Camaraderie and team spirit were two of the main attractions that drove four South Australian ladies all the way to Wagga for the week.
Janette Densley, Liz Rymill, Deb McPherson and Hannah Munro were four members of the South Australian team that finished second in the ladies shoulder to shoulder teams event at the national skeet titles in Wagga on Tuesday.
About 180 of the best skeet shooters from across Australia and New Zealand are going head-to-head at the National Shooting Grounds in Wagga this week.
The journey to Wagga is a 20-hour round trip for Tailem Bend shooter Deb McPherson but she would not miss the titles for the world.
"I've been shooting nine years and been to Wagga seven times. I love it," McPherson said.
"I love the camaraderie. Just the challenge more than anything.
"I went along to a shoot and saw how friendly everyone was and couldn't wait to get into it."
Liz Rymill runs Panola Station with her husband and two children.
She is enjoying competing over the full week at the nationals for the first time.
"This is about the third year I've come up. This is the first time I've shot the whole program because I've got two young children and the farm back home in South Australia but managed to get the time off so I'm really going to enjoy the week," Rymill said.
Rymill first tried skeet shooting five years ago and was immediately hooked.
"I've been shooting for about five years now. I got into it a bit later in life," she explained.
"Came off a farm, had a go at my husband's gun and found I could hit them and got really interested in it.
"I love that it's an individual sport but there's a broader team spirit that we all enjoy and that everyone's on the same playing field basically."
South Australia enjoyed success in the shoulder to shoulder teams events. While the ladies finished second, the veterans captured the national title.
The team were also awarded the best presented team at the titles.
"That was very pleasing, we've been hanging out for that one," McPherson said.
Rymill admitted that there were plenty of nerves about while competing on such a big stage.
"I think we did really well. It is quite nerve-wracking to be out there, shooting early in the morning, shooting the nationals, you are a little bit nervy but everyone settled in and we really rallied around each other and supported each other," she said.
"Particularly our juniors, some of them came up for the first time this year and it's been great to see them shoot really well."