New skeet club’s a big hit

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A new Skeet club in Kent is already proving a big hit, drawing legends of the game and seeing no fewer than five 100-straights in its first fortnight of competition shooting.

Oxney Skeet Targets was set up by Richard and Heather Moate, who are well-known on the Skeet scene in the UK and USA and have ploughed their investment into building a new high house, new traps, ground clearance and two ranges, one a dedicated Skeet range.

And their hard work is paying off, with the club proving a draw for the likes of Mickey Dore, who hit four 100-straights on his first two visits, and the legendary Johnny Walker, who posted a 99 on his first.

This was hot on the heels of Steve Burrow’s first NSSA 100-straight on the first day – so the club saw five straights in its first two weeks of existence.

The club’s ranges have been approved for registered CPSA and NSSA shoots, and the first CPSA-registered took place on 9 March.

Richard and Heather have big plans for the club. To start with, competitions will be limited to 50 shooters but with room for another two ranges on the ground there’s real potential to expand the facilities, given the right level of support.

With ground closures being more common these days, a new club is a welcome sign of growth – and the lovely facility at Willow Farm could be revitalised in the process, with some improvements to the ground already evident.

Oxney Skeet Targets, at Tenterden, is open for practice every Thursday to Sunday with registered shoots being held on Saturdays and Sundays.

To book, call Richard on 07831 655414 (day) and 01233 860400 (evening). See the fixtures pages or Clay Shooting’s weekly email for shoot dates.

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