Wairarapa pair surface on top at shearing finals at Manawatu A & P show
Wairarapa claimed a significant shearing sports double on Sunday when shearer David Buick, of Pongaroa, and Eketahuna woolhandler Emaraina Braddick won the open finals at the Manawatu A & P Show in Feilding.
Buick won the open shearing final for a third year, beating world championships selection series favourites and Hawke's Bay shearers John Kirkpatrick and Rowland Smith in a three-man final of over 20 sheep each.
All three put in their last show before the New Zealand team selection showdown in Christchurch on Friday, with two machine-shearing places up for grabs for the world championships in Invercargill on February 8-11.
It was the first time reigning the world, Golden Shears and New Zealand champion Smith had been beaten in the four North Island shows this season, and crowned a successful day for Team Pongaroa which also claimed the junior shearing title and the novice woolhandling title.
Braddick's win was also significant, being just her second in the open class after taking the Dannevirke title in February.
Defending Manawatu champion Joel Henare, of Gisborne, was absent, but Braddick did beat Te Kuiti's Keryn Herbert and Taihape's Sheree Alabaster, who will join him in the woolhandling team selection final in Christchurch on Thursday.
In the shearing, just two seconds separated Buick, Kirkpatrick and Smith. Buick went on to claim the honours with better quality points.
Napier shearers Paraki Puna and Ricci Stevens and Woodville's Tegwyn Bradley continued their jockeying for senior supremacy in the eastern and lower North Island. Puna got the nod as just 0.7pts separated the three after a 10-sheep final. The runner-up was Stevens, who had won at the Wairarapa Show eight days earlier, while third was Bradley, winner at the Royal Show in Hastings on October 21.
Porangahau shearer Anaru Wakefield extended an unbeaten run in intermediate finals in the North Island this season, making it four-from-four, while there was a Team Pongaroa quinella in the junior final in which Cullum Pritchard, of Pongaroa, scored his second win.
Jamie McLean of Taihape, had her second win this season by winning the senior woolhandling final, where Braddick's sister, Marika, was runner-up.
Dannevirke youngster Cortez Ostler, aged 12, had his first win in the junior woolhandling final.
Results from the Manawatu A & P Show shearing and woollhandling championships at Manfeild, Feilding on November 6:
Shearing: Open final (20 sheep): David Buick (Pongaroa) 18min 23sec, 69.8pts, 1; John Kirkpatrick (Napier) 18min 23sec, 71.3pts, 2; Rowland Smith (Hastings) 18min 25sec, 73.65pts, 3. Senior final (10 sheep): Ricci Stevens (Napier) 15min 2sec, 55.7pts, 1; Paraki Puna (Napier) 14min 43sec, 58.25pts, 2; Tegwyn Bradley (Woodville) 14min 54sec, 58.4pts, 3. Intermediate final (6 sheep): Anaru Wakefield (Porangahau) 1min 6sec, 44.8pts, 1; Laura Bradley (Woodville) 11min 58sec, 47.0667pts, 2; Daniel Seed (Woodville) 50.55pts, 3. Junior final (4 sheep): Cullum Pritchard (Pongaroa) 9min 23sec, 44.65pts, 1; Carmen Smith (Pongaroa) 9min 5sec, 46.25pts, 2; Steve Hakaraia 10min 4sec, 48.2pts, 3. Novice (1 sheep): Ariana Hadfield (Wairoa) 6min 52sec, 37.6pts, 1; Leon Pritchard (Pongaroa) 5min 45sec, 49.25pts, 3; Jonathon Painter (Palmerston North) 7min 6sec, 60.3pts, 3.
Woolhandling: Open final: Emaraina Braddick (Eketahuna) 255pts, 1; Keryn Herbert (Te Kuiti) 296pts, 2; Trish Ludlow (Waipawa) 321pts, 3. Senior final: Jamie McLean (Taihape) 192pts, 1; Marika Braddick (Eketahnua) 206pts, 2; Peketai Puna (Napier) 223pts, 3. Junior final: Cortez Ostler (Dannevirke) 135pts, 1; Bianca Hawea (Masterton) 144pts, 2; Ricci Stevens (Napier) 206pts, 3. Novice: Summer Pritchard (Pongaroa) 135pts, 1; Tilly Thwaites (-) 137pts, 2; Samantha Prichard (Pongaroa) 157pts, 3.