Ploughing results glitch to set right

A computer glitch has led to some furrowed brows in New Zealand's ploughing fraternity - but that is to be officially rectified.

An error in the points programming system affected results announced following the New Zealand Ploughing Championships in Chertsey earlier this month.

On Saturday night, the trophies would be re-presented, this time to the correct recipients, at a function in Ashburton.

It was a busy time on the ploughing calendar, with two competitions in Mid Canterbury and two in Otago this weekend, and two Southern ploughmen were going to extra special lengths to attend.

Clinton farmer Scott McKenzie - who will represent New Zealand in the world championships in Russia next year after winning the conventional Silver Plough - and Mark Dillon, of Riversdale, who was third, will fly by private plane to Ashburton.

That would let them compete at matches at Tokomairiro on Saturday and be back on Sunday to compete at Taieri, NZPA president Willy Willetts said yesterday.

He was "delighted" the two men were making such an effort to attend the prizegiving.

Ploughing was a passion for Mr McKenzie, who has also previously won national titles and competed internationally.

Long-time successful ploughman Bob Mehrtens, of Timaru, will join Mr McKenzie in Russia after winning the reversible title this year.

Mr Mehrtens will head to the United States soon, to compete at the 2019 world championships in Minnesota.


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