TOP AXEMAN: Brad Delosa, Australian and world woodchopping champion, at the Fish ‘n’ Chips festival in Brunswick Heads.
TOP AXEMAN: Brad Delosa, Australian and world woodchopping champion, at the Fish ‘n’ Chips festival in Brunswick Heads. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Chips off the old block at Brunswick woodchop

THE chips were flying on the last day of the 53rd Bruns- wick Heads Festival of the Fish 'n' Chips as woodchoppers from all around Australia and New Zealand competed for the Australian titles.

The Australian 375mm Standing Block Championship was won on Friday night by Brad Delosa from the Blue Mountains in NSW.

"It's good to have a win in my home state," he said.

"This is my seventh championship. I won two last year and four in previous years."

Mr Delosa said the win was a good lead-up to the championships at the Sydney Royal Easter Show in a couple of months.

"I have competed in Sydney in two wood-chopping competitions for 375mm block," he said.

"In 2009 I won it and I came second last year so another win this year would be good."

UNDERHANDED EFFORT: Josh Adamson of Caboolture minds his toes as axes make wood chips fly.
UNDERHANDED EFFORT: Josh Adamson of Caboolture minds his toes as axes make wood chips fly.

 

The Australian titles for Underhand 325mm Championships were held on Sat- urday night and the winner was Shane Jordan of New Zealand.

The ladies also got their chance to shine with Karmyn Wynyard of New Zealand taking out the Champion of Champions for the ladies and Amanda Beams of Tasmania winning the overall point score.

History was created this year with the first time Australian titles have been conducted at the festival.

President of the festival committee Rosslyn Hogan said the event was very popular.

"We've had really good crowds at night as it's been cooler and people have wanted to see who wins the finals."

It wasn't all woodchopping at the festival though, as a number of owners of AC Cobra replications - the Eng- lish-style sports car with an American engine made in the early 1960s - from the Cobra Club of Queensland put on a crowd-stopping display with their cars.

EYE ON THE PRIZE: Josh Smith of Mackay takes aim during a standing block competition.
EYE ON THE PRIZE: Josh Smith of Mackay takes aim during a standing block competition.


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