Bullseye for top gun

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Queenstown lawyer Clark Pirie has fired himself into the New Zealand 12-man skeet-shooting team after a string of great per­formances.

He won the South Island champs in Invercargill at the start of last month then narrowly missed out on two national titles at the NZ championships in Auckland.

Despite that narrow miss, Pirie was chosen for the Kiwi side to take on Australia in an upcoming match.

“I’m really pleased because although I’ve been in other national teams before, this is the first time I’ve made this particular skeet team,” he says. “Winning the South Island event was a big one for me as well as it’s the first time I’ve achieved this, too.

“I’ve been really pleased with my overall performances recently. The only disappointment was missing out on two national titles in Auckland by just one target.”

Pirie – a partner in Queens­town law firm Mactodd – has been shooting since he was a boy.

The sport runs in the family. His Invercargill-based dad Ewen is national president of the NZ Shooting Federation and president of the newly formed World Clay Target Association.

And Pirie reckons putting in some serious extra graft this year has made a big difference.

“I just made a commitment in the last 12 months to do more and get right back into it.”

Next in his sights is the Southland Provincials at Balfour this weekend.

In January, he will be part of a five-strong South Island skeet team travelling to the North Island champs in Hamilton.