Australia has had its premier boomerang competitions, which were held at Southern River fields, Perth West Australia during early April. The West Australian competition enjoyed breathless wind conditions, which was in dramatic contrast to the semi-storm conditions on the Sunday weekend which followed for the National Australian Boomerang Championships. Throwers had to endure 40+km/h winds, but despite wind tunnel conditions, competitors ploughed through the onslaught and fought admirably well, with Dave Richardson achieving an incredible 39 seconds in Fast Catch, which all other throwers found miraculous in view of the conditions.
Congratulations must go to Grant Perry, who with new-found tenacity, strength of mind and verve, stripped the show with amazing power, fitness and control, in both extremely light winds during the WA Competitions and in the heavy onslaught which descended on the Australian Nationals. “It would have to be the worst wind I’ve thrown in at a Nationals competition”, Grant said. Despite the wind, he won the competition, as well as the WA Championships the week before, which places him firmly by reputation as the best boomerang thrower Australia has. Grant will be Captain of the Australian Boomerang team heading for Kiel, Germany later in the year.
Roger Perry, now in his sexagenarian decade, maintained very strong and consistent performance in both competitions, achieving second place behind son Grant. Dave Richardson performed considerably well in extreme wind, finishing 3rd at the Nationals, and Matt Barker secures his place in the Australian team for Kiel by following Dave in 4th place.
Nick Pritchard found the wind at the Nationals frustrating and impenetrable. However, his performance at the West Australian competition was brilliantly executed and demonstrated the control of a master. The BAA welcomed the cameo appearance of former champion Ian Sproul, who always makes an effort to turn up at the Australian Nationals for a stab at the events.
Following the Nationals, the afternoon finished with a Hunting Stick event. Roger’s son Ryan Perry and his family – Kirsten and children Jaden and Ella, stole the show by striking Skippy several times over the course of the competition, resulting in Skippy deflating to a crazy plastic deformation after Kirsty struck him with a jugular bullseye. To finish off, throwers were allowed just one throw from the 50m line. Matt Barker threw first and everybody fell silent as the Hunting Stick sailed through the air right towards Skippy’s path, striking his head with a strong blow. “How did I do that?”, Matt said. He ran around the field jubilant after his 50m Long Distance strike.
A great many thank yous must go to the following people without whom there would have been no competitions – Roger and Angie Perry for organising, painting the circles, providing the food, creating beautiful trophies and doing just about everything else, Kelly Sumich and Gary Mitchell for their excellent work on collecting and tabulating the scores, both on sheets of paper and in Excel worksheets, and “Chris” who, with an Anomometer, monitored the wind speed conditions at the Australian Nationals from start to finish, which enabled BAA President Roger Perry to make an informed decision to cancel the final events – MTA and Australian Round.
Photo’s of the competition have been captured in the special photo edition of the BAA Boomerang Bulletin. Please click on the link below to open the bulletin page for download, and enjoy!
BAA Editor (Matt Barker)