Travelling axemen Joe and Andrew Cox from Geraldine hit top form during the Southland Timbersports Circuit at Otautau yesterday.
Andrew Cox, cutting off a handicap of 37 seconds won the division one standing block event highlighting his intentions for the coming meetings.
His son Joe was second contending with a 47 second handicap.
Dewi Pugh from Wales also had a successful day winning two block events and a victory with Geoff Sadler in the gruelling butcher block event.
North Island visitors Joe O'Connor and Neville Bowen also performed well to win the division two butcher block in a strong field.
Invercargill's Bill Bigger showed his class in his first year competing winning two races and a third in the standing block.
The double hand sawing was hotly contested with the glory going to Gary and Brian Gutsell from Southland.
One of the best events of the day was the single saw final with Tony Jensen moving the saw with skill and pace on the way to victory. Riverton's Wayne Corbin was right behind finishing a close second while the back marker Bobby Dowling was third.
The circuit will head to Riverton today, and will finish in Tuatapere on New Year's Day.
- The Southland Times