Splitters’ challenge

Stanley splitters Steph Porteus-Else, Rachael Woods and Fiona van Norden are up for the challenge.

Team. The knives will be out and flashing in the great splitters’ match race as part of the inaugural Tassie Scallop Fiesta at Bridport this weekend.

Splitters from Stanley Bay Scallops have laid down the challenge to their compatriots at Bridport in the north east to find the fastest knife on the splitting floor.

Scallop splitters are known to be a certain breed and there is expected to be some real personal pride and regional feeling at play.

Fiesta co-ordinator Tony Scott said the inclusion of a race for splitters was a natural for the first Tassie Scallop Fiesta along the lines of how other sports like wood chopping, sheep shearing or coal shovelling have grown out of everyday occupations.

There will be team and individual events with $700 up for grabs for the fastest and cleanest splitters.

“We’ve got a couple of different ways to decide the winners in the individual and teams’ races and a judges’ decision will be final taking into account meat quality as well as the quickest time,” Mr Scott says.

“It should make for an exciting spectator event with a bit of barracking to be encouraged, so long as it doesn’t drown out our race caller, who’s coming out of retirement especially for the day.”

Organisers are expecting the challenge to stir regional emotion and pride like the old time footy rivalry between towns and districts.

Mr Scott said some of the meat produced from the races will be rinsed and available for use by the celebrity chefs in the demonstration cookery classes.

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