Eyes on target in shooting
Sharp shooters from the north have outdone their rivals from the south.
Dargaville High School's five-man clay shooting team brought home four placings from the South Island and National Secondary Schools Clay Target competitions in Christchurch, with Josh Nilsson selected for the Northland Fish and Game team.
Coach Grant Nilsson says he's extremely proud of how the Dargaville team performed.
The boys paid for their own air fares to and from Christchurch, but with the help of fundraising and sponsorship, almost all their expenses were paid for during their three-day stay in Christchurch.
More than 250 boys and girls attended the competition from all over New Zealand.
Sam Reed shot a possible in the South Island single rise event (20 Targets) on the Saturday, and went on to win 10th place in the trophy event held over the single rise. Josh Nilsson shot a possible in the South Island single barrel event (10 targets) and went on to win second place.
The next day Jason Nola and Malcolm Ramsey both shot a possible in the single rise competition (20 targets), and Malcolm went on to win 10th place in the trophy event held over the single rise.
Sam Reed shot a possible in the single barrel event, (10 targets) but missed out in the shoot-off.
Josh was only a few points away from the boys' total winning score and was chosen by Northland Fish and Game coaches to be on the regional team.
Scoring 48/50 in the shoot-off, Josh was one point behind the top scorer but the team were still astonished to hear they won the shield back.
Northland Fish and Game manager Rudi Hoetjes is happy knowing the wooden shield will return to his wall.