The Australian Chopperoos have made history in Prague this morning, beating old rivals New Zealand in a thrilling final to win their sixth STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® World Championship, cementing their title as one of Australia’s most successful sporting teams of all time.
The winning moment was a sight for saw eyes for Australian fans who travelled to the Czech Republic or watched via live streams, with the Chopperoos securing back-to-back world titles after taking home gold in Liverpool last year.
Led by captain Brad De Losa, Australia came out on top of 20 competing countries, including Canada, New Zealand, Poland and the US, in a team relay across four thrilling axe and saw disciplines.
In the early rounds against Belgium and Canada, the Chopperoos struggled to find their World Champion form of last year, with the team from New Zealand consistently posting faster times throughout the night.
However, the Chopperoos kicked into second gear during the semi-final matchup with Poland when they set the fastest relay time of the evening at just 48.50 seconds, securing a coveted spot in the top two.
In the final, Laurence O’Toole (VIC) sawed exceptionally in the Stocksaw before Brayden Meyer (VIC) opened up the lead in the Underhand Chop, giving five-time world title-winning captain Brad De Losa (NSW) a 2-second margin going into the Single Buck.
De Losa was chased down by New Zealand’s Kahu Wooley, to leave Mitch Argent (QLD) in a showdown on the Standing Block Chop with Shane Jordan for the world title. Argent once again showed why he’s the best Standing Block cutter in the world, finishing a full 2 seconds ahead of New Zealand and bringing the title back to Australia for the sixth time in eight years.
Chopperoos captain Brad De Losa said: “It was pretty hard in the early rounds, but we dug deep and came out on top in the Final. We just wanted to get the win, all the boys were hungry. It’s a great team, we’ve got a really good passion to win – it’s a great rivalry with New Zealand and it’s always a little bit sweeter to win against them.”
FINAL RANKINGS – TEAM RELAY
- New Zealand
- Czech Republic
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