Dal AC men's team captures CILA title

Host team earns first-place finish at Rick Russell event to cap successful season

Published on February 13, 2017

Devon Holmes of Dal AC competes in the single buck event, while coach Geoff Larken sprays to keep the saw lubricated.

©J. Smith photo

BIBLE HILL, N.S. – The Dal AC men’s A team continued its tradition of excellence by adding another national lumberjacking title to its trophy case.

The team capped a highly successful season during the weekend by capturing the Canadian Intercollegiate Lumberjacking Association (CILA) crown.

Dal AC finished first at the annual Rick Russell woodsmen competition Saturday to accumulate a total of 3,369.32 points to win its fourth CILA title in the past five years.

Dal AC edged UNB (3,224.17) in the overall standings, while McGill’s Macdonald campus (2,810.44) finished third.

The CILA season consists of four competitions and championship points are tallied from the teams’ top three results.

The Rick Russell event, held at the MacMillan Show Centre, was the season finale.

On Saturday, Dal AC’s A team earned first-place finishes in the cross-cut, log decking, pulp throw, team Swede saw and log burling events.

Dal AC’s B team had first-place finishes in the axe throw and chain saw events.

On the women’s side, Dal AC’s A team settled for third at the Rick Russell event and third in the overall CILA standings with 2,980.96 points. McGill (3,264.17) was first and UNB (3,076.58) was second.

The A team won the cross-cut, log decking, pulp throw and team Swede events on Saturday, while the B team won the pole climb.