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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
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.
|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:
Kwazulu Natal Sporting
Northern Cape Standard
S A National Olympic Trap
SA National Sporting
Free State Standard
Western Cape Standard
|(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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