Adam DuRose beat 500 shooters to win the nation’s largest clays competition and become Field and Game Australia’s National Champion on Sunday, scoring a record-breaking off-the-gun (OTG) score of 142.
The 37-year-old Victorian was placed second at the end of day one of competition, having successfully shot 70 out of 75 targets on Saturday, before his 72/75 on Sunday propelled him to the top of the leader board to claim the title.
Adam rewrote all the record books with his incredible score, which showed he only missed eight targets in two days of competition. The previous record score was 140, shot in 2008 by Sox Pilipisidis.
Adam, who only arrived in the country seven months ago from England, needed 22 targets in the final round of shooting to claim an outright victory, and he didn’t disappoint, returning with an almost impeccable score of 23 to claim the title.
“It’s very exciting, but unexpected at the same time,” Adam said.
“This event was different to what I’m used to over in England.
“It’s nothing really alike in the sense that you wouldn’t have double barreled shots at a single target, it’s all pairs over there, but these targets were probably a bit easier than what I’m used to in the same sense.”
Multiple National Champion John Younger finished two shots behind on 140, while Brenton Irons took out third place on 139.
Melbourne’s Renee Birgan continued her domination of the Ladies event, claiming this year’s title with a score of 131, five shots clear of runner-up Kelly Norris from Echuca. Renee has been in red-hot form of late, having finished second in the World Championships just last month.
Exciting Rutherglen youngster Adam Shale took out the Junior event (15 to under-18 years) with a score of 134, while Shepparton’s Alex Kalogerakis was crowned the Sub-junior Champion (12 to under-15 years) with 109.
Promising 17-year-old Jeremy Paglia, from the Mornington Peninsula, was the winner of Saturday’s Beretta Classic, incredibly missing only one target on his way to victory.
Other Winchester National Championship Graded Overall winners were:
High Gun: Adam DuRose, 142
AA-grade: John Younger, 140
A-grade: Stephen Sambell, 131
B-grade: Mark Carlson, 117
C-grade: Gary Jones, 104
Ladies: Renee Birgan, 131
Veterans: Ed Treadwell, 129
Juniors: Adam Shale, 134
Sub-Juniors: Alex Kalogerakis, 109
For a list of competitors’ scores from the 150-target event by Rank, click here.
To view competitors’ scores from the 150-target event listed Alphabetically, click here.
For a full list of the weekend’s Prize Winners, click here.
Close to 500 shooters from all over Australia competed at this year’s Carnival, which was held at Seymour’s range, making it one of the biggest in the event’s 15-year history.
The event, the largest of its kind in Australia, attracts novice shooters right through to Australia’s best Simulated Field target shooters.
Simulated Field Target Shooting, as the name suggests, is a form of clay target shooting where the targets are thrown to represent the quarry that hunters would normally pursue using a shotgun, such as duck, quail, pheasant and rabbits.
More than 73,000 clay targets were blasted over the course of weekend as competitors vied for over $57,000 in prizes.
The event comprised open and handicap events, giving every shooter the opportunity to win the overall carnival as well as their grading.
Field and Game Australia thank its sponsors of the National Carnival – Winchester Australia, Beretta Australia, Outdoor Sporting Agencies (Miroku), GB Corsivia, Raytrade and Into Shooting. FGA also thanks Steve Threlfall, from Trelly’s Fishing and Hunting in Shepparton, as well as Brian Heffer from Ibis Traps, who serviced the traps all weekend.
For more photos from the Canrival, see the FGA website.