Shot at nationals for gun club duo

TWO Mildura Clay Target Gun Club members will take on the nation’s best shooters at next year’s Australian Trap National Championships.

Gary Pike and Megan Barnes will travel to Perth in April after successfully making the Victorian team at the State Trap Carnival in Echuca earlier this month.

It will be the duo’s first time on the national stage.

Barnes, who has been shooting for about three years, hopes to replicate her form in the state carnival, where she shot her first perfect score (50 out of 50) in the 50 Target Double Barrel section.

The 15-year-old claimed a gold medal in the C Grade 50 Target Handicap and in the 50 Target Double Barrel. 

Barnes also won bronze in the C Grade 50 Target Single Handicap.

She said she looked forward to taking on the nation’s best.

“It just runs in my family,” she said.

“I would do it on the farm and I would come into town, so I thought that I may as well have a go here.” 

The year 8 St Joseph’s College student is the great great-niece of Mildura Clay Target Gun Club founding member Clarrie Barnes. The younger Barnes even had the honour of shooting with one of her great great-uncle’s guns.

“He used to do it all and win everything, so it’s good to be able to shoot with his gun,” she said.

While Barnes has become one of the state’s best junior shooters, Pike’s story is quite the opposite.

Pike claimed a silver medal in the B Grade 50 Target Handicap to qualify for the veterans team.

Pike, who is the Mildura Clay Target Gun Club president, has waited patiently for the chance to qualify for the national titles.

“I’ve been shooting for many, many years and it was the first state carnival I’ve ever attended,” he said.

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