An­other chop off the old block

Matt wins com­pe­ti­tion in sport first in­tro­duced by his brother

Central and North Burnett Times - - BURNETT SPORT -

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.

PHOTO: KATHER­INE KOKKO­NEN

WIN­NER: Matt Zill­man took out the 275mm un­der­hand hand­i­cap af­ter an eight-year break from the sport.

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