WABA (West Australian Boomerang Association) State Championship 2019

Nick Pritchard of Booragoon, Perth, West Australia has won the West Australian Championship for the first time, taking the grand trophy from the Perry father/son duo who shared competition wins for over 10 years from 2008 to 2018.

In hot, shifting wind conditions, sometimes reaching 25-30km/h, Nick fought unrelentingly through all of the competition events with stunning control and sharpness of attack, winning the Accuracy and Aussie Round, and taking 2nd place in Trick Catch, Endurance and Fast Catch. It was unclear who was in front toward the end as Roger Perry and son Grant were closely following Nick’s lead, but when Nick won the final Aussie Round event, Nick’s victory finally became clear.

Chris Johnson took 4th place from Matt Barker, whose play was below his usual standard due to lack of preparation. Notwithstanding, Chris has  improved his play by leaps and bounds, coming 1st place in MTA and fought admirably through the powerful wind in Fast Catch.

Christine Metzakis found good control of her MTA in the winds, claiming a 21.59 secs as her best time. The other women competitors Leonie Metzakis and Angie Perry braved the winds and tried their arms in the Accuracy event.

The competition enjoyed a surprise visit by past champion Gary Mitchell who showed his usual championship style in the few events he played. The BAA is looking forward to seeing Gary again at the upcoming BAA 50th Anniversary Competition.

You may call it pot luck, but after the main events had finished and WABA were busy calculating the scores, Nick Pritchard claimed victory once again as 1st place winner in the Hunting Stick event, making two strikes at the 20m and 30m line, followed by Roger Perry in 2nd and Chris Johnson 3rd. It was evident that Nick achieved mastery of the entire competition events by coming well prepared and determined to win.

It was a superbly run competition by the WABA organisation. The BAA  thanks Christine and Leonie Metzakis and Chris Johnson who together organised the competition venue and administration.

NOTE: Due to a computer miscalculation, there was some confusion with the final results of the competition, which caused a slight delay in getting them published. Some of the trophies held by throwers in the following photo set may not have been those they had actually won. The captions, however, are accurate. Please accept our apologies in the late delivery of the results.

Below are some of the photos taken at the competition. More photos will appear in the next bulletin.

WA State Championship Competition Results 2019

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