Outback to Oyster – Meet the bachelors up for grabs

Catch your match at Outback to Oyster and help raise some funds for the RFDS


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The 2017 Bachelors Mac Gray, Jordan Lowe, Jamie Deshon, Dennis Rush, Bryce Moore, John Maunder, Beau Whip and Bachelorette Anna Maguire with auctioneer Lincoln McKinlay, TopX.

The 2017 Bachelors Mac Gray, Jordan Lowe, Jamie Deshon, Dennis Rush, Bryce Moore, John Maunder, Beau Whip and Bachelorette Anna Maguire with auctioneer Lincoln McKinlay, TopX.

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Meet the country lads up for grabs at a charity auction at tomorrow night's Outback to Oyster Cocktail event.

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Dozens of youngsters from across rural Queensland are en route to the Sunshine Coast this weekend for the 11th annual Outback to Oysters Cocktails. 

The sold-out event will be held tomorrow night at Pier 33 at Mooloolaba and aims to raise funds for the Royal Flying Doctors Service. 

Co-organiser Lucy Ziesemer said the donation to RFDS had increased every year since the event started.

“That’s thanks to a loyal following of bush men and women who make the trek to the Sunshine Coast for Australia Day every year as well as our wonderful sponsors,” she said. 

As part of the evening, six brave country boys will be up for auction in the Catch Your Match Bachelor Auction. 

The boys will be auctioned off with the lucky buyer receiving rights to a date.

In a cheeky twist, two of the six entrants, the Armstrong cousins from Central Queensland, are being offered in a special ‘two for one’ deal. 

Here’s the line-up for 2018. 

Jack Daniels

Jack Daniels

Name: Jack Daniels, 26. Occupation: Vet, farmer, grazier 

  1. Describe yourself in a few words. “Just a good, honest country boy.” 
  2. List your assets. “My good health and quick wit – both are depreciating.”
  3. What are you looking for in a woman? “A pretty smile, and I’m a sucker for nice pins. Cob loaf making ability is viewed extremely favourably.” 
  4. Any talents you think a lady might like to know about? “I can rap all of Boombastic by Shaggy which is a lot harder than you think.” 
  5. Describe your perfect hometown date. “We’d hook the boat on and slip over to the dam for a BBQ and a bit of afternoon skiing, then we’d come home and share a couple of beers/wines and a packet of Samboy BBQ chips on the verandah as the sun goes down. I’d introduce her to my grandma so she can hear how wonderful I am.” 
  6. What breed do you run? Santa X Charolais 
  7. How many inches? “Well there’s plenty with a lot less and you should always be thankful for what you’ve got but I wouldn’t say no to one or two more.” 
  8. Tell us about your RM collection. “Couple of pairs of boots, a belt, jeans and the odd shirt.” 
  9. Best spot for a skinny dip? Mooloolaba Main Beach 
  10. How much should you spend on an engagement ring? “2-3 months income apparently, which is completely ridiculous.”
  11. Did you google the above question? Yes. 
  12. What is your most prized possession? Without a doubt my State of Origin DVD Collection. Every game from 1980 to now. Simply breathtaking. 
Xander “Maverick’ Armstrong

Xander “Maverick’ Armstrong

Name: Xander “Maverick’ Armstrong, 24. Occupation: Chopper pilot, steering wheel attendant, farmer (two for one) 

  1. Describe yourself in a few words. “Five star review on Trip Advisor for dancing, can and will tear up the dancefloor. As easy as my best mate after three drinks but not cheap.”
  2. List your assets. “Chopper pilot. Plenty of acres to chase, I’m Jake’s cousin (need I say more?).” 
  3. What are you looking for in a woman? “An outgoing sheila who likes to dance and have a great time, appreciate the little things in life, has a sense of humour, is always up for a yarn and loves a bit of Kenny Loggins. Also, more acres wouldn’t go astray.”
  4. Any talents you think a lady might like to know about? “Flying choppers, beer tasting. Pretty much a jack-of-all-trades, master of none.”
  5. Describe your perfect hometown date. “We’d start off with a private tour by chopper (because I’m a pilot) of the Armstrong empire. Followed by a nice sunset picnic at a secluded lookout. We’d then fly into the Comet pub for the biggest crumbed steak you’d ever eaten. You’d meet mum and dad, dogs Senna and Koda and the local publican.”
  6. What breed do you run? “John Deere, HS 114, HS 142, Pioneer G33, Toyota, Mack, Cat, Robinson (because I am a chopper pilot).”
  7. How many inches? “138 billion square inches”
  8. Tell us about your RM collection. “Seat covers, steering wheels and seven pairs of boots – one for each day.” 
  9. Best spot for a skinny dip? “The irrigation dam (did I mention that I am a chopper pilot?).”
  10. How much should you spend on an engagement ring? “Can’t put a price on love but if I’d have to it’d be one of the $2 lolly rings because that’s 2 months of a chopper pilots salary.”
  11. Did you google the above question? “No. There was a consultation with my financial advisor.”
  12. What is your most prized possession? “As dearly as I love my jetski and my chopper, I do treasure a good bottle of grey goose. Liquid gold and always guarantees a cracker night.”

Name: Jake ‘Spaniard’ Armstrong, 24. Occupation: Grazier (two for one) 

  1. Describe yourself in a few words. “Pull starter personality, loves to get in and do things, very outgoing and easy to talk to. Bilingual.” 
  2. List your assets. “More hectares than you can hunt, horses, I’m Xander’s cousin (he’s a chopper pilot).”
  3. What are you looking for in a woman? “A little senorita, must be able to cook, clean, start and hold a conversation and ride a horse. Beauty is not on the outside, the inside is what counts (at least a 7/10).”
  4. Any talents you think a lady might like to know about? “Often called Victa, expert in lawn maintenance, guaranteed to keep your lawn lush, well kept and cut. I’m also bilingual.” 
  5. Describe your perfect hometown date. “We’d start off with a private tour on horseback of the Armstrong empire. Followed by a nice sunset picnic at a secluded lookout and I’ll serenade you with Spanish love songs. We’d then venture into the thriving metropolis of Comet where I’d wine and dine you with the finest seafood basket in town. You’d meet Xander who is a chopper pilot, the local publican and also my five poddy calves, Rosie, Dorris, Betsy, Roseanna and Quarter Pounder.”
  6. What breed do you run? ”Red cows, brown cows, white cows, black cows.”
  7. How many inches? “Only 8.5 inches last year – had a bit of a dry spell.”
  8. Tell us about your RM collection. “I disagree with RM Williams for heading offshore so I have a swish collection of Ariats.” 
  9. Best spot for a skinny dip? “The Comet Weir.”
  10. How much should you spend on an engagement ring? ”The dowry is normally two cows and a pig, but I’d throw in three cows for the right girl.” 
  11. Did you google the above question? “No that is common knowledge.” 
  12. What is your most prized possession? “My sharp, four stroke cutting lawn mower called Victa. Can and will give a demonstration of how to cut grass.” 
 Nicholas Edwards

Nicholas Edwards

Name: Nicholas Edwards, 21. Occupation: Full time heart breaker, part time ringer. 

  1. Describe yourself in a few words. “I’m your typical NQ immigrant. I did my hard 14 years of schooling along the brown snake, then answered the calling to the wide open pastures of the Gulf.” 
  2. List your assets. ”I’m a great communicator, just not over any form of social media. I’ll also own my own GXL cruiser by 2035, shout out to Dad’s credit card.”
  3. What are you looking for in a woman? ”Low self esteem, pretty much just a good bird who’s willing to be disappointed for a long time.” 
  4. Any talents you think a lady might like to know about? “I can spin a fat yarn.” 
  5. Describe your perfect hometown date. “It’s simple. I pick bae up in the cruiser, we head straight to Clayfield KFC, crn of Junction Road and Sandgate Road. My shout obviously because that’s the gentleman I am. Quick trip up Bartley’s Hill for some one-on-one time then we take it straight to Friday’s Riverside for a night on the rums with some ripper Queen St cowboys, all topped off with a brown snake sunrise.” 
  6. What breed do you run? “I run a nicely oiled, cheeky R22. A few of you might already know what that is, if not see me after and I’ll show you how the gears work.” 
  7. How many inches? ”Roughly six or so but it’s all about perspective.”
  8. Tell us about your RM collection. ”As a Brissy local I’m pretty fresh to the world of RM. That being said I have a deadly pair my dad handed down to me, just waiting to grow into them.”
  9. Best spot for a skinny dip? ”You’d have to ask Jamie Deshon, Zach Moore and Tim Houston – I hear there’s a nice little creek outside Taroom?
  10. How much should you spend on an engagement ring? ”I heard once it is three months salary. I’ll be waiting a few years until I’m a proper chopper pilot before dishing out for the rock.” 
  11. Did you google the above question? ”Negative. I asked Charlotte Smith.” 
  12. What is your most prized possession? ”Definitely my phone. It’s the gateway to Tinder, Snapchat and Instagram.” 
Ben Hughes

Ben Hughes

Name: Ben Hughes, 21. Occupation: Grazier/Pilot 

  1. Describe yourself in a few words. “Don’t be fooled, there’s a lot hiding under the hood. Good things come in small packages. Therefore, I’m the ultimate catch.”
  2. List your assets. “Toyota Hilux and not a great deal more than a little house on the prairie.”
  3. What are you looking for in a woman? ”I like my women how I like my tea...hot and strong.”
  4. Any talents you think a lady might like to know about? “I can’t drive with no hands but I can certainly fly with no hands. Just ask those who have joined the mile high club.”
  5. Describe your perfect hometown date. “We’d start off with a crumbed steak at the local Biggenden pub, followed by a swift walk down the main street to see the ‘city’ lights.”
  6. What breed do you run? “God damn Brahmans.”
  7. How many inches? “42”
  8. Tell us about your RM collection. “1 pair of busted ass suede boost that have been around since Jesus was fullback for Jerusalem.” 
  9. Best spot for a skinny dip? “Depends on how impressive the rig is. Ord River, Kununurra.”
  10. How much should you spend on an engagement ring? “30K”
  11. Did you google the above question? “Negative”
  12. What is your most prized possession? “Dad bod game is strong. My body is my temple.” 
Daniel Jones

Daniel Jones

Name: Daniel Jones, 23. Occupation: Spray contractor 

  1. Describe yourself in a few words. “A strapping young gentleman with stacks of confidence, persistence and determination but little to no patience.”
  2. List your assets. “Dual cab cruiser, shouldn’t need to say much more.” 
  3. What are you looking for in a woman? “A sense of humour is key. I’d like her to be adventurous and sporty and a cute smile is a must!”
  4. Any talents you think a lady might like to know about? “I’m a really, really good cook.”
  5. Describe your perfect hometown date. “I’m not going to lie – we’d probably go to the Saint for a parmi and a schooner of northern. We’d have a few games of pool that I’d only just let you win. No doubt you’d meet the fellas!”
  6. What breed do you run? “Hairy dogs.”
  7. How many inches? “I’m wearing a size 10 shoe if that’s any indicator.” 
  8. Tell us about your RM collection. “Wearing the entire collection right now, minus a hat or two.”
  9. Best spot for a skinny dip? “Definitely somewhere we shouldn’t be.” 
  10. How much should you spend on an engagement ring? “You can’t put a price on love.” 
  11. Did you google the above question? “No but I did google how much a kidney is worth.”
  12. What is your most prized possession? “Would have to be my ute. I’m easy to please.”
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