Lakers net third Top Team title

They make them tough down the lake.

The Lakers won the region's Top Team competition for the third time. They won in 2009 and last year and did it again on Sunday at the finals topping the 24 teams competing at the Moutere Hills Community Centre. They even have the T-shirts and the trophy to prove it.

But The Lakers, who are from the Lake Rotoiti, St Arnaud area, were considering not entering next year - to give others a go.

Sheep and beef farmer Ian Thorneycroft said while the team had changed over the years, it did not want to dominate the competition.

"It's a lot of fun and we'd like to enthuse people to enter next year."

Most of the team members are farmers and others who work outdoors, and he said that had given them an edge in the competition.

"We're semi-fit," said Mr Thorneycroft, who reckoned he spent more time sitting on a four-wheel-drive than walking.

The team celebrated the win by eating one of their prizes - chocolate.

The top four senior and top four junior teams from each of the heats in Motueka, Tahunanui and Murchison battled it out for top honours.

Events included the Quad Bike Pull, the House of Cards, Stop the Leak, Faulty Towers and Bombs Away.

The Lakers scored maximum points in five of the 12 games and won with 890 points. Runners-up were The Sharks, 759, and then Freemans 1st.

The Silly Billies, from Waimea Intermediate School, won the junior competition on 638 points and Supa Doolies, who were the winners from the Murchison heat, came second on 526 points.

The Nelson Mail