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Stettler Heavy Events Results for August 11, 2007

The Scoop!

What do I say about Stettler? Good throws, bad throws, good weather, good eats, great prizes and an overall laugh riot. Todd outdid himself once again. Hard to say enough nice stuff about a guy who shoulders the whole show the way he did. For those that missed it, you missed out. We ended up with a pretty full field of 15 athletes covering the full gamet of classes from juniors and women to ams, masters and open. 15 athletes and 8 events, so let's get into the entertainment.

Before we really start talking about the events, though, let's just ask a quick question: of all of the things a man can bring or forget to a heavy events, what do you think is probably the one thing you NEVER forget? That's right: the kilt. We took a poll and decided Matt shouldn't be allowed to win anything in his less than fancy UofA tartan, torn sweatpants kilt but Todd relented and let him be eligible for it anyway. You get ONE freebee boy. After that, you suffer for your idiocy.

First up was something Todd must have figured was a pretty good joke as he pulled out this horrible slab of rock and said that was our braemar stone. Of course, me being in love with the new scale I tossed it on there and it was a whopping 30.6#. Gross. We let Colleen have the 16.6# stone the rest of us were using for open and we let it slide. The sun came up and bright early and it started feeling hot pretty quick but after the last few days of rain, I wasn't one to complain.

Connor actually got a pretty good snap on it considering it looked monstrous sitting on his arm like that and managed a respectable enough 18'9" on his third. Colleen went 16'10" from the stand, again with #3 being the best of the day. On the AM side, Aaron took 3rd spot with 18'3" with Wes snagging 2nd 2' up from that at 20'5". Todd's big shoulders had just a little more oomph and so he took it with a 20'9". Remember, kids, this is an honest 30# stone. An unbalanced one, at that.

We actually had a solid masters class this go around with Mike Staal deciding to play there for the day and so Terry was 3rd with 18'7" basically all from the shoulder and Bobby B catching a lot more air on his first one out to 23'. Mike had a bit more snap and height, though and got the nod by a solid 2.5+ feet with 25'8". On the open side of things, Joey Taylor went 24'5" on his last one to snag 5th with newcomer (and hopefully new recruit) Wilson Burnett grabbing 4th by a few inches at 24'9". Third was a bit more of a leap and went to big Dave Laidlaw at 26'. Dangerous Dan Gossen had put out 26'2" on his opener though, so he got second and held it for the whole time. Not shockingly, young Matt killed that pig and was the only athlete anywhere near (much less over) 30' with 31' on both his first and second attempts.

Because Todd is an unnaturally cruel bastard, the heavyweight was the next event up. Colleen was trying to maintain her goal of beating Terry in the events and ended up with a best of 26'3.75" with the 28#. Connor took a couple of walks out of or over the trig but cleaned it up enough to launch the 42# to 23'9.5" on his last attempt. Aaron actually had the early lead in the Ams with his 19'5" opener which he extended to 20'6" but both Todd and Wes got a little more leg under them in subsequent attempts and went #2 and #1 respectively with 22'1" and 22'3". Masterosity continued with Mike Staal unfortunately deciding to throw this event three times without a mark, including one very pretty one where he was in and then DRAGGED his right foot out as he watched the 42 sail through the air. Terry increased almost 2' every throw to end with 31'2". And big Bobby B took top honours with a respectable 35'10". More height and he'll be staring 37' in the face.

After a little blip in the way of fouling his first one, Joey T managed to take 5th with 28'7". Big Dave was up a placing and another 3/4 of a foot with 29'4". Large and in charge, Al MacFarlane showed that even damaged he still has some magic and got past Davey with 29'8" and 3rd spot. Fortunately for me, the HW is slow so even I can catch it right now and my best would be 31'8". Not shockingly, Matty took this one too with a snappy line drive out to 34'5.5". Some upward angle on this and he'd be golden.

Continuing the trend of getting the heavy stuff out of the way early, we continued on to the H^2. By this point, the sun was coming down pretty steadily and we were pacing solidly through the events. The hammers always slow things up a bit but it didn't seem to matter a whole lot to the athletes or crowd. Connor got to throw the 16 along with Colleen and with the exception of pulling his arms in WAY too much right at the end, his winds are looking good. Colleen, meanwhile, has a solid release and needs a little more arm length and speed through the buildup. Respectively, they got 63'11" and 58'4". Wes didn't really get what he's looking for and what I know he's capable of in the HH when he managed a 57'7" for 3rd spot in the Ams. Aaron was in much the same boat with his 59'9" best in second. Todd seemed a little grumpy with his 64' even shot for top spot, too. Apparently the mojo just wasn't there for our Ams today. The Masters fared a little better with Terry's 65'10" putting him in 3rd behind Bobby's bicep-ful 74' pull. Mike made up ground from the HW debacle by hitting a pretty solid 83'7" but I know he was looking for a little more. Everyone had also wondered if we were too close to the fence or anything and Mike and I figured we were fine. He further proved us right when his first attempt blew out the side and hopped over there. Nowhere near the fence. No problem.

Danny Gossen is a pretty good allrounder with just some slight performance hits on the 56, both horizontal and vertical so his 81'4" for 5th probably wasn't exactly what he was looking for. The thing I love about watching Dan throw the hammers is the commitment to full extension. We could all take a lesson from that. Dave Laidlaw had me by a foot going into round 2 and I was bound and determined not to get beat in the hammer by Dave. So I didn't. I tied him. With both of us all of an inch ahead of DG at 81'5". Ouch. Second spot though, belonged completely to Joe Taylor who opened up on his second effort and BANGED out a monstrous 92'10" for a huge PR. Joe's really been on a tear this year and it's good to see. Other odd things to note was the sudden realization that Joe isn't the junior member of the old boys club anymore. There are other punks to pick on now. Speaking of which, Mr. "I forgot my kilt" unloaded on his first throw to near-PR levels with a massive 94'1". That's in sneakers, folks. His next two were much less spectacular. But the magic of a throws comp is this: it only takes one.

We had some stupidity lined up with a qualifying caber but 3/4 of the way through round 1 the Boy Genius decided he wanted to see if he could flip it all the way over without it touching. Needless to say, the caber kind of didn't survive the attempt, but Terry got some shiney new firewood out of it. This lead us nicely, however, into the open stone. It's illegal because it's not 20# but no highland games police came by and busted us, so I figure we're safe for now.

Connor still has more shoulder snap than a lot of the guys and if he could use it slightly upward, he'd be over 30' the next day. As it stands, he hit a very solid 29' off his first shot and that stayed as his best. Colleen was using an 8# rock for hers and had no small amount of accuracy, going 25'6" on both her first and third attempts for her best mark there. Aaron's never been a big fan of the stone but I've seen better performances out of him than his 25'3" best. Maybe next games. It got a little tight after that as Wes got the nod over Todd by a whopping 1/2" by way of 28'11.5" to 28'11". The only way it could get closer is if Joe Taylor was measuring, let me tell you! You may notice that none of the Ams beat Connor. I know I did.

Terry Hunt managed that though with 29'4" being the best of his three for 3rd spot. Bob was shooting gophers with his stone attempts but they still managed 35'2" as a best based on pure speed. Mike Staal got under his second throw and cranked out 39'5" with the 16.6# (illegal!) stone for the 'W' on the Master side of things. Davey "The Scream" Laidlaw took 5th in the Open by hitting 35'11" twice and I snagged 4th with an uninspiring 39' shot from an ugly shuffle. Yuck. Danny Gossen crushed me by a whopping inch and a half for 3rd spot and newcomer Wilson "At-Least-I-Had-A-Kilt-Unlike-Doherty" Burnett knocked off second via a sweet looking glide at 41'6". To noone's surprise, Matty took this one with a weak glide so he didn't foul and then later extended it to 50'11" and then to 51'6" in extras. Yeah, he's ok at the stone. Still wasn't wearing a real kilt, though.

Ah the magic of the light weight. Big news here for Connor as he one spun and whipped that bad boy out past 40' not once, but twice for a new PR of 40'4". Nice work, man. He's got way more in him if he uses his legs a bit, too. Colleen was getting back into the swing of it and gave our new women's LW a test run by going big with 49'11" right off the bat. She seemed pleased. Especially as she also beat Terry because of it. Getting to the Ams, Aaron's best was right off the top as well at 38'11" worth of pure arm swing. Wes did him a little better but rushed his pull slightly and took second with 44'6.75". Todd grumbled a lot at his performance but it was still enough for top spot when he single spun out to 46'8" on his second attempt.

The geriatrics put on a solid show with Terry in third at 46'3.5" and it looked like he had a bit more speed left, he just cast it flat. Bobby went pretty well after some technical hiccups and hit a best of 55' for second. Mike still needs to remember his mantra of "PATIENCE!" every so often, but his 57'4" was still enough for top honours. On the open side, Dan G took 5th just past Bobby's master's mark at 55'1". Dave hopped him up a couple of feet with 57'6.25" for 4th and third was mine at 58'7". That sneaky Joe Taylor added 4" to my throw to snag 2nd at 58'11" and then the boy killed the rest of us with 66'10" on his third which he later extended to 71'7" during extras. Notice a trend yet?

The final of the light events, the hammer, was up before we finished big. Connor and Colleen went 72'10" and 63'4" with the 12# and the well-established pattern of Todd-Wes-Aaron in the 1-2-3 slots continued with 80'3", 79'9" and 79'5" respectively. The Masters had a little more success but still kept their pattern going too with Mike trumping Bob and Terry with a big 106'3" to 89'6" and 85'. All we need is Bob and Terry extending a bit with the arms on release and those are a lot further out there. Davey managed 5th in the Open class with 96'4" and Danny was 3rd at 100'10". I had a little speed on my third attempt and eked out a 103'3" for 3rd and Joey knocked one out to 106'7" for second. I know he wanted a little more but it was getting pretty hot out and had been a long day already. I think we all know who won this one with his 110'3" spikeless bomb. Of course, he almost ended up with all his tacky exploding all over the place when he left it by the trig and Dave started swinging. Missed that jar by maybe an inch.

The Weight Over Bar was a big event. Todd has some great standards for this and we only wrecked it a couple of times. Connor dug deep on his third attempt and put the 42# over 11' but 12' would prove to be too much for the day. Colleen complained a bit about having to start at 10' with the 28 and then she managed to one shot both it AND 11' so I don't know what she was worried about. The Ams were a jolly group with lots of height and a lot less accuracy as it took Aaron and Wes all 3 attempts to clear 10' and Todd 2 attempts. 11' proved too much for them, despite some good natured cruel ribbing. Al did exactly what he needed to to clear 10' and stepped back to give his spine a break. Will was totally new to this one but showed more than a little promise as he got his timing down and cleared 12' on his third attempt. So basically all the Open guys were in at 13' except for the guy who bowed out gracefully. Joey one shotted that one and it took me 2 due to timing. Dave liked the height so much, he took all 3 of his attempts to clear it and Matty one shotted it too. Master-wise both Bob and Terry cleared it easily and up we went to 14'.

I bowed out from the attempts as I knew it wasn't going to happen, but let me tell you about Dave Laidlaw: some of the best extensions I've ever seen out of Dave were at this games. He wasn't just at 14', he was truly attempting it and it was close. Same with Joe Taylor. He's been chasing 14 since GP and it gets closer all the time. Twice he sat the bottom of the weight on the top of the bar and twice he was denied. It's going to happen sooner rather than later for both of these guys. On the Master's side, 14' proved to be no challenge at all to Mike and Terry and Bob both only needed 2 shots to clear it. Again, speaking of timing and extension, Bob's has NEVER been better than it was on Saturday. The WOB has long been a struggle at best and a nemesis at worst. Dropping his hips at the right time and getting a full extension, he managed the 14' and a 1' PR with the 42. HUGE! For both Terry and Bob to PR hunt, we went up to 14'6". Although neither guy made it some seriously close attempts were made, including one where Bob was higher than the bar but out front! It'll happen. Mike and Matt wanted some fun after that, so up we went to 15'9". Mike one-shotted it with lots to spare and it took Matt 1 hits to find his range and then pop it over on #2 for a new PR. 15'9". Damn. 16'2" was next and although Matt was game, it denied him on this go around. Mike got closer every attempt and then cleared the last one with room to spare. I can see Mike going 17'+ if he practices with that thing on a regular basis. Nice work from everyone.

Now it was late in the day, it was hot and most of us were a little burned out. That's when Terry's cruel sense of humour really kicked in. Due to Matty smashing up any of the other reasonable sticks, Terry brought out his crown jewel. He told us it was 21' long and we weighed it in quickly at around 118#. I know now we didn't balance it enough before playing. Anyway, we went through a round (Matty took an extra) and it wasn't going to happen, so out came the chainsaw. We knocked it down about a foot and went again. Same thing. So we chopped it down again and off we went. This time around, Matt and Dan both managed a turn (12:51 and 11:42 respectively) with Al making sure noone would be tying anything. Around this point I realized that I was a half point out of second behind Joe and figured I needed something on round 2. Got some run on that nasty thing (that we were all complaining about it grinding meat on the collarbone) and got 11:49 for my troubles. I passed on any further attempts from there. Matt, who by his last attempt had tried 7 pulls on the caber, was a little burned out so he stuck with the one turn. Only Dan Gossen managed two turns but his second one still didn't take mine, so it ended with Matt in 3rd (his only non-first), Dan in second and me in first.

At this point, we decided to remeasure the caber for accuracy's sake and discovered Terry's true nature as the thing was STILL 20'2" long and when we got it perfectly balanced on the scale, it kind of hovered between 104.8# and 105.2#. This was AFTER we cut off 2.5" or so. Damn.

That wrapped up the day and when everything had settled, Todd had managed to win his own games on the Am side with Wes in 2nd and Aaron in 3rd. Colleen and Connor had some great performances and won theirs, of course and Mike Staal took 1st in the Masters despite scratching on an event with Bob in 2nd and Terry in 3rd. For the Open category, we had Dave in 5th, Dan in 4th, Joey getting 3rd spot, myself in 2nd and the Boy crushing us on his way to a solid top placing. Todd had some great swords and scotch as prizes, not to mention the trophies and after cleaning up we all headed to his place for some serious eating.

I think every one of us must have had at least 2# of steak and a pretty reasonable plate of salad to go with it, not to mention some loudmouth soups and good conversation. Dan Gossen continued his stellar performance from the day but unfortunately, a good deal of us had to bolt for home instead of seeing how that was going to turn out. Again, I can't say enough great things about Todd and the Stettler Heavy Events and I'm already looking forward to next year. Less than 2 weeks until High River: The Dave Roe Show!

- Sean

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WOB PRs


Results

Open Class
Athlete30.6# Braemar
Stone
56# WFD22#
Hammer
Open
Stone
28# WFD16#
Hammer
56# WOB20'2" 104.8#
Caber
Points
Matt Doherty31'34'5.5"94'1"51'6"71'7"110'3"15'9"12:5010
Sean Langford24'4"31'8"81'5"39'58'7"103'3"13'11:5025.5
Joe Taylor24'5"28'7"92'10"34'11"58'11"106'2"13'NT29
Dan Gossen26'2"24'8"81'4"39'1.5"55'1"100'10"12'11:4031
Dave Laidlaw26'29'4"81'5"35'11"57'6.5"96'4"13'NT33.5
Wilson Burnett24'9"16'1"73'5"41'6"41'11"92'6"12'NT43
Al MacFarlane24'29'8"51'33'6.553'7"76'8"10'NT51


Amateur Class
Athlete30.6# Braemar
Stone
56# WFD22#
Hammer
Open
Stone
28# WFD16#
Hammer
56# WOB20'2" 104.8#
Caber
Points
Todd Hennel20'9"22'1"64'28'11"46'8"80'3"10'NT11
Wes Radstaak20'5"22'3"57'7"28'11"44'6.75"79'9"10'NT15.5
Aaron Andronyk18'3"20'6"59'9"25'3"38'11"79'5"10'NT21.5


Masters Class
Athlete30.6# Braemar
Stone
42# WFD22#
Hammer
Open
Stone
28# WFD16#
Hammer
42# WOB20'2" 104.8#
Caber
Points
Mike Staal25'8"F83'7"39'5"57'4"106'3"16'2"NT11
Bob Brown23'35'10"74'35'2"55'89'6"14'NT15
Terry Hunt18'7"31'7"65'10"29'4"46'3.5"85'13'NT22


Juniors Class
Athlete30.6# Braemar
Stone
42# WFD16#
Hammer
Open
Stone
28# WFD12#
Hammer
42# WOB18' 94
Caber
Points
Connor Longjohn18'9"23'9.5"63'11"29'40'4"72'10"11'1:308


Womens Class
Athlete16.6# Braemar
Stone
28# WFD16#
Hammer
Open
Stone
14# WFD12#
Hammer
28# WOB16' 65#
Caber
Points
Colleen Millar16'10"26'3.75"58'4"25'6"49'11"63'4"11'12:008


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