Australian Nationals 2015 – Venue Change

The recent BAA Bulletion, Issue 129, reported that the next Australian Nationals Boomerang championship would be held at Pizzey Park, Miami, Queensland. However, it was decided that the park is unsuitable for Long Distance throwing. Queensland State Representative Paul Craft is currently deciding on a new venue, which should be announced soon.

Unfortunately, Australian champion Grant Perry will not be participating due to the upcoming European championships in May, for which he is currently in training. His absence leaves the field open for other Australian competitors to have a chance at claiming the 1st place trophy!

Boomerang Bulletin 129 released

The new look Boomerang Bulletin is out, and freely available right here:

Boomerang Bulletin #129

This issue includes news, articles and photos about recent 2014 Australian competitions, including the 2014 World Boomerang Cup, which was held in Perth through April.

Grant Perry BAA champion again

Grant Perry has claimed his third straight overall Australian Championship. At Bob Blackburn Park in Perth in April, he finished ahead of Victorian Rob Croll and fellow West Australian Gary Mitchell. This followed team trials the day before, both being used to choose the two Australian teams to participate in next week’s World Cup (use the link on the left to keep up-to-date on that one).

A number of top international throwers also participated at the Nationals, with Takeshi Honda from Japan actually taking first place (but not eligible to be Aussie Champ, of course).

At the BAA Annual Meeting, Nick Pritchard was one of several changes to the club committee, becoming the new President.

Scores on Roger Perry’s Facebook page.

2016 Boomerang World Cup to be held in Cologne

The World Cup trophy

The World Cup trophy

It was announced in August 2014 by the IFBA (International Federation of Boomerang Associations) President, Gunter Moeller,  that the next Boomerang World Cup and Individuals World Championship will be held in Cologne, Germany in July or August 2016. The exact date of the venue is yet to be announced.

It will be the 17th World Boomerang Cup, with the first ever World Cup held in Amherst, USA in 1987. Europe has some of the worlds best boomerang throwers – Fridolin Frost, Manuel Schutz, Andrea Sgattoni, Stephan Spirghi and Gunter Moeller, to name just a few, all of whom will be participating. It is sure to be a great event and nearly 80 competitors from around the world have already submitted their interest on the Facebook site.

Grant Perry claims back-to-back Australian titles… and an Aussie record

Grant Perry with the boomerang he scored an Aussie record 90 points in Accuracy.

Grant Perry with the boomerang he scored an Aussie record 90 points in Accuracy.

Adelaide hosted the Nationals this past weekend, with throwers from Western Australia making the trip to compete in mostly near-perfect conditions. Grant placed in all six events on the way to a clear win from father Roger, with Rob Croll in third place overall.

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.

Manu wins Long Distance too!

Manu Schütz celebrates BoomerGang’s win at the 2012 World Cup

Manuel Schütz has followed up on his 2012 World Cup Teams and Individuals wins by taking out the Long Distance title. His winning distance (including full return) was a comparatively mild (by his standards!) 154 metres. Second place went to Brazilian Robson de Oliveira on 126 metres, a new National record. Other results are yet to surface.

EDIT: A fellow BoomerGanger, Italian Andrea Sgattoni, came third with a range of 122 metres.

Perth to host 2014 Boomerang World Cup

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.

The Australian team in Brazil

Grant Perry (WA), Roger Perry (WA), Simon Bollen (SA), Rob Croll (VIC), last-minute replacement Jan Müller-Alstrup (Denmark), Nick Pritchard (WA)

How BoomerGang came first in the World Cup

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.)

Rob Croll and Gregg Snouffer silliness…

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…