Blind Date: Education assistant and student Nadia and geology technician Matt met up at Servo

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Did these country kids find their soulmate?
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Matt, 26, says:

I went in earlier because I was a bit nervous. I got a couple of pints in before she got there to kill the nerves a little bit. So I was just waiting for her to arrive and the cricket was on so I was watching the cricket. Then Nadia was shown over to where I was sitting.

I actually think it went pretty well. We’re very similar people. I was actually pretty surprised on the similarities that you’re able to match us up on. We’re both ex country people, moved to Perth, went to boarding school so our life history was pretty on par which each other.

She’s a beautiful girl. I don’t really have any complaints.

She’s from Carnamah and I know a lot of people in and around that area even though I grew up in Kalbarri. I used to play footy out that way and one of my best mates is from around there. One of the blokes that was with this mate actually knew who she was.

She’s played a bit of netball and I really enjoy netball. I have played mixed netball in the past. I do know all the rules unlike most guys that play. My mum is a mad keen netballer.

I’m all about camping and the outdoors. I’ve got my four wheel drive set up to be able to tour around Australia. I’ve done a fair bit of it myself. That’s a pretty big hobby of mine. Pretty much all my money goes to my car. I used to be a Western Australian tour guide. I live and breathe Western Australia. I think it’s one of the most beautiful places so that’s what I like, to travel up and down it. I’m definitely an advocate for up north.

We were there until close. We looked around and were like “oh, they’re about the kick us out”. We would have kept drinking but everything else was closing up.

The food was good, especially the fried chicken.

I don’t think there was any chemistry to pursue another date. But in terms of how well we got along, we got along like a house on fire, it was a really good date.

Verdict: 8/10

Nadia, 23, says:

I was so nervous at the start. I literally didn’t eat the whole day because I was the most nervous I’ve ever been. I had to call my friend before to reassure me. It was probably because of the unknown and fear of being stood up. But I absolutely loved it. Servo is such a good venue too. The food and drinks were so good.

He was such a lovely guy, so down to earth. I felt like we had a lot in common as well. Very similar interests. We both went to boarding school, he’s from the country, which is what I love in a guy. I seem to fall for all the country boys.

We exchanged Facebook and we have three mutual friends. So with him being from Kalbarri and me being from Carnamah, which is a few hours south of there, he knew a lot of people that I knew from a town nearby. He said he played sport for one of the small towns up there I knew as well so I was like “what a small world”.

There was a lot to talk about. We both love music so we talked about that and going to festivals. He was at SNACK the night before. We exchanged songs we like, too.

We talked a lot about travel as well. I said that I had travelled solo around Europe only two years ago and he mentioned he’s travelled around Australia and is wanting to go to the Top End.

I walked away really happy about it because I felt like we got along so well. There was a lot to talk about and we did have so much of the same interests. But he messaged the next day and said he felt like there was no chemistry and I said to him I would have actually given it a chance but he doesn’t seem to think so. When I first read it, I was a bit taken aback. I love the honesty though. I really respect that, and I said that to him.

It was still really good to get out of my comfort zone and it was just nice to have that banter and have a good time.

Verdict: 9/10

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