Warwick Clay Target Club president Michael Loy, winner Richard Wilde and donor Ross Bartley at the President’s Cup shoot.
Warwick Clay Target Club president Michael Loy, winner Richard Wilde and donor Ross Bartley at the President’s Cup shoot. Gerard Walsh

Priceless cup 'comes home'

A CHANCE conversation at the Brisbane Gun Show has resulted in a priceless 86-year-old trophy being returned to the Warwick Clay Target (Gun) Club.

Club member Ross Bartley was at the Brisbane Gun Show in September when former Killarney and now Brisbane resident Dick Banks told him about a trophy on display.

The trophy was the Warwick Gun Club President's Cup won by M.C.D. White on October 16, 1926.

Mr White was the father of Jack White who later played hockey for Queensland and made a national team.

Bartley said, once he saw the trophy, he phoned president Michael Loy.

"The cup wasn't really for sale and I assured the man with the cup I wasn't going to re-sell it," Bartley said.

"It is priceless for this club's history. I negotiated a reasonable price and donated it to the club."

It was contested for the first time on Sunday and inaugural winner Richard Wilde, of Brisbane, won a three-way shoot off with Warwick member Stewart Hobbs, and Dave Conduit, of Ballandean, after all three scored 49 out of 50.

"This is better than backing the winner of the Melbourne Cup, to get my name on this historic perpetual trophy first."


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