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.