New South Wales athlete, Brad De Losa took home his first STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Australian Trophy in an action-packed Saturday in Glenelg, Adelaide. He was awarded the win following a referee decision overturning what was thought to be Brayden Meyer’s win due to a safety fault in line with the tournament’s official safety rules.
There was only a one second between the two competitors who were neck and neck the whole way, with Meyers pulling out slightly in-front during the Standing Block chop to finish first. However the judges deliberated over the safety default - Brayden’s removal of his earmuffs were deemed to be a slip hazard for Brad - which saw De Losa take out the 2022 Australian Trophy with a time of 1:27:83.
The pair went axe-to-axe with 10 other male athletes in gruelling knock-out rounds, which saw rookies and emerging young talent challenge the older athletes. With 2021’s trophy winner Mitch Argent forced to pull out of this year’s competition due to a knee injury, the top podium spot was up for contention.
Brad De Losa said of his win today: “It is disappointing to win like this but with only a second between us and going through four knockout rounds I’m really proud of the effort I put in today. It was a good day, it’s not getting easier as I get older but I’m happy with my performance.
“Brayden is one of the best young talents in the world. Being able to go against the young ones and still give them a run for their money is a pretty great feeling”.
Young gun David Reumer beat STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® icon Laurence O’Toole in the small final to come in third place. The competition was tight until the Single Buck where Reumer came out in front. Reumer’s partner Maddison Kirley took the podium in second.
STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Event Director Renee Kitto said it’s been six years since the event was last in South Australia with the excited crowd bringing the energy.
“It was great to see so many people packing out Jimmy Melrose Park today and witness an exciting end to a gruelling day,” Kitto said.
“We’ve got some of the best Timbersports athletes in the world so it’s excellent to have the support of an Australian crowd”.
FINAL RANKINGS (TOP FOUR)
1. Brad De Losa (NSW)
2. Brayden Meyers (VIC)
3. David Reumer (NSW)
4. Laurence O’Toole (VIC)