Thursday, August 24, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Port Denison Gun Club Celebrating 50 Years 1973 -2023

What a wonderful weekend we had celebrating 50 years at our Two Day Annual on the 22nd and 23rd July.

Record numbers of 69 shooters travelled from Burdekin, Charters Towers, Gympie, Mersey, and Spring Bay – Tasmania, Mackay and Sarina, Tamworth, and Silkwood to compete over the weekend.  

We started our weekend off with a social Friday night BBQ followed by a big breakfast Saturday morning prepared by Geoff, Andrew, Kerry, and Jeannie to get everyone ready for a big day of competition.

After the completion of Day One everyone settled in for a friendly get together.

The ladies in the kitchen did not disappoint with the amazing dinner they prepared for Saturday night, and everyone had a wonderful time being entertained by Geoff and his music.  

President Bill Gall read out the Minutes from the first meeting ever held on the 13th November, 1973 and Greg Maltby gave an informative speech regarding the history of the club.  

Alan Maltby one of the founding members of the club attended the Presentation on Sunday to present the Maltby Family Memorial trophy to the winners.

On Sunday we started all over again beginning with a hearty breakfast.  

The wind had picked up making for some challenging competition during the day.  

Lui Populin made a presentation to Lachlan Furini for the Encouragement Award and Jackson Zarb was presented with a small gift of appreciation for all his hard work over the weekend helping out with the traps etc.

All overall and first place winners were presented with an engraved Yeti celebrating our 50 Year Anniversary.

Bill and Kerry Gall, Colin and Cheryl Edgerton were both honoured and surprised to be presented with a beautifully engraved Yeti water bottle by the members of the club for all their hard and tireless work that they have dedicated to the club over the years.

The weekend was a huge success and what a way to celebrate our fifty years, it was great to see everyone pitching in and helping out from the Office, Canteen, Kitchen as well as the traps, clubhouse etc, too many to name individually but your support is very much appreciated.  

We would like to thank our Sponsors Whitsunday Regional Council, Abbot Point Operations, Greg Maltby, Lui Populin, Pilcher Industries, Corrsafe, Diamond Protective Coating, Michael and Susie Populin and Grant Cox for your support.

Our next day of competition will be held on Sunday 27 August.

Contributed with thanks to Cheryl and Colin Edgerton.

High Guns Sponsored by Michael and Susie Populin Back L-R M Populin OA J Sebastiani, AA G Rea, A G Vassalini, B A Ford, C T Bartlett, Front L-R Jnr R Zarb, Lad B Rea, Vet A Lord

Ev 1 30T Medley sponsored by Whitsunday Regional Council Back L-R J Furini, T Caruso, B Rea, K Green, T Bartlett, A Vassalini, A Lord   Front L-R A Lemphers, B Beazley, B McBow, B Bonanno, R Zarb

Ev 2 30T PS C'ship Sponsored by Abbot Point Operations Back L-R A Ford, Presenter N Munro, A Lemphers, R Warwick, K Green, L Hopkins, T Caruso, R Mikkelsen Front L-R G Rea, K Zarb, B McBow, B Bonanno, R Zarb

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