Historic day for target club

MICHAEL Loy has his fingers crossed he might be the president of the oldest club in Warwick.

The Warwick Clay Target Club held its 130th anniversary event this month, shooting 130 targets for the day.

“We normally shoot 100 but increased it to 130 to coincide with the number of years,” Loy said.

“Everyone is keen we increase the number of shots by one for the anniversary shoot each year.

“Club historian Terry Davis has newspaper clippings of the first meeting of the club in 1880.”

In the early years, the first events for the then Warwick Gun Club were at the racecourse, then Queen's Park, Albion Street and on district properties before the club moved to the current range on Rosenthal Road in 1966.

Loy has been president of the club since the death of his father and then president Robin in February, 2009.

“It was really exciting when we had the anniversary shoot as dad and Terry had started work on the club history in 2003,” Loy said.

“I was happy with the roll-up of 60 shooters considering it was a wet morning.

“We have shooters from 11 years of age to over 80.

“People like the friendly family atmosphere at the clay target club; it is not a club which relies on two people to do everything. All members get in and help.”

Five of the club life members Arthur Finlayson, Don Bartley, Pat Norman, Terry Davis and Anne Loy were at the celebrations.

Davis said the first president of the club was Harry Bracker in 1880.

“It all started with live pigeon shooting from 1880 to 1940,” Davis said.

“All our shooting is now at moving targets, clubs are not allowed to and wouldn't want to shoot at animals.”

The club shoots on the first Sunday of each month and members travel to shoots as far away as Normanton and Orange.

There are four layouts at the club range and an Olympic tray layout, one of only two from the border to Townsville.

Regular Warwick shooter James Kennedy shot 129/130 to win the overall highgun at the anniversary shoot.

Club members Dean Tattam and Ross Bartley shot 128/130 each and had a shoot-off for highgun in AA which Tattam won after Bartley missed his 50th target in the shoot-off.

The club annual shoot is on October 3 and competitors will come from all eastern States to the event.

Anyone with information on the history of the clay target/gun club or who believes their club is older than 130 years can call Davis on 0417708 363.


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