New Zealand Schools Clay Target Championship


New Zealand Schools Clay Target Championship

(thanks to Jason Dean for this report)

The New Zealand Fish and Game South Island and New Zealand Secondary Schools Clay Target Competitions 2022 were held over the first weekend of the school holidays 1-3 October.

CBHS team — Image by: CBHS Media Team

This year they were held at the Canterbury Clay Target Club with 57 squads and some 285 students from all over New Zealand attending the 3-day shoot. CBHS had 6 boys entered for the Down the Line (DTL) events and 2 boys for the Skeet events. The team consisted of Oliver Dean, Lachie Dean, Finn Smith, Tristan Lavery, Riley Tammett and Angus Morton.

Angus Morton competing — Image by: CBHS Media Team

The SI and NZ DTL matches were held over the first two days with the Skeet and Open (DTL) Teams matches on the 3rd day. DTL is when a single clay target leaves the trap and you are awarded a series of points for hitting the clay either with a single barrel shot or if you use both barrels. Skeet is more technical and has the clay target leaving 2 separate towers at different heights and on some occasions two at a time.

Finn Smith competing — Image by: CBHS Media Team

When the scores are tied a shoot-offs occur with which is a sudden death type scenario where you keep shooting till you miss to find the winner.

Although the team’s success was limited in terms of medals, many of our boys achieved PBs which was very pleasing to see and showed the commitment and effort that they have put in for the season.

Notable achievements from the event were:

South Island Points Score Championship

Ollie Dean made the shoot-offs but didn’t place

New Zealand Single Rise Championship

Ollie Dean made the shoot-offs but didn’t place

Fish &Game NZ Regional Team

Monday included an open team match based on Fish &Game NZ Regions. Teams were selected from the highest aggregated scores from SI and NZ Championship from previous two days based on first past the post system. Ollie Dean was selected for the 5 person North Canterbury Team. North Canterbury won the Teams match 239/250 by 1 point with Ollie shooting a ‘possible’ 50/50. Ollie went on for a shoot-off with the only other person who scored 50 for High Overall (HOA) where he finished 1st.

North Canterbury Regional Team — Image by: CBHS Media Team