There are some shooting stars at St Kevin’s College.
The school has a bunch of trap shooters who have cleaned up the competition in Otago and now have their sights set on a national title.
They are also buzzing after the remarkable feat of combining to shoot 50 consecutive targets in a single-barrel competition.
St Kevin’s shooters Ryan Kennedy, Clark Ewing, Corbyn Hocken, Jack Murphy and Joel Klenner performed superbly at two major secondary school shoots in Central Otago at the weekend.
Kennedy had the high overall score at the intercollegiate shoot at Wanaka on Saturday.
He also had the high overall senior down the line (DTL) score, while team-mate Clark Ewing dominated the junior grade with wins in the points score and DTL competitions.
Ewing then combined with Hocken to win the skeet team title for St Kevin’s, and the five boys combined to pulverise the competition in the team point score, posting 290 out of 300. The nearest competitor shot 271.
Fourteen schools, from Timaru to Invercargill, comprising 74 competitors attended the intercollegiate shoot.
The following day, action moved to the Alexandra Clay Target Club for the annual Taieri Shield, and again St Kevin’s was to the fore.
Hocken won high overall and the skeet, and combined with Ewing to win the team skeet title. The pair then joined a John McGlashan College shooter to lead Otago to a 66-65 win over Southland in the interprovincial skeet challenge.
In DTL events, Kennedy (senior) and Ewing (junior) won points score titles, Ewing won the junior single barrel, and Kennedy won the senior single rise.
Kennedy, Klenner and Murphy joined Waitaki Boys’ High School shooter Josef Sullivan in an Otago team that beat Southland 117-114 in the DTL challenge.
The efforts of the five boys ensured St Kevin’s retained the Taieri Shield.
A highlight of the weekend was their performance in the single barrel, where they managed a rare perfect score, all boys shooting 10 out of 10 targets with their first shot.
“That’s so rare. It’s almost unheard of,” coach Colin Ewing said.
The boys will now prepare for the national championships in Christchurch next month. More than 300 shooters compete, but the St Kevin’s boys will contend for a national title if they keep shooting at such a high level.