On the 22nd March, Mudgee Sporting Clays temporarily closed it's doors due to the State and National COVID-19 restrictions placed on community sports and travel.
It was a sad day, but also an opportunity for the club to get some much needed projects completed.
A fancy new office was constructed to make running major shoots easier and a new equipment shed built. Huge thanks must go to those who were involved as both projects were very professionally done.
Since restrictions were relaxed, the Club have run a couple of practice shoots to ease back into things.
On Sunday 12th July, the Club held their first competition shoot since the shut-down.
It seemed only fitting that it was the second Bob Burns cup for the year.
As always, the score from your first 50 targets plus your handicap is added together to decide the winners. This concept provides the lower grades a great opportunity to get their name on the trophy.
Shooters attended from Dubbo, Gunnedah, Scone, Mudgee, Bathurst, Sydney and in between all competing.
Max Holland set the range and put on his usual sneaky selection for the shooters. Plenty of incomers, a slippery fast outgoer, a true pair off a hand trap and a mixture of other weird and wonderful creations for everyone's enjoyment.
The day started out with a huge down pour, then like incy wincy spider, the sun came out and dried up all the rain and it was time to complete our shooting.
Mel King had a huge smile when she was announced the winner of the day. Greg Jones a close second and Rick Hoolihan not far behind in 3rd.
The shoot also provided an opportunity for members to get some practice in before the re-scheduled State shoots at Coffs Harbour, Gunnedah and Sydney over the next 6 weeks. The competition calendar is certainly going to be busy whilst as a state, we try to make up for nearly 4 months off.
Thanks to everyone for toughing out the rain and for respecting Covid restrictions.
The next major shoot will be the Fiocchi Challenge, the annual two day event and is scheduled for August 22 and 23, unless further restrictions are announced.