The Weston Whirlwinds have been participating in North
American Flyball Association flyball tournaments since 2000.
The mission of the Weston Whirlwinds Flyball Team
is above all to have fun with our canine companions while
training to be the best we can be and exhibiting good
Regular Team Best Time: 17.238 seconds, October 2013 (Gunnar, Mattingly, Finn and Krave, jumping 8 inches).
Multibreed Team Best Time: 18.479 seconds, November 2012 (Mattingly, Eika, Addie, and Zak, jumping 9 inches).
Flyball is a relay race for teams of dogs in which each of the four dogs on a team must run down a 51 foot course, jump four hurdles, trigger a "box" which releases a tennis ball, and return back over the hurdles with the ball. Each dog must run in turn and may not cross the start line before the previous dog has returned.
Races occur between pairs of teams running on parallel courses and are electronically timed; sometimes races are decided by as little as one thousandth of a second.
A fast-paced sport open to dogs of all sizes and breeds, Flyball is unique among dog sports in that it is truly a team sport - all the dogs on the team as well as their handlers must work together in order for the team to be successful.
In what was almost the tournament that didn't happen,
Weston Whirlwinds Hurricanes placed 2nd in Multi 1
while Lightning placed 4th in Regular 2 and Thunder
placed 4th in Open 2 at the BARKaritavillE 2017 tournament,
June 10-11 at the Wide World of Indoor Sports in North
The weather was nice both days but did turn hot on Sunday, so the air conditioned facility was greatly appreciated.
This tournament was the first one in a while in which the club fielded three teams, so it was a busy weekend for everyone. The Hurricanes (Gehrig, Henna, Stella, Zak) ran fairly consistently after some initial hiccups and easily earned their second place finish. On the other hand both Lightning (Mattingly, Mandy, Addie, Sophie) and Thunder (Gunnar, Remi, Torre, Odo) had problems throughout the tournament - one of those times when old dog issues and green dog issues combined to make things difficult.
Congratulations to Cindy and Gehrig for (yet another!) perfect start, and congratulations to junior handler Peyton for running both Mattingly and Sophie.
Pictures of the tournament can be seen here, and a video can be seen here.
Greenfield Derby 2017
Weston Whirlwinds Lightning placed 5th in Regular 2
while the Northern Lights placed 1st in the Veterans
division at the 2017 Greenfield Derby, May 6-7 at the
Franklin County Fairgrounds in Greenfield, MA.
Lightning (Gehrig, Henna, Stella, Torre, Sophie, and Odo) ran very well the entire weekend and earned both Gehrig (FM) and Odo (FDCh) new titles. Torre and Sophie traded off height dog duties and performed solidly, while Henna subbed in for Gehrig as start dog for a couple of races when Gehrig showed signs of soreness. Henna was particularly impressive in the team's very last race, when she ran start and logged her fastest times of the tournament. Odo continues to improve, and Stella was her usual imperturbable self.
Northern Lights (Jessie, Mandy, Remi, Addie, and Mattlingly) ran steadily all weekend like the veterans they are, and in the process Mandy earned her FGDCh-40K. Well done team!
Special thanks to junior handlers Keely and Peyton for the great job they did running Torre and Sophie. Especially impressive was one heat when Sophie clipped the first jump and was spooked; Peyton got Sophie reoriented and focused and sent her on the way to the box for a successful run. Well done!
Pictures of the tournament can be seen here.
Spring Fling 2017
Weston Whirlwinds Lightning placed 4th in Regular 2
while the Northern Lights placed 1st in the Veterans
division at the 2017 Spring Fling tournament, April 8-9 at
the Dover Ice Arena in Dover, NH.
Lightning (Gehrig, Henna, Zak, and Dillon with backup by Mattingly and Odo) struggled to find their rhythm during the first day of the tournament but managed to pull things together on the second day for a strong finish - not strong enough to move up in the standings but a good ending to the tournament nonetheless.
The original plan had been to have Odo do just warmups during this, his first tournament, but he was doing so well that he was put in for a couple of heats on Saturday and then in a more significant role on Sunday. In the process he earned both his FD and FDX titles - well done Odo!
Northern Lights (Gunnar, Jessie, Remi, Addie, and Torre, in rotation) performed solidly the entire tournament - they may be getting older, but they definitely know what they're doing. Particularly noteworthy was one run when Torre bobbled the ball, chased it down a full 20 feet outside the ring, and then came back into the ring to make all four jumps cleanly on the return. A true Flyball moment - very impressive!
Also of note was the Human Flyball after Saturday racing was completed - our team of Dave, Cindy, Jen, and Brie had a great time competing against Ruff Enuff's offering and even managed to squeak out a win.
After racing (both canine and human) was over we all went out to Newick's for seafood with our good friends from 2 Fast Fur U. This outing is becoming one of our favorite aspects of the Dover tournament and we look forward to continuing the tradition in future years.
Many thanks to our friends from 2 Fast Fur U for helping us run our dogs - Tim for boxloading (not an easy job with Gunnar hitting the box full force), John for running Mattingly and Gehrig when we really needed it, Kathy for calling passes, and Steve for ball shagging. Thanks also to Brie for running Torre and to Mel for boxloading when Tim was unavailable. We love it that we can always count on the Flyball Family for help when we need it.
Title earned this tournament:
- Odo - FD and FDX
- Henna - FMCh
- Jessie - FGDCh 30K
A video of the tournament can be seen here and photos can be seen here.
March Madness 2017
There's nothing like stepping outside to be greeted by a
wall of white - that's Flyball in Syracuse in March. Snow
and wind and cold, lake effect snow squalls, sunshine, all
within the space of a couple of minutes. March Madness
Weston Whirlwinds Lightning placed 4th in Regular 3 while the Northern Lights placed 1st in the Veterans division at Syracuse Flyball's 2nd annual March Madness tournament, March 11-12 at the Syracuse Obedience Training Center.
The Lightning, consisting of Gehrig, Henna, Zak, and Dillon with backup by Mattingly posted a fasted time of 19.440 and performed well in a grueling tournament that featured 6 races on Saturday and 4 on Sunday.
The Northern Lights, consisting of Gunnar, Jessie, Remi, Addie, and Torre also performed very well and had some excitingly close races with our friends from BARK.
All in all the dogs had a lot of fun, and it was a good start to the year for the team.
Many thanks to Joe from Ruff Enuff and Carrie from Mass Chaos for boxloading for us when we needed some extra help.
Pictures of the tournament can be seen here and a video can be seen here.