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Port Elizabeth Clay Target Club, South Africa.

Located on the south eastern coastline of Africa, Port Elizabeth has the largest seaport in the Eastern Cape. The magnificent coastline stretches from the forests of the Tsitsikamma along hundreds of kilometres of sandy beaches and rocky shores to East London.
Port Elizabeth, South Africa's fifth largest city, is often referred to as the 'Friendly City' and makes a perfect destination for tourists. It bears the rich legacy of a city in an area which saw the first meetings of Khoisan, British, Dutch, German and Xhosa people. As the landing place of the 1820 settlers it boasts some of the finest architecture in South Africa.
Port Elizabeth Clay Target Club was established in 1974 near Van Stadens, about thirty kilometres outside Port Elizabeth. The club has 5 trap ranges, 2 skeet ranges, 1 trench range and 3 sporting ranges. The comfortable clubhouse includes a safe, fireplace, kitchen, bar and all amenities.
The club hosted the Chairman's Cup in 2000, which is the premier event on South Africa's clay target calendar. It is the Inter Provincial competition where members from all over South Africa compete to get into the 12-member Provincial team - three members for each discipline (trap, skeet, trench and sporting), and also compete as a team to decide the winning province each year.
Port Elizabeth is also one of the hosts of the annual Eastern Cape Open for each discipline. This competition rotates between Graaff Reinet, George and Port Elizabeth. Shooters from all over South Africa attend these events as their scores count as trials towards National colours. i.e. The South African Trap and DTL teams will be chosen in May to compete in the African Grand in Bloemfontein in June.

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The club has about 65 members and official club shoots are held twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays. There are members who shoot somewhere most Saturdays, except during the hunting season of May, June and July. The hunting within 200 kilometres of Port Elizabeth is claimed as the best antelope and wing shooting available in Africa, if not the world.
The club will be hosting an interclub sporting event on Saturday 23rd August this year. Some other Provincial events coming up in 2003 are:
3-4 May
3-4 May
24-25 May
12-15 June
5-6 July
Limpopo Standard
Kwazulu Natal Sporting
Northern Cape Standard
African Grand
S A National Olympic Trap
7-9 August
16-17 August
30-31 August
20-21 September
27-28 September
Outeniqua Classic
SA National Sporting
Free State Standard
Western Cape Standard
Limpopo Sporting
Louis Trichard
(Clive Taverner of PECTC says he is looking forward to having a 'real beer' (Castle) with John Maxwell from Maryborough when they meet at the African Grand this year. However since then John's plans have changed and he will be in Lonarto, Italy, coaching the Irish Trap Team and then on to the first round of the World Cup in Granada, Spain, so unfortunately he'll have to miss the African Grand this year.)

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