Southland axemen ready for challenge

Last updated 05:00 24/12/2013
Bobby Dowling
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POWERING UP: Southland’s Bobby Dowling will again be one to watch out for during the Southland Timbersports Circuit, which will start on Boxing Day and run through to New Year’s Day.

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Southland axemen will once again be ready for the challenge of some well respected visiting axemen on the renowned Southland timbersports circuit which starts on Boxing Day at Albert Town.

Axemen from Australia, Wales and Canada are regulars in the intense competition.

Hometown axemen Bobby Dowling, Craig Unahi, Stu Vaughan and Dan Minehan will be the ones to beat as they are in top form at the moment.

Wayne Corbin and wife Karen and Julie and Nigel McWilliam will also be competitive in the sawing events.

Newcomers to the sport, Derek Manson, Gary Gutsell and Darren Falconer will have low handicaps which will be a big advantage for them. Steve Unahi is always in the placings with his brilliant sawing ability.

Steve and Craig Unahi along with Dowling and partner Dan Minehan will be hard to match in their home surroundings.

Invercargill's Bill Bigger will make it harder for the back markers to catch.

He's new to the sport but strong and fit.

The Riverton, Tuatapere, Otautau and Gore events will also have jiggerboard events (climbing up the tree).

Competition each day will start at 11am.

THE SOUTHLAND TIMBERSPORT CIRCUIT

Dec 26: Albert Town

Dec 27: Cromwell

Dec 28: Gore

Dec 29: Otautau

Dec 30: Riverton

New Years Day: Tuatapere

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- The Southland Times

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