RIP, RIP WOODCHIP: Grafton woodchopper Chris Owen is looking forward to woodchopping at the Grafton Show. PHOTO: Denis Banks
RIP, RIP WOODCHIP: Grafton woodchopper Chris Owen is looking forward to woodchopping at the Grafton Show. PHOTO: Denis Banks

Battle of the axemen

THE 149th Annual Grafton Show is upon us with the woodchops to host New South Wales Titles in two different events.

The first is the 325mm Underhand - the discipline in which the axemen stands on the log and cuts between his feet.

The second is one that Grafton has never held - a 275mm Standing Block Elimination where the axemen chop one on one against each other, starting from the top 16 and whittled down to a battle between the top two.

There will also be the tree-felling event. This event has had more entries with the need to have six climbers per heat.

We are having the popular axe throwing event again this year where the competitor throws a double-headed axe at a jacaranda-log dart board, which has a piece cut off the end and placed on a stand.

As well as double handed cross cut sawing.

There is expected to be 32 competing axemen in attendance.

Grafton has three very strong hopeful competitors in the State Titles, including former Australian Under-21 team member Matthew Owen.

The 2014 Australian Standing Block Champion Dan Shipman and Current Australian Standing Champion Chris Owen, who is also the organiser of the chopping section and would like to thank all of our generous sponsors, big or small, for contributing to our community event.

With a special mention to our major sponsor Cangai Timbers, but also a special mention to J Notaras & Sons, Clarence Valley Timbers and Henson's Sawmilling for large sponsorship without these business's we couldn't put on as this event.

So make sure you can make it in to the show this year to support our NSW wood chopping team take on Qld in a State of Origin race and get behind the Blues.



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