Mersey Gun Club
The Mersey Clay Target Club held it grand opening on Saturday 18th Dec, after 2 years of construction. The club was officially opened by the Hon. Brian Green MHA, who gave a great speech which included announcing that the President Ray Mason had won the prestigious ACTA Presidential Medal awarded to persons with outstanding service to Clay Target shooting. Ray has been a member of the ACTA for over 45 years during which time he has built 2 Clubs, the first being refurbishment and enlarging of the old Club at Devonport through a RED Government scheme and now the new complex at Sassafras with some assistance from Sport and Recreation Tasmania.(Mersey Clay Target Club Location on Google).
The Club, formally Devonport Clay Target Club moved from it former site at Devonport due to end of lease and managed to secure a block in state forest, it being at that time a gravel pit, the first trees were felled on Boxing Day 2002 .After many months of hard work by Club members and contractors the Club held it’s first competition on the 18th of December with approximately 160 people attending the Official Opening including representatives from Sport & Recreation, the Mayor of Latrobe Municipality, Forestry Tasmania, Firearms Services, State Coach Bill Iles, State President Allan Kenny and 82 shooters and their families from all parts of the State .
The new complex includes 2 Skeet layouts and 2 DTL with provision for another layout. A large club house and toilets, the complex has been built to accommodate disabled shooters and Veteran Kevin Aylett proved that it was achievable shooting 20/30 from his wheelchair.
The weather was favourable with the temperature around 25º C and light winds. Many possibles were shot in all events with shooters giving the Club the Thumbs Up. High Gun in skeet was won by Nick Brown after a shoot-off with Junior Mathew Latham and the High Gun over the DTL by Stuart Browning