Pimpinio's Ball family straight shooters

ON TARGET: The Ball family, from left, Rachel, 16, Charlotte, 13, Tabitha, 18, Ruby, 6, and Paula and Kelvyn Ball, at a Natimuk Field and Game shoot a fortnight ago. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

ON TARGET: The Ball family, from left, Rachel, 16, Charlotte, 13, Tabitha, 18, Ruby, 6, and Paula and Kelvyn Ball, at a Natimuk Field and Game shoot a fortnight ago. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

A FAMILY that shoots together stays together.

That is the case for Pimpinio's Kelvyn Ball and his family wife Paula and daughters Tabitha, Rachel, Charlotte and Ruby who are Natimuk and District Field and Game shooters.

Mr Ball said shooting was a sport that had grown on his family.

"I've probably been shooting for close on 30 years," he said.

"My brother started and then I sort of followed him. I was going with my wife and she decided she'd like to take it up too."

His daughters have picked up the sport as well.

"We used to take them around in prams," he said.

"Basically, they've seen us shoot and they've grown up doing target shooting.

"When we first started, we used to do it probably three times a month, but now it's probably three or four times a year."

Mr Ball said he and his family enjoyed the challenges of shooting.

"You get different targets and different conditions," he said.

"Some you might have rolling along the ground, some straight up in the air and some doing a half-moon flight path."

Rachel, 16, won the under-18s competition at Natimuk a fortnight ago.

"It was a bit of a family day out," Mr Ball said.

"I like seeing the kids shoot well. It's very satisfying.

"The rest of us didn't score anything, but we had a good time and that's the main thing."

Mr Ball said as with most sports, there was a friendly rivalry within the family.

"I hear about it fairly often if they shoot more than me," he said.

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