Star shearer home after testing tour
New Zealand shearing representative Nathan Stratford reckons he's like a bottle of wine - getting better with age.
Stratford was last night welcomed home at Invercargill Airport by his wife, Lisa, and children Seb, 5 and Lexie, 9 months, after a six-week tour of Britain with the national shearing team.
New Zealand drew test series against Scotland and Wales and beat Northern Ireland in a one-off test match.
However, a test against England was cancelled because of wet weather.
A highlight for Stratford was winning the open final in the 20-lamb Corwen Shears event in Wales - his first international victory.
It was also the first time the 38-year-old had represented New Zealand on the British tour after trying to make the team for about seven years, he said.
"[I am] getting better with age, so they reckon, like a bottle of wine," he said.
The tour was all he expected, with the Kiwi team shearing in front of crowds of 3000-plus screaming fans which made for a great atmosphere and intense competition.
However, Stratford was now looking forward to spending time with his family.
"It's great to be home," the international representative said. email@example.com
The Southland Times