Rockhampton?s Tony Hoffman with his tools of the trade.
Rockhampton?s Tony Hoffman with his tools of the trade.

Now we have an axe to grind



STEP into Tony Hoffman's Rockhampton shed and you could be mistaken for thinking you're in a Hollywood horror movie.

But those fears are soon put to rest when the 62-year-old axeman talks about his sport.

Hoffman, who boasts about 20 sporting axes, will join the Australian veterans' woodchopping team in New Zealand this week for a Trans Tasman Test Series, starting on Friday.

The Australian axemen are chasing their fifth victory in six outings against the Kiwis in the three Test series, but tasted defeat in their last appearance on New Zealand soil.

Hoffman has been woodchop- ping for the past 23 years and is ready to saw away at the opposition in New Zealand.

"I've always enjoyed the sport and growing up on a farm I was always swinging an axe,'' said the ageless Hoffman, who juggles his woodchopping with third grade cricket duties for Frenchville.

"The Kiwis will be hard to beat on their home soil because you're chopping their wood.''

Hoffman sharpened up his preparations for the international event with strong results in Monto, Mount Perry, Nanango and Toowoomba recently.

Hoffman said he was also looking forward to competing in the return leg of the Trans Tasman Series, which will be held at the Rockhampton Showgrounds during the 2006 Rockhampton Show from June 6 to 8.



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