Bylsma brothers will be top guns
MARYBOROUGH Clay Target Club president Trevor Cecil has tipped fellow member Sam Bylsma to be a future Olympian after the young gun starred in the club's annual Two-Day Shoot at the weekend.
Bylsma fell agonisingly short of picking up one of the two major titles up for grabs, but shot brilliantly to take out the 30 Target Double and Single Barrel Championship as well as the overall high gun award.
Runner-up in the Junior Champion of Champions at last month's nationals, the 17-year-old outgunned some of the state's best AA-grade marksmen during the two-day shoot to win the 30 target event with a straight 73 73.
Cecil felt Bylsma proved at the weekend had all the makings to become one of the country's best shooters.
"I think the potential is there," he said.
"He's not the type of lad that gets a swelled head.
"Sam is very mature against the experienced shooters and is very good to watch. He's cool, calm and collected and the world is his oyster at the moment."
Clay target was made famous in Australia by dual Olympic gold medallist Michael Diamond, but Cecil felt Bylsma was leading a new generation of shooters coming up the ranks.
He added another youngster also on target for bigger things was Bylsma's younger brother Adam, 15, who captured the overall State Handicap event with a 50/50 against 279 shooters at the State Trap Carnival in Roma earlier this month.
"Adam is the youngest AA shooter in Australia and both boys have proven to be outstanding athletes in this particular sport," he said.
"Australia Clay Target Association is very much about promoting the juniors and bringing them up through the ranks up to representation level.
"Michael (Diamond) is still the supreme shooter at this present time but the Bylsma boys have every opportunity to get up into that area."
The Maryborough Clay Target Club annual Two-Day Shoot witnessed some tight battles in all six events, with Rockhampton father-and-son combination Ken and Nathan Busteed hitting 17 of 21 targets shooting off the long 24m marker to claim the Commonwealth Deauville Doubles Championship on Saturday.
The South East Zone 30 Target Handicap was won by Gladstone's Carlo Barlletta (30/35) ahead of Bylsma (28/35) and Kay Rehbein (25/30).
Winners in this year's Maryborough Clay Target Club annual Two-Day Shoot
Commonwealth Deauville Doubles Championship: Ken and Nathan Busteed
South East Zone 30 Target Handicap: Carlo Barlletta
30 Target Double Barrel Championship: Sam Bylsma
30 Target Single Barrel Championship: Sam Bylsma
50 Target Double Barrel Championship: Gavin Landridge
30 Target Points Championship: Greg Matthews
High guns: Sam Byslma (overall), Barry Harka (A-grade), Scott Wooly (C-grade), Kay Rehbein (ladies), Adam Bylsma (juniors), Adam Powell (veterans)