Shooters target spot in team

THE 2013 state clay target championships will be held at the Tasmanian Gun Club at Evandale over the Australia Day weekend.

The championships start on Saturday with the state double rise championship and the state handicap. The premier event, the state double barrel championship, will be held on Sunday followed by the state single barrel and the state points score on Monday.

State clay target association president Cheryl Arnol said the titles were shaping to be a good weekend of competition with many local and interstate competitors heading to Evandale for the premier event on the Tasmanian trap-shooting calendar.

``Many of our Tasmanian competitors will be vying for positions in the state team to travel to the nationals in Western Australia so we are expecting high scores in the three qualifying events of double barrel, single barrel and points score,'' she said.

Trevallyn shooter Graeme Brain is the 2012 national handicap champion and will be competing in the state handicap on Saturday.

``Graeme will be looking to shoot a good score in this event in preparation for the defence of his title at the nationals in April,'' Arnol said.

``One of the interesting competitors to watch will be young Victorian shooter Mitchell Iles-Crevatin.

``Mitchell is 13 years old; he has only been shooting for about 17 months and is already an AA-grade competitor.

`` His grandfather, Bill Iles, will also be competing and holds many state and national titles after a shooting career spanning several decades.''

All competitors will be chasing the overall high gun sash with the competition expected to be intense among the Tasmanian and interstate competitors.

THE DETAILS

WHAT: 2013 state clay target championships.

WHEN: Saturday-Monday.

WHERE: Evandale.

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