Local shearers take majority of titles

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Eastern and Northern Southland shearers won three out of the four titles up for the taking at the Northern Southland Shears on Friday – Brett Roberts and Tyson Crown, both of Mataura, won the open and intermediate classes respectively and Linton Palmer, of Dipton, won the senior final.

The competition was held at the Selbie family’s Five Rivers woolshed, near Lumsden.

Shears secretary Patsy Shirley said earlier in the week she wondered if there would be many shearers for the competition, as entry numbers were low.

“Up until Thursday night I had no juniors, two intermediates and about four seniors.”

However, shearers turned up on the day to enter and 53 competed throughout the four classes.

“On the day it was really great that we had so many people.”

In the junior class there were eight entries, comprising shearers from Spain, Scotland and England as well as New Zealand.

Scottish shearer Katie Reid won the junior title.

“That was really good to see the people from overseas coming to the show and especially winning.”

The long-wool sheep were prepared by Ian Grant, of North Range Partnership, and trucked to the woolshed.

“They’re really in perfect condition – they were really good shearing.”

The woolhandling competition was held at North Range.

“Woolhandling had good numbers too.”

The open was won by Pagan Karauria, of Alexandra, the senior final by Tyler Hira, of Onewhero, and the junior final by Amber Poihipi, of Ohai.

There was a possibility the woolhandling and shearing would be held in the same shed next year but that would be discussed by the committee, Mrs Shirley said.