Franklin fam­ily win on feud

Franklin County News - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - JOHN BOYN­TON

A Franklin fam­ily has driven off with a new car and $15,000 af­ter win­ning Fam­ily Feud.

The Russek fam­ily suc­cess­fully nav­i­gated five nights on Three’s game show, and picked up their new Suzuki Swift from Winger Pukekohe last month.

Ni­cole Russek-Lake said the fam­ily de­cided to au­di­tion af­ter her best friend was on the show.

‘‘We au­di­tioned and next minute we were on the show.

‘‘We had very min­i­mal ex­pec­ta­tion, it was just like ‘I don’t want to get zero points’.’’

The Russek fam­ily’s seg­ment was filmed in Novem­ber last year and screened in Fe­bru­ary.

Ja­son Russek said it didn’t take long for the fam­ily to find their way on the show.

‘‘Ev­ery­one’s ner­vous but once you get there with the peo­ple around you it’s just a great ex­pe­ri­ence.

‘‘I think we were more ner­vous see­ing our­selves on TV than actu- ally play­ing the game.’’

It was tough to keep their suc­cess a se­cret from fam­ily and friends, Ni­cole said.

‘‘They’re all like ‘how’d you go’, and I’m like ‘oh well you’ll have to watch and find out’.’’

Claire Bowes said not ev­ery­one al­ways agreed on the an­swers.

Val Russek said she felt a lit­tle bit flat af­ter film­ing had ended.

How­ever, she said the fam­ily has re­ceived a good re­sponse from their stint on the show.

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