2012 Western Australian Championships

Grant Perry, Roger Perry, Ian Sproul

Roger Perry is once more the champion of the west, after proving consistency is far from over-rated. Roger came first or second in all six events, while son Grant won four events but plunged to sixth in the remaining two. Ian Sproul came third.

Early morning extremely windy conditions had most throwers worried. By the time warm-up had started the windy conditions had eased a little.

Accuracy event was up first and any score above zero was gladly taken. Only four throwers scored perfect tens (7 out of 110 throws). The windy conditions pushed some competitors over the edge. Roger took first place, Ian second, and Ryan Perry in third.

Next up was Fast Catch where safe rounds around 35 seconds seemed to be the order of the day, with Grant pushing into the high twenties. Ian, after getting just one catch in the first round and no catches in his warm-up, managed to find a time from nowhere to steal third place from Matt Barker.

I left a stack of fast catch and endurance booms in my room, but still managed to put up a time to get fifth.

Endurance was next and the throwers now had to contend with the wind picking up, and dropping off, which seemed to effect the second round of throwers more. Grant took first, Roger second, and Ryan came third.

Trick Catch followed and again the wind made it tough going. Matt and Grant were both able to hang on to a foot catch. Grant finished first, Roger second and Matt third.

M.T.A. became a throw and run-for-your-life event. Grant sent an MTA, which wasn’t his, over several fields. While the field watched Grant chase the MTA to the edge of the earth we all tried to catch our breath! Grant won with a time of 21.98 with Roger and Matt close behind.

The biggest upset of the day came in Aussie Round with one competitor (Grant!) scoring seven zeros, and a John McEnroe impersonation that still brings a smile to my face. Leaving Roger first place with 96, myself second with 92, and Ian close behind.

The overall winner was a happy Roger Perry, with Grant Perry in second place and Ian Sproul in third.

Introduction to boomerangs video

Roger Perry (with help from son Grant) has recently produced a fantastic introductory video to the world of throwing boomerangs. Almost certainly the best of its type ever created!

2012 World Cup team announced

The 2012 World Cup mascot

The Australian team for the 2012 World Cup to be held in São Paulo, Brazil, has been announced:

  • Roger and Grant Perry (WA)
  • Rob Croll (VIC)
  • Nick Pritchard (WA, debut World Cup)
  • Simon Bollen (SA, debut World Cup)
  • Gary Broadbent (USA, honourary Australian!)

The World Cup starts on October 17 — more information can be found at wbc2012.org.

2012 Australian Championship report

The 2012 Australian National Championships returned to the site used in 2010, Lewis Park in Melbourne. Despite substantial rain in the weeks leading up to the Nationals (and then on the night before), the ground had drained very well and the surface was excellent. Winds were generally light to medium, but were often swirly and hard to judge. A small field of local throwers were joined by one South Australian (Simon Bollen) and a bevy of Western Australians.

After a stunning start in the 2011 Nationals was halted by a knee injury, this time Grant Perry would not be denied his first Australian overall title. Grant won four events, and came second in the other two, to be a runaway winner.

Next year: we’re doing something different. For the first time since 1986, Adelaide will host the Nationals. Let’s hope it sparks a renaissance of sorts there!

2011 Australian Championship report

Craig Carter has reached a historic high by being only the second Australian to win more than three BAA Championships with his victory in Fremantle this year. Only Rob Croll, who came fifth this year, has won more, with his stunning total of ten titles. Surprisingly, Craig won despite only placing in two of the six events: he won Endurance, and was beaten into second place in Aussie Round by Roger Perry.

Top three at the 2011 Nationals, from left: Gary Mitchell, Craig Carter, and Ian Sproul

The overcast and blustery conditions meant that most throwers suffered badly in at least one event, and Craig was consistent enough to claim the title. Earlier, Grant Perry had started the day by winning both Accuracy and Fast Catch, before suffering a knee injury during Endurance (but placing third in that event regardless). Ian Sproul, Gary Mitchell, Josh Smith and Rob Croll filled out second through fifth place overall, with extremely little between them.

Other wins for the day were by Gary Mitchell (Trick Catch) and South Australian debutant Simon Bollen (MTA). Nils Buerger of Germany was the sole international competitor.

The weekend also saw Gary Mitchell, Simon Bollen, and both Roger and Grant Perry added to the BAA committee, with Leonie Metzakis remaining as President. Our thanks go to outgoing Vice-President Petry Lewry and South Australian representative Barrie Forsyth for their service.

2010 World Cup report

The biennial Boomerang World Cup was completed in Rome in June, with Germany conceding the teams title for the first time since 2002. The ‘Rad Revolution’ team from the USA (Dan and Richard Bower, Billy Brazelton, Logan Broadbent, Matt Golenor, and Dan Johnson, with Gregg Snouffer as coach) secured a large lead over the Germans in the very first event (SuperCatch), and then held that lead over the next three days.

2010 Australian team, from left: Josh Smith, Roger and Grant Perry, Rob Croll, David J Richardson, and Craig Carter

Josh Smith, Roger and Grant Perry, Rob Croll, David J RIchardson and Craig Carter The Australian team had a rocky start on the first day, but on each following day they moved up the ladder, eventually finishing ninth in the field of twenty teams.

For the first time in a decade, the individual competition delivered a new champion, with 2006 and 2008 champion Fridolin Frost of Germany and 2000-2004 champion Manuel Schütz of Switerland relegated to second and third place respectively. The new world champion, by a substantial margin, is German Alex Opri, who won both the Aussie Round and Trick Catch events, and was only beaten by a new world record in MTA.

That new MTA world record was a stunning two minutes 19.10 seconds, set by young Nick Citoli of the USA. This was one of the few events in both tournaments that was not made more difficult by contrary winds, and Nick certainly used it to advantage, extending the 13-year MTA-100 record of Eric Darnell by almost 35 seconds.
At much the same time, a second record was being broken: Billy Brazelton put his boomerang in the air for a stunning six minutes 20.59 seconds, and while he made his catch outside the 100 metre circle and therefore was given no score for it, it allowed him to shatter the previous MTA-Unlimited record by over two-and-a-half minutes.

Our records page has now been updated to show these changes (we apologise for the delay reporting all this — because the MTA-Unlimited time was not recorded in the official scores, it took a while to track down!)

The best Australian result in the individual championship came from Grant Perry of Perth, who placed nineteenth overall. With a not much better fast catch score he could have been in the top ten in the world. Father Roger placed a credible thirty-second, including a top ten result in Accuracy, with the next best Aussie being previous world champion Rob Croll at fortieth. Full scores can be found on the German Boomerang Club’s website.

The 2012 World Cup has been assigned to Sao Paolo, Brazil, and work is proceeding to bring the World Cup back to Australia (Perth, in particular) in 2014.

2010 Australian Championship report

Some unique trophies from Rob Croll for the 2010 Nationals

Craig Carter has claimed his third Australian National Championship with a strong victory in windy conditions in Wantirna, Melbourne. Winning four of the six events, he was a clear winner over Rob Croll and David J Richardson, second and third respectively. The highlight of the Nationals was a score of 92 out of 100 in Aussie Round by Craig in the closing moments of the tournament, with his last three throws being perfect 50 metre returns to the centre circle.

One week later on the other side of the continent, fellow 2010 Australian Team member Grant Perry broke the eight-year-old MTA-100 record of his father, keeping his boomerang in the air for one minute and 20.82 seconds before completing his catch. Father Roger managed to hold onto the Western Australian title though, relegating Grant to second place, with Josh Smith in third.

In ten days time, Roger (as captain), Grant, Josh, Craig, Rob, and David will go into action as the BAA Australian team at the 2010 Boomerang World Cup being held in Rome, Italy.

Please also welcome Leonie Metzkais back as President, and Bruce Carter and Leanne Loveland into the committee.

Hamish & Andy’s Bi-bi-tri-biathlon

Hamish & Andy joined us to throw some boomerangs

Boomerang throwing joined table tennis and twenty-two other sports as part of this weekend’s Bi-bi-tri-biathlon by Hamish and Andy of radio and television fame. Bruce Carter did the calling as sons Craig and Trent, Rob Croll, Jarrod Byham, David J Richardson, and Sadir Kattan helped form two teams competing in an indoor relay and then trick catch competition.

Footage from the Bi-bi-tri-biathlon will be shown on Monday’s The 7PM Project. Rob Croll presented the pair with some non-indoor rangs as thanks.

In other news, the 2010 National Championships have been scheduled for May 1-2 in Melbourne at the Knox Retarding Basin in Scoresby, and issue 125 of the Boomerang Bulletin was mailed out recently.

2009 Australian Championship report

Craig Carter has claimed his second Australian National Championship win as part of a Victorian sweep of the overall placings for 2009. Craig was clearly the best thrower, winning four of the six events, only conceding Endurance to Rob Croll (second overall) and and MTA to David J Richardson (third overall). Jordan Neville, Margaret Patterson, and Leonie Metzakis won the Junior, Ladies, and Veteran titles respectively. Full scores will be posted soon.

The action of the weekend was comprehensively filmed for use in a documentary for which funding is currently being considered by Screen Australia. But that’s not the only recent action on show: this Wednesday evening (May 6), the ‘Travel Oz’ program on the ABC has some great coverage of action from New South Wales.

The latest edition of the Boomerang Bulletin, edited by Bob Burwell, has also just been printed, and will be mailed out shortly.

Stunning new world record for Consecutive Catch

The world record for consecutive catch has been smashed in recent days, with Haruki Taketomi of Japan throwing for eleven hours and forty-one minutes to complete 2251 catches — almost 1000 more than the previous record. Our congratulations to Haruki for this herculean effort!

Our boomerang throwing record list has been updated accordingly. In addition, Australian female records have been compiled for the first time and are also now available there: belated congratulations to Margaret Patterson, Christene Metzakis, Louise Molluso, and Janet Barrass! Several other corrections have been made, thereby handing Jarrod Byham two more Junior records, and restoring one to Chris Westall.