Fighting it out for the Mr Beef crown at Beef Week this year are (from left) Te Ate Jackson, from New Zealand, Liam Convine, of Casino, and Wayde Burfoot, also from New Zealand.
Fighting it out for the Mr Beef crown at Beef Week this year are (from left) Te Ate Jackson, from New Zealand, Liam Convine, of Casino, and Wayde Burfoot, also from New Zealand. Cathy Adams

Kiwis celebrate Beef Week

FOR a bunch of guys who'll be stripping in front of a capacity crowd tonight, they were strangely reluctant to take their shirts off for the photographer yesterday.

But once they got into the spirit of it, Mr Beef contestants Liam Convine, 20, Wayde Burfoot, 22, and Te Ate Jackson, 21 couldn't stop flashing their muscles at drivers and pedestrians outside the RSM Club, where the competition is to be staged.

Wayde and Te Ate are from different ends of New Zealand and work at the meatworks.

They came to Casino to play league for the Cougars and agreed to enter the Mr Beef event after a few drinks following a match, not really knowing what they were in for.

Tonight they'll be giving thelocal ladies a thrill by dancing together to the Chris Brown song, Take You Down.

Liam is also something of a lamb that's been led – or pushed – to slaughter.

The unfortunate app-rentice mechanic is following a “suggestion” from his boss Tony Darragh that he take part.

He agreed, on condition any winnings go towards the Jumbunna Community Preschool and Early Intervention Centre.

The stakes were raised a little yesterday when Liam was kitted out in a mushroom pink jacket, pink-striped shirt and purple daks – straight out of the closet of his workmate Mark Carter.

Beneath the alluring outfit was a bra in the same shade, a clue to Liam's sporting nature, rather than any personal preferences.

Liam reckons he's the only one of his crowd who always stays fully dressed when they're partying.

“I don't like taking my clothes off and I can't dance,” he whimpered yesterday.

“And I've never had to take a bra off myself before. I'm not that flexible.”

Tonight he's guaranteed a crowd to cheer on his striptease – all his workmates have promised to show up.



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