MILDURA Clay Target Club duo Luke and Nathan Argiro shared in the glory at the Commonwealth and National ISSF championships in Echuca.

The brothers each came away with wins from the event, which wrapped up last week.

Luke, 26, took out both the Men’s Open Commonwealth and National Skeet championships.

This was followed up by Nathan, 23, winning the Men’s Open National Trap event.

“To be able to win a national title at the same time as my brother, who won it the day before, was amazing – not only for us but for the club as well,” Nathan said.

“I don’t think this has ever happened before and it’s good to see we’ve created something for the books.”

Nathan fell short at the semi-final stage of the Commonwealth event but had been keen to bounce back when he had his chance to win the National title.

“I went into the final knowing I had to improve on what I did two days before,” he said.

“So I really just tried to relax and knuckle down, just let it happen and go out there and shoot … it happened to work out pretty well.

“I got through my first semi and then into the main final.

“I ended up coming tied with my good mate Thomas Grice, who went to the Tokyo Olympics just recently, and we had to go into a sudden death shoot-off to decide the title.

“Neither of us had won a national title, so it was a bit difficult shooting against my good mate – I really wanted him to win it, and I reckon he really wanted me to win it as well.

“I guess I was just lucky enough that eventually, after five targets, I came out on top.”

Nathan said Luke, who now lives in Melbourne, hadn’t been able to get onto a range as often as he’d like recently due to COVID lockdowns.

Despite this, he was able to perform when it mattered, winning another national title at the same venue as his 2018 triumph.

“In his finals he still showed he had the drive and the performance and skills to get him to where he needed to be,” Nathan said.

“I believe Luke, with more training, he’ll be back right where he was in his prime in his peak of 2019 where he was shooting World Cups and winning World Cup medals.”

Next up for Nathan will be the Australian Down The Line nationals at Wagga Wagga in March, as well as focussing on his Stay On Target corporate party business.

He said the club’s recently upgraded facilities had been a help in the quest for results.

“We’re very happy with how we’ve performed and what we’ve achieved,” he said.

“We can’t thank the club enough for all their support and really having this facility now updated and renovated has been the best thing for us.”

– MICHAEL DI FABRIZIO