Conditions ‘quite good’ for final nationals qualifying match

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Ploughman gathered in Wairuna on Satuday for the South Otago Ploughing Match.

New Zealand judge Graham Miller said the standard of competition was quite high.

“The conditions were trying. It wasn’t an easy paddock to plough – the workmanship was quite good,” Mr Miller said.

It was the last qualifying match for the nationals in Thornbury in April next year, he said.

James Burnby won the silver plough reversible class, gaining himself a place in the nationals.

Alistair Rutherford, Murray Granger and Tom Fowler qualified for the nationals in the vintage class.

Otago-Southland sent three ploughmen to the nationals, Mr Miller said.

A plough-off was held on Saturday and the three winners qualified to compete in nationals.

He was happy the weather stayed fine, he said.

“It was a perfect day for a ploughing match.”

The match was held at Andrew Taylor’s farm in Wairuna.

“There was a good grass paddock to plough.”

He was happy to see so many competitors especially young ones, he said.

“We had a good turnout,” Mr Miller said.

“It was good to see some young competitors in the silver plough classes.

“We had some new competitors in all the classes.”

Competitor Scott McKenzie said he enjoyed the day.

“It was good.”

He was pleased with the conditions, he said.

“The paddock was dry but the conditions were good.”