MEMORIAL DAY: Roma Gun Club president Andrew Whyte, Betty Bryant and Robert Nugent.
MEMORIAL DAY: Roma Gun Club president Andrew Whyte, Betty Bryant and Robert Nugent. Sharon Purcell and Luke Luckhoff

Roma Gun Club remembers a legend

SHOOTING: The passing of a club stalwart last year has inspired Roma Gun Club to shoot for the stars, kicking off the 2019 calender with an absolute bang at the weekend.

The Bob Bryant Memorial Shoot was held on Saturday, with more than 50 members attending the shoot.

Club president Andrew Whyte said it was a great day to honour a Roma legend.

"Bob was a past president from 1977 and a club patron for 15 years, a lot of the work that has gone into the club and infrastructure and the running of the shoots over the years have very much been attributed to Bob,” Whyte said.

"I'm in absolute awe of blokes like Bob Bryant who have given above and beyond for the club, everything you see out there has been made and built on volunteer labour, money and time and it inspires us all to keep Roma Gun Club thriving.”

The memorial shoot consisted of a skeet shoot in the morning, followed by a down the line 50 target points shoot and a 50 target handicap shoot.

The winner of the inaugural Memorial Bob Bryant trophy was taken out by Richard Morrison.

"The day began with a skeet in cloudy conditions with light winds but there was a good atmosphere throughout the shoot, turning into a fun-filled day of competition,” Whyte said.

"Richard Morrison was the stand out shooter for the day.

"He is a well known man in the district and a very good shooter, he won the event and with that he got a specially minted franklin gold medallion and his name will go onto a trophy that will stay at the gun club and will run for the next 10 years.”

Whyte said Roma Gun Club was in good stead for a big season of shooting.

"Membership for the club is always looking good, we lose some and we gain some every year, but we've got a terrific facility and we will be home of the National Championships for 2019, which will happen at the end of March with more than 600 shooters expected to come,” he said.

"It'll be a promising year for the club.”

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