Aussie wins shearing
West Australian shearer Damian Boyle won the New Zealand Merino finewool shearing championship in Alexandra for the third consecutive year last night.
The Aussie beat runner-up Chris Vickers, of Palmerston, by almost seven points in the open contest among 45 shearers.
World woolhandling champion Joel Henare, of Gisborne, won his first New Zealand championships open title and Cushla Abraham, of Masterton, was runner-up in her first open-class competition.
The senior shearing title was won by Brett Roberts, of Mataura, senior woolhandling title was won by Kodi Hawkins, of Masterton, and the junior woolhandling was won by Raylene Johnston, of Milton.
Vickers is the third member of the New Zealand shearing team for a trans-Tasman test later this month in Warrnambool, Australia, with Angus Moore, of Marlborough, and John Kirkpatrick, of Napier.
The woolhandling team is Sheree Alabaster, of Taihape, and Rocky Hape-Taite, of Dannevirke.
Invercargill shearer Nathan Stratford had to settle for top qualifier in the open shearing final.
He won the Corwen Open on Welsh lambs in the UK in July.
The Southland Times