Shearers in plate success

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Eastern Southland shearers dominated in the open plate section at the Pleasant Point Gymkhana Shears.

The competition was held in the South Canterbury town on Saturday.

Brett Roberts, of Gore, won the title in 7min 34.91sec, shearing seven sheep.

Ringakaha Paewai, of Gore, came third in a time of 8min 8.03sec.

The intermediate final fourth place-getter was Jesse Barclay, of Gore, in 4min 34.09sec.

Jonah Collins, of Mataura, was fourth in 6min 23.37sec (33.17 points) in the junior shearing section.

Roberts is enjoying a winning streak, having also won the open section at the Ashburton A&P Show last weekend.

This was his third season in the open section, he said.

The full-wool sheep at the Pleasant Point Gymkhana were “beautiful” to shear.

He was giving the competition season his best shot.

“I’m trying my best,” Roberts said.

The competition season started in October in Waimate.

The season winds down near Christmas and then begins again in the new year with competitions in Northern Southland and Winton.

Roberts said he was working on his fitness in preparation for future competitions.

He played rugby for Edendale last season, which helped with fitness in the winter.

Shearing Sports New Zealand media officer Doug Laing said the show attracted 40 entries across the classes, including 12 in the open section.