Ru­ral chal­lenge tests en­trants

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Jack Lawrie jack.lawrie@cnbtimes.com.au

YOUNG FARM­ERS CHAL­LENGE: No­body knew what to ex­pect from the first Monto Young Farm­ers Chal­lenge, least of all the young farm­ers them­selves.

Teams of four com­peted in a re­lay-style event, rac­ing to un­pack a swag bag, throw pota­toes into a bag, chop a stump of wood, set up a wire fence and race hay bales to the fin­ish line.

The rules stip­u­lated ev­ery team needed at least one girl to pro­mote di­ver­sity, but it was hardly nec­es­sary; most teams had at least one or two, and there were a cou­ple of all-fe­male teams among the ranks such as the J Lace Ladies.

A com­peti­tor suf­fered a head in­jury from wood-chop­ping early in the com­pe­ti­tion and had to seek med­i­cal at­ten­tion.

St John’s pro­vided as­sis­tance un­til an am­bu­lance ar­rived, where­upon she was air­lifted to Bund­aberg Hospi­tal and re­cov­ered the next morn­ing.

YFV Co­or­di­na­tor Bri­anna Hockey said it was an un­for­tu­nate situation they hoped never to re­peat.

With a team now out due to los­ing a player, a team of vet­eran farm­ers, dubbed “the Old Farts” stepped in to save the show, turn­ing the fi­nal round into a bat­tle of gen­er­a­tions.

Though the younger com­peti­tors greatly out­matched the old guard, the fi­nal con­test was close thanks to some lib­eral in­ter­pre­ta­tions of the rules by the Old Farts, such as drop­ping the potato into the sack rather than throw­ing.

“We needed a hand­i­cap,” Barry Mundt said.

It was all in good fun, and the even­tual win­ners, Marty Bar­bour and Brodie, Toni and Stu­art Din­gle said they en­joyed the close match.

“Monto Ru­ral Traders put up a fan­tas­tic ef­fort to­day and drew in so many spec­ta­tors that really high­light ru­ral in­dus­try,” Bar­bour said.

PHOTO: JACK LAWRIE

UP­RIS­ING: Win­ners of Monto Show's first Young Farm­ers Chal­lenge.

Swag in po­si­tion.

Barry Mundt, John Seeney, Gir­lie Goody and David Shulz, "The Old Farts" ready to show the young­sters a thing or two.

David Schulz strug­gles with the fence.

Or­gan­iser Bri­anna Hockey gives the teams the run­down.

An am­bu­lance ar­rives for in­jured com­peti­tor.

Team JLace Ladies ready to roll.

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