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Pot-throwing novice stages upset win

Zsolt Faludi

In something of an upset, a relative newcomer staged a surprise victory at the School of Visual and Performing Arts'annual pot-throwing competition.

Held as part of UTAS Launceston Open Day, the pot throwing competition drew a curious crowd of onlookers, keen to experience the unusual sport first-hand.

At its essence, pot throwing involves dumping a load of clay onto a potter's wheel and smoothing it into a predetermined shape.

As the competition heated up on Sunday, School of Architecture and Design student Dave Houbaer stunned bookmakers by storming to victory ahead of race favourite – and Head of Ceramics –Zsolt Faludi, in the second round.

Officials had handicapped Mr Faludi with a blindfold to ensure he did not have an unfair advantage.

Race commentator and theatre student Joel de la Motte was left speechless for a full five seconds as Mr Houbaer outflanked Mr Faludi in the last moments of the competition.

After the race, a pleased, albeit surprised, Mr Houbaer said he was thrilled with the win.

"I am not very good at this, but I have been having a go," Mr Houbaer said.

"I took the win pretty well, I am going to be a bit arrogant about it now because getting over the top of Zsolt is good."

After he had recovered his composure, official commentator Joel de la Motte said pot-throwing was a sport that always left people guessing.

"It is certainly an interesting sport; whether the Olympics is a go yet, I'm not sure," Mr de la Motte said.

"There have been pieces of clay thrown, people have been taunting each other.

"It is still in its infancy and it is by no means a clean sport.

"I think we need to identify where the rules need to be."

One spectator said he was impressed with the sport.

"It's not the Ashes, but it's close," the man said. "I can imagine watching it on TV."

After the race, Mr Faludi was sportsmanlike in defeat, but grudgingly queried the judges' decision to blindfold him.

"Whenever you are blindfolded it seems a bit unfair," Mr Faludi said.

Picture: Zsolt Faludi

Published on: 22 Aug 2011 4:04pm