The SSAA New South Wales 5-Stand State Titles were held on May 16 and 17 at the Majura Park Gun Club range with visitors from Newcastle, Bermugui, Griffith, Hay and Sydney. The range setters provided the shooters with some very challenging targets over two layouts. The targets were very visible, with a variety of looping high targets to very low crossing targets.
Only one 25/25 round was shot for the weekend and that was by Darren Macartney on day two. Some very good scores were shot, with a couple of personal bests for the junior shooters.
At the completion of the weekend, a father and daughter took out the major titles. Darren Macartney won the High Gun and was crowned the SSAA NSW State 5-Stand Champion. The new criteria for State Champion includes your best three selection shoots and your state title percentage scores added together. His daughter Mikayla Macartney won the Junior State Title, which is a great achievement for her first year of shooting. Mikayla will be one to look out for in the future.
Generous sponsorship was provided by Gamebore Cartridges (Intershooting) and Casella Wines of Griffith. Shoot administration was handled by Rachel in the office, while the ladies in the kitchen provided the shooters with some very tasty meals.
Results for the weekend were:
Overall High Gun & State Champion: Darren Macartney (Hay) 170/200 (387.9%)
AA Grade: Matt Webster 157, Rod McCloy 152, Brent Suprain 151
A Grade: John Collier 156, Anthony Blacker 153, Mark Wilesmith 152
B Grade: Bill Weber 127, Aaron McCreadie 125, Brent Cummings 118
C Grade: Justin Badacco 136, Peter Barlow 115
Ladies: Amy Buys 143, Jan Jacka 107, Amanda Twomey 97
Veterans: Phil Craig 160, Doug Brenton 146, Warren Brown 134
Juniors: Mikayla Macartney 141, Sebastian Zanotto 134, Jack Roth 106.
At the completion of the event, the SSAA NSW 5-Stand State Team was announced to compete at the 5-Stand National Championships in Toowoomba in July. The team includes Darren Macartney 387.9%, Greg Allen 385.3%, Rod McCloy 360.6%, Brent Suprain 354.3% and Anthony Blacker 347.2%. The reserves are Jamie Cirillo 337.5% and Peter Jacka 327.0%.