Win for the new­bies

First-timer Pod­dies beat seven-year cham­pi­ons in tug of war

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Erica Mur­ree erica.mur­ree@cnbtimes.com.au

HEAVE: Com­men­ta­tor Len Jansan eggs on the Pod­dies in the fi­nal of the women's tug of war at the Biggen­den Show on Satur­day.

TUG-O-WAR: With Garthowen Brah­man Stud back­ing them, the Pod­dies over­pow­ered seven-time cham­pi­ons Friesians in the Biggen­den Show women’s tug of war on Satur­day.

The Pod­dies in­cluded young sib­lings of the Friesians.

Tea­gan Bechly, who was last year’s ju­nior ru­ral am­bas­sador, said she was sick of them win­ning and looked for­ward to beat­ing them again.

“We’ll be back next year with the same team,” she said.

Friesians’ Ros Buczma said she thought the Pod­dies had maybe been on too good a feed.

Or­gan­iser Tracey Geissler said it was great to see so many giv­ing the event a go.

“There were some great hard tugs,” she said.

“The teams did an amaz­ing job.

“It was great to have the River­side Chris­tian Col­lege ag stu­dents, who were at the show for the stud cat­tle, par­tic­i­pat­ing.”

Spon­sor Lofty Wendt has con­trib­uted $1000 in prize­money each year for many years.

“The first year there only four teams. On Satur­day it was great to see so many teams get­ting in­volved,” Wendt said.

Wendt said by par­tic­i­pat­ing, the young­sters got a feel for what a coun­try show was all about.

“The kids then go back and tell the city kids all about it,” he said.

Wendt said if you didn’t en­cour­age younger peo­ple to get in­volved with the show, you wouldn’t have a fu­ture.

PHOTO: ERICA MUR­REE

PHO­TOS: ERICA MUR­REE

SHOW US THE MONEY: The win­ning men's and women's tug of war teams at the Biggen­den Show, which was spon­sored by Lofty Wendt.

There were some hard tugs be­tween teams.

The strain shows on Matthew Worsley's face.

Ev­ery­one had a go at the tug of war.

The Show­girls team.

Sheree Jewess, Ros Buczma and Ann Brown for the Friesians.

The Biggen­den cadets bar­rack for their lead­ers .

Dustin Fawck­ner, Corey Smart and Ti­mothy Geissler.

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