Poimena Disc Golf Course | Austin’s Ferry | Hobart | Tasmania
Saturday the 26th and Sunday the 27th of November
Poimena Reserve, Austins Ferry, Tasmania. [Approx 20 mins drive north of Hobart], is where you’ll find Australia’s oldest Disc Golf Course, it’s beautiful, challenging and characterised by its elevation changes, bush terrain, sloping greens and stunning vistas over the River Derwent and Mount Wellington. This permanent 18-basket course is open to the public all year round. Disc golfers share the reserve with walkers, twitchers, beetle enthusiasts, kite flyers, BBQers and wildlife. The course has double chain baskets with two tees on each hole – red and blue. The surface of the tees is compacted fine gravel and works well.
Innova Disc Golf team members and husband and wife Des and Jay Reading run the EDGE program [Educational Disc Golf Experience] and had arrived in Tasmania early to take the game to the local schools and by the sound of things their reception was amazing.
Jussi Meresmaa and Juho Rantalaiho are a couple of world ranked players from Finland who had made the trip to promote Jussi’s brand of Innova discs for his ‘Discmania’ Company, and of course to have a crack at the Australian Title.
Derek Robins is a Disc Golf Hall of Famer and an English DG Legend and he too had made the trip down under for a crack at the title .. not to mention escape the English winter for a few weeks. [Derek has a bro who lives on Waiheke Island in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf so has been in the region numerous times before.
New Zealand was represented by the GM Bob Gentil playing Masters and expat Josh Smith who now-a-days resides in Melbourne. The rest of the 42 strong field was made up of players from Western Australia, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, ACT and of course Tasmania.
The weekend started with a putting clinic on the Friday morning run by multi time World Putting Champion Jay Reading and wife and world champ Des, followed by a lucky dip doubles competition in the afternoon, to which the Victorians arrived in fancy dress. Saturday and things got serious with two rounds of Australian Championship Disc Golf. The first off the long red Tees and the second off the slightly shorter Blue Tees. Sunday saw one more full round off the Red Tees in the morning followed by a monster ‘Safari 9’ for the 4 top Open Players. [Which was increased to 5 on the day so the locals could support an Aussie.]
And the winners were; Open Jussi Meresmaa Finland [on the second hole of a sudden death play off with Jay Reading], Women’s Open Des Reading USA, Masters Bob GM Gentil NZ, Grand Masters Bruce McNaughton QLD, Men’s Advanced Greg Bowers VIC, Men’s Rec Mark Hardy VIC [in a play off over Gareth Gray TAS] Woman’s Advanced Heidi Richardson TAS and Juniors William Richardson TAS.
Congratulations to everyone who made this another Great Disc Golf weekend.
Bearings - The course map on the way to tee #1.
Carb Load Up - Bob, Luke Adam and Peter enjoying a lunch break of Feeeeesh & Cheeeeeps!.
Go Pro Bro - Neil Roberts (NSW) captures the putting clinic for future reference and ACT’s Greg Sparksman looks on.
Good Idea Meets Memorabilia - As part of the players pack everyone got a caddy book. Very worth while!
We Are Amused - Team Victoria arrived for the doubles dressed for the occasion.
Jockeying for Position - Greg Bowers (VIC) came straight off his ride in the Melbourne Cup.
Elevated - Jason McFarlane (NSW) tees off on hole 7 along the side of the hill above the road .. say no more!
Rock It - Jarrath Sweetten (VIC) happy to grab some chain.
Neiling Position - Newcastle’s Neil Roberts practicing what he’d learnt the day before in the putting clinic. It seemed to work.
Don't Bounce Out! - The 17th basket caused some trouble with the road being OB.
Great Aussie BBQ - Awesome tournament lunches were enjoyed by competitors both days. Thanks to the cook .. and assistant (pictured with tongs -ed.).
Green with a View - Juho Rantalaiho (Finland) putts out Safari hole #8.
"I Dedicate this to my favourite Sheep" - Bob Gentil (New Zealand) happy to take the Masters Title.
Impartial - Jussi Meresmaa from Discmania makes the drew for doubles pairs.
Clinical - Four time world putting Champ Jay Reading runs a fantastic clinic on the Friday morning.
Info Bro - The Poimena Course Tee signs were excellent.
Loking for a Good Finnish - Juho Rantalaiho Finland putts out 3 from the safety of the Island. If your drive didn’t make the 10 metre circle you were shooting 3 from the DZ.
Gosh Smith - New Zealand expat Josh Smith now living in Melbourne came to the doubles in drag (it suited 'him'! - ed.).
Lots of Spice - Herb Gardner (TAS) putts tentatively on one of the 16 holes that could see you roll a mile.
Size Matters - Dave Bandy (WA) was lovin’ the size of the hill .. Yeah right!
Reading the Wind - The world’s best putter shows his style. Jay Reading USA slots hole 2.
Chain View - The view from the basket to Jay Reading USA teeing on the 69 metre hole 17 Blue.
Yellow Fellow - Dave Barclay (VIC) [B1 from Bananas in pyjamas] stayed in costume for the entire doubles round (no, that's how he dresses - ed.).
Robins Hood - Englishman Derek Robins was running out of steam as the Safari 9 Final climbed back up the hill.
Even the Best... - Jay Reading USA makes a rare mistake on the second play-off hole for the championship. OB on the road that will cost him the title.
For Johnny - Players were invited to practice what they had learnt in a ‘Ring of Fire’ putting comp after the clinic.
Disc Slayer - Conan the Destroyer (VIC) putts out as eventual doubles winners Rick Kalapko (QLD) and Jay Reading (USA) keep their thoughts to themselves.
Oh - Jay Reading USA impresses the gallery on the first of the Safari 9 Final holes.
Stay Baby. Stay - England’s Derek Robins lays up to take the money for 4th.
Nice Finnish - Chris Finn WA slams his putt into the chains in front of the large gallery.
Rolling - As the cameras recorded the moment Jussi Meresmaa (Finland) putts for the Championship on the second play-off hole.
See you next time!