New president happy with club’s direction

January 05, 2018

Long-time local shooter Rob Collicoat has been elected for another stint as Deniliquin Clay Target Club president.

Collicoat, who is a club life member, takes over from Neville Lester.

All executive positions were filled at the club’s recent AGM, with John Maxwell taking over from Greg Cock as vice-president and Tim Maher continuing for a ninth term as secretary/treasurer.

Collicoat said it’s an exciting time for the club while also thanking those who help run it.

‘‘Guys like Neville Lester and Tim Maher are enormous around the club. I think I’ve served as president for something like 15 years all up, but Nev has been president most times in between and he’s held plenty of other roles. Tim also does a super job as secretary/treasurer, and there are others who help out.

‘‘The canteen ladies do a magnificent job, and especially since Field and Game has started using the facility for their monthly shoot. The canteen’s now open every fourth Sunday for their shoot as well and we can’t thank the ladies enough.’’

Collicoat said the club has a couple of talented young shooters rising through the ranks, which augers well for the future. He also said the excellent facilities at the club’s Racecourse Rd range had enhanced its reputation among clay target shooters.

‘‘We’ve almost changed the club’s focus to attracting out-of-town shooters, which is good for the club and the town.

‘‘We have a dedicated group of local members, however we’re finding we’re attracting really high profile shooters from out of town who’ve become members — we have Olympic shooters and world and national champions here regularly, mainly because of our good reputation.

‘‘The facility is in excellent condition, which helps. We recently installed a new toilet block thanks to a council merger fund grant, and the grass at the shooting range looks magnificent — it’s like a bowling green.

‘‘We also have young local shooters like Tom Fellows and Ben Leetham, who are the future of the club, so it’s all fairly positive.’’

The incoming president said having Deniliquin Field and Game now using the facility had also added to the atmosphere.

‘‘There are a few of us who shoot both disciplines, and already we’re noticing a bit of a crossover between the two, which can only benefit both clubs.

‘‘They have a really strong out-of-town following as well.’’

Clay Target is held on the third Sunday of every month, while Field and Game is the fourth Sunday of the month.

For more information contact Rob Collicoat on 0428813922.

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