HEAD-STRONG: Former goanna pulling champion and this years referee Wayne Phillips may still give a few challenges out for the championships this year. Photo: Adam Hourigan
HEAD-STRONG: Former goanna pulling champion and this years referee Wayne Phillips may still give a few challenges out for the championships this year. Photo: Adam Hourigan

Tank ready to take on the biggest in goanna-pulling

TANK by name and by nature.

At 140kgs, Wayne "Tank" Phillips is one bloke you don't want to be stare in the eye while on all fours with a belt strapped between your heads.

But if you reckon you've got a bit of upper body strength and want to take on Tank, the goanna-pulling ring is the place to do it.

Dubbed Tank in Under 12s footy, with his signa- ture move to mow down his opponents much like an army tank, he still wears the moniker with pride and when he steps into the ring at Wooli, you can see why it has stuck. Tank first gave goanna-pulling a crack in 1995 when he went home with a second place ribbon.

"I won my first title in 1996, then there were a few years between drinks, but I won another in 1999," he said.

"Then I was the bridesmaid for a number of years, but won again in 2008 or 2009."

Tank claims to be "officially retired" from goanna-pulling, but come October each year, he gets the urge to jump back in the ring.

"I've had my time in the sun, but I still like to get amongst it and sometimes jump in," he said.

Come October 6, Tank will be umpiring the National Goanna Pulling Championships in Wooli.

If you'd like to challenge this Grafton bloke to a round, Tank said he may just accept.

"Never say never."



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