Kody Steers wins first state woodchopping title of the season at Longford Show

Reigning Tasmanian champion of champions Kody Steers made the perfect start to his series defence at the Longford Show on Saturday, convincingly winning the Tasmanian 300mm underhand championship.

The Greg Lovell Memorial Champion of Champion is decided on the 24 state titles on offer during the 2016-2017 season, with Steers, from Gowrie Park, winning 13 Tasmanian championships in his best season last year.

Steers also cleaned up in the 375mm single-handed sawing handicap, teamed up with Australian championship-winning partner Daniel Beams, of Winkleigh, to win the 450mm double-handed show championship and also scored a rare victory in the 300mm tree-felling handicap.

In the Tasmanian 300mm underhand championship, Steers beat Devonport former world champion Stephen Foster with Huonville veteran Geoff Lovell third. Foster and Lovell combined to finish second behind Steers and Beams in the double-handed sawing championship, with Coastal veterans Henry Maine and Stephen Haines third.

Beams combined with his mother Amanda to win the 450mm Jack and Jill sawing handicap. Will Lovell won the junior 275mm underhand and 250mm standing handicap finals and the two-board 300mm tree-felling handicap went to Westbury youngster Nathan Rowe.