The Howe family memorial shield was presented to David Hubble after he won the Jack Howe memorial 75-target handicap event recently.
David Hubble became the first winner of Echuca-Moama Field and Game Club’s new Howe family memorial shield when he won the club’s Jack Howe memorial 75-target handicap event last month.
Hubble, recently elected as the new secretary of the club, won on a countback from Deniliquin junior, Keegan Hunt.
In keeping with the wishes of the Howe family, including John and Gwen, both life members at Echuca-Moama, and Bill, a former secretary, the new perpetual shield will be presented annually to the Jack Howe memorial shoot winner each February.
Hubble and Hunt were just two of some 85 shooters who competed in this year’s event, all shooting three rounds on a nine station course prepared by Gerrard Marshall.
This course incorporated seven shooting stands with a double barrel target and a report pair, plus two stands with two double barrel targets.
Swan Hill’s Chris Charleson had the best raw score of the day with at score of 66/75, to win high gun.
Nick Kalogerakis was a bit lucky to hold on to the AA grade title, just ahead of Echuca-Moama’s Steve Norris and Cobram’s Nick Guerra.
Rod Wharton from Deniliquin narrowly won A grade ahead of Barrook’s Patrick Keane, with Echuca-Moama’s Murray Roberts third.
Phil Latter, also from the home club, shot three top rounds to win B grade, with Kyabram shooters Travis Haw and Shane Norris filling the places.
Hubble’s C grade winning score was two shots better than that of Ian Drummond, who was three ahead of Metropolitan visitor Antonio Attardi.
Fred McKenner was the best of the veterans with a competitive 66/75, two more than George Shawcross.
Deniliquin’s Bruce Cook finished third.
With several women competing on the day, Vicki Norris ended up a comfortable winner, beating Hay’s Jan Jacka and Pinegrove’s Julie Hogan.
It was also pleasing to see a good attendance in the under 18 and under 15 categories.
Best junior was Bendigo’s Jayden Clay on 60/75, with two district shooters, Dylan Robertson and Jake Chandler, second and third.
In sub-juniors, prizes were spread across three different clubs.
Keegan Hunt (Deniliquin) beat Sam Spedding (Echuca-Moama) and Kyle Keane (Barrook).
Hunt’s 73/75 was equal best of the day, and it was only the luck of the countback system that saw Hubble declared the Jack Howe winner.
Jack Howe memorial: David Hubble, Echuca-Moama (73/75); high gun: Chris Charleson, Swan Hill (66/75) 1; AA grade: Nick Kalogerakis, Shepparton (68/75) 1, Steve Norris, Echuca-Moama (67/75) 2, Nick Guerra, Cobram (66/75) 3; A grade: Rod Wharton, Deniliquin (70/75) 1, Patrick Keane, Barrook (69/75) 2, Murray Roberts, Echuca-Moama (66/75) 3; B grade: Phil Latter, Echuca-Moama (70/75) 1, Travis Haw, Kyabram (67/75) 2, Shane Norris, Kyabram (66/75) 3; C grade: David Hubble, Echuca-Moama (73/75) 1, Ian Drummond, Echuca-Moama (71/75) 2, Antonio Attardi, Metro (68/75) 3; veterans: Fred McKenner, Echuca-Moama (66/75) 1, George Shawcross, Echuca-Moama (64/75) 2, Bruce Cook, Deniliquin (62/75) 3; women: Vicki Norris, Kyabram (68/75) 1, Jan Jacka, Hay, (57/75) 2, Julie Hogan, Pinegrove (52/75) 3; under 18: Jayden Clay, Bendigo (60/75) 1, Dylan Robertson, Echuca-Moama (57/75) 2, Jake Chandler, Echuca-Moama (49/75); under 15: Keegan Hunt, Deniliquin (73/75) 1, Sam Spedding, Echuca-Moama (72/75) 2, Kyle Keane, Barrook (60/75).
Echuca-Moama’s next shoot will be a 75-target graded event starting at 10am on Sunday, March 17.
Nomination fees remain at $30 for 75 targets, with prizes for first, second and third place in all grades and categories. Under 15 members of field and game shoot for free.
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