Clay target shooter fires at World Championships

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Hot shot: Frankston Australia Clay Target Club shooter Michael Buttigieg makes the most of his World Skeet Championships debut. Picture: Supplied.

FRANKSTON Australia Clay Target Club shooter Michael Buttigieg has made a brilliant World Championships debut at the World Skeet Championships in Texas, USA on Friday 28 September.

Buttigieg finished third overall in the 12 Gauge World Championships before taking out the World Zone Five Man Team event alongside David O’Sullivan (FACTC), Sam Agostino (Cecil Park, NSW), Jack Stockdale (Korumburra) and Adrian Cousens (Bairnsdale).

Buttigieg was one of 28 competitors, out of a field of over 700, to shoot 150 out of 150 in qualifying for the 12 Gauge World Championships. Fellow FACTC shooters Glenn Clarke and David O’Sullivan also managed to shoot 150/150, with Glenn taking 8th place overall.

Further to Buttigieg’s successful start, he also went on to shoot 100/100 in qualifying for the 20 gauge event and finished fifth overall. That placing allowed him to be victorious in his AA grade.

Frankston Australia Clay Target Club secretary Jane Vella said it was an outstanding result for Michael.

“It was Michaels first World Championships, and as one of Australia’s most decorated Skeet Shooters, I’m sure it won’t be his last,” she said.

First published in the Frankston Times – 15 October 2018

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