Beer pong video wins competition

05:03, Nov 29 2013
Pong pair
NEW YORK CALLING?: Jonny Fletcher and Harry Wright have taken the drinking game of beer pong to new heights - and could win them a trip to the US.

Win a drinking game and you usually stay relatively sober. Bastardise one and you win a trip to New York.

Wellington flatmates Harry Wright and Jonny Fletcher, both 22, this afternoon won an international ''trick shot'' video competition and will be off to New York as a result some time next year.

They filmed a compilation of their skills in the ''sport'' of beer-pong, which involves throwing a ping-pong ball into a paper cup from increasingly difficult distances.

Their video culminates in a miracle shot from the top of a seven-storey Wellington car park into a cup on the bottom floor.

It is an extension of a drinking game, rarely seen outside student flats.

But since they last week entered the competition on sports channel ESPN, called ''trick-shot your way to the NBA'', it has been viewed more than 335,000 times and gathered 2569 votes.

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Voting closed this afternoon.

It's closest rival had 1383 votes.

The five leading videos went to a panel, which took virtually no time to chose the winner.

Winners get two  tickets to New York for a basketball game.

After taking the top slot in votes this afternoon - but before the judging panel had decided - Wright said while ''you can never count your chickens before they hatch'' they would both like to visit New York.

''Everyone I talk to says it's unbelievable.''

On winning, he said it was ''pretty surreal''. While there would be a few celebratory drinks at the flat tonight it would be relatively quiet as he has a cricket match tomorrow morning.

He came from a big cricketing family. 

The Dominion Post