Local shooters, Darren Macartney, Peter & Jan Jacka travelled to Dargaville, New Zealand to compete in the Nth Island Championships, and the New Zealand Compak Trans Tasman Championships as individual competitors and as team members. Darren was in the open team whilst Peter & Jan were in the graded team.
The 100-target North Island Championship was held first, with Grant Barton posting the winning score of 95/100 to claim the High Gun. Grant faced some stiff opposition from British Champion Mark Vassey, who finished with a 94, as well as many of the top New Zealand competitors who scored into the 90s. Darren posted a very credible 92 and Jan won a second in the Ladies category.
Darren shot well in the New Zealand Compak with a score of 161/200.
The highlight of the Championships was in the Trans Tasman Trophy shoot-offs between teams from Australia and New Zealand. Shooting for the McGowen Trans Tasman Trophy, the Australian Open Team won the shoot-off by just one target with a brilliant score of 120/125. Scoring when it really counted, Shaun Krzus and Darren Macartney both shot possibles of 25, Grant Barton 24s and Jamie Cirrillo and Matt Webster 23s. Darren had to shoot his last pair to win the event, and give him a perfect 25, he was unaware that this would give the Aussies the trophy.
In the shoot-off for the SSAA Graded Team Shield, the Aussie team was outshot by a superior New Zealand team, who won by 13 targets.
Open Team members L-R Matt Webster, Darren Macartney, Grant Barton, Shaun Krzus and Jamie Cirillo.