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Top 20 . . . Temuka band The Big Foots perform at the Smokefreerockquest 2021 Timaru final last month. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

A Temuka rock band has made the most of a second chance to finish with an honourable mention at Smokefreerockquest 2021.

The Big Foots were in the national top 20, and although they did not make the final six they were highly commended.

The band of Opihi College pupils Luke Smith, Liam Pelvin and Reef Brazendale won the Timaru final last year.

It was the hopeful favourite for this year’s regional final, to go on to the national final.

However, this year the band was surprised not to get a placing, though it was judged to have best song.

The regional final was won by Oamaru band The Pills.

Opihi College music teacher Russell Fleming said The Big Foots were asked to submit an application for the national final.

“After the competition in Timaru, The Big Foots were encouraged by the Rockquest management team to submit what is called a chance’ video to the competition.

“This was judged by a panel of top entertainers and music industry high-flyers.

“We were all amazed to learn on Friday [July 30] .. that the boys had been selected in the top in New Zealand again.

“Tension grew even higher on Monday [August 2] morning when The Big Foots were asked for permission forms to be returned that day before the final top 6 were selected.”

Two other bands from Opihi College competed in the regional final: Abu Sieve (Destiney Donnelly, Riley Cornelius, Wyatt Bird, Jahmal Loffley and Ethan Webb), and Temuka Panic (Bridie Williams, Sophie Bool, Tahlia Murphy, and Tumai Jones).