Australian Competitions 2016 Special Bulletin Photo Edition

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)

 

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Boomerang Bulletin March 2016

Welcome to the free edition of the Boomerang Bulletin. Please click on the link below to download the latest boomerang bulletin from the Boomerang Association of Australia and enjoy a good read…

Front Page Bulletin Mar 2016

New Boomerang Events for 2016 and Membership Renewal

Happy New Year of boomerang throwing and competition. It should be an exciting year of national and international boomerang sporting events. Please go to the EVENTS page for more information.

For association members, membership is now due. Please go to the JOIN page for 2016 membership and payment details.

BAA will be issuing a new bulletin in February. Keep watching the site for the February issue and happy, safe throwing!

Matt Barker

BAA Editor

Victorian Mini-Competition Results 2015

The Australian master boomerang thrower Rob Croll won the competition at his home ground at Lewis Park in Wantirna South 4th October, followed by his fellow Victorian Dave Richardson and South Australian Simon Bollen.

Rob secured 1st place in Accuracy, Aussie Round and Fast Catch.

Rob scored excellent results in his best events: Accuracy with 85 points, scoring four 10’s, four 8’s and two 6’s. In Aussie Round, he scored 3 bullseye on the spot returns after 50m, and had a half-way score of 90 out of 100. He also achieved a first place in Fast Catch on 25.81 secs.

Dave Richardson, who is known for his Trick Catching skills, came 1st in that event with 75 points (making a perfect 50 in Doubling after a rusty start), with Simon and Rob finishing with 38 and 32 respectively. Dave also finished 1st in Endurance with a professional level 47 catches.

Simon Bollen showed marksmanship in Accuracy, following closely behind Rob with 77 points, scoring mostly 8 and 9 points for each throw and he achieved a 1st in MTA (max time aloft) with an excellent 40.52 seconds.

According to Dave Richardson, the day consisted of “… Bright sun and light swirling winds, [which] made the day seem much hotter than the nominal just-under-30 degrees”.

Congratulations to Rob Croll on an electrifying win!

Results in summary:

Vic Comp Oct 2015

 

Boomerang Bulletin September 2015

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Australian Champion 8th best Boomerang Thrower in Europe

Australian champion Grant Perry and father Roger Perry flew to Mallorca, Spain to compete in the 2015 European Boomerang Championships.

Grant secured his reputation as one of the 10 best boomerang throwers in the world by finishing in 8th place after two days of competition, held over 29-30th June. His father finished in a very respectable 30th place among a total of 56 competitors, most of whom are half his age.

Grant came 2nd in MTA (Maximum Time Aloft) with 37.61 seconds, behind German champion Fridolin Frost who achieved 38.58 seconds (less than a second difference!), which involves throwing an especially light boomerang with thin aerofoils and long edges as hard as necessary so that it stays up as long as possible and is finally caught within a 100m diameter circle. He came 10th in Endurance and 11th in Accuracy, some of boomerang throwings most challenging events.

Grant, among other throwers, was busy keeping his progress updated on Facebook throughout the competition, and after it finished, father Roger Perry posted a photo of his son with his trophies with the text “Proud father am I”. Grant said there was tricky winds in Mallorca, and it was very warm weather for working up some sweat, but the winds at least allowed good results to be possible and he was overall elated with his result. In the final days of his European holiday, he relaxed with girlfriend Kelly Sumich at the beach and the hotel, and dined at some of Mallorca’s best restaurants. Grant loves dining out with Kelly often and describes himself as a great “foodie”.

Congratulations Grant Perry, who is now firmly seeded as one of the worlds greatest boomerang throwers!

 

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Grant Perry leaping up to secure a catch in what appears to be the Aussie Round event. Mallorca, Spain 2015.

 

Australian Champion 2015 Dave Richardson Reflects on his Win

Dave’s words provide an insight into what kind of mental preparation is needed for a professional boomerang thrower, and what thoughts “war about” in the mind before the start of a National Boomerang Competition:

“I hadn’t thrown at all for perhaps six months, because of persistent back issues. I went out on the Wednesday before and had a short session to establish if it was practical to actually participate. It was a 50/50 decision at the end of that session. That I had done 16 Nationals in a row prior to this was a strong factor in my final decision: I can’t say I’ve researched this, but I suspect only Brian Thomas may also have that long a run of consecutive Nationals appearances. So I had zero expectations. But if I can win Fast Catch, I see no reason not to win the whole thing!”

“In the end, while it ached badly, the only big limits the back put on me were my soft little throws for MTA and one sudden spasm during an Aussie Round chasedown that resulted in me comically falling over like a dead parrot. So I had to settle for second in both of those events”.

“I’m not much of a maker, but this may have been my first event where the clear majority of the boomerangs I threw were my own creations. Read into that what you will.”

– Dave Richardson

Dave Richardson - Trick Catch 2015 Nationals

 

West Australian Boomerang Championship 2015 Results

Sunday 29th March 2015 has to go down in WA boomerang sporting history as providing the most favourable conditions for the days play, as past competitions have nearly always been ruined by impossible Perth winds.

Everybody who participated enjoyed higher than average scores and what was most surprising was to see veteran sexagenarian Roger Perry fighting his way through the 6 hour day to keep well clear of the 8 other competitors who trailed closely behind. Roger became WA Champion, after many months recovering from knee surgery and a lingering sense of loss that he may never participate professionally in the sport again. His work on Sunday was astonishing, even in running events like Trick Catch, MTA and Fast Catch, during which the gentle winds nudged his boomerangs along an agreeable trajectory, which allowed him time for his mechanical knee to run to a close enough spot to secure a catch. He achieved a remarkable 62 catches (Australian record?)  in a stunningly persistent, furious and noisy Endurance round, was tight in Fast Catch with a razor clean 5 catches on the spot, Trick Catch found him even excel in Doubling, finishing on 90 points, and the only disappointment to him was a less than satisfactory result in Aussie Round when the wind began to pick up speed and send menacing pushes against what would have otherwise been more predictable flight paths.

Roger’s son and several times Australian Champion, Grant Perry, fought hard, cursed in some events where he believed he could have done better, was distracted in Fast Catch after throwing two that were shy of the 20m line, but in the second round he blitzed Fast with a respectable 26.93 secs, losing a little time on the first throw where he had to leave the centre circle for the catch and then run back. Grant was the only player who got 20 points for a throw in Aussie Round. Aussie Round was less than satisfactory for many of the experienced throwers, so it will be back to serious training for this event! Matt Barker enjoyed a fine and consistent day of performance after hellish muscle pain plagued the day for him in Melbourne during the Nationals competition. Matt came 2nd or 3rd in nearly all of the events, and he was quietly elated after coming 3rd in Accuracy, the event which has always been his personal enemy. Nick Pritchard fought well but disappointing attempts in Accuracy and Aussie Round lost his campaign to beat the invincible Perry’s. The day welcomed newcomers “Toby” and Tim Chadwick, both of whom found the day quite gruelling and overlong, but persisted nevertheless to achieve competition level results in MTA, Accuracy and Aussie Round. Angie Perry had a wonderful start in Accuracy and experienced throwers proceeded to shrink when she scored 10 and 8 point throws in the first round, but she unfortunately lost her boomerang groove to shifting winds in the final round. Mike Bryant came equal with Matt Barker in Endurance with 40 catches, but as the day progressed, Mike lost some of his usual drive, as he found the day too long and maybe he is right? Results overall:-

Roger Perry – State Champion (again!)

Grant Perry – 2nd

Matt Barker – 3rd

Congratulations to the seasoned master Roger Perry for becoming the 2015 WA State Boomerang Champion! It was truly an astonishing effort. And thanks must go to Angie Perry who provided fruit and beverages, and for Kelly Sumich’s tireless patience in carefully preparing and recording the scores.

Pictured below: Roger Perry 1st Place (centre), Grant Perry 2nd Place (left) and Matt Barker 3rd.

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The results in detail:

West Australian Championship 2015 Results

Australian Nationals Boomerang Competition 2015 results

The Australian Nationals this year was an open contest without the Australian champion Grant Perry throwing, and it was a very pleasant surprise that it was won by David Richardson of Victoria. For David, it was his first ever Nationals victory. Dave fought consistently well in what were very changeable and elusive wind conditions. Despite a difficult start in Accuracy, he came 1st in Trick Catch and Fast Catch, and 2nd in Aussie Round and MTA. Roger Perry, regardless of the fact that he can no longer run due to knee reconstruction, came 2nd overall, with competent placings in Trick Catch, Fast Catch, and a remarkable 1st place in MTA achieving 30+ seconds with a superbly weighted MTA that survived the hellish wind and stayed inside the 50m circle. Nick Pritchard threw competently throughout the day, and despite a disappointing result in MTA, came 1st in Endurance in front of Matt Barker. Rob Croll achieved 1st place in Accuracy and Aussie Round, the two events in which Rob has proved himself to be master in previous competition battles. It was a difficult day for wind, and the field was uneven with potholes, gravel, ruts and doggy dumpage, but thankfully the day finished without injury. Many thanks to Rob Croll for organising the day and for creating the eccentric trophies, and to Leonie Metzakis and Angie Perry who patiently recorded the results.

Overall results in Summary:

1st – David Richardson (centre), 2nd – Roger Perry (right), 3rd – Nick Pritchard (left).

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Detailed Competitions Results:

2015 Australian Championships Results

West Australian State Championship 2015 – venue change

The annual West Australian State Championship was cancelled Sunday 15th March due to extremely strong winds.

Despite the 30km/h plus winds, competitors decided to use the day as preparation and congratulations to Nick Pritchard for battling it out and coming 1st!

The new date for the competition is set for Sunday 29th March.

Arrive at 9am for a 9.30am start.

Event is free. Bring your own lunch and drinks.

There will be a trophy to the overall winner only.