Letters of invitation have now been sent all around the world. Now we start the countdown, after a 14-year absence, for the return to the ancestral country of the Boomerang World Cup.
Rob Croll managed to equal the Australian Accuracy-100 record of 88 points, set by Bob Burwell in Japan at the 2006 World Cup — but unfortunately for Rob, Grant had broken that record just a minute earlier by scoring 90!
The BAA committee list has also been updated.
EDIT: A fellow BoomerGanger, Italian Andrea Sgattoni, came third with a range of 122 metres.
The International Federation of Boomerang Associations has awarded the 2014 Boomerang World Cup to a bid from the Boomerang Association of Australia. After 14 long years, the World Cup is returning to Australia!
Some early information can be found at http://worldcup.boomerang.org.au/ — much more to come! A permanent link has also been added to the list of pages on the left.
While the Germans are the 2012 World Champion nation, they were actually beaten by a mixed-nationality team, BoomerGang. It came down to a head-to-head in the final event, Team Relay. The winner took it all, with Japanese, Swiss and Italian throwers taking on the Germans — and winning!
(Thanks to Jason Smucker for the video.)
It’s pretty safe to say that whenever Rob Croll and Gregg Snouffer get together, silliness ensues.
The following two videos from the World Cup this week introduces the marvel that is Ausso-Grip…
Manu Schütz has scooted away on a disrupted final day to claim his fourth World Championship, equalling Fridolin Frost’s record. He came fourth in both MTA and Accuracy to comfortably beat Fridolin and Richard Bower.
In what must have seemed a good idea at the time, the decision for the final event of Trick Catch to be thrown in reverse ranking order appears to have ended in farce after the best four throwers could not throw due to the wind becoming crazy strong. The event was therefore not ranked for any thrower (when it was cancelled, American Adam Stankiewicz led on 86 points).
News of the day for me though was the sensational work by Aussie veteran Roger Perry (WA), who placed 10th in MTA (40.91 seconds) and 13th in his not-always-beloved Accuracy (70 points) to rocket up from 21st to his final placing of 13th overall. Fellow Aussie veteran Rob Croll (VIC) held onto 25th; the two of them were clearly the best veterans in the competition.
Grant Perry (VIC) stayed stuck at his overnight 30th place, while Simon Bollen (SA) took 41st in his debut World Cup. Nick Pritchard (WA), also in his debut World Cup but much less experienced, claimed 53rd, beating 14 other throwers from around the world.
The two event winners today were Junji Maiya of Japan, who had his MTA in the air 20 seconds longer than anyone else, with his time of 72.67 seconds. Two other Japanese throwers, Masaya Hamaguchi and Kagemitsu Fukazawa, made it a clean sweep of the places for MTA. Another Japanese thrower, Yuko Kondo, also placed eleventh overall — I believe this is the highest ranking for a female thrower in World Cup history.
Overall third-place winner, Richard Bower of the USA, won Accuracy with a score of 86. Second and third places went to two Italians in Alessandro Benedetti and Andrea Sgattoni, both with 78 points.
The collective winners of seven World Titles sit at the top of the heap after Aussie Round, Fast Catch, and Endurance were completed on day one of the 2012 Individual World Cup. German Fridolin Frost (winner in 1992, 1998, 2006, and 2008) is a solitary ranking point ahead of Swissman Manuel Schütz (winner in 2000, 2002, and 2004). It would appear only American Richard Bower remains in the battle for first place, as he sits just 2.5 points behind Manu.
A surprise in fourth place is local Brazilian thrower Eduardo Mistico. Another Brazilian, André Caixeta Ribeiro, also won the Fast Catch event with a time of 18.43 seconds. Many of the other usual suspects fill the rest of the top ten, with veteran German thrower Günter Möller a slight surprise in sixth spot, no small part of that due to him winning Aussie Round with a score of 85 points.
Two-time world champion Robby Croll (1988, 1996) from Melbourne sits in a very healthy 16th spot. Another Australian veteran, Roger Perry, sits in 21st place. Rob and Roger shared eighth place in the Aussie Round event.
Grant Perry and Simon Bollen are also in the top half of the competition, at 30th and 31st, with three top 20 event placings between them.
The Individual Championship is due to start on Thursday 25th October.
UPDATE: The final teams scores are now up. The mixed-nationality team BoomerGang actually finished first, but were not eligible to be awarded the World Cup. The Australian team remained stubbornly stuck in the middle of the pack, finishing eighth overall.