Moree's international team take Young Farmer Challenge

The Moree Maples win the Young Farmer Challenge state final


The Young Farmer Challenge State Final takes place at Sydney Royal Show.


The Moree Maples overcame every obstacle thrown at them in the Young Farmer Challenge State Final, from putting out a fire to milking a cow, to cross the line in the first place.

They were followed by the Goulburn Show team in second place, Berry Show's South Coast Dairy squad in third and the Morisset team from Lake Macquarie in fourth.

The teams that competed in the final had the fastest times out of a total nine of groups that took part in three heats earlier in the day.

The Moree Maples were an international mix, with half the team Canadian. Ali Engelberts and Kyle Hoyda have lived in Australia for the past year and met Australian couple, Tom and Toni Dakis when they were working in Moree.

The team said it was their communication skills that led to their success in the state final at the Sydney Royal Show.

"Communication was definitely key, we've only known each other for 12 months or so but but being able to talk to each other, even at times a little abruptly but never harshly, really helped," Ms Dakis said.

"I think it's really important that we're really good friends, we lived four doors down from each other," Ms Engelberts said.

Moree Maples cross the finish line after putting out a fire in their last obstacle of the challenge

One of the commentators of the challenge, Tim Eyes, said he thought the Moree team's background in Ag Tech led to a winning approach.

"They were so methodical, they really thought about everything, they were really neat," Mr Eyes said.

Mr Eyes said the most challenging obstacle in the final was irrigating with a siphon.

"I'm certainly not an expert, but the way people tried to do it was an absolute laugh, but a true challenge and also showed how far we've come with our irrigation in some areas," Mr Eyes said.

"The Moree Maples pulled a siphon extremely quickly but some people definitely need to work on their fundamentals that water really struggles to go up hill."

The Moree Maples will now go on to compete in the national final of the Young Farmer Challenge in Adelaide next year.

"We look forward to seeing how they do and hopefully the Canadians still have their visas," Mr Eyes said.


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