Lightening Strikes – Maidstone 09/10/16

This week saw 4 of our teams travelling to Maidstone, to take part in the first of Lightning Strikes indoor block tournaments.  After a rather early start we all arrived a bit bleary eyed ready to start the days racing by ring part duties assisting the judge (a very gentlemanly Darren Dent!!).  We then moved swiftly into racing.


Lexey Millie Bailey Tally Layla 9"


Merlyn Jack Poppy Wiz Reeva Marley 8"


Copper Mikey Jazz Ruby Amber 9"


Bryn Charly Sam Winnie Charlie P 10"

3rd Place Rosettes for Crossbows and Cannons

Crossbows were first in.  We had a few teething problems this week, what with Charly H still tentative taking crossovers after his crash from the Champs, Bryn wanting to say hello to his team mates at the gate and Charlie P not liking the noise so we had to change the team line up.  We managed to win three races out of the four and ended up in a two way tie for third place, luckily having beaten the other team, we came home with a lovely 3rd place rosette.

Cannons were in next, with a slight change in line up from the Waggy Tails tournament.  Merlyn sharing starts with Jack again this week, giving Jack the ring experience.  Jack was raring to go for morning racing although we do believe he forgot his box turn this week!  Merlyn, Poppy and Wiz were all on form, with Mark Peck putting in some nice start times, including a couple of rolling starts.  Reeva once again was flying, putting in some lovely 4.6s times.  Reeva had a few teething problems this week but with a little guidance in the warm ups we managed to correct her.  Cannons won two out of their four races this week, bring home a 3rd place rosette.

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Coyote team line up

Coyotes were in the 4th division of the day, although they only won one out of their four races of the day, all the dogs were running well.  Copper (handler Sharon Tuffnell) was on lights putting in some lovely times of 4.3s (including a (4.1s pb), with Sharon having five rolling starts throughout the day.  It was really lovely to see Ruby (handler Jan Schofield) back in the team after a lovely long holiday!! The team were seeded 5th in their division and came home with a respectable 4th place.


Canines were in the last division of the day (Division 1) seeded 4th,  we had a slight change in team line up this week, with Layla (handler Nicole Webster) joining us instead of Copper from last week.  The team were out for gaining experience again for the two youngsters – Lexey and Millie sharing starts.  There were certainly a few rolling starts between handlers Mark Peck and Tina Hatcher.  Mark beating Tina hands down with 4 to Tina’s 2.   All the dogs raced really well, Bailey was doing his infamous bum sliding into the box, so more work to be had in training and we learnt that Millie clocks the dogs in the blue lane whilst racing in the red, more than the other way around, so a bit of work in training needed there too.  The team won two out of their five races of the day, bringing them home a 5th place.

Presentations saw Layla (handler Nicole Webster) receiving her Silver award, Copper (handler Sharon Tuffnell) receiving his gold award and Gypsy (handler Ellen Schofield) receiving her Platinum Award.



17.56 Division 1/Seed 4 5th (FT = 18.00)


20.10 Division 4/Seed 5 4th (FT = 20.32)


21.10 Division 5/Seed 4 3rd (FT = 20.63)


21.50 Division 6/Seed 3 3rd (FT = 21.01)

All in all another great days racing and team work had by all.  Watch this space for next months edition, where we are back to Maidstone, enjoying Lightning Strikes 2nd indoor hosted tournament.

I had to put this final picture in of everyone helping pack away.  I do believe the duck tape got stuck to the floor, leaving a sticky mess!! maidstone

British Flyball Championships 2016

Thursday the 18th August saw the Club departing from their various homes and making their way to the British Championships, held at Catton Hall in Birmingham.  After a rocky start we all gathered and made camp in field B, ready for racing throughout the weekend.

Canines                Bailey Oscar Ice Tally Millie                                           10”

Catapults             Caspian Copper Ruby Layla Bryn                                  9”

Crossbows          Lexey Charly Mikey Winnie Jazz Charlie P                  10”

Canons                 Merlyn Dizzy Poppy Marley Frank Freya                    8”

Crusaders            Oscar Sam Amber Wiz Kai Gypsy                                  9”

Friday saw two of our teams racing, Cambridgeshire Cannons and Crusaders.

Merlyn (Cannons) and Gypsy (Crusaders)

First up were Cannons who were seeded 1st in Division 32.  Racing went really well for this team, we had an interference with one of our more timid dogs, we didn’t let it beat us though, we gave her a run on her own and she completed with no glitches.  Cannons didn’t quite manage to hit their seed time, but they did finish in 3rd place bringing home a lovely rosette.  This was a definite celebration for Merlyn (handler Mark Peck) who retired at his last British Championships.

Crusaders also competed on Friday, they were seeded 3rd in Division 36 and all the dogs performed as we expected.  Helen’s starts with Oscar (O’ Scary) were awesome, I do believe we had a couple of rolling starts!!  Crusaders only just missed out on maintaining their seeded place and came home with a brilliant 4th place.   Again we saw another celebration for Gypsy (handler Ellen Schofield) who retired at her last British Championships.

Crusaders Line up = Mr O’Scary raring to go for his rolling start!!

Saturday saw our next two teams competing Cambridgeshire Crossbows and Catapults.

Crossbows were first up to compete.  Racing started well, but ended up with Charly H (handler Tina Hatcher) one of the 10” height dogs going lame. Jazz (handler Nicole Webster) our second 10” height dog stood up to the mark and Crossbows made a wonderful recovery, winning 3 out of their 5 races throughout the day, bringing them home a respectable 3rd place.   I cannot leave this team to move onto the next one, without giving a special recommendation to Charlie P (handler Mark Peck) who competed in his first British Championships, after being in starters for 5 years.  We have been working really hard with Charlie P in training and other open competitions, building up his confidence in the ring. I do believe all the hard work paid off.  Well done Charlie P.

Catapults competed in the fourth division of the day, racing went really well and all the dogs performed as we expected.  Bryn (handler Pamela Parish) had his first British Championships this year running in multiple positions, although he still needs help in training on his ‘lane hogging’!!  Catapults matched their Seeding and came home with 5th place of their division.


Last but not least, saw Canines competing on Sunday, seeded 5th in Division 6.  Bailey Oscar Ice and Tally really gelled within their team and had some close races, they managed to climb up their division coming home with a fantastic 3rd place.   Millie (handler Tina Hatcher) one of our baby dogs joined this team for a bit of ring experience.  Millie proved she was not phased by the size of the British Championships, she did 3 wonderful run backs although her handler was in the wrong place on the first two!!  On her last encounter in the ring, she was given the opportunity in the warm up to practice her box turns and managed to do 3 awesome turns before she did her final run back.  She would like to thank her team mates for this opportunity and was a very enthusiastic member of the team at the back of the ring.

Canines                17.56s   Division 6/Seed 5                             3rd (FT = 17.89)

Catapults             18.79s   Division 16/Seed 5                           5th (FT = 19.35)

Crossbows          20.48s   Division 31/Seed 1                           3rd (FT = 21.23)

Canons                20.58s   Division 32/Seed 1                          3rd (FT = 20.98)

Crusaders            21.19s   Division 36/Seed 3                          4th (FT = 21.71)

Unfortunately this year we did not come home with any divisional wins,but we all enjoyed the camaraderie within the club and had lots of celebrations, as our dogs competed so well.  We ended the weekend with a Hatcher special barbeque, we would like to thank Julia and Chris for taking the time on Sunday to go out shopping, cooking and putting on a wonderful spread.

EFC2016 – What an amazing experience!

efc2016-no-dateThis weekend saw us hosting the 2016 European Flyball Championships at Trinity Park in Ipswich.  We welcomed over 150 teams from Austria, Belgium, England, France, Germany, Isle of Man, Poland, Scotland and Wales, as well as a special guest, Liesel Twyman, from South Africa.

As well as hosting the tournament we had 5 teams running – Canines, Continentals, Crusaders, Cosmopolitans & Creche (NFC).  Speed trials were held all day Friday and into Saturday morning to allow teams to post times that would see all 156 teams ranked into 20 divisions for the double elimination to determine the European Champions.  All 5 of our teams were drawn to race on the Friday, with Creche, Crusaders & Cosmopolitans racing Friday morning followed by Continentals & Canines on Friday afternoon.

Canines Bailey Oscar Copper Ruby Layla 10"
Continentals Merlyn Dizzy Poppy Ice Frank Marley 8"
Crusaders Oscar Bryn Sam Amber Wiz Kai 9"
Cosmopolitans Lexey Jazz Charly Mikey Winnie Charlie 10"
Creche Millie Eno Reeva Jack Remus Asha 9"

So Friday morning saw us racing 3 teams – Cosmopolitans, Creche and the Crusaders – pretty poor planning on the behalf of the tournament organiser if you ask us ;). Oh yes, and we were running the tournament as well. Friday afternoon was the turn of the Continentals and the Canines.  All dogs in all 5 teams ran foot perfect, especially our baby dogs in the NFC Creche team.  All teams posted nice times ready to take them through to the double elimination round on Saturday or Sunday. The Creche ended up bottom seed of the whole tournament (as an NFC this wasn’t surprising!) and were drawn to race again Saturday morning in division 20, which they did and were knocked out after 2 races. Crusaders, Cosmopolitans & Continentals were all drawn to race Saturday afternoon which was a tad stressful, especially when we had a ring clash…. But we managed because that’s what we do :).  Crusaders were first to be knocked out in the afternoon giving them =7th place in their division.

CONTINENTALS – Merlyn Poppy Ice Marley
After a slight hiccup when the JRT forgot which lane she was in and a mis-communication (BAD TEAM CAPTAIN!!!) meant a dog was sent in the wrong order and freaked Merlyn out, the Continentals pulled it together for some great racing, reaching the final of division 13, loosing to Be Quickstep!  Cosmopolitans put in some great racing, particularly from some of our younger dogs at their “first” Championships – Lexey, Charlie, Jazz – (alright, Lexey did one leg at EFC 2015!) – getting through to the semi finals in division 16. So first day of DEs done and 2 teams on the podium. It was all down to the Canines on Sunday to pull off a divisional win, could they do it?

CANINES – Bailey Oscar Ruby Layla

Sunday dawned as yet another glorious day (we were seriously spoil with that weather!).  A fairly easy morning for the team really with nobody running (haha, oh yes, we just had a major tournament to run instead…!). Sunday afternoon and it was the turn of our top team for the weekend. This canines line up with realistically an amalgamation of our normal top 2 two BFA teams so some newish crossovers for handlers to manage, but they all came up trumps, especially Pauline and Oscar, those were tight! Yet again the team ran amazingly, coping with the heat and format well. The managed to break their fastest time from Friday clocking a sub-18s time (not sure where that came from TBH!). They had some great, tight racing just getting knocked out by Relentless in the semi finals again, so another podium place but a divisional win escaped all out teams…. never mind, we will try harder next year 😀

CANINES 18.25s Division 7 / Seed 5 3rd (FT=17.95)
CONTINENTALS 20.12s Division 13 / Seed 6 2nd (FT=19.61)
COSMOPOLITANS 20.77s Division 16 / Seed 1 3rd (FT=20.65)
CRUSADERS 21.68s Division 17 / Seed 8 7th (FT=21.41)
CRECHE 27.62s Division 20 / Seed 8 NFC