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Ellerslie Highland Games Results for June 28, 2009

The Scoop!

Ah, day 2. For some reason, Ellerslie morning always seems to come just a liiiitle earlier than strictly necessary. We always lose a couple of guys and everyone seems to clear out a lot sooner after. 2 days of throwing is hard work. Starting off at 8:30 in the rain just adds to the crappy factor. Dan ended up having to rush home to take care of some family business although he was game to start. We'd also added Mike Gilpin to the mix who came in and had his first games/practice of the year. He should be out a little more later in the year. Kelly managed to show up just in time to get all his attempts in at the stone and he looked like death warmed over. But paler. Apparently, he had very littler recollection of the events at his cousin's place but considering the noises coming from him, I will assume it had a lot to do with both alcohol and poor dietary choices.

Paul started us off with the same rock he lovingly practices with (and I later stole. Well, Dave forgot to grab. 6 of one...) and his opener stayed at his best at 25'6". Aaron added a little insult to injury by going him an inch further for 4th. Wes had not a bad push at 28'6" for third and Kelly got enough McD's down his gullet for a second place with his last throw at 30'4". Mike's standing throw of 30'7" would have won him the event anyway but he managed to add a bit to it on his third for 31'2". Cale joined his cousin today in the junior class and his arm-snapped 28'8" would take Connor's 26'6" fairly solidly. Bobby and Terry eased their old bones through the low-pressure master's class once again and stuck to a familiar pattern of one-two going 33'2" and 27'8" with that same rock. Again, they wouldn't have looked out of place with the Ams at all.

The HW never quite looks as easy in Ellerslie as it does in Red Deer (except for JJ, but more on that later) and Paul fought that thing around the whole time for 16'7". You could really tell Mike hadn't picked this thing up in almost a year because his timing was hideous and he still muscled out a 19'7" with bad shoes. Firefighting doesn't hurt your footwork, at least. Aaron continued his irritating ways by knocking Mike down a spot by a mighty 2" with 19'9" Wes had opened above 21 and added to it to end with 22'3". Kelly was all kinds of a mess again until his last throw when he went 24' and sealed in first. Cale looked exactly like he hadn't touched the 42 in a year which is pretty accurate and he could only manage 18'7" with not much more than a standing pull. Connor put a little more sauce on it and hit 24'9" on his opener and then really went for it but ended up taking a couple of walks over the trig. Bob and Terry were tight on this going 33'2" and 32'2" for the 1-2 punch.

The LWFD was more of the same with a slight change between Mike, Aaron and Paul. Aaron just didn't look snappy and his 37'6" showed it. Paul's first was his prettiest and it went a big 41'11". Good toss for Paul. He starts actually pulling hard at the end and he'll be laughing. Gilpin decided that he only needed one good toss, so he fouled his first 2, then put out a 44'1" for third spot. Wes and Kelly were tight until round three when Wes's 45'10" fell to Kelly's toss of 47'2". Kelly looked almost human by this point but his guts were complaining. Loudly.

Cale again looked a little uncomfortable but given the lack of practice and the fact that he's 14 and growing like a weed, it can be forgiven. Connor had some real fire under him for it and managed a PR with 38'3.5". That's right, Aaron. The junior schooled you. Big Bob was the only guy in the morning over 50' with 50'5" but Terry had a pretty solid 44'6" on his first to stand as his best of the day.

Most of the guys were only too happy to only throw one hammer but we didn't make it easy on them so they got the heavy as their treat. Paul's consistently over 50' with this now and his 51'11" is showing more and more promise. Wes is slowly realizing that he has knees and they bend and so he is starting to hit watersheds on his HH as well. 60'6" was his best mark. Mike displayed the fact that he hasn't TOTALLY forgotten what he's supposed to be doing and he didn't get beat by much. Kelly only snagged him by 3.5" going 63'9.5" to Mike's 63'6". But Aaron was the big winner in the Ams with his final throw of 64'6".

Like the day before, it wasn't our best caber experience, so I shant bore you with the details. Although Connor got a good pull on the lighter 20' stick. Decent stick for the junior class. The 23' stick proved to resist everyone in the Ams and Masters class again today, with the exception of Bobby Brown who nailed it to the wall with a high noon toss for the crowd.

The sun had actually managed to come out by now (sorta) and I could at least feel my fingers again as the guys got right into the WOB. Not a lot of zing here as everyone cleared 10' but only Mike managed 11' in the Ams and Connor went 11' in the Juniors. Bob and Terry both nailed 12' easy but 13 was too much for Bob's all lower back and crouched leg throw and Terry was very easily over there for the win. He took a couple shots at 14 for the crowd but 2 days hurts an old body, doesn't it Terry? :)

When the smoke settled, half a point (or a decision not to even try an event) made all the difference and Mike Gilpin actually took top spot, followed by Kelly, Wes, Aaron and Paul. Connor trumped his cousin going 7.5 points to Cale's 10.5 and Bob and Terry had a repeat of the day before going 1 and 2. Everyone was cold and tired and pretty much scattered after this with long drives or other commitments ahead of them, but I can't say enough nice things about Aaron who once again consigned himself to the full day and stuck around to give the Open class a hand. Thanks, man!

The remainder of the Open class from the day before came up to bat and the sun was actually out in force by now. More perks about the Open class, I guess. We'd lost Joel to a romantic getaway, Joey T to a pussed-up ear and Al and Dan had gone home with Mr. Loeb so the field was smaller but no less determined to play. Not being terribly creative on day 2, we decided to stick with the traditional order for the traditional 7 events, so of course the open stone was first.

Mike Staal's best effort came from his second attempt and the 38'3" he put out would snag him 5th, just edging Jim Garrick out by 3". Mr. Laidlaw returned that favour by going 7" better for 38'10" and 4th. Third was Gordie's second toss of 40'2" and then JJ up a foot by way of 41'3". Christoph later asked me if he needed his third throw of 42'4" and the answer was yes. But he managed the win on the first event.

The HW was pretty entertaining to watch as everyone but JJ managed to make it look a lot heavier on day 2. As with most of the events, you'd never have known we were throwing the exact same implements as the day before. Gord's third attempt effort of 29'9" would only be good for 5th spot and Jim kind of beat him with 30'1". But it wasn't pretty. Then again, neither is Jim so it evens out. Dave Roe heaved one across his body to get a point up on Jim with a 30'4". Christoph was a couple feet up at 32'1" but he admitted to himself and me that the weights weren't treating him nice lately. Christoph was more impressive getting out of the chair beside me in any case. That thing was a bottomless pit. Double J, on the other hand, put on a clinic and made the 56 look even easier the second day than he had on the first with a pair of high 37's and a monster 39'5" that seemed to carry forever. Nothing like winning the HW by 7'!

The LW mixed things up a little with Mike Staal using some patience and snagging 59'3" on his first. We won't mention his third attempt. 4th was all Gord Walsh with a solid looking 63'3" shot that I would be surprised if it went more than 7' off the ground the whole time. Jim had a good looking effort on his second to take third with 64'1" and Christoph was in second again with 66'6". 3 sixes for the man from Ontario. Not surprising. I almost deducted a point from JJ for promising me 74'8" and only delivering 72'5" but I figured I'd done enough damage to poor JJ in the last few competitions that he didn't need a complex about it.

The hammers were up next and so we lined the guys up so that the right handers would have a more than reasonable chance of smashing my car if it blew out of their hands but away we went. The results were remarkably consistent with Dave L getting a pair of 5ths with 78'/95'8". Mike and Christoph went 3/4 and 4/3 with 83'9"/101'5" and 81'4"/103'5" respectively. Now take a GOOOOD look at those numbers and take a good look at the numbers from Red Deer. SAME hammers. Exactly. Who says throwing 2 days in a row is fun? JJ was straight seconds with 89'8"/108'4" but the hammers was all the Gord Walsh Show as he took top honours twice with 95'1"/116'10".

We busted out a new caber that was thicker than the ones the day before and about 22' long. It resisted a round so the boys cut off a little more than a foot and started over. JJ nailed the modified stick over first shot to a 1:00 and that (and some subsequent shots) secured him first in the caber. Which he loves. Christoph used his pattened short shuffle sprint to nail 11:00 for second and then big Jim Garrick got his feet under him on his third attempt to nail 1:30 and take third. Gord got close but didn't quite have the speed to shove it over. We got a good crowd turnout for the caber so that was a plus.

It was hot, it was the end of 2 days and the guys were getting near done. Unlike the day before, not too many guys passed at 12. Actually, just JJ did. Everyone still cleared 12 but 13' stopped everyone but Gord, Dave R, JJ and Christoph. At least Christoph didn't need 3 attempts at every height to finish the job today, though. 14' was all JJ and Christoph but 15' was a bit out of reach for Mr. Wand this go around so JJ capped the win there and then took some reasonable shots at 16'6" but after 2 days, that starts to hurt. (However, he nailed it at Canadians. Nice work, JJ!)

The dust had settled and the cows went home and JJ was our champ by a pretty fair margin. Christoph finally beat Gord and took second with Gord 6 points behind him in 3rd. Jim and Mike rounded out our top 5 with 4th and 5th. A pretty reasonable day, ending with a nice chat and a few BEvERages in the beer tent and me having the uncomfortable realization that you know age is catching up to you when you run into a bunch of young dancers in the beer tent that you used to throw around in a pool during dancing competitions and now they're legal to drink. Getting older: it ain't for everyone.

Overall, a great end to a fantastic weekend of throwing and I can't say enough nice things about the boys and all their efforts. Until next time, I'm out!

- Sean

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Results

Open Class
AthleteOpen
Stone
56# WFD28# WFD22#
Hammer
16#
Hammer
20'6" 103#
Caber
56# WOBPoints
Gord Walsh41'7"29'3"60'9"87'8"117'5"NT13'19
Joe Taylor36'3"29'8"60'7"94'1"112'6"NT13'7"19
Sean Langford38'6"31'8"60'6"80'1"108'3"NT13'21
Dave Roe33'8"29'11"63'2"78'6"101'3"9:4513'22
Rob Young40'4"27'10"56'71'2"88'3"11:4513'7"24


Amateur Class
AthleteOpen
Stone
56# WFD28# WFD22#
Hammer
22#
Hammer
23' 67#
Caber
56# WOBPoints
Wes Radstaak31'23'3"46'6"57'8"81'11"NT10'10
Paul Kueffler27'2"19'11"42'9"53'5"73'7"NT10'20
Pete McKay29'4"17'2"42'9"57'7"72'2"NTNH22.5
Chris Parulski29'3"17'8"39'52'7"69'7"NTNH26.5
Matt Andrews27'9"16'11"35'9"45'10"66'1"NTNH33.5
Brendon Eckstrom28'6"15'10"28'6"42'3"57'NT10'34.5


Masters Class
AthleteOpen
Stone
42# WFD28# WFD22#
Hammer
16#
Hammer
16' 97#
Caber
42# WOBPoints
Bob Brown36'8"38'56'71'8"93'9"11:4514'7
Terry Hunt30'32'48'5"64'3"76'9"1:0013'14


Womens Class
Athlete16# Open
Stone
28# WFD14# WFD16#
Hammer
12#
Hammer
13' 57#
Caber
28# WOBPoints
Colleen Hunt*16'11"23'7"47'1"48'9"62'3"1:0010'7


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