Trash Talk and Idle Threats Grow as Championship Nears
Brooks Betz, Chair of the 2011 “Pull This Challenge” noted at the press conference that the challenge is going to be a real “Hatfied vs McCoy type feud.” “You know that I really hate it when Team Virgina sticks it in our face and sends us text pictures of the Championship trophy from their Clubhouse mantle in Fairfax, Virginia. They really enjoy throwing out the trash.” Team Virginia won the inaugural Pull This Championship last year at the Leheigh Valley Sporting Clay neutral site in Pennsylvania. The competition was tough as teams from the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest United States met in Coplay, Pennsylvania for the inaugural New Jersey “Pull This” Sporting Clay Braga Dosha Team Challenge Cup held at the prestigious Lehigh Valley Sporting Clay and Trap Club last year. Competition was fierce, but in the end, Team Clampett from Farifax, Virgina proved to be too tough for the contingencies from New Jersey and Colorado.
Team Clampit has been preparing throughout 2011 for the Pull This Challenge. Rumor has it that a number of members of the team have been participating in serious training activities in preparation of the event ranging from explosive demolition training, Colorado Snowboarding, fall lacrosse and football programs. “It doesn’t matter to me”, stated Betz. “I’ve been staying off the bottle and my hand is steadier than it’s ever been!”
At the conclusion of the Pull This Challenge Teams will be hosted to an outstanding barbecue dinner at the legendary Grumpy’s Roadhouse BBQ and Tavern in nearby Mechanicsville, PA (http://www.grumpysbbq.net/) at the conclusion of the event.
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Cup Beginnings –
Put up or Shut Up
The New Jersey “Pull This” Sporting Clay Braga Dosha Team Challenge Cup was the idea of Brooks Betz and Scott Pelkola, both from Basking Ridge, New Jersey who decided it was time to remove any doubts about which shooting family from the area was the best at sporting clays in New Jersey. “I was honestly tired of hearing Scott telling me how good these Wisconsin born shooters were”, said Betz. “It’s about time that someone show those mid-westerners where they can take their shooting expertise.” Pelkola was born and raised in Wisconsin.
The event was run at the prestigious Lehigh Valley Sporting Clay Club, just north of Allentown in Coplay, Pennsylvania. Organizer Brooks Betz mentioned “It’s sad when you have to go to Pennsylvania to hold a New Jersey shootout!” Betz is referring to the increasing efforts being made to shut down sporting clay venues in New Jersey occurring over the last 20 years due to environmentalist bad behavior. There are very few trap,skeet, and sporting clay venues left in New Jersey. “But gosh darnit, we’re gonna get this challenge started,” stated Betz, who, while passionate, rarely ever swears when making a point.
Not to just sit and ignore Pelkola’s bragging, Betz invested a substantial amount of the family fortune sponsoring the New Jersey Pull This Sporting Clay Challenge Cup and sponsor the prestigious Tiffany commissioned trophy. “It was just something that had to be done”, stated Pelkola. “You know, these Jersey guys need to put their money where their mouth is and put up or shut up. So I’m glad (Brooks) Betz created the cup.” I just had no idea they would invite this team from Virginia to compete in the challenge. “Darn ringers, from what I saw. I was going to stack the deck with family from back home but they must have had better things to do.”
Pelkola was referring to Team Clampett, a rough and tumble mixed gender team born in Newark, NJ and raised in Virginia, comprising of a Navy Seal, Motorola CEO, a semi-pro lacrosse player (a.k.a. laxbro), and a college student from Colorado majoring in snowboarding. Rounding out the team, Team Clampett was anchored by Heidi McShea, also known on the sporting clay circuit as “Annie Oakley”. Ms. Oakley certainly “got her gun” as McShea proved to be a deciding factor in the team championship.
Tense Moments in 2010
While the competition was fierce all afternoon, there were a few tension filled moments when Team McCoy member Jill Betz accused the men of a conspiracy that she felt took Team McCoy out of the contention for the cup. “Whoever the hell said that this 20 guage doesn’t kick as much as the 12 gauge needs to have their head examined!” Betz felt that while the 20 gauge gun was supposed to provide less recoil then the traditional 12 gauge over/under, the 20 gauge proved a formidable foe to Betz’s score (4/60 – 7%). “You’re all a bunch of liars,” quoted Betz. While Betz tried her best to stay in the hunt, a tender shoulder, alongside a general fatigue, forced her to retire from the competition at the 14th shooting station. “Fagettaboutit,” said Betz, in a typical New Jersey fashion.”I’m going back to the clubhouse and get some hot chocolate.” She did stay to the conclusion and take the shooting clay cart back to the clubhouse with the rest of her teammates. Overall, Betz had a great first outing and promises to return with some of her friends (watch out)!
At the conclusion of the event, the teams were hosted to an outstanding barbecue dinner at the legendary Grumpy’s Roadhouse BBQ and Tavern in nearby Mechanicsville, PA (http://www.grumpysbbq.net/). “There is no better way to complete a day of competitive shooting then by going to Grumpy’s,” stated Scott Pelkola. “Heck, I would have come to shoot on Thanksgiving if Grumpy’s was open, so I’m glad they moved the event to the day after.”
Upon presentation of the cup, Team Clampett representative Brian McShea rejected a suggestion from fellow teammate Heidi “Annie Oakley” McShea to take a picture of the cup and leave the cup in New Jersey. “No way, we’re taking the cup back to Virgina. They can come and get it if they want to shoot again for it!” stated McShea. Brian was in dangerous territory since Heidi is also Brian’s mom.
The 2010 New Jersey Pull This Sporting Clay Braga Dosha Team Challenge cup was presented to Team Clampett on Saturday morning, November 27, 2010. As Betz mentioned at the ceremony, “they won it fair and square. We would’ve presented it to them last night, but I just didn’t want those Virgina boys to get BBQ sauce all over it.” Betz added,”They better take that cup and get the hell outa my house.” Betz had been hosting Team Clampett at their residence for the previous four days. “You know what they say, like fish and house guests, they start to stink after three days!” Team Clampett left New Jersey shortly thereafter.
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The 2011 Post Championship Banquet will be held at Grumpys Roadhouse BBQ , a world class venue that supports New Jersey Pull This Sporting Clay Braga Dosha Cup Team Championships.