Reece Luxton, of Grafton versus Chris Redmen, of Newcastle.
Reece Luxton, of Grafton versus Chris Redmen, of Newcastle.

Call of the goanna for the stiff-necked

By LEIGH PRITCHARD

TRYING to catch his breath, Andrew Delacy, 21, said winning the middleweight Australian National Goanna Pulling Championships hurt.

Mr Delacy was one of 48 people who competed in the 19th annual Australian National Goanna Pulling Championships at the Wooli Sports Ground yesterday.

"It was very hard, it works your back and legs," Mr Delacy said.

"It was only five minutes but it felt like forever."

He said his only technique was to pull as hard as he could.

Wooli Sports Club president Bruce Bird said at one time there was up to 2500 people at the sports ground watching the competition.

Clinton Luxton won the heavyweight division for the fourth year running.

Mr Delacy, of Brisbane, said he was staying with his parents at their holiday house at Wooli.

"There are so many people, it's a very fun atmosphere," he said.

Heard above the cheering of the crowd was the commentator, Wooli resident John Horne.

"The commentator really urges you on," Mr Delacy said.

He said having upper body strength and broad shoulders helped him to win the championships.

"I thought I had an alright chance," Mr Delacy said. "I was competing against the local boys."



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