The Completion Backwards Principle - Juan Unda (Tiauana) shows his crazy technique that he keeps in storage for when is partner annoys him. We saw a bit of this at the Nationals as he was forced to endure teaming up with the Dev himself, Marty de Haas.
"That's Not What I Told You To Do!!!" - the odd couple of Juan Unda and Marty de Haas continued their slippery slide to doubles disaster right to the 18th. Here the Dev ignores the experienced advice of the Mexican Wonder ("Lay up like the woman you are") and has the audacity to put his disc in the chains from 30m.
Three D: Dylan Drives Desperately - Here we see our special double angle technique of Dylan Cooper (Austria, I mean Wellington) at the first tee. Note the poise, the control, the determination. And that's just Bruno watching!
The Bush Brothers - No, we're not talking wrestling, we are talking the deadly accurate Waiheke brother team of Nigel and Brett Hailstone (Waiheke) who joined forces for the doubles. As joint TD, Nigel was able to share little secrets with his brother such as "lets play from within that fallen tree so noone can see your freaky forearm technique"...
Flat - Marty de Haas (One Tree Hill) shows full confidence on the green to fire a solid putt direct at the chains.
In The Pocket - Siep Van Vliet (Waiheke) is back into firey form as he leaves his shoulder injury behind him. A highly creditable 5th place in these Nationals has us seeing him right up the ranks in the Tour.
I'm Finally On The Site! - Young hopeful Dave "Speedo" Keene (Auckland) fired a Brook Park course record 51 on the 4th and last round to leap into third place from the second group. Nice one. For his performance he was rewarded with a disc - colour of his choice - huh?.
Junior Champs - TD Simon Feasey congratulates top junior Bruno "Scratch" Whale (Taumarunui).
Happy and Grumpy - See Bob Gentil (Auckland) winning the Masters prize from Simon. See Marty spitting the dummy over the fact he thinks Bob should be playing in Grand Masters so he would have a chance at the Masters.
A New Winner for a New Prize - This year saw the introduction of the first Handicap Trophy, calculated in true kiwi tradition with a piece of number 8 wire. Siep Van Vliet (Waiheke) took this one out with his great come-back form after a 2006 plaqued with injury.
Brook Park - An absoulte gem of a park that has been developed over many decades with more examples of tree species than discs in Bob's bag - that's a lot!
Bosco - And as if the fine park was not enough, we had the Te Kuiti hospitality of Bosco Cafe which boasts a pleasureable garden right on the park edge.
Pouncing Tiger - Blair Joines looks to have had enough of 2nd place and has hit 2007 with some ripping form. Oh, and he came second..
Damsels with Discs - all golfers were in admiration of the Allie Joyut and her sister Robyn who braved the testing conditions of Brook Park for two rounds of doubles. Didn't they do well?!
Good To See You Again! - Disc Golfers from the Land of the Great Long Drive gather to enjoy the beauty of the Central North Island. Te Kuiti, New Zealand.
Wish I Had 'Fauna' Better Shot! - Some of the tee box areas that were used utilised a lot of what Brook Park is about - a display of fauna. Here that kiwi icon, the fern, grows on a tree stump at the 12th as Andrew Taylor (Tauranga) forearms watched by Marty and Des. Note the moss growing due to inactivity - not on the tree, on Marty's driver (he had Juan Unda as a partner and rarely needed to drive).
Worlds Bounded - Des Cooper (Taumarunui) has been a regular face on the NZ Disc Golf circiut since, well, the depression. And the world will be exposed to the long haired harrier later in 2007 as he heads to his first worlds. Look out USA!!.
Its Not Just All About The Golf - After a few rounds of intense golf, the lads always like to get together in the smallest room possible. Here the boys and girls congregate for the Black Caps game against Australia - and to watch Speedo Keene blow up a double bed with nothing more than a couple o' lungs.
No Rooms For Bikes! - Its all over and baskets were collected to be stored for the next event. All the disc golfers of New Zealand look forward to the day they won't need to transport basket targets from place to place. Lets get permanent courses throughout Godzone!
More Madhatters - Its those two loonies again, Juan and Marty. This time on the 7th, Juan goes all out for a 60 foot 'approach' shot. As usual, the Mexican's accuracy was uncanny, but his awesome power was too much for the chains and his dead centre shot bounced off the pole. Marty, in his usual unappreciative style, lambasted his partner for, well, being too good.
Top Woman - And she came first too! Congratulations from TD Simon to Ming Menzies (Tauranga) for taking out the title of 2007 New Zealand Womens Disc Golf Champion.
Nice One Buddy! - Tournament co-TD Nigel 'Waiheke' Hailstone hands Simon Feasey his 6th straight Nationals title. There has been some close ones, just like this one, but Simon has held on every time. Great golf.