Na­tional lum­ber­jack cham­pi­onship in Liver­pool

The Queens County Advance - - SPORTS - By Mark Roberts

The team that cut a wide path through the lum­ber­jack world to Liver­pool has now at­tracted a na­tional event to this com­mu­nity.

Moyal and Sue Con­rad are bring­ing The East­ern Qual­i­fier and Na­tional Tim­ber­sports Cham­pi­onship to Pri­va­teer Park Aug. 29 and Aug. 30 re­spec­tively. The Green­field cou­ple has brought events to Liver­pool dur­ing the past two years.

The na­tion­ally tele­vised sport­ing events are part of the STIHL TIM­BER­SPORTS Se­ries. Moyal placed sec­ond in Canada last year and hopes to once again make it to the na­tional cham­pi­onship at the ear­lier qual­i­fier.

Sue says Moyal’s name in the sport in ad­di­tion to the suc­cess of the pre­vi­ous events due, in large part, to their large con­tin­gent of vol­un­teers is re­spon­si­ble for at­tract­ing the cham­pi­onships, which will be filmed for TSN. “ We have a very good pool that sup­port us ev­ery year.”

Usu­ally, the na­tional com­pe­ti­tion is held in Lon­don, Ont. where STIHL is head­quar­tered.

Sue says, “This year they were looking for a dif­fer­ent venue and we’ve known the pro­ducer of the show for 10 or 15 years so we of­fered up Liver­pool and he grabbed right onto it.”

She con­tin­ues. “ We’ve es­tab­lished a nice site. Last year we weren’t very suc­cess­ful in spec­ta­tors due to the weather but I’d say be­cause of our ex­pe­ri­ence they de­cided to go with us. In fact, it was more his re­ac­tion to us agree­ing to do it be­cause they re­ally wanted us to do it. They were quite happy.”

The East­ern Qual­i­fier be­gins at about noon on Aug. 29 with 16 ath­letes com­pet­ing in six events. The na­tional com­pe­ti­tion be­gins at about the same time the fol­low­ing day. The com­pe­ti­tion will pit the five top lum­ber­jacks from the west against their five top East­ern coun­ter­parts.

Nine shows will be filmed for TSN, in­clud­ing three for the West­ern Qual­i­fier and the win­ner of the na­tion­als will be sent to Switzer­land for the world cham­pi­onships in Sept. “Moyal placed sec­ond last year so we al­most got to go to Ire­land,” Sue says.

The events are hot saw, stock saw, sin­gle buck, hor­i­zon­tal chop, vertical chop and spring­board chop.

She says her hus­band is do­ing well this year, but not as well as usual. She laughs. “I blame that on old age.” She says she ex­pects he will cut it up a notch in front of the home crowd.

The Chil­dren’s Wish Foun­da­tion is ben­e­fit­ing from the events through the bar­beque and gate pro­ceeds. A lot of heavy equip­ment will be on dis­play as well and they hope to have a work­ing por­ta­ble sawmill on site. She says DvL Pub­lish­ing of Liver­pool is help­ing with this as­pect of the events.

Sue says the na­tional spot­light should help Queens Co. in terms of tourism as well be­cause the pro­ducer is go­ing to “push the whole Liver­pool area and a lot of peo­ple watch TSN.”

As for her, she says the sport is unique and fast. “It’s some­thing I’ve been watch­ing for 25 years. I’ve never en­joyed com­pet­ing but al­ways love watch­ing. Peo­ple like sports for dif­fer­ent rea­sons and it’s just one I en­joy.”

Moyal, who is build­ing the stage for the events while not com­pet­ing and work­ing, “ab­so­lutely loves the sport.” She laughs. “It’s all he does. Some peo­ple drink and some smoke; he just loves log­ger sports, and that’s not lager sports.”

The cou­ple is usu­ally re­laxed and ac­com­mo­dat­ing but not with ev­ery­thing. Sue laughs again. “ We’re hav­ing sun­shine this year. That’s not ne­go­tiable.”

The show will be aired in the fall af­ter the world cham­pi­onships. The price is $8 for adult, $3 for spec­ta­tors six to 13 years of age, and free for chil­dren five and un­der. Peo­ple are asked to bring their own chairs.

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