Waitaki Boys’ High School’s trap shooters produced fine displays at the Bodkin Cup last weekend.
The competition was held over three days in Wanaka, Alexandra and Moa Creek and provided a fine opportunity for the Trafo WBHS team to prepare for the upcoming New Zealand Secondary School Trap Shooting Nationals held at the end of September in Christchurch.
Tim Craig placed second for the opening day of competition in Wanaka on Friday after a 75 target shoot-off.
Day two saw 185 competing in Alexandra and Angus Trimble was in fine form, achieving the High Over-All (HOA) with an impeccable 60/60 score and first place for the trophy competition.
The contest moved on to Moa Creek on Sunday and this time it was Jack Simpson’s turn to shine, with a fourth place finish in the trophy competition before narrowly downing Tim Craig in a shoot-off for High Over-All (HOA) for the three days.
The boys will travel to Wanaka and Alexandra again in a fortnight’s time to compete at the regional Secondary School Competition in preparation for the nationals.
To date this year, the Waitaki Boys’ contingent has won each inter-school competition and are looking ahead to their next against Timaru Boys’ High School on Wednesday.
The current line-up had a hard act to follow after the team’s dream run in 2013 with members Riley Rooney, James Hutton, Jack Mansfield and Hann Matsinger moving on but the current crop of sharp shooters are continuing Waitaki’s fine tradition of dead eyes.
Team captain Tim Craig said attending the recent shoots had been beneficial to the team’s preparation for the upcoming national events.
“Attending these shoots are invaluable, especially when shooting against other people, as you can get to know your own team’s style too well, but you also have to have a break every few days so you don’t overshoot, as it is a very mentally draining sport,” he said.
By JAMES FORD
PHOTO: SUPPLIED – Tim Craig and Jack Simpson following their shoot-off for the High Over-All of the three day competition.