Another chop off the old block
Matt wins competition in sport first introduced by his brother
SPLINTERS were flying at the Gayndah Show woodchop competition.
After an eight-year break from the sport, Matt Zillman came out of the blocks to win the 275mm handicap.
He found his first competition back to be a shock to the system.
“The mind knows what to do but the body isn’t keeping up,” Zillman said.
“I was just hoping to finish the blocks, that was my goal for the day, certainly not to beat everyone.”
Zillman was quietly pleased with his first day of competition where he earned two firsts and a second.
He joked that he did no training in the lead-up to the show other than drinking beer.
“I had to go out and get axes off my brother and polish a bit of rust off them and that was it,” Zillman said.
Zillman was inspired to go into woodchopping after his brother took up the sport.
Despite winning an underhand event, Zillman said he didn’t like competing in that category due to the danger.
“It makes me a bit nervous, I feel a lot more comfortable in the standing block,” he said.
“As a kid I swung a tomahawk all day and I would miss but always seemed to miss my leg, which is good because I like my toes.”
Zillman was looking forward to relaxing with a beer, which he called his liquid painkiller.
“I’ll probably also have an epsom salt bath,” he said.
Once he has fully recovered, Zillman will consider going to other shows to compete.
WINNER: Matt Zillman took out the 275mm underhand handicap after an eight-year break from the sport.