Sharp Blacks take title on home turf

Left to right are: Corey Winder, Bruce van der Nett and David Timbs
Left to right are: Corey Winder, Bruce van der Nett and David Timbs

New Zealand’s Wedderburn Sharp Blacks have won the Pure South Butchery TriNations.

The team beat last year’s champions, Australia, and newcomers, Britain, to take the winners spot.

Taking a side of beef and a whole lamb, each team had to use the product to create a butchery display within a two-hour timeframe.

Wedderburn Sharp Blacks captain, Corey Winder, says winning is an awesome feeling.

“The pressure was definitely on. We’ve put a lot of work into this competition and it feels great to walk away with the result we were after,” says Winder.

“Being on our home turf created the perfect setting for an unforgettable experience,” says Winder.

This is the first year Britain has competed in the competition which for the past two years has seen Australia and New Zealand battling head to head in the Trans-Tasman Test Match.

Competition organiser, Kim Doran from Retail Meat New Zealand, says the British team adds a new dimension to the competition, which is sponsored by Alliance Group’s export brand, Pure South.

“The British team’s presence encouraged a more intense test match with a healthy dose of rivalry. It’s a good natured competition and it’s great to see a real sense of sportsmanship and camaraderie developing amongst the butchers,” says Doran.

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