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…

Manu Schütz is World Champion again; Roger Perry stars

Manu Schütz has scooted away on a disrupted final day to claim his fourth World Championship, equalling Fridolin Frost’s record. He came fourth in both MTA and Accuracy to comfortably beat Fridolin and Richard Bower.

In what must have seemed a good idea at the time, the decision for the final event of Trick Catch to be thrown in reverse ranking order appears to have ended in farce after the best four throwers could not throw due to the wind becoming crazy strong. The event was therefore not ranked for any thrower (when it was cancelled, American Adam Stankiewicz led on 86 points).

News of the day for me though was the sensational work by Aussie veteran Roger Perry (WA), who placed 10th in MTA (40.91 seconds) and 13th in his not-always-beloved Accuracy (70 points) to rocket up from 21st to his final placing of 13th overall. Fellow Aussie veteran Rob Croll (VIC) held onto 25th; the two of them were clearly the best veterans in the competition.

Grant Perry (VIC) stayed stuck at his overnight 30th place, while Simon Bollen (SA) took 41st in his debut World Cup. Nick Pritchard (WA), also in his debut World Cup but much less experienced, claimed 53rd, beating 14 other throwers from around the world.

The two event winners today were Junji Maiya of Japan, who had his MTA in the air 20 seconds longer than anyone else, with his time of 72.67 seconds. Two other Japanese throwers, Masaya Hamaguchi and Kagemitsu Fukazawa, made it a clean sweep of the places for MTA. Another Japanese thrower, Yuko Kondo, also placed eleventh overall — I believe this is the highest ranking for a female thrower in World Cup history.

Overall third-place winner, Richard Bower of the USA, won Accuracy with a score of 86. Second and third places went to two Italians in Alessandro Benedetti and Andrea Sgattoni, both with 78 points.

First day of 2012 World Cup individual competition

The collective winners of seven World Titles sit at the top of the heap after Aussie Round, Fast Catch, and Endurance were completed on day one of the 2012 Individual World Cup. German Fridolin Frost (winner in 1992, 1998, 2006, and 2008) is a solitary ranking point ahead of Swissman Manuel Schütz (winner in 2000, 2002, and 2004). It would appear only American Richard Bower remains in the battle for first place, as he sits just 2.5 points behind Manu.

A surprise in fourth place is local Brazilian thrower Eduardo Mistico. Another Brazilian, André Caixeta Ribeiro, also won the Fast Catch event with a time of 18.43 seconds. Many of the other usual suspects fill the rest of the top ten, with veteran German thrower Günter Möller a slight surprise in sixth spot, no small part of that due to him winning Aussie Round with a score of 85 points.

Two-time world champion Robby Croll (1988, 1996) from Melbourne sits in a very healthy 16th spot. Another Australian veteran, Roger Perry, sits in 21st place. Rob and Roger shared eighth place in the Aussie Round event.

Grant Perry and Simon Bollen are also in the top half of the competition, at 30th and 31st, with three top 20 event placings between them.

Germany wins 2012 Boomerang World Cup

2012 German team Re-Motions

The German club site is reporting Germany’s “Re-motions” team has won the 2012 teams title. We’re yet to see any other scores or reports on the third and final day of the teams competition.

The Individual Championship is due to start on Thursday 25th October.

UPDATE: The final teams scores are now up. The mixed-nationality team BoomerGang actually finished first, but were not eligible to be awarded the World Cup. The Australian team remained stubbornly stuck in the middle of the pack, finishing eighth overall.

First day of the Boomerang World Cup in Brazil

The first of three days of the teams competition in the 2012 Boomerang World Cup, just outside São Paulo, has come to an end. You can follow the scores day-by-day on the German boomerang scores site.

An out-of-date list of team members can be found on the WBC 2012 site. Hopefully we’ll be able to bring you an update on that shortly.

After the first day the mixed team BoomerGang (which apparently includes the likes of three-time individual World Champion Manuel Schütz, the top two Italian throwers Andrea Sgattoni and Alessandro Benedetti, and Dutchman Lars Overzee) has the tiniest of leads on the top German team, with the main American and Japanese teams a chunk of ranking points behind already.

The Australians are currently smack bang in the middle of the field at eighth overall, with their best result in Team Supercatch, where they were well clear of most of the teams.

Welcome to the new website!

Welcome to the new BAA website! The site is a lot more interactive (comment on any posts made, or ask to become a ‘contributor’ and submit your own news, reviews, or other tidbits), restores a range of photos that went missing on the old website (with more to be posted), and features all the mod cons like proper site searching (try it up the top right). The links page also has a pretty comprehensive list of videos involving Australian throwers, for the first time.

You can ‘subscribe’ to our news or comments feeds, and also to our calendar of coming events (still to be fully populated), which will ensure you automatically get informed of any updates.

There might be a few rough edges to start with, and we have further ambitions, so comments are very welcome on the new site. And you can do just that by clicking the link at the top right of this article!

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.