POOWONG father and son duo Brett and Scott Loughridge won titles at the National Ploughing Championship held on June 15 and 16 at Cressy, Tasmania.
The West Gippsland ploughmen once again did the area proud – and took home first and second places in both Conventional and Reversible sections.
Brett Loughridge won the reversible competition and son Scott Loughridge had his first national win in the conventional class from a field of 13 competitors.
This was only Scott’s third national contest and he did some very skilful and consistent ploughing to win.
Pryde Inglis was runner up in the reversible and Adrian Tilling runner-up in conventional.
The ploughing is judged on many aspects including weed control, general work, finish and straightness, to name a few.
Victoria sent a team of six ploughmen to the contest and they won the teams prize with Tasmania the runner-up.
The West Gippsland area has had more national winners than any state.
All four ploughmen who placed are from the Poowong area.
Dan Custance also ploughed in his first ploughing national and his third time ploughing a competition plot saw him finish in a very credible ninth place.
Scott and Brett will now represent Australia in the USA in 2019.
West Gippsland will host the state and national contests in 2019.