About fifty throwers descended on Woodend Farm Complex between Sheffield and Nottingham last week, for the first-ever UK National Championships. I was there, representing SKATTA. A great time was had by all.
There were the usual events:
- Knives, at 3m, 5m and 7m. Seven lots of three throws, scoring 0-5 per knife, for a maximum total of 3 x 5 x 7 = 105 points.
- Hawks at 4m, 5m and 7m. Again, 3 x 7 throws, for 105 points max.
- Long distance knife, throwing from the 4-7m range, and then moving back 3m at a time, until all three throws at that distance fail to stick in the 1m-diametre target.
- Long distance hawk, with the same rules and distances.
- Speed throw: sticking the most knives from 3m in a 20-secon period.
- Duel: knock-out rounds, where two throwers try to stick a knife at 3m before the other.
There were also:
- Snife, KATTA’s throwing variant on snooker, throwing at a target with red, yellow, green, brown, blue, pink and black, with higher points and a smaller target, according to the difficulty.
- Silhou-axe, a variant on the usual silhouette game, where you aim at a sequence of small circles, while avoiding hitting the central larger circle.
- Double-bit, throwing a two-headed axe at a target from 6.1m.
- No-spin, throwing 3m, 4m, 5m and 6m.
The weather was glorious on Friday evening for registration and practice, but there was steady, insistent low-level rain all through Saturday morning, which turned all the target/throwing line positions into muddy marshes, which no-doubt affected everyone’s knife scores, as everyone struggled to keep their knives clean and dry. The rest of the weekend was overcast, but muggily warm, and the ground recovered.
I had lots of fun, and did surprisingly well, coming 22nd. I was surprising successful at the 5m hawks, where I usually fail to stick much at all, so I think that helped quite a bit. I didn’t take part in the no-spin competition, having neither the right knives nor any skill in that area yet. I was grateful for those who’d brought some spare two-headed axes, which allowed those of us without them to give it a go (I was terrible, sticking only 6 out of 15 throws).
No-spin’s definitely on the rise, with a number of throwers taking part in the competition, and several attempting the long-distance knife with no-spin, too. Must get some knives and figure that out, soon!
Next competition is hosted by the Essex Backyard Throwers, 23-34 September!