TV stumbling block

TV stumbling block

OCEAN GROVE builder Matty Wright and his team from Coastruct Carpentry recently featured on Channel Nine’s program The Block.
Although their appearance was brief, the program appeared to paint the boys in an undesirable light after they decided not to work with couple Steve and Chantelle.
“The show portrayed us as these bad men who have said yes to helping out and then just left. It was more of a meet and greet, we didn’t invoice or anything,” Matty explained.
The Ocean Grover appeared in episode five which aired on February 3.
“Chantelle and Steve are great people and I wish we could have helped out and been a part of the show. Another main reason we didn’t go through with it was because I didn’t want to let them down. Being a builder in Melbourne and having those connections is a big advantage,” Matty explained.
In the Fans vs Faves series, contestant Steve, a chimney sweep from Geelong, was encouraged to give Matty and his team from Coastruct Carpentry a call after they finished an impressive job at Jack Rabbit Vineyard. After receiving a call at 7pm on a Sunday night in October, the Grovers were on the Melbourne set by the morning. They were there for a short four hours.
“I didn’t realise the minute we got there we would be miked up,” Matty recalled.
“We worked out the 10 weeks working 60 hours would run the business at a $30,000 loss. Being so close to Christmas, it just wasn’t viable and the pressures of being based too far away would have been tough,” Matty said.
Despite the editing of the show seemingly painting Matty and his team leaving the couple in the lurch, Matt insisted it was worthwhile.
“Melbourne is just out of our comfort zone, just driving over the West Gate Bridge is enormous,” he laughed. “The whole process and production of the show was a great experience. There’s around 100 people on the floor at one time. They should bring The Block to Geelong,” he said.

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