All the ac­tion from the Gayn­dah Show

Wood­chop is al­ways pop­u­lar

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Adam McCleery adam.mccleery@cnbtimes.com.au

WOOD­CHOP: Ev­ery year when show time rolls around you can be sure that com­pet­i­tive wood­chop­ping will be a fea­ture and 2017 was no ex­cep­tion.

Event stew­ard Arthur Din­gle said the wood­chop­ping sea­son co­in­cided with the North Burnett show sea­son, which started with the Gayn­dah Show at the week­end.

“The Easter Show has al­ways been our best time,” Din­gle said.

“We have the Mount Perry Show this week­end, then other towns like Monto will have shows too.”

The Gayn­dah Show is the first time Din­gle has picked up an axe com­pet­i­tively since Oc­to­ber last year at the Perth Royal Show.

“The wood we were chop­ping was some very hard tim­ber and pine,” Din­gle said.

“It took along time to get through a block, some of the big­ger fel­las who can hit harder were okay but it was no good for any­one be­low the av­er­age.”

But the event was still a good start to the sea­son.

“We are hop­ing to get an­other Din­gle re­lay team ready to go to Perth again this year,” Din­gle said.

“It is the Royal Chop, there are about six to eight peo­ple who chop against each other.

“There should be three teams go­ing again this year, New Zealand are en­ter­ing a team, the Din­gles will have a team and a team from Western Aus­tralia.”

Din­gle said so long as the team con­tin­ued what it started at the Gayn­dah Show, it would be in good form for the Perth Royal.

“We just have to keep chop­ping and we’ll be right, Brody Din­gle should be go­ing to Perth with us and he will do well,” Din­gle said.

The Din­gles will look to fi­nalise their team later in the sea­son.

The next wood­chop­ping event is this Satur­day, April 22 at the Mt Perry Show.

PHO­TOS: ADAM MCCLEERY

CHOP­PING THROUGH: Com­peti­tors be­gin to chop away in the sec­ond heat.

Brody Din­gle was able to com­pete at the Gayn­dah Show.

Peter White­house at the Gayn­dah Show.

The el­e­va­tion added to the spec­ta­cle of the chop.

Some cu­ri­ous spec­ta­tors tak­ing in the wood chop­ping.

Arthur Din­gle has been a com­pet­i­tive wood chop­per for decades and con­tin­ues to this day.

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