Into the swing of chop­ping


His un­cle was a na­tional cham­pion and Ed­die Water­house is aim­ing just as high after he cut into a wood­chop­ping win.

The 37-year old Toko­roa man won the Ivan Har­nett Memo­rial 300mm open stand­ing chop at the Opononi Ax­e­men’s Car­ni­val.

There were 24 com­peti­tors who had a go at cut­ting into the cot­ton wood po­plar.

Com­peti­tors en­ter hand­i­cap rounds with a start time de­lay.

The bet­ter you are, the longer your de­lay and Water­house had a seven sec­ond stall.

Water­house started the sport as a teenager but was not as com­mit­ted. ‘‘I just thought it was too hard.’’ But now that he is older and stronger due to small con­sis­tent weight train­ing he has high hopes to get into cham­pi­onship com­pe­ti­tions.

He also wanted to re-join to keep the sport alive for his Un­cle Ed­die.

‘‘I wanted to keep it go­ing for the older guys.’’

He plans on en­ter­ing the Wait­omo car­ni­val and Pu­taruru A&P Show next month.

Round 2, Hand­i­cap dou­bles drawn 28 en­tries Sheet 1 - Terry Fitzpatrick and Rhys Cooney beat De­nis Ives and War­rick Fel­ton; Sheet 2 - Troy Pon­saing and Jeff Bul­lus beat Ken Hughes and John Reid High­est break, 36 by Jeff Bul­lus. New mem­ber Sam Wilson made a break of 97 in a prac­tise game.

CHOP­PING AWIN: Ed­die Water­house re­cently won at the Opononi Ax­e­men’s Car­ni­val and plans to con­tinue with the sport.

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