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Shane Jordan was the Men’s Champion of Champions for last weekend’s woodchop. Shane’s seven wins and places included the 325mm Underhand Australian Championship.

Story & photos Eve Jeffery

The annual Brunswick Heads Woodchop and the Festival of the Fish and Chips was again a roaring success with crowds enjoying the view from the grandstand seating in Banner Park, adjacent to the McGregor Family Carnival.

Among the many wood- chop events, the competition was host to two Australian Championship chops in the 300mm Standing Block and the 325mm Underhand.

Brad De Losa from Lithgow walked away with the Standing Block title. At 34 years of age, he’s been competing for more than half of his life.

The final night of events at the Brunswick Heads Woodchop hosted the ever popular ‘Ring Crew’ and their annual Mexican Wave at woodchop competitors.

Again one of the highlights of the evening was the Invitation Teams Relay (State of Origin) and the Dave Moss Memorial Trophy. The usual rivalry accompanied the expected banter and Queensland looked to take out the win with an early lead. In the end it came down to the last few seconds on the final leg of the relay to see New South Wales victorious and the trophy stay put south of the border until this time next year at least.

Woodchop stalwart Jason Wynyard, and his both beautiful and talented wife Karmen, made the trip across the Tasman for the 2013 event. Barely missing a year, the Wynyards now bring their little family with them and are traditionally the reigning king and queen of Brunswick for the weekend, and this year was no different.

Karmen was awarded this year’s Women’s Champion of Champions and hubby Jason won the Tony Kennedy Memorial, the 325mm Standing Block and was also the overall point scorer on handicap. One just wonders how long before junior Miss Wynyard picks up an axe.

Shane Jordan had  a great chop and finished the weekend as the Men’s Champion of Champions. Shane’s single fourth place, two thirds, two seconds and two firsts, including the 325mm Underhand Australian Championship, clearly put him at the top of the tree.

Though they didn’t go home with the State of Origin Trophy, the boys from Queensland, pictured left, still had a few great days at the chop and took home their fair share of wins at the event and a fire in the belly for next year’s SOA.

Though an occasional drop refreshed he crowd, over all the the weather was great for the Woodchop which will next year celebrate 54 years.

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