Com­bined in­ter­ests net win­ner for mates

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By IRIS RID­DELL

After much de­lib­er­a­tion by the judges on the Fed­er­ated Farm­ers Fun­ni­est Farm Videos Com­pe­ti­tion, the win­ner has been de­cided.

The win­ning video, Farm Golf, was sub­mit­ted by for­mer Mata­mata man An­drew Wright and his best friend Dar­ren El­liott, from Wardville.

Mr Wright said he was very ex­cited to hear they had won and was happy with their ef­forts.

‘‘ I def­i­nitely thought we had a chance at win­ning but to ac­tu­ally get the call was just awe­some.’’

The com­pe­ti­tion prize is an iPad 2. The video will be screened on tele­vi­sion.

Now, the only chal­lenge is fig­ur­ing out how to split the win­nings.

‘‘I rang Dar­ren and talked to him about it when I found out we won but we’ll have to see when it ar­rives. If I love it as much as I think I will, maybe I’ll pay him half for it or some­thing like that.’’

The two friends filmed their en­try on the El­liotts’ farm in Fe­bru­ary for a laugh, com­bin­ing three of their in­ter­ests in one: golf, farm­ing and me­dia. They de­cided to sub­mit it when they saw the com­pe­ti­tion ad­ver­tised in the Waikato Times.

Mr Wright is now em­ployed as a pro­duc­tion en­gi­neer in In­ver­cargill, while Mr El­liott is study­ing for a bach­e­lor of arts at Waikato Univer­sity, ma­jor­ing in me­dia.

‘‘When I get back up to the Waikato for a bit at the end of the year, we’ll be work­ing on a se­quel: Farm Golf 2: re­turn of the boot.

‘‘Look out for it.’’

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