Kiwi’s underhanded revenge at Sunshine Coast Ag Show
NEW Zealand has snatched a major woodchopping trophy at the Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show - by a sliver and one swing.
The Elwyn Griggs Memorial Shield is on its way across the Tasman after Shane Jordan's victory in the underhand hard-hitting contest yesterday.
It will be the first time the shield has left Australia since its inception 30 years ago in memory of Griggs, a champion axeman from Tasmania.
Axemen in the underhand hard-hitting competition aim to cut their timber with the fewest strikes.
Mr Jordan won with 17 ahead of Australia's Jamie Head, who stopped on 16, unaware that a sliver of timber remained uncut.
Greg Rogerson, a Sunshine Coast councillor and Mr Griggs' son-in-law, said Mr Jordan had won it fairly but Mr Head showed great integrity.
"I told him he could have twisted the wood with his foot and it (the sliver) would have broken and he said, 'Rogo, this isn't soccer, it's woodchopping'," he said.
Mr Rogerson's daughters, Peta and Hayley, and their cousin, Meike Griggs-Francis, presented the shield to Mr Jordan.