Axemen swing into woodchop event
BRUTE force was in action at the Mt Perry Axemen Sawyers 18th Annual Woodchop.
More than 20 men competed at the woodchop over three divisional championships, in addition to the novice and veteran events.
A cheerful crowd of locals applauded the axemen between sips of cold beer on the balcony of the Mt Perry Grand Hotel.
The heats worked on a timing handicap, with top seeds starting up to 37 seconds after lower seeds.
Event organiser Michael Dingle said “the handicaps are governed by the amount of prizemoney the competitor has won in that event”.
And the handicaps turned out spot on, with big money winners turning logs into kindling after a few broad strokes.
Veteran Chopper Gary Skipper said the competition was harder than usual.
“The wood’s a bit tough. We got it from Grafton,” Mr Skipper said.
■ Results: 300mm Underhand - Archie Buetel, 275mm Underhand – Wayne Stark, 1st Division Championship – Danny Staib, 2nd Division – Darcy Dingle, 3rd Division – Gary Skipper, 4th Division – Bradley Smith, Novice Standing Block – Jayden Donovan, Veteran Standing Block – Ashley Christianson, Boys Underhand – Jordan Grossow, and Mt Perry took out the teams event in the Mt Perry versus the rest.
AXE MEN: Competitors create some kindling as the crowd watches.