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Despite yesterday's opening ceremony and parade for the FMG Young Farmer Grand Final not going ahead due to the weather, organisers say the practical competition will go ahead today.

Central Hawke's Bays Joseph Watts will represent the East Coast in the final.

Joseph says he is excited about being the hometown finalist, and says he'd like to think he will have a bit of an advantage because it will be easier to rally local support.

The practical day today, at the Hawke's Bay Showgrounds, will run from 8am - 3pm, with free entry to the public who would like to cheer on their finalist.

The FMG Young Farmer winner will be crowned at a sold-out function at the Rodney Green Centennial Events Centre tomorrow night.


Meanwhile a number of local youth will take part in the AgriKids NZ and the FMG Junior Young Farmers grand finals today.

The Tiko Top Dogs of Abby Strang, Stuart Addis & Chalkie Williams; and the Onga Onga Musterers - Benjamin Gray, Sam Lawson & Rose Beamish finished first and second respectively in the East Coast final of the AgriKids competition.

In the TeenAg contest, Finn Beamish & Matthew Halford from Napier Boys High School; Guy von Dadelszen and Macabe King, also from Napier Boys High School, will battle it out for the title of the FMG Young Farmers of the Year alongside a number of other teams from throughout the country.

The contestants will compete in a number of tasks today, with the winners being crowned tonight.


Motorists using the Saddle Rd today should expect delays.

There will be lane closures between 10am and 2pm while contractors repair pot holes.

NZTA says stop-go management will be in place, with a temporary speed limit of 30kmh.

The Agency is asking people to allow extra time for their trips while the urgent repairs are carried out.


Weekend sports draws :

HB Rugby : https://www.sporty.co.nz/hbrugby/Senior/Draws-and-Results
Manawatu : https://www.manawaturugby.co.nz/senior-draw-results

Netball :