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Dorrigo?s Michele Kellet was part of the Australian Axemen Association?s women?s squad who won a series against New Zealand.
Dorrigo?s Michele Kellet was part of the Australian Axemen Association?s women?s squad who won a series against New Zealand.



DORRIGO'S Michele Kellett sawed her way into the history books last month when she was a member of the first Australia Axemen Association women's squad to compete in an International series.

The Australian squad of ten axewomen, chosen after the Royal Adelaide Show last year, travelled across the Tasman to take on New Zealand in a three-race series, with each race involving a different discipline.

The home Nation came out firing in the first Test and comfortably won the single cross sawing race only for the Aussie girls to hit their straps in the second race and level the series.

New Zealand got the jump early in the deciding race, but Australia finished strongly to claim the maiden three-race series.

Kellett, who competed in the single saw, was pleased with her own performance.

"Individually I thought I went well and the team went well," she said.

"It was a real honour to be selected.

"Getting beaten in the first race was really disappointing and in the back of our minds we were thinking 'will they do the same thing in the second and make it 2-0'.

"But it was good to come back in the second race and then win the series in the third."

The 33-year-old said her selection wasn't a complete bolt from the blue, but it was still a small shock.

"I have been sawing from a long time and I knew I had the talent," she said.

"But I am a one-off in this area as far as women competing goes, so I didn't know if isolation would count against me.

"Woodchopping for women is really big in New Zealand and America, but this was the first time the Australia Axemen Association has selected a (female) side."



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