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Central Hawke's Bays Joseph Watts has finished second in the FMG Young Farmer of the Year.

The Grand Final was held in Hawke's Bay late last week, with technical days on Thursday and Saturday, the practical day on Friday and a quiz on Saturday night.

Joseph won the earlier East Coast Regional Final giving him the opportunity to compete against six others for the title.

Competitors had to drive a large grape harvester, make sausages, assess health and safety risks using a virtual reality simulator, install an irrigation system for fruit trees, market a line of sheep and sit an agri-business exam.

As well as placing second, Joseph also won the innovation prize, the award for showcasing food production and was named the most tech-savvy contestant.

Northern Region contestant James Robertson won the Young Farmer title.


Meanwhile Finn Beamish and Matthew Halford, representing Napier Boys High School, won the FMG Junior Young Farmer title on Friday.

The pair were delighted with their win, after finishing runners-up last year.

The competition tested the contestants practical and theoretical knowledge, including sitting an agri-business exam, installing a farm water system and spotting safety faults on a piece of machinery.

For winning, the pair took home $5000 worth of prizes.

Finn and Matthew's Napier Boys High counterparts, Guy von Dadelszen and Macabe King took out second place.


The addition of All Black Brodie Retallick in the North Fuels Central Premier side on Saturday drew a large crowd to Central Park.

Retallick said it had been nine years since he last played for Central, and it was awesome to get back out with them.

Saturday was the club's Robbie Barr Memorial Day.

Central won the game over Clive, 26-15.

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