City girl Polly (24) loved all the earlier series of The Block so much that she made her country boy Warwick (27) watch all of them from start to finish. When The Block 2010 ended they sat back, looked at each other and realised they were thinking the same thing: let’s try and get on the next show. And here they are.
Warwick, or Waz to his friends, is described by Polly as the love of her life and an absolute rascal. But he’s a rascal with a heart of gold who has cycled thousands of kilometres around Australia for charities, from Perth to Sydney and Townsville to Broome.
They met at a mutual friend’s birthday party but Polly had a boyfriend overseas and there were no sparks initially. Six months later at a group surfing weekend Waz snatched a sneaky kiss. One date later they were an item. That was three years ago.
Self-confessed “Miss Serious” Polly is glad when Waz lightens her up. “He’s just good fun. He balances us out.” Waz is devoted to Polly and says she’s incredibly kind and caring. The happiest moment of his life was telling Polly he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her. “She didn’t make a fuss but I could tell she was waiting to hear it. She’s still waiting for a ring, but she knows how devoted I am to her.”
They own an investment property in Sydney’s eastern suburbs that they’ve partially renovated. But although they don’t have as much experience as some couples Waz isn’t deterred. “Polly has amazing organising skills and an eye for what looks good. I have never seen her back down from a challenge. Competitiveness is strong in this one.”
Polly is thrilled by the challenge ahead. “We have tenants in our unit and have lived in rental properties where we weren’t able to apply the Waz and Pol touch. I’m really looking forward to creating a space we can be proud of, and say we did that.”
Polly fusses over the fine details and Warwick never takes his eye off the big picture. Waz is also ready to dive in with that typical quiet country enthusiasm. “I’ll give 100 per cent and give anything a go. I’m not scared to try, learn or be shown anything, even if it takes 10 gos. I’m not a quitter.”
They are convinced they have what it takes to win and when they do they plan on travelling for a year, first to the Antarctic then through South America and Europe. When they get home they want to buy another property together and “maybe start a real estate empire”.