Monday, 2 September 2019

Training day - Sunday 15th September 2019

Our next training day is Sunday the 15th of September.
Training will start at 9.00am with a bbq lunch and soft drinks at 12.00. 
For more information contact our Training Officer, Kevin Phelps 0407 091 221
Directions:
Meet at the Emu Creek Bridge on Konagaderra Rd, Clarkfield.
To get to the Emu Creek bridge head North West on the C743 through Bulla. Turn North onto the Melbourne-Lancefield Rd. Travel 13km then turn right onto Konagaderra Rd and it's about 1km along that road to the bridge.
Anyone with a gundog is welcome. We cater for beginners, puppies and experienced handlers.

Non-Indigenous Game Bird (NIGB) Trial - 1 September 2019


Clashing with Father’s Day whittled down our numbers somewhat but the stalwarts that turned up did WGAA proud. The usual protagonists that competed certainly had their work cut out for them – the weather conditions were a tad difficult – a freezing wind that was unrelenting all day.
The competitors were Joe and Steve with their GSPs, Barry and his 2 pointers, Wayne and Eric with their Brittanys and Richard with his Wei cross.
The judges were Kathy Oliver & Kevin Phelps, Sam put the birds out on his ATV and Shane took the pics.
It was great to see such a large turnout of supporters including the Beesley’s who were up for the day from deep in deer country at Jamieson.
We are still fine tuning this new trial format but we are improving with each trial. The standout dogs on the day were Steve’s GSP Meg, Barry’s pointer Kio and Wayne’s Brittany Boss. However, the poor shooting became too much for the judge and after a long (really long) heat between Meg and Kio a ‘no result’ was declared.
Wayne & Boss and Barry & Blaze

Triallers gather before the action - everyone is well rugged up!

Barry & Kio

Wayne & Boss

Richard & Jazz

Nigel's young Weimaraner - watching & waiting

Joseph & Ollie and Eric & Sunny

The Aldred's Red & white setter on coffee duty!

How come we don't get a turn? Nellie & Scout

Steve & Meg and Barry & Kio. Stop talking and let's get going.

Kio pointing & Meg backing the point.

Off we go!

Steve & Meg

Another point and another back - classic work.

More excellent work by Steve & Meg.

Sam & Kevin planting the birds.

Another bird in the air. Well done Kio.



Monday, 5 August 2019

August training day - Sunday 18th August 2019

Our next training day is Sunday the 18th of August.
Training will start at 9.00am with a bbq lunch and soft drinks at 12.00. 
For more information contact our Training Officer, Kevin Phelps 0407 091 221
Directions:
Meet at the Emu Creek Bridge on Konagaderra Rd, Clarkfield.
To get to the Emu Creek bridge head North West on the C743 through Bulla. Turn North onto the Melbourne-Lancefield Rd. Travel 13km then turn right onto Konagaderra Rd and it's about 1km along that road to the bridge.
Anyone with a gundog is welcome. We cater for beginners, puppies and experienced handlers.

Sunday, 4 August 2019

Retrieving Trial 28th July 2019

Foggy morning, smoke from the campfire, runs all prepared the previous day, everything in readiness to kick off WGAA’s July retrieving trial at Nagambie. Bill Allen was the Intermediate judge and Andrew Yeomans the Advanced. Some committee members and competitors had camped overnight whilst the rest of us travelled up in the early hours of Sunday morning. A welcome bacon and egg breakfast was served up to everyone. All set for a great day.

Due to recent rains the property was in great condition. Both stakes consisted of 2 land runs and a water run to test the dogs. 14 dogs were entered in the Intermediate stake and 9 dogs in the Advanced stake. A word from the judges about their expectations and all went off to the various runs where the crack of shotguns soon echoed around the trial site.

Good performances, not so good performances, commands called out, nervous handlers … by 1.30 the last bird was thrown and we all made our way back to the campfire to hear how the judges saw things. 

Foggy start to the day

Phillip & Bella

Steve & Meg

Jamie & Charley

Fred & Zuzu

Sam & Scout

Shane & Slim

Alex & Buddy

Kevin & Hooley

Nick & Marley

Joe & Ollie

Sam's lab Scout

Intermediate Stake - Judge Bill Allen

1st place - Shane & Slim

2nd place - Neville & Raider

3rd place - Joe & Ollie
                                                                               
                                                    Advanced Stake - Judge Andrew Yeomans
1st place - Joe & Ollie
                                                     
2nd place - Nick & Marley

3rd place - Steve & Meg
Results:
Intermediate - Judge, Bill Allen
1st Shane & Slim – 163 pts
2nd Neville & Raider – 162 pts
3rd Joe & Ollie -   157 pts
Equal 4th Sam & Scout, Alex & Buddy – 154 pts
Advanced - Judge, Andrew Yeomans
1st Joe & Ollie – 168.5 pts
2nd Nick & Marley – 168 pts
3rd Steve & Meg – 158 pts
4th Phillip & Bella – 156.5 pts
5th Sam & Scout – 155.5 pts


Friday, 14 June 2019

June Training Day - Sunday 16 June 19

Our next training day is this Sunday the 16th of June.
Training will start at 9.00, with a bbq lunch and soft drinks at 12.00.
Directions:
Meet at the Emu Creek Bridge on Konagaderra Rd, Clarkfield.
To get to the Emu Creek bridge head North West on the C743 through Bulla. Turn North onto the Melbourne-Lancefield Rd. Travel 13km then turn right onto Konagaderra Rd and it's about 1km along that road to the bridge.
Anyone with a gundog is welcome. We cater for beginners, puppies and experienced handlers.

WGAA Pointer & Setter Field Trial – 26 May 19

WGAA’s Pointer and Setter (All Pointing Breeds) field trial was conducted on a cold, wind-swept day. Two Brittanys, a lone English setter and five pointers presented for the Judge, Robert Whinnen (SA). With winter obviously here handlers and dogs were certainly tested by the weather as well as the game.

Some 45+ birds were seen throughout the trial, but the hawks that followed us everywhere combined with the ever- increasing strength of the wind meant that they were difficult to find and often loath to break cover. Several times birds were seen racing well ahead of the dog along tracks in the stubble but were not seen again.

After doing their best the dominant dog on the day was the pointer bitch Rip Rap Roxy (Marley) owned by Nick and Annette Guida and handled by Nick. Throughout the morning Marley carded 5 finds, 2 retrieves and 2 backs – a dominant performance given the conditions. This was a tough event, thanks mainly to the wind, which always made things hard for dogs – and handlers.
Nick Guida & Marley

Inaugural Non-Indigenous Game Bird Trial - 28 May 19


WGAA’s inaugural Non-Indigenous Game Bird (NIGB) field trial attracted a field of eight competitors - Henry Foster (pointers), Fred Briffa (GSP), Steve Luck (GSP), Barry Oliver (pointers), Joseph Camilleri (GSP), Danny Alimic (GSP) for Michael Zandona to cast his judicial eye over. The action was slow to start but soon gathered pace once the dogs switched onto the Californian quail. The dogs seemed to settle down to the fact that these birds were different to stubble quail and throughout the day a total of 20 finds were carded. Some unsteadiness to the flushed bird was the main problem encountered by the dogs, but this was the first attempt at hunting these birds by handlers and their dogs, and in what has been the driest start to the year in recorded history. The released game NIGB trial format looks to have a bright future by providing the opportunity to continue trialling when conditions are far from ideal. Well done to both the handlers and their dogs.