Te Anau memorial shoot a success

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The Harris Family, of Te Anau, with the winners of the Mark Harris Memorial Compak Trophy Shoot (back, from left) Les Hoffman (Balfour), Grant Taylor (Te Anau), Ian McLachlan (Balfour), Sonya Harris and Te Anau Clay Target Club president Aaron Scott (Te Anau). (Front, from left) Pamela Harris and daughter Isla, Donna Harris, Adam Green (Wellington) and Tim Jackson (Te Anau).

TE ANAU Clay Target Club held its Mark Harris Memorial Compak Trophy Shoot last Saturday.

The shoot was in memory of former club member and clay target enthusiast, Mark Harris, of Te Anau, who shot clays for more than 40 years after moving to Te Anau with his wife Donna.

Target Club treasurer Eric King said Harris was an integral member of the club and was missed by members as well as visiting shooters.

“The Harris family as a whole have given a lot of time to us with Pei, Mark’s daughter being the secretary for a number of years. We were all proud to be able to honour Mark last Saturday.

“It was a fantastic day of shooting with 72 shooters, with shooters from as far afield as Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Greymouth.”

The club also held the South Island Championship Compak Shoot 100 targets for the first time on Sunday.

Adam Green, of Wellington, had a successful weekend, taking out both the highest overall Mark Harris Memorial Compak Trophy Shoot with a score of 95 and the South Island Championship Compak Shoot with 97.

“We had a turnout of 76 shooters for the South Island Championship Compak Shoot which equates to 13 squads, another fantastic day of shooting with everyone enjoying themselves,” King said.

Both the memorial and South Island Championship Compak shoots were held at the club’s site at the old Te Anau Waiau Airstrip.

The club went into recess some years ago due to losing their long-term club ground.

Craig Horrell and King were instrumental in getting the ball rolling again about eight years ago. This encouraged other members to come on board.

“The club have recently invested in purchasing new traps so we are able to host larger shoots such as Mark Harris Memorial and the South Island Championship held the next day.

“The club also upgraded the club rooms so that we are able to provide an overall great experience for everyone who attends our shoot,” King said.

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