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Tournament Results - Flyball

Flyball courseFollow the progress of our Flyball Teams as they compete in tournaments around the Midwest:

 

 

Flyball Tournament - June 15-17 Amana, IA

 

Our flyball team had a very successful weekend in Amana, IA June 15-17th at the Dog Gone Devils flyball tournament. The team earned two firsts, one second, one third, and one fourth place finish!

 

On Friday, Great Balls of Fur was seeded first and finished third. The team consisted of: Edge and Deuce (Marnie Hammerlee), Charlotte (Fred Luehrs), Jersey and Satch (Neil Restorff), and Sprout (Sarah Willems).

 

On Saturday, we had two teams entered. Great Balls of Fur ended up finishing second after being seeded third. Deuce and Rhys (Marnie Hammerlee), Badger (Jody Lokken), Charlotte (Fred Luehrs), and Sprout (Sarah Willems) raced, with Ruby (Dawn Butler) practicing for the first time at a tournament. All Furr'd Up was seeded fourth in a seven team division, but raced really well and finished first. On that team, we had Edge (Marnie Hammerlee's dog, raced by Karen Michalski), Daisy (Nan Resch), Oscar (Jaime Restorff), and Jersey and Satch (Neil Restorff) racing, with Remy (Mari Pavleje) practicing.

 

Sunday was an interesting day. Great Balls of Fur took first place in a very competitive division where less than one second separated the seed times of the four teams in the division. Sprout, Rhys, Satch, Badger, and Jersey raced, and Ruby practiced again. All Furr'd Up had a little trouble with their seed time, mainly be- cause of shifting a dog from GBF to AFU. As a result, the team "broke out" (ran faster than the minimum time required) too often and automatically finished last (fourth) in its division. The racers were: Deuce, Charlotte, Daisy, Oscar, and Edge. Remy practiced again and then actually raced in the last eight heats of the day earning her FD (Flyball Dog) and FDX (Flyball Dog Excellent) titles. Congratulations, Remy and Mari!

 

We had a lot of help plus a larger than normal cheering section at the tournament : Teri Resch, Gina and Freddie Luehrs, Bryce Willems, Bubba Butler, and Grace, Neil and Jaime's granddaughter. Thanks to all!

 

Our next tournament is our own tournament, Brew City Blur, on July 28th & 29th at Think Pawsitive in New Berlin. Spectators are always welcome! For details or to donate a raffle item, please contact any team member. 

 


 

May 19-20, 2012 in Amana, IA

 

A Record Breaking Flyball Weekend!

 

Milwaukee Dogs’ Flyball team competed in the Omaha Speed Racer’s first ever U- FLI sanctioned flyball tournament the weekend of May 19 – 20 in Amana, Iowa. Our long standing fastest club race time for a Regular/Standard Team of 18.367 seconds was broken 8 times that day – the fastest recorded time being 17.852 seconds. The record breaking racers were Edge, Sprout, Deuce and Charlotte. Congratulations Great Balls of Fur!! Tournament results were as follows:

 

Saturday: The Great Balls of Fur placed 2nd in Division 3 with their record breaking fastest time of 17.852 seconds. The line-up included Edge - Golden Retriever (owner Marnie Hammerle / handled by Chris Cowles), Sprout – Border Staffy (Sarah Willems), Deuce – Border Collie (Marnie Hammerle), Charlotte – Whippet (Fred Leuhrs) and Rhys – Border Collie (Marnie Hammerle). Rounding out the line-up in a practice position was Max – Mix (Chris Cowles).

 

Sunday: The Great Balls of Fur placed 3rd in Division 4. The team’s fastest time for the day was 19.099 seconds. The line-up included Rhys- Border Collie (Marnie Hammerle), Sprout – Border Staffy (Sarah Willems), Deuce – Border Collie (Marnie Hammerle), Badger – Brittany Spaniel (Jody Lokken), Edge - Golden Retriever (Marnie Hammerle). Two of Marnie’s dogs - Edge and Deuce were handled by Fred Luehrs. Rounding out the line-up in a practice position was Max – Mix (Chris Cowles).

 

We want to shout out a big thank you to Dennis from Ball Hogs for box loading for us all weekend and also to Melissa and Alicia from High Fives for all of their help running these teams. We’ll be back in Amana in June for our next tournament the weekend of the 15th through 17th. 

 




January 27-29, 2012 in Minneapolis, MN

 

Milwaukee Dogs’ Great Balls of Fur Flyball Team braved the winter roads to compete in the Animal Inn Midwinter Classic NAFA sanctioned tournament the weekend of January 27 – 29 in Minneapolis, MN. Their results are as follows:

 

Friday: Division 1 - 2nd Place (Did I mention there were only 2 teams in the Division?) The team’s fastest time for the day was 18.710 (a mere 0.343 seconds off of our team record). The racing dogs included Sprout– Mix (Sarah Willems), Jersey – Mix (Neil Restorff), Deuce – Border Collie (Marnie Hammerle), Oscar – Rat Terrier (Jaime Restorff) and Satch - Rat Terrier (Neil Restorff). Remy – German Shepherd (Mari Pavleje) participated in a practice position.

 

Saturday: Division 3 - Placed 1st in a 6 team division despite being seeded 5th. The team’s fastest time for the day was 20.020 seconds. The racing dogs included Sprout, Jersey, Oscar and Satch. Rounding out the team and making their racing debut were Rhys – Border Collie (Marnie Hammerle) and Badger – Brittany (Jody Lokken). Rhys and Badger both did an awesome job and we are very excited to have these two great additions to our team.

 

Sunday: The team finished the day undefeated placing 1st of 4 teams in Division 3. The team’s fastest time for the day was 18.865 seconds. The racing dogs included Sprout. Jersey, Deuce, Badger and Satch. Remy participated in a practice position. The Great Balls of Fur would like to thank our friends from High Fives for helping the team. Thanks guys – you are the best!

 

New Flyball Titles: Badger – Brittany (Jody Lokken): Flyball Dog (FD), Flyball Dog Excellent (FDX) Rhys – Border Collie (Marnie Hammerle): Flyball Dog (FD), Flyball Dog Excellent (FDX)  




September 24 – 25, 2011 in Henry, IL

 

Milwaukee Dogs’ Flyball team competed in the Synergy “Just Fur Fun” U-FLI sanctioned flyball tournament the weekend of September 24 – 25 in Henry, IL. Their results are as follows:

 

Saturday: The Great Balls of Fur placed 1st in Division 3. The team’s fastest time for the day was 19.636 seconds. The racing dogs included Deuce – Border Collie (Marnie Hammerle), Ted – Mix (Karen Michalski), Jersey – Mix (Neil Restorff), Oscar – Rat Terrier (Jaime Restorff) and Satch - Rat Terrier (owned by Neil Restorff / handled by Kim Novotny). Filling out the line-up in a practice spot was Rhys – Border Collie (Marnie Hammerle). Rhys had a great day and is looking more ready to compete every day.

 

Sunday: Placed 3rd in Division 3. The team’s fastest time for the day was 19.503 seconds. The racing dogs included Deuce – Border Collie (Marnie Hammerle), Ted – Mix (Karen Michalski), Jersey – Mix (Neil Restorff), Oscar – Rat Terrier (Jaime Restorff) and Satch - Rat Terrier (owned by Neil Restorff / handled by Kim Novotny). Filling out the line-up in a practice spot was Jess – Golden Retriever (Karen Michalski.

 

The Great Balls of Fur would like to thank Sarah & Sydney Willems who traveled to Henry with us to passcoach, boxload, ballshag, etc and our friends from High Fives and Ball Hogs for helping too!

 

New Flyball Titles: Jersey – Rat Terrier (Neil Restorff): Top Flight (TF – 100 points) Satch – Rat Terrier (owned by Neil Restorff / handled by Kim Novotny): Top Flight (TF – 100 points), Top Flight I (500 Points) and Top Flight II (750 points) Oscar – Rat Terrier (Jaime Restorff): Top Flight (TF – 100 points), Top Flight I (500 Points) and Top Flight II (750 points)

 

Congratulations to Sydney Willems (age 9) for being the first “Milwaukee Dog” recipient of the U-FLI Novice Junior Award of Merit this weekend. Sydney worked hard all weekend earning this award by shagging balls for both Milwaukee Dogs and High Fives as well as setting jumps and props.

 

Our next tournament will be December 10-11 in Crown Point, IN.

 


September 2-4, 2011 Jefferson, WI

 

Milwaukee Dog's Great Balls of Fur flyball team was in a "Flyball Frenzy" on Labor Day weekend. It was High Fives' annual tournament with MDTC's team members helping run the tournament again this year.

 

On Friday, our team was seeded 3rd, but finished 5th because we had to replace one of our faster dogs due to injury. The team did earn a fair number of points, though, so the result wasn't too disappointing. (In flyball, you earn points whether you win or lose a race.) The team members were: Sprout (Sarah Willems), Deuce (Marnie Hammerle), Oscar (Jaime Restorff), Satch (owned by the Restorffs, raced by Kim Novotny), with one of our new dogs, Badger (Jody Lokken), practicing at his first tournament.

 

Saturday was a really exciting day for the team. Not only did the team finish 2nd after being seeded 7th, but Karen Michalski's dog, Ted, reached 50,000points! Dogs earn either 25, 5, 1 or 0 points for each heat, depending on how fast the team runs, so Ted's run a lot of heats in his 12 years. Congratulations, Ted! Sprout, Deuce, Oscar, and Satch made up the rest of the team on Saturday. We also had another new dog, Daisy (Nan Resch), practicing for the first time at this tournament.

 

Racing on Sunday was a challenge for the team because we had to replace Oscar with Ted which caused us to be too fast for our division. As a result, we "broke out" (ran faster than the minimum time required) too often and automatically finished last. But the team members earned a lot of points, so everyone was still happy with the results. Sunday's racers were Sprout, Deuce, Ted, and Satch. In addition, Jessie (Karen Michalski) and Max (Chris Cowles) practiced on Sunday. Also practicing on Sunday was Remy (Mari Pavleje) who practiced with the High Fives team because we ran out of practice spots on our team. Thanks, High Fives!

 

A big thank you to Neil Restorff, our boxloader, to Jaime's brother, Kevin, and Sarah's children, Sydney and Bryce, our ball shaggers, to Jody and Nan who were there all three days to help when they weren't practicing, and to Dawn Butler who came to help on Sunday.

 

 

 

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