Ben goes for State of Origin spot
DAVID Toms and his threeyear-old collie, Ben, are out to capture their first home-town victory and a spot in the NSW State of Origin side at tomorrow's Banana Festival Cattle Dog Trials at the Murwillumbah Showgrounds.
Toms, who has enjoyed plenty of success on the North Coast circuit during the past six years, is still to claim a first prize in Murwillumbah, though he's come close a couple of times.
Tomorrow he hopes to put the record straight.
"I guess it has a lot to do with the cattle," Toms said.
"If I can get good cattle that don't wander, and stick together, then I should be able to go well.
"Ben is shaping up as the best trialling dog I have had."
Organisers were forced to limit tomorrow's field to 85 to fit all the action into the oneday event.
"We are one of the most popular meets on the North Coast calendar and we have been growing that much that maybe down the track we will have to become a two-day trial," Toms said. He helped organise this year's event with Barry Roach and Dick Chapman.
Tomorrow's competition is the final round of this year's 10-event North Coast series.
Toms said entry was free with the action expected to start at 6.30pm and go through late into the afternoon.
A trial will also be held towards the end of the day for anyone to enter to find a good paddock dog.