BAA Bulletin Issue 136 June 2018 – your free publication

This edition includes some fascinating thrower profiles and spotlights. Many thanks to Roger Perry for finding material and providing articles and an additional thank you goes to Angie Perry for proof reading the pages and making it a better bulletin.

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BAA Bulletin Issue 136 June 2018

Australian Nationals 2018 – A hot competition!

The Australian Nationals for 2018 has been fought and won at Lewis Park, Knoxfield, Melbourne on Saturday 10th March. It was an unrelentingly hot summers day, reaching a maximum 35c at 5pm. The parched field, covered in part by tough grass and gravel, radiated heat against legs, arms and faces. It was especially difficult participating in the running events like Endurance, Fast Catch and Trick Catch. Seasoned players persevered and played on while others retired. The last half of Aussie Round, the final event of the day, was voted out of the competition as all competitors were overcome by heat and there needed to be time for the Hunting Stick event.

West Australian Roger Perry once again is Australian Champion, coming 1st in two events – Endurance and MTA. It was a consistent, well sustained and accurate performance from Roger, who in his sixties, out-performed competitors nearly half his age in the searing heat, which would have caused many people his age to give the day away. Roger Perry is the best known thrower in the Southern Hemisphere, beside Rob Croll, both of whom have a long history of fighting hard at World Boomerang tournaments.

There was solid performance from other West Australian’s Grant Perry, who came 2nd, and Matt Barker and Nick Pritchard who finished equally in 3rd place. Chris Johnson, who has not been competing for long, finished in a very respectable 7th place with consistently good results in many of the events. Seasoned throwers Rob Croll and Dave Richardson from Victoria and Simon Bollen from South Australia did as best they could despite injuries. Rob Croll had a blazing round of Fast Catch, finishing 2nd place with 30 secs, only two seconds off winner Nick Pritchard, who got the 5 throws back in 28 seconds.

The above Australian throwers were joined by the lady competitors Chrissie Metzakis, Leonie Metzakis and Angie Perry, who made a good effort in Accuracy, Aussie Round, and Trick Catch, with Chrissie achieving women’s champion of the day. The Nationals also had the pleasure of welcoming Paul Bryden, who threw with masterful grace and control in Accuracy, Aussie Round, and Hunting Stick. Paul was a pleasure to watch. Luc Bordes, who participated in the Nationals 2017 event in South Australia, also competed this year and performed like many of the French boomerang masters, with excellent control in Fast Catch, Accuracy and Trick Catch. In sum, a very tough competition due to the intense heat, but an ultimately rewarding and exciting one nevertheless.

Here are the top 8:

1st: Australian Champion – Roger Perry, 2nd: Grant Perry, 3rd: Nick Pritchard and Matt Barker, 5th: Luc Bordes (France), 6th: Rob Croll, 7th: Chris Johnson, 8th: Dave Richardson

Event Winners:

Trick Catch: Matt Barker (81!), Endurance: Roger Perry (36), Accuracy: Nick Pritchard (69), Fast Catch: Nick Pritchard (28s wind), Aussie Round: Grant Perry (78 1 round only), MTA: Roger Perry (37s)

In the Hunting Stick event, the former World Champion Rob Croll demonstrated his mastery by striking the Skippy target with a blow at the 20m, 30m, and 40m marks. Matt Barker finished 1 point behind in second, with a strike at 30m and 40m. Simon Bollen, who has an excellent arm for swinging the Hunting Stick gave the target a bullseye blow at the 40m mark.

Hunting Stick Top 3:

1st: Rob Croll, 2nd: Matt Barker, 3rd: Simon Bollen

At the AGM, it was agreed that Hunting Stick should be incorporated into the Australian competition events. It is the oldest event but possibly one of the most challenging and it is an exciting re-introduction to the sport of boomerangs, where you will see competitors using large authentic throwing sticks.

Many thanks to Rob Croll who worked hard to organise the event in Victoria and to Kelly and Angie Perry, who recorded the scores and performed other administration to make the day possible.

More results and photographs will follow in the forthcoming Boomerang Bulletin.

Here are just 3 of the photos caught on the day:

Photo 1: From Left

From Left: Luc Bordes, Nick Pritchard, Matt Barker, Roger Perry, Grant Perry

The Nationals Competitors standing beside the “Skippy” target with their Hunting Sticks.

The action! During the Aussie Round event.

 

Australian Nationals 2018 in Melbourne 10th March

Australian competitors are getting themselves in shape and their boomerangs finely tuned for Australia’s biggest, most popular boomerang event – the Australian Nationals! See the Events page (click Events from the side-menu) for the venue details.

Australian former world champions Rob Croll and Roger Perry will be competing, along with Craig Carter making a welcome return to the sport. Other throwers include among others current Australian champion Grant Perry, Matt Barker, Nick Pritchard, Simon Bollen, Chris Johnson, Chrissie Metzakis and Dave Richardson.

Results of the competition will be published to this website and following the Western Australian competition that will be played late April, a new issue of the increasingly popular BAA bulletin will be published to keep our worldwide throwing community updated with events in Australia and beyond.

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Join the BAA in 2018 and get a free boomerang!

The 2018 membership is now open. Please go to the Join! page to become a member. Pictured below is the quality cool design boomerang you will receive through the post for memberships which include the boomerang.

There is every good reason to join up. The opportunity to belong to an association full of boomerang enthusiasts who make, throw and participate in State, National and World Cup tournaments overseas, as well as enjoy free publications, which includes the free BAA Bulletin published twice per annum. Always check out the Events page for upcoming boomerang events.

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Boomerang Bulletin Issue 135

The Boomerang Bulletin is here for free download. Enjoy news, photos and results of Australia’s biggest boomerang events held this year. This issue includes a wonderful section on aboriginal artefacts on permanent display at the South Australian Museum, which shows a photo of a boomerang made some 20000 years ago. It was found in a swamp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

West Australian Competition 2017 Results (part 1)

Unfortunately, with Perth being one of the windiest coastal cities in the world, throwers arrived to the field Sunday 26th March to find winds soaring across Southern River fields at 35km/h, such as what they endured at last years Nationals event on the same field.

It was decided only two events would be played (Accuracy 100, Hunting Stick) and the competition would be rescheduled for 9th April. Here are the results of the WIND WA Competition Part 1:

Thrower of the day and Wind Master 2017: Matt Barker

Accuracy 100 results:

1st – Matt Barker (51)

2nd – Roger Perry (34)

3rd – Chris Johnson (30)

4th – Grant Perry (28)

Hunting Stick:

1st – Matt Barker (strike 40 and 50m 2nd throw)

2nd – Roger Perry (strike 40 and 50m 3rd throw)

3rd – Chris Johnson (strike 30 and 40m)

4th – Ryan Perry (strike 40m)

See events page for more details about the 9th April Competition reschedule.

 

Boomerang Competition Days are coming up

The New Year always sees the classic boomerang events in Australia return.

Go to the Events page for all the details.

Brian Kemp

For those who knew Brian, the BAA wishes to advise that Brian has sadly passed away after battling with cancer.

Brian was not well known outside of Australia but well known inside for making art boomerangs, which demonstrated a remarkable hand for fine detail paint work on his boomerangs.

The BAA sends condolences to Brian’s family on their sad loss.

BAA Special Edition Bulletin Issue 134 January 2017 – Kiel World Cup in Photos

This special edition bulletin looks back at the Boomerang World Cup held in Kiel, Germany in July 2016. In it you will see some of the most exciting collection of action and people photographs, which were shortlisted from an enormous set of over 17000 still photographs that the World Cup official photographer Stanislaus Plewinski had taken each day over the entire tournament. The BAA wishes to thank Stanislaus for bringing this edition alive with his most visually arresting photographs, which captured the essence of the action. Enjoy a free publication and share among friends.

NOTE: The BAA has received information from Manuel Schutz, current World Champion, regarding the results page, in which it was stated that USA thrower Kenny Barr achieved a World Record 98 Points in the Kiel World Individuals Championships. Manuel advised that this is a USA record by Kenny, not a World Record. The World Record holders for Accuracy are champion German throwers Fridolin Frost and Alex Opri, both of whom achieved 99 points. The BAA wishes to thank Manuel for passing on this information. Please accept our apologies for the incorrect reporting on the results page.

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Kiel World Individuals Championship 2016 Australian and Top 5 Results

The World Boomerang Champion for the Kiel 2016 World Individuals championship is none other than the extraordinarily talented and amazing Manuel Schutz of Switzerland, who has been a reigning champion of the boomerang sport for many years. Manuel’s playing strength is combined with a very intelligent, creative approach, having mastered both the physical aspects of throwing the boomerang (“Manu” uses his whole body as well as his arms when throwing) as well as a developing scientific knowledge of how to build boomerangs – most of what the great “Manu” throws are his own carefully made boomerangs.

In 2nd place was the excellent Logan Broadbent of USA, whose tenacity, power, confidence and consistently strong performance in nearly every event besides a disappointing result in MTA allowed him to finish just above the great German champion Fridolin Frost. Fridolin had a frustrating experience in some of the events which was compounded by developing leg pain, but his 3rd place victory was a cut above his 2014 effort in Perth West Australia, where he finished in 11th. 4th Place went to the great Japanese champion Takeshi Honda of Japan who muscled throughout and in 5th place was Richard Bower of USA, who had an excellent Aussie Round result.

Australians in the Individuals

Australian Champion Grant Perry achieved 18th place, with a best 5th placing in MTA with 43.47 seconds. Second best Australian was Matt Barker in 41st, achieving best Australian scores in Accuracy (67) and Endurance (37 wind!). David Richardson followed on 51st place, followed by Roger Perry on 61st and finally Robert Croll on 73rd.

Stay tuned for the upcoming Boomerang Bulletin, which will show some of the best photographs of the World Cup caught by Stanislaus Plewinski.