Casino High students Abbey Riggall and Darcy O'Brien hold up the saw they used in their victory in the Crosscut Saw Race at the Brisbane Working with Wood Expo.
Casino High students Abbey Riggall and Darcy O'Brien hold up the saw they used in their victory in the Crosscut Saw Race at the Brisbane Working with Wood Expo.

Girls a cut above the boys

CASINO High School boys nursed their ‘saw’ egos last week after two of their female classmates put a male stereotype to shame.

Abbey Riggall, 15, and Darcy O’Brien, 15, took first place in the Crosscut Saw Race at the Brisbane Working with Wood Expo recently, with no previous practise, which made their victory even harder to swallow for their male school mates.

The two-man crosscut saw requires one person at either end alternating between pushing and pulling the saw.

The girls are part of an industrial arts class at Casino High School and were on an excursion for the subject when they decided to have a go at the competition.

“One of our friends said come on, it could be fun, and we did it and giggled the whole way through,” Darcy said.

“The boys in our class were so angry. I think their egos were blasted and they blamed it on us having a bigger saw, but that’s a lie.”

Woodworking teacher Chris Simpson gave other students a chance to practise with the saw, but it wasn’t enough to beat the two female underdogs.

The girls are determined to back up their victory next year, telling their male classmates to ‘bring it on’.



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