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.

Night Show Perth

NightShow

A spectacular boomerang night show will be held at Southern River, Gay Road, 18th April 2015 from 5.30pm with the show starting at 7pm or when dark. Attendance is free. Children welcome but must be accompanied by adult. Email info@rangsboomerangs.com.au for more information.

BAA Bulletin Issue 130 – February 2015

Issue 130 of the BAA Bulletin is now freely available. Click on the below link to download:

Front Page Issue 130

Australian Nationals 2015 – Lewis Park, Knoxfield Melbourne

Former Australian World Champion Rob Croll has arranged for the event to be played at Lewis Park, Knox Melbourne, Victoria and the dates of the competition will remain as stated in the BAA Bulletin – Saturday 21st to Sunday 22nd March 2015. Sunday will only be used should Saturday become unavailable due to bad weather.

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!

Venue Details:

The oval can be found off Lewis Rd and will start at 10am. There will be a BBQ lunch.

Entry is $20 adults, $10 juniors. First event will be Accuracy.

Nearest accommodation is at the Cavalier Hotel from $110 per night. Rob can arrange billeting if he is contacted beforehand. Interstate throwers can be picked up from the airport if Rob is given your travel details.

The Boomerang AGM will be held after the competition.

Map of the Park and surrounding area:

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Boomerang Bulletin 129 released

BAA Bulletin 129 front pageThe 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.