Local shooters find the target

Kim Nealon.
Kim Nealon.

Cobar Clay Target Club held the 43rd annual Golden Clay and NSW Junior Masters Championship from August 17-19.

More than 130 shooters from all across NSW and Victoria were on hand for a variety of events including the calcutta, veterans, high gun and many others.

Among the Cowra shooters who attended were AA shooters Col O’Leary, Aaron Jones, Cliff Dykes and Kim Nealon.

Although unfortunately Aaron did not place this time around, Col claimed honours in the single barrel event against top level shooters.

During the two days of competition, Cliff Dykes was one of only four competitors to shoot the 30 target handicap, which placed him fourth overall in the calcutta event, earning him a share of the $10,000 prize money.

Cliff was also the winner of the veterans event, netting him another cash prize to add to his calcutta earnings.

Cliff and his coach Kim Nealon will both represent the Central Zone team at the upcoming State Clay Target Titles at Wagga.

Cliff qualified in the veterans class and Kim in the AA open team.

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In addition, both shooters are heading over to Geraldton in a month to compete in the Geraldton Crayfish Carnival with competitors attending from all across Australia.

Kim Nealon recently moved to Cowra from the northern rivers of New South Wales. During a recent Central Zone carnival at Canowindra Kim was top qualifier in the open team and will represent the Central Zone at the State Carnival at Wagga. 

Kim has achieved numerous accolades in his shooting career including high gun at the Australian Nationals in Perth, numerous Zone teams, State teams and the Australian Pacific team.