The Croydon Rocket Launchers were the top team
of the Croydon Rockets between mid-1998 and mid 2000. The team consisted
of the following four dogs (in running order):- Jeddah
(handled by Cathy Trudinger), Jagger (handled
by Eric van Zuyden), Taffie (handled by Richard
Law) and Scout (handled by Samantha Marchesani).
Kirstie Law was the box loader and Darcey Marchesani the ball collector.
Both Jeddah and Scout are required to jump 11 inches. The Launchers won
the Australian National Championships in June 1999 in Albury.
They also hold the current Australian record (verified by the AFA)
of 19.91 secs. This record was set in October 1999 at the Prom `paddock'
Challenge, at Welshpool, Victoria, in a sheep paddock! (No, not all
Australian competitions are held under such conditions). The Launchers
best time in competition (not verified on video) is 19.57 secs, and they
are the first, and currently only, Australian team to have run under 20
seconds in competition. The Launchers won the AFA TEAM
OF THE YEAR award for 1999/2000.
All four dogs in the team wear flyball racing harnesses made by Black
Dog Wear (contact Warren at firstname.lastname@example.org for information about
Black Dog Wear).