A stunning first 40 out of 40 by Mick Hutton was still not good enough to seal top spot in the 2017 SSAA Southern Highlands True Grit Cowboy Lever Action Silhouette Shoot at Bowral Pistol Club over the weekend of February 25 and 26.
Mick achieved his feat in the Pistol Cartridge Grade 3x40-shot matches which earned him an Australian record. However, he fell away in the later stages to be overtaken by Russell Teale, of SSAA Wodonga. Russell finished first past the post, with his 105 eclipsing Mick’s total of 104. It wrapped up a triple triumph for Russell, who also came out on top in the Smallbore Grade 3 x 40-shot and the overall 2-Gun count.
However, Mick has been too busy to dwell on his disappointment. He is now back in the desert of central Australia, where he spends about six months of the year organising outback tours. He has also moved home from South Australia, where he was a member of SSAA Parra branch, to New South Wales. Currently, he is in the process of signing up to join the SSAA Canowindra outlet.
The Bowral meeting was attended by 44 shooters, whose line-up also included four juniors. Kathy Tobler, of the host club, had helped to organise the event together with her husband, Robert, who was Match Director. Kathy was pleased with how things went but sounded a note of sympathy for Mick.
“He had a blinder early on but then lost his way,” said Kathy. “That can happen and you find that it’s the master of consistency who usually finishes up as the winner.
“It was a bit of a choke on a grand scale as he only managed to hit the foot of his final target.”
Kathy was among the entrants and was happy with her performance, which saw her land sixth spot in the 2-Gun rankings. Alas, Robert missed out on a top 10 berth.
The couple also had their daughters Annie, 15, and Grace, 14, competing in the junior brackets.
“Annie has been shooting since she was about eight years old and has some Australian National titles to her name so it was no real surprise that she did quite well,” said Kathy.
Smallbore 3x40-shot grade results
|1||Rebecca Dean||Jnr 15+||86|
|2||Annie Tobler||Jnr 15+||61|
|1||Brooklyn Randall||Jnr U15||75|
|2||Grace Tobler||Jnr U15||54|
Pistol Cartridge 3x40-shotgrade results
|1||Rebecca Dean||Jnr 15+||94|
|2||Annie Tobler||Jnr 15+||20|
|1||Brooklyn Randall||Jnr U15||73|
|2||Grace Tobler||Jnr U15||44|
2-Gun top 10
|1||Rebecca Dean (Jnr 15+)||86||94||180|
|2||Annie Tobler (Jnr 15+)||61||20||81|
|1||Brooklyn Randall (Jnr U15)||75||73||148|
|2||Grace Tobler (Jnr U15)||54||44||98|