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As fast as you can . . . Jesse Barclay, of Mataura, shears his way down the last flank of his lamb in the MLT South Island Speed Shear Championships at the Mataura Rugby Club on Friday. PHOTO: SANDY EGGLESTON

MLT South Island Speed Shear Championships organiser Cody Waihape is celebrating another successful running of the event on Friday night.

The championship is a fundraiser for the Mataura Rugby Club and has been held for the past three years.

Mr Waihape said he was pleased with the support the community showed for the event especially after the recent flooding in the town.

“There’s been some tough times down there lately so I would like to thank the community for coming out and supporting it and making it a success again,” he said.

“Mataura is a close-knit community when it comes to the shearing.”

Fifty-seven entries were received in the senior and open events.

” We usually get around that 60 mark most years.”

It took Leon Samuels, of Invercargill, 18.5sec to win the open event while Simon Goss, of Mangamahu, won the senior competition, shearing his sheep in 24sec.

The quality of the shear was as important as the speed in which the sheep was shorn, he said.

The Romney lambs were provided for the competition by Lester and Hilary Dickie of Rosemarkie farm, Ferndale.

The club was grateful for the support of the Mataura Licensing Trust in sponsoring the event.