (7-9 Australian)


                             2008 NATIONALS Little River, VIC — 24th, 25th 26th October                               
     federation internationale de tir aux armes sportives de Chasse
                                        Present the

     6th fitasC sporting australian grand Prix
                                         Hosted by
                field and game federation of australia

               Qualifying event for fitasC World Cup 2008
                     Venue : Geelong Sporting Clays, VICTORIA

                            date :- 19th – 20th april 2008

                        8 “old style fitasC layouts”
                                200 targets
                               open 1st – 4th
                              ladies 1st – 3rd
                             Veterans 1st – 3rd
                              Juniors 1st – 3rd
                          grades a, B, C, 1st – 3rd

                          HigH gun $1,000-00 CasH

                                Program
                       Practice: friday 18th april
                              Competition
                    saturday 19th april - 100 targets
                    sunday 20th april - 100 targets

            Postal entries only : Closing date 6th april 2008
                       enquiries : ray mc farlane
                        Phone : +61-3-52502327
                         fax : +61-3-52502173
                        email : raymcf@pipeline.com.au


10               2008 NATIONALS Little River, VIC — 24th, 25th 26th October
          federation internationale de tir aux armes sportives de Chasse
                      field and game federation of australia

   Nomination Form for 6th FITASC Sporting Australian Grand Prix


Name:-                       ___________


Address:-                   ___________

    ________________________________________________ Post Code:-_____________


Nationality:-__________________________________ Membership number:-__________


Home Club:-__________________________________


Date of Birth:-                             Phone No.:-              ___________


Please Mark X as applicable :-

Open                 $AUD190-00     [   ]
Ladies               $AUD190-00     [   ]
Veterans             $AUD190-00     [   ]
S/Veterans           $AUD190-00     [   ]
Juniors              $AUD110-00     [   ]



Cheques to be made payable to:          Geelong Sporting Clays Association
                                        2 Rolfe Court,
                                        Leopold
                                        VICTORIA
                                        AUSTRALIA 3224

Enquires to :-       Ray McFarlane
                     Ph. 03-52502327
                     Fax 03-52502173
                     Email raymcf@pipeline.com.au


Notes:-      Veterans must have turned 55 years by 31-12-2007
             Juniors and Sub-Juniors must be U/21 or U/17 years by the 31 December 2008

             By entering this competition competitors agree to abide by Rules of the Federation.
             GST is included in all Nomination Fees

                             2008 NATIONALS Little River, VIC — 24th, 25th 26th October            11
MIROKU EASTER CLASSIC
      “Everyone can afford this shoot - you just can’t afford to miss it”
                              Open to ALL Shooters



               Hosted by Brisbane Sporting Clays
         Good Friday 21st & Sat 22nd of March 2008


                Over $4000 in Prizes
                Every nomination for the 160 target event
                    is placed into the draw to WIN a
                     MIROKU SPORTER (Model 70)

                           Winner must be present at draw



                         TROPHIES AWARDED:
                            AA, A, B, C Grades
                    Junior, Ladies, Veteran Categories

        Sponsored by Highland Sports Pty Ltd
                 Friday – 9.00am (80 Targets Sporting)
                Saturday – 9.00am (80 Targets Sporting)

                     Noms - $100                        Juniors - $50




           Camping on the grounds is welcomed - Shower available
       Handy to Moreton Bay and the Gold Coast for those wishing to stay
                         on for a couple of extra days



            Enquiries: info@brisbanesportingclays.com.au

                 Denis 0407 179 283 or Paul 0417 647 968


 12                  2008 NATIONALS Little River, VIC — 24th, 25th 26th October
                                                  under handicap rules, with prizes awarded        The Brisbane contingent enjoyed some
             STATE NEWS                           accordingly.                                     good results and congratulations to those
                                                                                                   members that were successful.
            QUEENSLAND                            Gympie Club ran three come and try days          Results are printed elsewhere in this
                                                  for the year with one attracting 45 shooters     newsletter
The Queensland State Team has returned            and resulting in the signing up of a number
from the Nationals with a very commendable        of new members. Fraser Coast has had a           November Shoot Results
medal haul, the best results for Queensland       similar success with come and try days ran
since winning in 1989, at the National event.     at the club through the year.                    Twenty nine shooters attended the November
National High Gun in both events won by                                                            shoot and tackled the excellent course
Damien Birgan, the team coming second             The government funding is up for renewal         presented by Peter Tobin with help from
to Victoria by eight targets and numerous         or re-submission for the next three years.       James McIver. The new tilt base on one of
other individual places won by Queensland         This submission must be in by the 14th           the LaPorte tower traps was in use for the
members in both competitions. Well done !         November and the association is hoping that      first time and had many scratching their
                                                  the government continue it support again         heads.
Membership has again been fairly static           until 2010.
at the three affiliated clubs for year 2007,
with a combined total membership of 282           Paul Collingwood                                 Numbers were down as many shooters took
members.                                          QSC Sec                                          a break after the Nationals and only three
There has been an expression of interest                                                           grades were contested. Results from 75
from some people in Beaudesert area south                                                          targets were as follows :
of Brisbane, currently shooting sporting clays
at a QRA club to look at formulating a new                                                         High Gun
club and possibly seek affiliation with our                                                        Peter Shuttlewood 59
state body. A past BSC member living in this
area who is looking at returning to the sport                                                      A: 1. Denis Bullimore 59, 2. James McIver
has been forwarded the contact information                                                         58, 3. Peter Tobin 57
to help with their inquiries and assist where                                                      B: 1. Merv Rye 53, 2. Jorge Silva 53, 3.
                                                                                                   Tristan Hill 52
possible.                                             Queensland Sporting Clays                    C: 1. Garth Krumins 54, 2. Ian Kirkwood 44,
The state selection shoot process eventually               Association Inc                         3. Frank Mezzavia 44
had three events, one each at Brisbane ,                           presents
                                                                                                   2008 Calendar
Gympie & Fraser Coast clubs with the State
Titles held over two days at Fraser Coast club
                                                        Queensland Team
out side Marybrough with some interstate              Selection Shoots 2008                        The 2008 Calendar is in the process of being
visitors & Qld. expats from NZ. Shoot was                    Gympie 20th April                     finalised.
well attended with some interesting targets                                                        Major club shoots for 2008 will be :
                                                          Fraser Coast 8th June                    Miroku Easter Classic (160 Target) Sat 22nd
for the two days with extra traps & equipment
                                                             Brisbane 13th July                    & Sun 23rd March
brought up from Brisbane club, the Qld.
Team members makeup results finally being                Brisbane 14th September                   Federal Top Gun Handicap (160 Target) Sat
decided.                                                                                           9th & Sun 10th August
                                                           2008 State Compak                       King of The Quarry (60 Target) Friday 26th
A new membership information drive is                                                              December
                                                            Brisbane 29th June
being proposed with a display at one of the             2008 State English Sporting
Brisbane Gun shows early in the new year.                                                            QUEENSLAND SPORTING CLAYS
A visual display as well as brochures &
                                                           Brisbane 31st August
                                                                                                            ASSOC. INC.
information pack for handouts on the Clubs,
                                                                                                      ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
website information, club contacts with club              2008 STATE                                      9th February 2008
competition & practice times.
                                                         CHAMPIONSHIP                                          11.30 am
The State body has supplied a number of                      Brisbane - October                         Brisbane Sporting Clays Range
traps to each of the clubs after receiving a        Saturday 11th 12.00noon 50T
state government grant of approx $45K over                                                           Nominations for President, Vice-President,
the past three years, This money was used
                                                      Sunday 12th 8.30am 75T
                                                                                                      Secretary and Treasurer must with the
to supply new equipment, coaching & other                 Trophies awarded to:                          Secretary by 4.30pm 24th January
initiatives to support the clubs in Qld.             State Champion, Ladies, Junior,
                                                               Veterans,                                     Information available
Brisbane club has been well patronized by                  AA, A, B, C Grades                              www.qldsportingclays.org.au
different groups of people eg, bucks parties,
corporate days etc, wanting to try something
different to the usual golf day, coming out for
                                                            Veterans 55+ Juniors                   From the QSC President:
a try at clay target shooting. Some easier                     under 21 years
targets are set up for these groups who                                                            I hear this question regularly when I attend
usually have some rivalry as to who buys                                                           Club meetings “What is the break down of
the beers at the end. This has also been a        Brisbane News                                    our membership fees” and usually follows
good revenue raiser for the club as well as                                                        with “What does the State and Federation
exposure to prospective new members.              Nationals Success                                do for us”

Brisbane club had two major sponsored             A strong contingent of nineteen members          Well lets take a look.
events , one at Easter & one in early             from Brisbane Sporting Clays made the            In 2008 the Queensland fees will be:
September. Good prizes were on offer to the       journey to Sydney for the 2007 nationals.        $85 Open member
competitors which we gratefully thank the         Our shooters enjoyed the hospitality shown       $35 Junior member
sponsors. The event at Easter had the major       by Sydney, the excellent targets presented       $135 Family membership up to 2 adults and
prize draw in a raffle at the conclusion of the   and thank the Sydney club for their efforts in   2 children.
event & the Spring Shoot competition held         hosting the National carnival.

                                        2008 NATIONALS Little River, VIC — 24th, 25th 26th October                                        1
What happens to the money?                       beat. At the end of day one John had 90/100       108/200, second to Naz Ali 106/200, third
              Club     FGFA           QSC        followed by Bart Brighenti 87/100 then local      to Jacob Mackenzie 107/200. Cameron
OM $85        $10       $35            $40       Steve Payne 84/100. Then scores dropped           Stanmore 94/200, Anthony Cook 69/200.
Jnr $35       $0        $35            $0        into the seventies. At the conclusion of day      Veterans won by Alec Ceccato 139/200 after
FAM(2)$135 $10          $70            $50       one Mudgee members had the joyous task            a shoot off with Max Cavanagh 139/200.
FAM(3)$135 $10          $105           $10       of giving life membership to one of the clubs     Third to K Tandrew 137/200. Super vets won
FAM(4)$135 $10          $140          -$15       founding members Col Atkins. Along with           by Keith Croft 116/200. Juniors won by Tess
                                                 Jim Taylor and Peter Clarkson these three         Cunningham 93/200 Ladies won by Amanda
As a member what do you get for that             members formed our branch.                        Condran 104/200, second to A Scott 98/200,
money?                                                                                             third to Judy Taylor 97/200.
                                                 Shooters were out on the range a bit earlier
Club:                                            on Sunday morning ready on station one            The NSW state champion went to Steve
For the $10 per open member the Club             at about 9am. Many competitors had three          Payne who has topped the state for a number
supplies: 1. A Shooting Range for the            rounds in for lunch. When looking at statistics   of years. The team to represent NSW at the
member to shoot practise and competition         no possibles were shot and only one 24 on         Nationals in Sydney will be Steve Payne,
(the club receiving income from this facility)   the board.                                        Lee Cunningham, Frank Scambillone, Bart
                                                 Congratulations to champion shooter John          Brighenti. Reserve will be Gary Georgiou.
State:                                           Younger who won high gun with 174/200.            Lady rep. Amanda Condran, Veteran Alec
For the $40 per open member the QSC              Bart Brighenti 165/200 first in AA, Steve         Ceccato and Junior Jake Mackenzie.
supplies: 1. Membership facilities - renewals,   Payne second 153/200. Third to Craig              Mudgee club is proud to have four
membership card, shoot calendar, handicap        Macpherson 152/200. A grade won by Lee            representatives in this makeup.
card sticker and membership declaration.         Cunningham 149/200, second to Frank
2. Representation on Government run              Scambellone 145/200 after a shoot off with        The winner of the raffle was Amanda
Committees and State Associations. 3.            Darren Ball who finished third 145/200.           Condran, second to Jake Mackenzie, third
State team Selection and support. 4. State       B Scott from New Zealand won B grade with         to Dave Jackson. Our club would like to
Shoots. 5. Junior Development and support.       137/200, second to Greg Condran 127/200,          thank the following people for making the
6. Coaching support. 7. Information flyer        third to H Kassianou 125/200. Local Mick          weekend a success. Dan Baskerville for the
and Website. 8. Finanical support to clubs       Quinlan took out C grade 124/300, second          raffle, Dubbo branch and Peter Kay for the
if required. 9. Range Register books. Only       to David Abella 107/200, third to Tony Monk       use of traps, Matt Mackenzie for the cookup,
other funding received is Government             96/200. Sub Juniors won by Tenielle Corbett       NSW Field and Game for financial help, The
Grants (not guarantee) and half the profit                                                         ladies who ran the kitchen and last of all the
from State Titles.                                                                                 shooters who travelled to attend.

Federation:                                                                                        Remember our two day CHRISTMAS
For the $35 per member the FGFA supplies:                                                          SHOOT on the 8th & 9th December 2007
1. Insurance. 2. Newsletter 3. Handicap
Books. 4. Referee’s accreditation (exam
and badges). 5. Coach accreditation. 6.
FITASC membership. 7. Rules for Sporting
                                                            New South Wales
                                                                                                                  VICTORIA
and Compak. 8. Website. 9. Australian Team
Selection. 10. To be able to stage National                   Field & Game
and International events. 11. Representation
on AISL and Government run Committees.                       Association Inc                       Victoria has been chosen by Federation to
                                                                                                   host the following International and National
12. Representation at FITASC meetings                             presents                         events in 2008:-
Only other funding received is AISL Grants
(not guarantee) and profit share of National
                                                     NSW Team Selection                            FITASC Australian Grand Prix
                                                                                                   Geelong April 19th – 20th
Events.                                                 Shoots 2008                                Compak Nationals Geelong May 31st
                                                      Cooma 22nd & 23rd March                      – June 1st
Is that fair and a value for money?                       Milparinka 19th April                    Ladies and Junior Training Camp
Well I think so                                                                                    Geelong July 19th – 20th
                                                          Mudgee 29th June
                                                     Ardlethan/Beckom 9th August                   National 3 Day Carnival Little River October
Mark Farrow                                                                                        24th – 26th
                                                                                                   Information on all these events will be posted
       NEW SOUTH WALES                                    2008 STATE                               on the Federation Website
                                                         CHAMPIONSHIP                              Daylesford Field and Game will be hosting
       NSW STATE CHAMPIONSHIP                           Sydney - September                         the VSCA “Old Style FITASC” state
            SEPTEMBER 2007
                                                       Saturday 20th 9.30am                        Championships on Sunday
Over the weekend of 15th and 16th September
Mudgee Sporting Clays hosted the NSW                    Sunday 21st 9.30am                         13th January. Entry Forms are available on
                                                        Trophies awarded to:                       Federation Website.
Field and Game state championship at our
Buckaroo range. Approximately 60 shooters         State Champion, Ladies, Junior,
                                                                                                   2007 has been another successful year for
had nominated to shoot in the 200 target                     Veterans,                             VSCA. As I write this report the season is
event. Clubs from around NSW, Victoria and               AA, A, B, C Grades                        almost over with only Christmas Shoots
even New Zealand were represented. Many
                                                            Veterans 55+                           remaining.
thanks must go to our club President Lee
Cunningham and Treasurer Ross Christian                Juniors under 21 years
                                                                                                   From all at VSCA a Merry Christmas and
who spent countless hours at the club
                                                                                                   Happy New Year.
setting the very competitive targets. With              Other major shoots:
the valued assistance from Dubbo branch                 Golden Can Shoot                           Ray McFarlane
over 30 automatic traps were in use. Under               Australian Titles
ideal weather conditions the first shot was                                                        President
fired at about 9.45am on Saturday.
                                                        Ardlethan 19th July
                                                  Gidgee Goose Shoot Milparinka
As the results started to come in it was clear           16th 27th August
that Victorian John Younger was the man to

  14                                   2008 NATIONALS Little River, VIC — 24th, 25th 26th October
                                               and Michael Blackwell who shot within the top      branch underwent a similar exercise a couple
                                               20. The targets presented had a good degree        of years ago and has never looked back.
                                               of difficulty as expected and it was obvious       Minor further clearing can occur hopefully
                                               amongst the Tasmanian contingent with              later this year to further remove non-native
                                               the scores posted; that limited experience         vegetation that hinders some potentially
                                               to such targets still exists on Tasmanian          excellent stands in the gully that are present
                                               ranges. It is a slow progression at all clubs to   but cannot be currently utilised. Following
                                               introduce such targets but the good results        the initial clearing, the Derwent Valley team
                                               at such shoots are proof that such changes         performed some excellent tidy up work and
      Victorian Sporting Clays                 are paying benefits. Tasmania needs the            properly finished the range. A tower has now
            Association                        larger shooting events such as Oceania and         been erected and is now fully functioning.
                                               the support required to run such events.           This will hopefully give rise to some varying
                 presents                                                                         target selection for shooters in the south. I
 Victorian Team Selection                                                                         look forward to further developments at the
                                               MERCHANDISE                                        Derwent Valley range in preparation for the
       Shoots 2008                                                                                State Championships in 2008 and to seeing
           Laang 3rd February                  125 Caps with the Tas Field & Game                 a step change in the quality of targets thrown
       Little River 24th February              emblem were purchased this year through            and continual improvements in all aspects of
         Daylesford 8th March                  Bailey Agencies in Hobart. 5 different cap         this branch.
              Laang 6th April                  styles were procured in grey, black, green,
                                               blue and fluro orange. Samples are provided        BAGDAD
          Little River 27th April              for perusal. The concept is to advertise our
           Daylesford 3rd May                  organisation and promote firearm sports            Bagdad Field and Game now has a range
           Geelong 21st June                   and sell the caps to our members and the           located at the “top of the hill” along the road
            Geelong 19th July                  public. A few were sold at Oceania and the         from Hobart Gun Club. I visited the range
                                               remainder will be for sale at Agfest. Members      earlier this year and whilst it is in its early
        2008 STATE                             are offered any of the caps for $10 each.          stages, the Bagdad team have already
       CHAMPIONSHIP                            Average Cost price for procurement of one          installed quite a good Down the Line setup.
           Geelong - August                    cap to the Association is $8.25. They are all      Bagdad are also looking at procuring further
                                               of excellent quality.                              auto traps to progress their simulated field
   Saturday 30th 9.30pm 100T                   A sample shirt is present for perusal (Cost        range which has a lot of excellent potential
    Sunday 31st 9.30am 100T                    price ~$22.50) and many more garments              ground. Further clearing is required for
        Trophies awarded to:                   are available. Please contact Alex Grodski if      this ground to reach its full potential and
   State Champion, Ladies, Junior,             your branch would like to promote a uniform        assistance has been offered in order to
             Veterans,                         or identity.                                       get a solid 5 stand setup underway. Some
                                                                                                  excellent shoots may be held at this range
         AA, A, B, C Grades                    AGFEST                                             if the team progresses well enough with
                                                                                                  their range development. Bagdad consists
         Veterans 55+ Juniors                  Agfest has come and well gone. Any braches         of a small team and I’m sure they will get
            under 21 years                     that would like to advertise themselves are        the assistance they need as required from
                                               to forward material to myself or Peter Darke       the Tas. Field & Game team as required.
                                               for next years event. Any assistance to “man       Further clearing has occurred in the last half
                                               the stall” would be greatly appreciated. As        of 2007. Course design and more traps will
              TASMANIA                         always there are a limited number of free          be required to determine its full potential.
                                               passes to Agfest 2008 to those willing to
                                               assist. Generally we get a lot of questions        ESK BRANCH
TASMANIAN PARTICIPATION IN THE                 regarding how people can get into the
LADIES & JUNIOR TRAINING CAMP                  shooting sports and we provide them with           Esk has now relocated to the Rhodes
                                               the necessary information. We do get a few         property off Woolmers Lane in Longford
Geelong hosted a female/junior shooters        new members every year and we answer a             and ESK held its first shoot in Q3 2007.
training weekend on the third weekend in       lot of people’s questions and concerns. It is      The 2008 State Shoot Calendar has been
June. The Tasmanian Association provided       a worthwhile representation for our body,          updated to include ESK and all shoots held
funding assistance to three representatives    please assist if you can, even if its only for     to date on the first Saturday of each month
from Tasmania. These attendees greatly         a few hours during your Agfest Visit. Please       starting at 10am have been well attended.
enjoyed the experience and learned a lot       Contact Peter Darke for further Information.       Skeet can be very effectively used to learn
from their shooting hosts and coaches                                                             new techniques for sporting and iron out
during their weekend away. Tasmanian Field     DERWENT VALLEY                                     a few problems with gun fit for those that
and Game was proud to invest in female                                                            predominantly shoot sporting as well. Skeet
talent development. Thanks to Tas Director     Graeme Jarvis and Clay Target Director             is an excellent learning discipline for up and
of Coaching; Dwayne Evans, for organising      spent a day towards the end of March               coming juniors or those new to the sport.
details for this training session to occur.    yielding chainsaw and brush cutter clearing        Should any juniors require coaching during
                                               a significant portion of the Derwent Valley        skeet days at ESK please contact Dwayne
CHAMPIONSHIP OF OCEANIA                        range in preparation for the 3rd Qualifying        Evans - Tas. Director of Coaching on mobile
                                               shoot in May. The aim was to widen the             0409 423 404. For further details regarding
Well done to NMSC for hosting a successful     available trajectories that can be thrown in       ESK shooting or otherwise contact Wayne
Oceania Championships. As Director, a          the undulating landscape and remove non-           Ankin on Ph 03 63 39 22 56.
sincere thank you to all those un-named        native vegetation. Derwent Valley being of
volunteers and assisting Branches that         one the states key ranges located in our           PENGUIN CLAY TARGET CLUB
contributes and worked so hard at NMSC         capital city is also one of the most overgrown
to make this event such a success. ALL         and desperately needed this maintenance to         In the last year Penguin has steadily grown
of the shooters that attended this event       begin to reverse its identity and perception       in membership with more juniors arriving at
greatly appreciated being able to attend       and aim to be a dynamic ground. Derwent            our shoots and seeing people from different
such a well run event. Excellent teamwork.     Valley can now begin and needs to throw            shooting disciplines coming on board.
The Tasmanian shooters posted some solid       a wider range of interesting targets and
scores. Congratulations to Ken Triffitt who    members will really enjoy some more                We have been very fortunate to get once
came 5th in the Veterans and Michael Burling   challenging shooting in the future. Penguin        again the entire 12 shoots sponsored which
                                     2008 NATIONALS Little River, VIC — 24th, 25th 26th October                                          15
allows us to purchase more Auto traps with        Contact Details:                                 Amelia Burford
the tally standing at 9 and I feel that number    Peter Cables     0419357775                      Sally Ridgway
10 is just around the corner. This has eased      Reid McLachlan 0412636109                        Ron Baker
the burden to trappers although pending                                                            John French
a few teething problems; all shoots run                                                            Callum Broomhall
reasonably smoothly.                              TAS STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS                          Rene Knies
                                                                                                   Conor Broomhall
For 2008 we have placed four dedicated            State Championships were successfully            Wendy Bryant
coaching and practice days into the shoot         hosted by NMSC this year which ran               Dave Maxwell
calendar and these are different weekends         smoothly from all reports. Placings were as      Ted Grodski
to our shoot weekends. This eases the             follows, 1st to third in order…                  Graeme Witchard
problem with setting up and the ever growing
people turning up at the practice days.           Tasmanian State Champion & High Gun
                                                  John Younger 133/150.                                 TASMANIA AT THE NATIONALS
We are steadily cleaning up our shooting                                                                   – SYDNEY/MENAI 2007
stations and making them larger so more           AA – Socrates Pilipasidis, Richard Triffitt,
quality targets can be thrown.                    Chris Ball.                                      As the Clay Target Directors arrived on
We are also in the middle of getting our road     A – Michael Blackwell, Michael Burling,          the Thursday the course presented to us
to the clubhouse upgraded and is steadily         Paul Rigby                                       appeared onerous as a GPS was required to
getting there; it is all work in progress.        B – Cameron Bryant,Julian Wolfhagen,             navigate around the many tracks that were
Its been a long time coming but we now have       Ron Baker.                                       present. By the end of day we could see that
our web site up and running. It is still in its   C – Chris Rhodes, Michael Goss, John             the target variety was going to be excellent
infant stages and we still need to place more     French                                           and the course was going to be of excellent
information on it but I hope people like it; so   Veterans – Ken Triffitt, Max Cavanagh,           quality. As such the scores shot reflected
log on and you can become a member!! The          Rene Knies                                       the shooter friendly ranges. Temperatures
site is www.penguinclaytargetclub.com             Juniors – Jason Coates, Callum Broomhall,        reaches around the 34°C mark however all
                                                  Dave Maxwell                                     shooters coped with the heat very well. The
You will notice that April the 6th we have        Sub Juniors – Amelia Burford,Conor               Tasmanian State Team representatives shot
placed a level 2 trap competency training         Broomhall, Zenan Myers                           very well at this years nationals. In the teams
headed up by Dwayne and myself.                   Ladies – Sally Ridgeway, Wendy Bryant,           event only missing out by 6 targets for third
This is a credited course and a first in          Kate Neal.                                       placing. Individually Ken Triffit obtained first
Australia and Federation is very interested                                                        place in the Veterans Category. Well done to
in it due to its compliance with our Insurance    Tasmanian State Team Representatives             Ken on this excellent result.
requirements so please urge members to            2007                                             Team Members scores were as follows…
come along. It is open to all to learn the
basics of Automatic Traps and help stop           Open - M Blackwell, D Evans, R Triffitt,         TASMANIA
Accidents. There will be a small fee with         M Burling                                        Michael Blackwell Open
this to cover paperwork. We will finalise the     Veteran - K Triffitt Junior - A Burford          24,21,16,15,22,17 = 115
price once we work out costs.                     Lady - S Ridgway.                                Dwayne Evans Open
Until next time Safe shooting.                                                                     15, 20, 18, 15, 17, 21 = 106
                                                  Tasmanian Top Ten                                Michael Burling Open
Matthew Baldock                                                                                    24,19,24,16,17,20 = 120
President                                         In order as follows…                             Richard Triffitt    Open
                                                                                                   19,24,21,18,19,21 = 122
KENTISH BRANCH                                    Michael Blackwell                                Sally     Ridgeway Ladies
                                                  Dwayne Evans                                     18,14,18,14,19,17 = 100
At present Kentish is one of the smallest Field   Ken Triffitt                                     Amelia Burford Junior
and Game clubs in Tasmania, because of this       Richard Triffitt                                 12,10,12,15,16,16 = 81
we have limited resources and equipment,          Michael Burling                                  Ken       Triffitt  Veteran
but we were recently very fortunate to            Adam Bull                                        22,18,23,19,20,24 = 126
be able to obtain on loan from Penguin 2          Darren Quin
hand cocking traps as well as some other          Cameron Bryant                                   Total = 770
equipment. But we are also on the look            Eddy Allan
out for some more bits and pieces for trap        Amelia Burford                                   There were also another 9 Tasmanians who
protection barriers etc if there is anyone who                                                     travelled & certainly shot well enough and
has anything we could use please feel free        Well done to all the place getters and           enjoyed their trip away..
to contact a club member. Range slashing is       the team at NMSC for hosting another
also on the works program again and should        exceptional shoot. Numbers were a little on      Alex Grodski 119 (3rd A Grade English
happen soon as well. We are also looking          the low side for some reason and the aim will    Sporting)
at obtaining or building some more trap           be to increase attendance numbers for next       Chris Rhodes 117 (Top Ten in B Grade)
bases over the next few months to enable          years State Championships.                       Darren Quin 112
us to throw a larger variety of targets for the                                                    Callum Broomhall 102
growing number of enthusiastic shooters           The following persons qualified for Australian   Julian Wolfhagen 99
who support us.                                   team selection pending their performance at      Adam Bull 104
                                                  the Nationals.                                   Connor Broomhall 92
We have also recently increased our shoots                                                         Michael Goss 85
to 9 shoot days for 2008. We are not shooting     Michael Blackwell                                Declan Broomhall 36
in January, February and September due to         Dwayne Evans
the large amount of work commitments of           Ken Triffitt                                     It was great to see a strong Tasmanian
our range set up team over these months.          Richard Triffitt                                 contingent and it certainly allowed for many
                                                  Michael Burling                                  a humorous perspective on the targets
Our shoot dates are March 16th, 75 Targets.       Adam Bull                                        presented at the Sydney range for both
April 20th, 75 Targets.May 18th, 75 Targets.      Darren Quin                                      the English Sporting and Sporting Clays
Pleae refer to the Calendar. Hope to see          Cameron Bryant                                   Nationals to be discussed amongst our
you at our range!                                 Eddy Allan                                       own. Well done to all who participated and
                                                  Jason Coates                                     in particular our state team who next year

  16                                    2008 NATIONALS Little River, VIC — 24th, 25th 26th October
will knock SA off their perch to get into the    branches to understand where as leaders we         survey in to provide future direction for all
medals again in the teams event!!!!!!!           should be focusing our attention to increase       branches.            All Branch Presidents
                                                 our numbers and participation.                     January 2008
2008 SHOOT CALENDAR                              4. Prizes apparently do not draw shooters.         3. Draft a letter to branches for amendment
                                                 5. Do we need more emphasis on participation       for expressions of interest for participation in
The 2008 Calendar has been finalised at our      from our leaders/club presidents?                  an annual interclub shoot.
final State meeting for 2007. Thanks to all      6. Are C-Graders feeling intimidated by State      Alex Grodski November 2007
branches that have contributed. All branches     Championship competitions?                         4. Bring up at presentations at the end
were mailed out hard copies prior to the end     7. Are the nominations too high for the            of every shoot day upcoming shoots and
of November 2008 and branch executives           average shooter?                                   encourage branch members to travel to other
received an electronic copy for distribution     8. People are just not interested any more.        clubs for their shoots – ie car pooling etc.
as required.                                     9. Do we drop the nominations cost and the         All Branch Presidents to add to their address
                                                 prize pool accordingly?                            list.      Immediate
                                                 10. Juniors across all branches are not being      5. Ensure that minor prizes are available for
                                                 looked after to the same standards at all          juniors at all club shoot competition days
                                                 branches – needs urgent addressing – future        to provide incentives. Letter to go out to all
                                                 of our sport and we are doing nothing at all.      branches.
                                                 11. Supporting other clubs – patronage             Alex Grodski 30 October 2007
                                                 needs to occur for obvious reasons, if we          6. Correspond to Alex Grodski preferred
                                                 don’t we will not get their patronage.             2008 shoot dates in the form of amendments
                                                 12. Bring back the Interclub Shoot, once a         to 2008 shoot Calendar draft.
                                                 year, based soley for participation and fun.       All branch presidents November 16th
      Tasmanian Field & Game                     Rotate around all clubs from which members         2007.
                                                 participate. All participating clubs to chip in    7. Branches to seriously attempt to include
          Association Inc                        for a prizepool.                                   in next years calendar practice days to be
                 presents                        13 We put on good prizes at the State              run by committee members – with emphasis
      Tasmanian Team                             Championships but the mainlanders just
                                                 come and take them. Do we need to produce
                                                                                                    on novice shooters and juniors.
                                                                                                    All Branch presidents November 16th
    Selection Shoots 2008                        a “Top Tasmanian Shooter prize?” Handicap          2007.
         Penguin 2nd March                       system?
     Northern Midlands 27th April                14. We have three trained up coaches not           2008 will again prove to be a busy year for
                                                 currently being utilised enough and we have        all branches if we are all doing our job to
      Derwent Valley 18th May
                                                 a lot of new members not getting the correct       continually improve. A survey will be part
          Penguin 1st June                       advice.                                            of the start of the year hopefully to obtain
     Northern Midlands 27th July                 15. We do not have enough coaching and             the correct direction for Field & Game in
     Derwent Valley 17th August                  practice days at Branches – some people            Tasmania and perhaps establish some new
                                                 would prefer to turn up to a practice day rather   criteria for decision making in Tasmania by
        2008 STATE                               than a competition day – less pressure, less       the executives. Changes are constantly
       CHAMPIONSHIP                              cost & more fun?                                   required to keep Tas Field & Game ticking
     Derwent Valley - September                                                                     along and 2008 may be a year of significant
                                                 POINTS SYSTEM ADOPTED FOR STATE                    change and improvement if we can all support
   Saturday 20th 9.00am 100T                     TEAM QUALIFIERS 2008                               each other and embrace change rather than
    Sunday 21st 9.00am 50T                                                                          reject it. Please support your local branch
         Trophies awarded to:                    Proposal was to use Victorian 20 point system      and other branches in the State. Get out and
   State Champion, Ladies, Junior,               based on placing in qualifying shoots.             about and travel with friends and see what
              Veterans,                          1st place gets 20 points, 2nd gets 19 points       other branches are doing well so that your
                                                 3rd get 18 points and so on. If there are          own branch can perhaps benefit as well.
          AA, A, B, C Grades                     tie scores shot, then these shooters get
            Veterans 55+                         the same score, but the points allocated           Tas Field & Game currently needs new faces
        Juniors under 21 years                   decreases for next placing. Eg if there are        on its executive committee both at State
                                                 three people that shoot the same score in          level & at Branch level. Get involved with
                                                 3rd place then they are all given 18 points        your branch! It only takes a few days a year
ISSUES FOR 2008                                  however whoever gets 4th place is given 15         to make a big difference at your local branch.
                                                 points.                                            If you have a good idea - make it happen at
Discussions were raised regarding the State      Advantages = makes everyone more                   your branch! What you think matters so why
Championships hosted by NMSC. From all           competitive as placings drive points               not act!
reports and all aspects NMSC performed           obtained.
an excellent job. Championships were most                                                           Have a safe and merry festive period for
probably the best ever held, especially from     The proposal was accepted by the last              Xmas and the new year. Look forward to
the aspects of prize pool and target variety.    meeting of the clay target sub committee           seeing you at a range in 2008.
For some reason patronage was poor even          and will be trialled for 2008 Shoot Calendar.
compared to the remoteness of South East         As always results will be transparent and          Alex Grodski - Clay Target Director
Last Year! Representation and support from       communicated to all branches shortly after
all clubs was very poor given its central        each qualifying shoot. The following work
location. A forum was provided to question       was generated from our sub-committee                         sOUTH AUSTRALIA
and raise why people did not attend.             discussions which are to be actioned as per
                                                 below…
                                                                                                    S.A had a very good qualifying year with
The following questions, ideas and points
                                                                                                    the implementation of 75 target qualifying
were raised….                                    ACTION BY WHO BY WHEN
                                                                                                    rounds. S.A titles went well with John
1. Postal nominations were tried this year for
                                                                                                    younger taking out the titles after a 3 way
the State Championships and only 10 were         1. Design and present for amendment
                                                                                                    shoot off. Congratulations to Renmark Berri
received. Better than none at all – perhaps      amongst clay target sub committee a survey
                                                                                                    for a fantastic effort on hosting the S.A.
not a dead idea just yet.                        to be requested to be filled in by members at
                                                                                                    State Championships. Thankyou to Stramit
2, What makes people turn up to a shoot on       all branches.
                                                                                                    for their sponsorship of the 2007 S.A. State
their day(s) off? What are they looking for?     Alex Grodski November 2007
                                                                                                    Championships. Stramit have committed to
3. Suggest a survey to be sent out to all        2. Presidents to request members to fill
                                       2008 NATIONALS Little River, VIC — 24th, 25th 26th October                                           1
sponsorship in 2008 so we need to support           hopefully substantial expanse in all forms of      are only surviving due to the extreme hard
the sponsors that support us. Congratulations       shooting at the range in the years to come.        work being done by a very small few. An
to our state team that consisted of Terry                                                              amalgamation would result in a pooling of
Scicluna, Chris Ball, Michael Lamond, Grant         On the shooting front, I wish to advise that       resources, finances and personnel which I
Baum, and Kate Neal, John Torresan and              four major events held by the club this year       believe would see our sport and organisation
Ashley Robinson our reserve was Tony                have helped bring about the financial position     in this region not only survive but hopefully
Trevorrow. S.A. team shot very well at the          our club currently enjoys.                         grow.
Nationals in Sydney to take out 3rd spot. At        The Renmark Berri 150 held in April, the 3         Further amalgamation with other shooting
the Nationals team member Michael Lamond            day shoot held over the June Long weekend          disciplines other than shotgun should not be
shot a 25 in one of his rounds and Robin            (jointly hosted with Loxton and Waikerie           discounted however this is not something
Shawer taking out A grade. In closing SA            branches) and the 2007 South Australian            that has been proposed to date.
has done well this year and our team should         State Titles were all very successful shoots
be very proud of themselves. I know as the          with good numbers in attendance.                   Also, I would like to take this opportunity
state target director I am very proud of our        The club also hosted an open invitation            to congratulate Rob Shawyer on his recent
team’s achievement thanks again.                    “Game Dinner” at the old Hockey Club               success at the National Titles held in Sydney
Marry Christmas and Happy New Year.                 rooms in Renmark. This night was a huge            in October. Rob took out the A Grade title and
                                                    success on all fronts. The dinner, organised       was only 5 targets off of the Overall winner.
Dave Austin SA target director                      by Paul Hansen and Marlene Tucker                  Rob had to compete under sufferance
                                                    was a resounding success and they both             having come down with a dose of gastro
Renmark Berri Field & Game 2007                     deserve to be congratulated. The dinner            which no doubt made him a little “nervous”
                                                    was excellent with everyone in attendance          at times. I was sorry that I wasn’t personally
I wish to open by thanking all of our loyal         thoroughly enjoying the evening. On the night      in attendance to witness his achievement
sponsors who have again assisted the club           a silent auction was also held following the       having watched him just miss out in a shoot
with their generous financial assistance and        donation of numerous goods from Riverland          off at last years Nationals. On behalf of the
donation of goods for prizes. Without their         businesses. It was agreed by the committee         club, congratulations Rob. Hopefully you can
ongoing support, the club would not be able         that all funds raised from the Auction would       repeat the result in years to come.
to present the high standard of events that         be donated to Wally and Sheryl Beer’s Grand
we are currently able to.                           Daughter, Brooke who is fighting Cancer. The       Some additional good news to pass onto
                                                    amount raised came to $900.00 which was            you our members is that we have been
Our year commenced in February with                 greatly received by Brooke’s mum Jessee at         successful in obtaining a Government Grant
a number of our committee, as State                 presentations following the August shoot.          for the amount of a little over $9,000-00.
Delegates, attending the State AGM and              I would like to thank Barb Trevorrow for her       This grant is to be used towards purchasing
First Quarterly State Meeting held at the           efforts in organising all of the goods that were   more automatic traps for the range. This is
Tailem Bend Hotel.                                  donated for the Auction. This was dumped           especially welcome as we recently had to
At the State Meeting a request was made by          on Barb at the last minute and she did an          return the auto traps which were on loan
our branch to SA Field & Game for financial         amazing job.                                       from Bacchus March Branch in Victoria due
assistance in the amount of $20,000-                                                                   to their branch resurrecting their clay target
00 to go towards connecting the Range               The other major fund raiser for the year was a
Clubrooms and Shedding to mains electricity         raffle organised by Warren and Sheryl Beer.
power supply. The connection to mains               Although not all of the tickets were sold, the
power became a necessity following the              raffle still operated at a nominal profit with
old generator giving up the ghost during the        the winners being drawn at the State Titles
2005 National Carnival. Our request was put         in September.
to the other State branches in attendance at        Thank you to Wally and Sheryl for your efforts
the meeting and it was pleasing to receive          through out the year and we hope to see you
a unanimous approval from the other                 both on the range a little more in 2008.
branches.                                                                                                South Australan Field & Game
As soon as was possible thereafter, an              These events, together with our monthly                    Association Inc
application to ETSA was placed to connect           shoots have resulted in the club being in its
the range property to mains power. This             most financial position for a number of years;
                                                                                                                        presents
process took quite some time and                    certainly as long as I have been a member             South Australian Team
co-ordinating and I would like to thank Tony        anyway.
Trevorrow for his overseeing of this initial        That being said, I would love to see our              Selection Shoots 2008
stage of the project.                               monthly shoots attended by a few more                       Waikerie 9th March
Our goal was to have the range clubrooms            of our local members. At times we are                        Central 6th April
etc connected to the electricity supply prior       outnumbered at shoots by our Metropolitan                 Kingston SE 13th April
to the State Titles which were due to be            based guests. With no hunting season this                 Lake Bonney 18th May
held here in September. I can advise you            year, and possibly no season next year,
                                                                                                               South East 25th May
that it was only due to the dedication of           it would be an ideal way to at least get out
your committee and our usual loyal band             for a shot at a few targets with your mates               Renmark-Berri 8th June
of workers that our goal was achieved late          and keep your eye in. Our member base has                    Loxton 20th July
in the afternoon on the day immediately             seen a noticeable reduction in numbers over                Southern 17th August
before the State Titles commenced. Again a          the past 2 – 3 years which is a little worrying.
huge thankyou must go out to Dave Austin,           Hopefully this trend can be reversed in the
                                                                                                              2008 STATE
Kristene and Elizabeth Rees, Tony Trevorrow,        next year or two.                                        CHAMPIONSHIP
Marlene Tucker, Jason, Jessie and Lachlan           Very quickly, there has been some very                   Kingston SE - September
Hefford, Wally and Sheryl Beer, Radar Shaw          informal discussion at both committee level
and Cathie Nickolai - for their efforts in laying   and with the other Riverland branches about
                                                                                                             Saturday 13th 9.00am
the cable, and refilling the trench etc in time     a possible amalgamation of the three Clay                 Sunday 14th 9.00am
for the connection to be completed.                 Target clubs to form one Riverland Branch.                Trophies awarded to:
I also advise that the power connection has         It is my opinion, and only my opinion, that          State Champion, Ladies, Junior,
been undertaken in such a manner that               to ignore this option would negatively impact         Veterans, AA, A, B, C Grades
any future “upgrade” to three phase power           on the future of our sport in this region. As
will be possible with limited fuss. This was        eluded to above, member numbers have
                                                                                                              Veterans 55+ Juniors
seen by your committee as being a sound             steadily decreased over the past few years.                  under 21 years
investment for the club which will allow for        The result is that the 3 Riverland clubs

  18                                      2008 NATIONALS Little River, VIC — 24th, 25th 26th October
club on new grounds after some years in          Renmark man Rob Shawyer has achieved
limbo.                                           his best ever overall result in the National
The new grant is the second grant the club       Sporting Clays Championships, winning the
has received in the past 3 years which now       A grade section and finishing seventh overall,
total a little over $14,000-00. It is expected   despite being unwell during the competition.
that we will be in receipt of the Grant funds    Sickness would usually be seen as a
later this year or perhaps early in the new      hindrance rather than help, but not for
year when a decision will be made on             Shawyer, who hit 132 out of a possible 150
exactly what type and style of traps will be     targets, just five points behind the overall
purchased with the available funds.              winner.                                               Western Australian Field & Game
                                                 “I think being sick actually helped me to
                                                 concentrate,” he said.                                       Association Inc
The equipment that we have been able to          Shawyer has been competing in most of the                              presents
purchase as a result of the grants has enabled   annual national competitions since 1988               Western Australian Team
us to operate almost fully automatic shoots      and has finished in the top 15 on several
throughout the year which is something           occasions, but never top 10.                           Selection Shoots 2008
that we wish to build on. In the future it is    “It took a while to sink in but I’m fairly chuffed             Harvey 16th March
likely to become a necessity for all ranges      with what I achieved,” he said. “It’s by far the              Wanneroo 6th April
to utilise fully automatic traps due to safety   best I’ve done.”                                            Three Springs 22nd June
issues therefore the obtaining of additional     Shawyer - who tied for first in A Grade last
equipment will be an ongoing goal.               year but lost in a shoot-off - won four slabs of
                                                                                                              Wannamal 10th August
                                                 shells worth about $250.
Lastly, I wish to advise that I will not be      The top four overall shooters make the                       2008 State Compak
seeking re-election as President or any          national team and while he was ineligible                  Wannamal 21st September
nomination for an office bearer position for     this year because he did not compete in the
the 2008 year. My main reasons are due to an     state competitions, it is something Shawyer
increase in commitment to my young family        has always wanted to achieve.                                2007 STATE
who are now heavily involved in sporting         “I’ll have another crack at it next year,” he               CHAMPIONSHIP
pursuits of their own. This, together with       said.
                                                                                                            Three Springs - September
some major changes to our family business        But that won’t be easy, as Shawyer admits
has brought about my decision which has          the standard has risen over the past few
not been taken lightly.                          years.                                                       Sunday 28th 9.00am
I thoroughly enjoy my involvement with Field     “Ten years ago, a score of 130 or so would                   Trophies awarded to:
& Game and will continue to do so in a lesser    have been enough to take out the whole                  State Champion, Ladies, Junior,
capacity in the future.                          thing,” he said.
I wish the future President and office bearers   Shawyer has his sights set on the 2009                            Veterans,
every success in the year and years to come      World Championships, which will be held at                    AA, A, B, C Grades
and offer to assist in any way possible should   Little River, in Victoria.
they call on me to do so.                                                                                       Veterans 55+ Juniors
                                                         WESTERN AUSTRALIA                                         under 21 years
Kind regards and yours truly,
Haydn Brown – Retiring President
                                                 Wanneroo 25th Anniversary shoot
                                                                                                      To the envy of many Ron Schlottman won the
                                                 Was held at Wanneroo on the 16th of
                                                                                                      raffle the prise was a very nice Winchester
                                                 September, the weather although overcast
                                                                                                      combination knife set made up of a hunting
                                                 was quite good with no rain. The shoot itself
                                                                                                      and a folding pocket knife, the set came in its
                                                 was enjoyed by the 30 odd shooters that
                                                                                                      own wooden box.
                                                 attended, the crew at Wanneroo used some
                                                 stations that had not been used for some time
                                                                                                      High gun Ron Schlottman 70, A Grade Tony
                                                 and this in conjunction with some different
                                                                                                      Trainor 67, B Grade Bill Clarke 63, Doug
                                                 targets turned out to be a great combination
                                                                                                      Coleman 58, C Grade Brian Brady 55, Neil
                                                 that resulted in a pretty good lay out.
                                                                                                      Wise 53, Michael Connor 52 after a shoot
                                                                                                      off with Terry Allen, Ladies Michelle Philipp
                                                 We had visiting shooters from sister clubs
                                                                                                      46, Junior Andrew Mansfield 62, Sub Junior
                                                 Wannamal & Harvey and it really is great to
                                                                                                      Zach Hudspith 54
                                                 see members of all clubs participating in our
                                                 sport regardless of which club is hosting the
                                                                                                      As you can see the scores were well and
                                                 shoot.
                                                                                                      truly close and the Juniors & Sub Juniors are
                                                                                                      really getting into higher scores, well done
                                                 C grade shooters made up the majority
                                                                                                      fella’s keep up the good work.
                                                 of shooters with several B graders and a
                                                 few in A grade, it was with interest that the
                                                                                                      COACHING DAY
                                                 difference in scores between C & B grades
                                                 were not that far apart.
                                                                                                      Coaching was held at Wanneroo on the 6th
                                                                                                      of October and some very handy hints were
                                                 The squads had quite a bit of fun on the day
                                                                                                      freely given by Tony Trainor. I am sure that
                                                 and while still in competition mode it is great
                                                                                                      those who attended will put the coaching to
                                                 to see that a joke and a laugh can still be
                                                                                                      good use at the next shoot.
                                                 had.
(Write up and photo courtesy of The Murray                                                            Wanneroo Xmas Shoot
Pioneer)                                         When the shoot and official tidings were over
                                                 there were a number of willing hands who
                                                                                                      Was held on the 3rd of November
Shawyer shrugs off illness                       stayed behind to help pull the course down
                                                                                                      unfortunately this date coincided with a
By ANDREW FUSS                                   and pack up, thanks to all of you who helped,
                                                                                                      planned shoot in the south of our state so
                                                 it is very much appreciated.
                                                                                                      numbers were down a little however we
                                       2008 NATIONALS Little River, VIC — 24th, 25th 26th October                                            1
still had 20 or so turn up and they enjoyed        away from the score for 1st in B grade.            Over the year I have seen Terry Allen, Michael
a great day and an even better mixture of                                                             Connor, Neil Wise, Mike, Derek and Zac
targets. Our Xmas shoot for 2008 has been          Sub Junior JP De Beer made his debut with          Hudspith, Bill Clarke, Jacques de Clerk, Dave
moved so keep an eye out for the calendar          this shoot being his first competition shoot,      Smith, Hendrik de beer, Mark Kerr & Greg
for the new date.                                  Zac shot a 41 and is getting use to his new        Palliser all giving a hand.
                                                   left handed gun.
Earlier in this article I spoke of the “envy                                                          In the background there have been some quite
                                                                                                      achievers, It is here that I thank my wife Mandy,
of many when Ron Schlottman won the                What’s coming up at Wanneroo ????
                                                                                                      who has made countless cold meat & salad
raffle which was a very nice Winchester
                                                                                                      rolls for each shoot. I need to also mention my
combination knife set, well at this Xmas           For our first shoot in mid February we are         son Andrew, who puts up with leaving early
shoot Ron decided he had held the much             planning a flush shoot so do not miss out on       to help set up and who helps to get things
wanted prise long enough and donated it            this chance to try your hand at shooting with      organise on the morning of the shoot and then
back !!!. It was raffled again and this time       a partner at multiple pairs.                       gets home late.
Arthur Page won it.
                                                   And a practice day in March see the calendar       Particular thanks go to Preston Smith,
Xmas Shoot Scores came out at:                     for the date and time                              who tirelessly cleans up and maintains the
High Gun: Ron Schlottman 68;                                                                          grounds, Ron Schlottman who helps setting up
A grade 1st Arthur Page 63,                        If you would like to have a say in the type        the courses, Peter Sonneman who maintains
2nd Tony Trainor 59;                               of targets for next year please feel free to       our traps and to Michael Connor who spent a
B grade 1st Peter Sonneman 55,                     come along the day before the shoot and            number of hours drawing up a tower that may
2nd Norm Hancock 49;                               participate, your help & feedback                  be built in the future also to Bruce Hughes
C grade 1st Bob Murray 61, 2nd Terry Allan         will be appreciated.                               who developed engineering drawings for the
55, 3rd Derrick Hudspith 52;                                                                          footings for that tower. Terry Allen also donated
                                                                                                      material and labour to build and fit some much
Junior 1st Andrew Mansfield 53;                    For those of you have not visited the Perth
                                                                                                      needed shelves to the janitor’s closet and to
Sub/Junior 1st Zac Hudspith 41,                    Metro Field & Game web site it can be found
                                                                                                      Bill Clarke who donated material & time to
2nd J P De beer 28                                 at www.pmfg.org.au                                 build a base plate for the clubs new battue
                                                                                                      machine.
Both Ron and Arthur shot a 24 on one round                          THANKS !!!
and this year and at another shoot they did                                                           Finally to all of our members and the members
hit the magic 25 but for this time it is “better   Believe me when I say that your help is
                                                                                                      of all clubs, have a Merry Xmas & a Great New
luck next time”. Both were awarded the clay        appreciated - it is
                                                                                                      Year.
they dropped at the trophy presentation.
                                                   Being the last article for 2007, I would like to
                                                                                                      Stay safe and I’ll see you around the traps.
                                                   thank all that have helped out at Wanneroo in
Looking at the scores Robert Von Pirch with
                                                   setting up and pulling down the courses and
51 was a target away from a shoot off with                                                            Yours Sincerely
                                                   cleaning up after shoots.
Derek for third in C grade, close indeed.                                                             Mark Mansfield.
                                                    I sincerely appreciate your help and hope I do
Junior, Andrew Mansfield was two targets           not miss any one by name.


                       Notice of the 46th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
                           of the South Australian Field and Game Assoc. Inc.
                            To be held at the Riverside Hotel, TAILEM BEND SA,
                               at 10 a.m. on Saturday, 23rd of February, 2008.

  All members are invited to attend and nominate for the offices listed below. Nominations are required to be
  in the hands of the State Secretary, Cathie Nickolai, PO Box 660, LOXTON SA 5333, at least seven days
  prior to the AGM. Nominations should be proposed and seconded by financial members on the tear off form
  below. Members may nominate for more than one office.

  OFFICES FOR WHICH NOMINATIONS ARE REQUIRED:
  State President, State Vice President, State Secretary, State Assistant Secretary, State Treasurer, State
  Target Shooting Director, State Habitat & Resources Director, State Public Relations Officer, State Safety
  Officer, State Coaching Director, State Education & Publicity Director, State Fisheries Officer, State
  Legislation Officer.
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  SAF&GA AGM STATE COUNCIL NOMINATION FORM

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  office) of the South Australian Field and Game Assoc. Inc. for the year of 2008, and if so required, do undertake to perform the
  duties of that office.

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