Moon wins State title

WINGHAM Rifle Club's Tony Moon contested the State champion of champions match at the windy headquarters at Malabar.

To compete he had to win at club and then district level to make the State.

After dropping a point at 300m he came from behind to shoot possibles at 600m and 800m in tricky difficult conditions.

Moon is the first shooter in the history of the Wingham Rifle Club to win this prestigious event.

In the F Class Tony Galati, competing for the first time in this event, and at this difficult rifle range, finished a very creditable fourth.

Lyndon Thurtell led going into the final range of the under 25s. Unfortunately he could not handle the conditions and finished three points behind the winner in fourth place.

It is well worth noting that the Wingham Rifle Club represented the district in all three divisions.

In the afternoon Peter Thurtell, his son Lyndon and Tony Moon from Wingham Rifle Club along with two shooters from Port Macquarie made up the Mid North Coast team to compete for the State championship. Peter Thurtell was the coach

The event was shot over 800m. In an outstanding performance 18-year-old Lyndon Thurtell secured the Mid North Coast victory by one point, creating history again.

This is the first time a Mid North Coast team has won this event.

Mid North Coast defeated the North Shore with Northern Rivers third.

Districts from all over the State were represented.