Big crowds at goanna pulling
By ZOE SINCLAIR
THE annual Australian National Goanna Pulling Championships at the Wooli Sports Ground yesterday drew crowds of about 3000.
Nominations for the competition were down on last year, but challengers came for miles ? from Sydney to Alstonville to Glen Innes.
Event organiser and president of the Wooli Sports Club, Bruce Bird, said the success had been beyond expectation.
"There's been fabulous weather... the crowds were bigger than expected, we probably had about three and a half thousand by lunch time, the diehards will always be here for the finals," said Mr Bird.
His bet for the winner of the heavy weight division proved to be correct.
"I haven't seen anyone here who'll beat Clinton Luxton," said Mr Bird.
Clinton Luxton was on a winning streak, taking home the SES raffle, and $500 and the trophy for defending his title for the third year running against Wayne 'Tank' Phillips.
The brothers showed family talent with Reece Luxton taking out the middleweight division.
"You've just got to put everything into it. A strong back helps and you've got to keep your head high so the belt doesn't slip off," said Mr Luxton.
Last year's organiser, Evelyn Gane, had her spin on the qualities needed to win a Goanna Pulling Championship.
"Its not in the weight ... a long neck is usually better than a short neck," said Ms Gane.
The Cowper Children's Home got a windfall benefit at the weekend from the ladies open competition prizemoney, donated to it by the winner Nesi Johnson.