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SHORT AND SHARP
Time for a laugh
Some of New Zealand's most
well-know comedians are coming
to Invercargill on Saturday.
The Seven Days nationwide tour
will be in Invercargill on
December 1. The tour includes
comedians such as Jeremy
Corbett, Paul Ego and Dai
Henwood. The show will be at the
Civic Theatre at 7.30pm.
For wonderful days of great
shopping, entertainment and a
chance to enjoy the beautiful
gardens at The Hideaway in
Winton, don't miss the Southern
Artisan Christmas Fete this
It's a perfect chance to do some
Christmas shopping, or just enjoy
a relaxing day out with friends.
From 10am till 4pm, there are 40
new exhibitors this year, so
there's plenty to see.
The 25th annual Asics Kepler
Challenge and Luxmore Grunt are
on this Saturday in Te Anau.
Competitors from around
Southland and the rest of New
Zealand will descend on
Fiordland for this event, which
includes the 6 km mountain run
and the 27km Luxmore Grunt.
Lock and load -- champs ready to go
By MARY WITSEY
No signs of
Good Shot: Nightcaps Gun Club president David Dickie gets his eye in, in preparation for the Southland Down the Line
Championships being hosted by the Nightcaps Club on December 1 and 2. About 100 clay bird shooters from around the
South Island will descend on Central Southland for the event, which also includes the Southland provincial title.
Photo: MARY WITSEY
The strength of shooting in
Southland is being seen in the
level of interest in this year's
Southland Down the Line Cham-
About 100 clay bird shooters are
expected to enter the two-day
event on December 1 and 2 with
people coming from as far as
Canterbury and some expected
from the North Island as well.
The Nightcaps Gun Club is
hosting the champs this year and
president David Dickie said it was
the biggest event on the club's
''We've been preparing for about
nine months to get it organised.''
Members of the public are
encouraged to come along and
enjoy the shoot over the two days.
The event rotates between the
Nightcaps, Mataura and South-
land gun clubs and involves A, B
and C grade competitions, along
with ladies, juniors and veteran
sections, with badges, titles and
grade placings on offer.
The Southland provincial title
was also on offer, he said.
''The best person on the day will
receive the Southland title. It's
anybody's on the day -- so that's
why we get the numbers.''
Good sponsorship support from
Shooters World in Gore, Southern
Suzuki, Transport Services and JJ
Ltd has helped with the event.
About 15,000 clay targets are
expected to be used over the
weekend with four matches on
Saturday and three on Sunday.
This includes skeet, single rise,
triples, point score and single-
This is the 10th year the
Nightcaps Club had hosted the
event and Mr Dickie said there is
still good interest in shooting and
good numbers set to enter the
''At the moment shooting is very
strong in Southland -- probably
one of the strongest areas in the
South Island,'' he said.
He puts that down to the
province's rural backbone with
duck-shooting, hunting and rifle
shooting popular in the province.
Another hotly-contested compe-
tition over the weekend will be for
the challenge shields, battled out
between the Southland and Otago
The highest scores across the
weekend from 12 shooters from
each province, in the A team,
compete for the Speights Shield.
The B team shoot it out for the
The Speights Shield has been
contested since 1966 and the
Borthwick Shield since 1974.
''Southland's dominated for the
past six to eight years -- and
there's quite a lot of rivalry
between the two groups. There's
quite a lot of history there.''
With Mary Witsey.
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