2019 New Zealand STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Competitions

13 June 2019

More than 1,000 guests flocked to the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Arena at Fieldays, to enjoy a never-before‐seen event in NZ – The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® New Zealand Ladies Championship.

In its inaugural year, eight women from around New Zealand went head to head for their chance to take out the title. Darcell Apelu (28), from Mt Maunganui was a fierce competitor today, and walked away with the honour and the title of being the first STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® New Zealand Ladies Champion.

Darcell has an impressive 15 years under her belt in the sport and has previously won several Single Saw and Double Saw competitions. Alma Wallace (49) from Otaki came in second place and Shannon Hodgetts (26) from Ahaura came in third place.

To see all the ladies on the chopping block, please find below a link to a selection of images and footage of the competition in action from throughout the day, including images and footage of the winner of The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS®New Zealand Ladies Championship.

Darcell Apelu, winner of the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® New Zealand Ladies Championship was enthusiastic about the win.

"I'm feeling really stoked, I'm just happy that I was able to do well and just chop with my mates," says Darcell.

14 June 2019

The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Arena was filled with hundreds of people all trying to get a peek at the next STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® New Zealand Rookie Champion in action.

In its second year running, eight men from around the country went axe to wood to make their mark and walk away with the championship title. Jack Jordan (22), from Stratford was a fiery competitor who powered through all four disciplines to get the top overall score of the competition.

Jack has an impressive 11 years under his toolbelt in the sport and has previous success winning six Underhand titles, four in New Zealand and two in Australia.

Logan Tinomana (22) from Karamea stood on the stump in second place and Brad Pako (22) from Cromwell stood on thestump in third place.

Jack Jordan, winner of the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® New Zealand Rookies Championship was happy about the win.

"I'm over the moon about the win. I came in not expecting too much and not knowing how I was going to go. Two weeks ago I thought I was going to have to pull out of the competition...coming in and not knowing what was going to happen, and it couldn't have gone any better," says Jack.

15 June 2019

The last day of Fieldays ended with the buzz of a chainsaw and the new STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® New Zealand Champion take his place on the STIHL throne. Crowds gathered by the hundreds to watch eight men separate the wood from the trees in a nail biting competition.

Shane Jordan (32), from Stratford battled in six gruelling disciplines to fight for the top overall score of the competition. Shane has an impressive 17 years under his toolbelt in the sport and has previous success winning the Standing Block Championship title two years in a row at the Sydney Royal Easter Show. Shane's brother Jack also took home a championship title during this year's STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Series at Fieldays, taking home the Rookie title in yesterday's competition.

Jesse Whitehead (28) from Waiuku stood on the stump in second place and Nathan McDonald (28) also from Waiuku stood on the stump in third place – there must be something in the water.

Shane, winner of the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® New Zealand Championship was ecstatic about the win.

"I'm pretty wrapped. I first got involved in TIMBERSPORTS in 2010, and it's been almost a decade to get a win here, so I'm pretty happy" says Shane.

Jochen Speer, Managing Director of STIHL New Zealand was thrilled with how the competition unfolded.

"The competition today demonstrated the reason the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® New Zealand Championship exists. The passion, the determination and the talent that the competitors brought to the chopping block today was incredible. The competition showcased the best of the best talent that New Zealand has in the art and sport of woodchopping. The buzz of support from the crowd today just added to the atmosphere of the competition. All participants that competed today should be proud of their efforts and a huge congratulations to Shane who took out the 2019 title. Shane will be travelling to Prague to compete in the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® World Championship in November, we wish him luck in bringing home the title" says Jochen.