The National Cherry Association provided a highlight for the Victorians this year at their annual Cherry Spit.
Above: the winner of the Vic Spit, Iain Chaney, no relation to Lon, Fred or Michael.
Iain did his best but if he thinks he can wrest the National Championship from our very own Craig “Spit King” McSharer, then he better start practising because a spit of 8.9 metres ain’t going to cut it.
To be fair, I understand he spat better in the heat, over 10 metres, and blamed a strong wind for his dismal winning spit.
This, apparently, almost caused a spat with the organiser who thought he was taking the spit out of some of the older members.
Below: The National Cherry Association Ambassador for 2010, Kathleen Alleaume, visited the Cherry Lane Big Spit and displayed much needed grace and charm.
This weekend in Manjimup, West Australia, the big men of cherry pip spitting will spit off in the Globe Vista Australasian Cherry Pip Spitting Championships of 2010.
Unfortunately this year will not feature a New Zealander.
They have had it, collapsed in a heap, lost their cherries, are scared, no, they have adjusted their comp and this year will spit next year, January 4 to be precise.
Manjimup’s last year’s winner, the inimitable Craig “Big Foot” McSharer, will represent Australia in NZ in January.
Local spitters this year will spit for money, glory and a place in next year’s Tenth Anniversary final.
The spit is on!