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Aussie Boyle wins sixth New Zealand Merino shearing title

Doug Laing, October 5, 2015
Six-time  NZ Merino champion Damien Boyle, left, with open wool handling winner Pagan Rimene. Pic - Shearing Sports NZ.

Six-time NZ Merino champion Damien Boyle, left, with open wool handling winner Pagan Rimene. Photo – Shearing Sports NZ.

Boyle, 37, on Saturday night won the New Zealand Merino Championship’s open final in Alexandra for a sixth time in a row.

He won by just over two points from his expected toughest opposition, Invercargill shearer Nathan Stratford, whose win in 2009 was the last by a New Zealander in the event. Rakaia pair Grant Smith and Tony Coster were third and fourth respectively.

Boyle had signalled his form going into his title defence when he won the Royal Perth Show Open title for a 19th time.

The other big winner on the night was Masterton wool handler Pagan Rimene, who followed in the footsteps of both mother Tina Rimene and father Dion Morrell in also becoming an open champion in Alexandra.

Rimene, who won major titles on Corriedale wool, and crossbred full wool and lambs, beat New Zealand representative and defending Alexandra champion and final top-qualifier Joel Henare in Saturday’s open wool handling final.

Rimene’s mother last won the title six years ago while her father had won the event’s open shearing final three times, and was in the six-man showdown again last night.

Both father and daughter were also in a New Zealand Merino Shears shearing and wool handling team which beat a Royal Perth Show team.

Source: Doug Laing, Shearing Sports New Zealand

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