Report of the 2. Throwers Meeting at the LBHR in Müncheberg/Berlin 30.08 - 01.09.2002

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The winners of the knives short men event, Michael, Franz and Wolfgang. The weather was great this year, the sun nearly burning. Good that most experienced throwers had sun protection with them. The meeting (like last years) was being held at the (external link / new window)Little Big Horse Ranch, a horse-riding ranch in Müncheberg near Berlin, Germany.
Friday (30. August) saw the arrival of the participants that had a long way to the ranch, and therefore preferred to sleep on site in the "riding chamber", the tipi, their car or in a hotel to be fresh next morning for the contest. The longest journey had Jos from Holland and Paco from Spain for sure. The evening was used to throw some knives, axes and stuff at the training targets. The old carpet that was hung behind it as backstop was quite useful. As it grew too dark for training, everybody gathered around the campfire and destroyed the meat that happened to lie on it. Nobody stayed up too late, since tomorrow would be the big day.
Saturday began with a gemütlich breakfast in the sun. More and more participants arrived and started their warm-up throws (the contest-targets were tabu, though). At noon, an old-west soup was served directly from the hot cauldron over the fire. After that, one could register for the events and pay the little fee of 2,50 Euro for each. This time, it were nearly 30 participants! Christian Prestin, who organizes the meeting on his ranch, now officially opened the contest. To save referees (who last year would have also much liked to participate), the throwers had to take turns: seven throwers each got their "own" target and judged all the throws there, till all 21 throws of the other seven rotating throwing participants (three throws at each target) were complete. Then the places were swapped. One main-referee would be consulted in difficult situations. At each target, there was a secretary noting down the scores.
With so many throwers, the security rules must always be observed. The following events were held: knife short (3m; men, women and "under 18"), knife middle (5,5m), knife distance, axe short (3m; men and "under 18"), axe middle (5,5m) and axe distance. The distance events had to be deferred till Sunday. The breaks between the events were used to enter the scores into the computer, so that the trophies could be awarded shortly after. The complete scores can be found in the tables below and (external link / new window)Tim`s database.
Paco Tovar from Spain presented a novelty at the meeting: a throwing knife that always flies straight, without turning! The (patented) trick lies in the special form of the handle and the throwing technique, which impart a rotation on the knife, but one around its longitudinal axis! This "gyroscopic effect" stabilizes its flight, like a bullet`s (read or review of the flying knife). Luckily, Paco did not have time to train for our little targets, or he would have perhaps won many of the events :-)
This year, there were not so many spectators, as the meeting was announced as for sportsmen only, to reduce the workload required to cater for all the onlookers and to be able to concentrate on the sport aspects. The throwers could learn about the schedule, rules and all at the websites promoting the event, (external link / new window)LBHR.de, (external link / new window)Messerwerfen.de and (external link / new window)Axtwerfen.de.
The day ended with a gemütlich round at the campfire. Everybody got new strength from the soup and meat, so it really got late till the last one went to bed (Franz slept right beside the fire, we really had a good weather).
Gemütliches brakfast with animated discussions.> Sunday saw a sunny breakfast again. After that, the distance events were held (Who can stick his tool from furthest away? Three tries from each distance, go back if you stuck a knife.) Many throwers did not stick even from their sure distance, perhaps some wear and tear from the day before. After the presentation ceremony, the word was "weapons free". Everybody could try out his fellow thrower`s tools, and play some games. Paco taught the throwing technique for his new knife. After another meal at noon, everybody headed home.
I had very much fun at the meeting, and it helped me a great way with my throwing. Christian Prestin will of course host this meeting in 2003 again, and I am looking forward to meeting all those people I only email under the year.
A big Thank You! to Christian, Melanie and all the others who prepared the meeting (and all those targets :-)

Christian Thiel

Many thanks to the press photographer Johann Müller from Döbberin for the pictures marked with M.

The (external link / new window)official list with pictures can be found at the LBHR. The results are also in the (external link / new window)database at StickingPoint.

Knife short men (3m)

Place 1 Michael  57 points
Place 2 Franz  56 points
Place 2 Wolfgang  56 points
Place 4 Paco 52 points
Place 5 Hasi 50 points
Place 6 Hat 47 points
Place 7 Frank 46 points
Place 8 Jos 36 points
Place 9 Thomas 34 points
Place 10 Medi 28 points
Place 11 Bert 25 points
Place 12 Christian  18 points
Place 13 Jägermeister 16 points
Place 14 Holzfäller Jack 6 points


Knife short women (3m)

Place 1 Jenny 26 points
Place 2 Melanie 4 points


Knife short "under 18" (3m)

Place 1 Nadja 27 points
Place 2 Ralf 19 points
Place 3 Tim 13 points
Place 4 Fabi 8 points
Place 5 Heiko 6 points
Place 5 Alexander 6 points
Place 7  Riecke 0 points


Knife middle men (5,5m)

Place 1 Michael 29 points
Place 2 Hasi 26 points
Place 3 Hat 19 points
Place 4 Jos 15 points
Place 5 Paco 14 points
Place 6 Medi 11 points
Place 7 Thomas 10 points
Place 8 Franz 8 points
Place 8 Christian 8 points
Place 8 Jägermeister 8 points
Place 11 Wolfgang 6 points


Knife distance men

Place 1 Michael 8,60 meter
Place 2 Pacco 6,80 meter
Place 3 Hasi 5,46 meter
Place 4 Thomas -
Place 4 Christian -
Place 4 Franz -


Axe short men (3m)

Place 1 Indianer-Christian 54 points
Place 2 Medi 51 points
Place 3 Michael 50 points
Place 4 Hasi 47 points
Place 5 Franz 46 points
Place 6 Thomas 35 points
Place 7 Jos 32 points
Place 7 Anno 32 points
Place 7 Thorsten 32 points
Place 10 Frank 31 points
Place 11 Wolfgang K 30 points
Place 12 Wolfgang B 24 points
Place 13 Rene 19 points
Place 14 Christian 16 points


Axe short "under 18" (3m)

Place 1 Alexander 15 points
Place 1 Heiko 15 points
Place 1 Ralf 15 points


Axe middle men (5,5m)

Place 1 Thorsten 36 points
Place 2 Anno 24 points
Place 3 Frank 21 points
Place 3 Indianer-Christian 21 points
Place 5 Medi 20 points
Place 5 Michael 20 points
Place 7 Wolfgang B 19 points
Place 8 Hasi 14 points
Place 9 Wolfgang K 10 points
Place 10 Thomas 9 points
Place 11 Jos 8 points
Place 12 Franz 3 points


Axe distance men

Place 1 Indianer-Christian 7,30 meter
Place 2 Anno 7,23 meter
Place 3 Hasi 7,08 meter
Place 4 Frank 6,50 meter
Place 5 Michael -
Place 5 Franz -
Place 5 Thomas -


  • Only knives with a rigid blade, longer than 23cm and narrower than 6cm (referee can allow other knives after a test throw of the participant).
  • Axes with one and two blades heavier than 500g. Axes should be such (handle and head clearly distinguishable). With double-edged axes, only sticks with handle down count.
  • Every participant has to have a third party liability insurance.
  • Participants under 18 must be accompanied by a parent. If there are more than 5 of these young in an event, a separate scoring is possible.
  • 2,50 Euro starting fee for each event.
  • Events: 3m (short) knife and axe, 5,50m (middle) knife and axe, given are the minimum distances, no mandatory spins; distance event knife and axe;
  • At the short and middle distance events, one has 21 throws (seven targets, three throws at each). The knife will be scored after every single throw. One may leave it in the target. Before the three throws at each target, one may do a test throw, the participant has to declare in advance if he wishes to do so.
  • Scoring: Bullseye black 6cm 4 points, first ring red 20cm 3 points, second ring white 40cm 2 points, third ring red 50cm 1 point.
  • Knives will be straightened (90°angel to the target) before scoring, if two rings are touched, the higher counts.
  • The counting point with axes is the middle of that part of the blade that sticks in the target. Here again: In dubio pro reo.
  • Heights of the targets: 1,35m up to 1,75m.
  • The referee is always right. If you do not observe the rules, especially those meant for security, you will be sent off the place.
 


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