Dubbo Field and Game Club members Glen Bloink and Dean Delaney, who fly out of Australia today to compete in an international clay target competition in New Zealand.Dubbo clay target shooters Dean Delaney and Glen Bloink have to raise their standard another level when they compete in the International Sporting Shooters’ Association competition in New Zealand this weekend.

The Dubbo Field and Game Club members are on an aircraft this morning headed for Christchurch and will immediately go to the range to practise.

Delaney will compete as a member of the Australian team while Bloink will be hoping for good results in the individual event.

Delaney said the shooting would be a whole new experience for both.

“We’re really looking forward to this trip, it’s not something either of us have done before and I would expect the competition will be first class,” Delaney said.

“Practice on Friday will be a good indication of how we will handle the different conditions and then the individual and teams competitions are on Saturday and Sunday.

“After that we are going to stay on in New Zealand and have a look around.”

Delaney is one of nine shooters in the Australian team selected after last year’s New South Wales and National clay target championships.

The NSW team comprised the best-performed shooters from selection events held at Dubbo, Wagga and Griffith. Delaney was fortunate enough to get a spot in that group which then went to Millmerran in Queensland for the Nationals.

Again the competition was red hot and Delaney had to get through a shoot-off to gain his Australian jacket.

New South Wales shooters take up four places in the Australian team with the others from West Australia, Queensland, South Australia and Victoria.

Mudgee shooter Jo Nicholls is in the team and also hoping for good results.

On his return to Australia on February 18, Delaney will be back in action in the opening round of the NSW Field and Game State selection is decided in Sydney.

Delaney is also hoping that his representative career won’t end with the trip to New Zealand and he is hoping to promote the sport more at local club level in Dubbo on his return.

“The Dubbo club has some great facilities for clay shooting at its Rocky Bend range on the Mendooran Road and we would like to see a few new faces turn up to have a look and see if they are interested in taking up the sport,” Delaney said.

“We have practice shoots the first Saturday of each month and competition on the third Sunday of the month, so there is an opportunity for newcomers to come on out and have a look.”

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