A massive congratulations to the five Brighton teams who attended the very first UKFL tournament at Bisley hosted by Tails We Win!
Our founding team Brighton Blitz brought home a 1st place rosette, with Brighton Ballsorts (who train alongside Blitz) finishing 2nd in the same division! I was exceptionally proud of many of the Ballsorts dogs, who really pulled through with a stunning afternoon comeback!
The Brighton Banshees secured a 2nd place in their division, with some solid consistency throughout the entire day and some tight racing with the teams in their division. It was a pleasure seeing them perform excellently under some gentle pressure deliberately orchestrated by their captain as a test of resolve! Well done Banshees!
Boomerangs had to take advantage of the new tag team rule after their start dog picked up an injury halfway through racing and had to be rested. With the new rule they were able to replace him with another teams sub, who hadn't raced yet that day. It enabled the Boomerangs to still race and earn points while keeping their morning wins, which helped gain them third place in the division.
ASBOS managed to launch Blake, Brightons king of speed, into his first competition where he resisted distractions (for the most part!) and ran many successful heats. I look forward to seeing the ASBOS run at full strength in future competitions!
The membership from Brighton certainly upped their game with being on the ball and helping out one another, which made running the teams much easier! Well done to everyone who helped out and stayed late!
Finally, thank you to Tails We Win Flyball Teams and the UK Flyball League for hosting and organising the event. With such a large competition and an entirely new racing format, the organisers, judges and ring parties had a lot to deal with, but the racing went ahead smoothly throughout the entire day. With the new rules favouring our menagerie of uncommon height dogs, we saw many of our smaller dogs (and a certain Bulldog, who ran his heart out all day without losing speed!) running at a much more acceptable height, ensuring their value in a team is as high as ever! I eagerly await our next racing date! ... See MoreSee Less
Today weve had to say goodbye to Barney, start dog for the Brighton Boomerangs, who fought hard in his battle with epilepsy.
Barney was one of the few dogs who immediately took to flyball on his first one to one session, he didn't need any wings or netting and just naturally knew he had to go over the jumps, grab the ball and come straight back over them without leaving the lane. He loved his tug toy but never dropped the ball early, never had a problem with any dogs and confidently crossed into anyone. A perfect flyball dog!
His owner Gina quickly became a pro on the lights, getting no false starts but a rolling start in her first ever competition. Barney was with our team at the outdoor championships this year. He will be sorely missed by everyone here at the club.