NZ 10th in world ploughing

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by Chris Tobin

New Zealand ploughmen have finished 10th in the world ploughing championships, which were held in the United States.

Bob Mehrtens, of Seadown, was 10th in the reversible plough event and Ian Woolley, of Marlborough, filled the same position in the conventional plough category.

Mehrtens scored 344.5 points overall.

The event was won by Marco Angst, of Switzerland, with 413 points, followed by John Whelan, of Ireland, (409.0) in second place and Soren Korsgaard, of Denmark, third (398).

The conventional plough event was won by Andrew Mitchell, of Scotland, with 320 points, from Eamonn Tracey (384.5), of Ireland, and Gene Gruber (380.5), of the US.

Competitors from 28 countries competed in the championships, which were held just outside the town of Baudette in Minnesota.