Bill Rose (right) and Robert Pirina stage a Pie of Origin contest to raise money for flood victims.
Bill Rose (right) and Robert Pirina stage a Pie of Origin contest to raise money for flood victims. David Nielsen

Fernvale named best pie

THE Fernvale Bakery claimed an early victory for Queensland yesterday ahead of the State of Origin decider on Wednesday night.

The award-winning bakery, famous for its meaty pastries, was crowned Pie of Origin champion from NSW rival, the Glenorie Bakery.

The state against state, pie against pie rivalry was evident throughout the morning, with sky blue jerseys and wigs easily spotted among the overwhelming maroon majority.

In the end, the judges favoured the chunky beef pieces in Fernvale Bakery's pies compared with the flavoursome pastries of Robert Pirina's Glenorie Bakery.

Fernvale Bakery owner Bill Rose said this was one competition where having the homeground advantage really counted.

"We think we make a pretty good pie; we thought it would be easy because he's only a Cockroach," he said.

"Rob had more flavour, but the chunky pies were more appealing to the people there."

The battle for fundraising dollars continues until Wednesday, with $2 from each pie sold to be donated to flood-affected families and community groups.

Mr Pirina said despite the loss he was pleased with the amount of money raised and was confident the Blues would break Queensland's winning streak this week.

Both bakers were happy the community came out to support the pie contest.

The pair handed out cheques to individual families and community groups.

"We just wanted to help the individuals. They are the ones who are finding it pretty hard, but if we can give that money to them we can help," Mr Pirina said.

His passion for pies is only matched by his will for NSW to come up trumps this year.

"I think we have a good chance of winning," he said.

The challenge was issued by Mr Pirina via You Tube, calling for a Queensland bakery to better his pies in an Origin-style battle.

Mr Rose saw the clip, and returned serve with a video of his own - accepting the challenge on behalf of Queensland.

At last count yesterday, Queensland was leading the fundraising stakes with 2600 pies sold, 100 more than NSW.



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