New Zealand shearers score third straight win over Wales

Doug Laing, February 22, 2016
NZ shearer Tony Coster

NZ shearer Tony Coster

NEW Zealand shearers scored their third consecutive win over Wales in the CP Wool Shearing Series on the weekend.

The north-south island combo of shearer Dion King, from Hawke’s Bay, and Tony Coster, from Canterbury, guaranteed New Zealand’s CP Wool Shearing Series victory over Wales with a third-straight win at the Southern Shears in Gore on Saturday.

But it was an encouraging result from Welsh shearers Richard Jones and Gwion Evans, narrowing the margin to 3.667 points, the closest of the series and closer than either of the two tests shorn in New Zealand last summer.

Limiting his competition this season after buy a farm east of Masterton, King still dominated the test of 12 sheep each, as he had in the second test in Balclutha seven days earlier. He was the only one to shear under a minute a sheep, finishing in 11 minutes 55 seconds, beating his team mate by almost a sheep, and both Welshmen each having one more sheep to shear still in the pens.

The Kiwis had the best board-judging points, but Jones had markedly the better points in the pens afterwards.

King also helped North Island to a narrow win in an inter-island match, teaming with Napier shearer John Kirkpatrick and World champion Rowland Smith, who was otherwise the star of the show, winning both the Southern Shears Open final and a North Island-dominated South Island Shearer of the Year final.

Another feature was the large proportion of overseas shearers in the lower grade events — comprising almost half the 53 entrants in the Intermediate and Junior classes — with shearers from Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Germany, Australia and Japan among the competitors.

South Australian shearer Tom Brewer from Naracoorte was one of the better-performing Aussies, placing fifth in the intermediate shearing final. But the young New Zealanders met the challenge, with the Senior final won by Dylan McGruddy, of Masterton, the Intermediate final by Napier-based Gisborne shearer Ricci Stevens, and the Junior by Brandon Maguire-Ratima, of Winton.

Results from the shearing at the 51st Southern Shears in Gore on Saturday, February 20:

CP Wool Shearing Series (12 sheep): New Zealand (Dion King 11min 55sec, 48.584pts; Tony Coster 12min 45sec, 52.333pts) 100.917pts beat Wales (Richard Jones 13min 7sec, 51.684pts; Gwion Evans 13min 3sec, 52.9pts) 104.584pts). New Zealand lead 3-0 in the series with two tests remaining.

Inter-island (15 sheep): North Island (Rowland Smith 14min 32sec, 54.067pts; John Kirkpatrick 15min 6sec, 54.967pts; Dion King 14min 58sec, 58.433pts) 167.467pts, beat South Island (Nathan Stratford 14min 46sec, 53.633pts; Darin Forde 14min 40sec, 58.533pts; Tony Coster 15min 8sec, 58.2pts) 168.366pts.

South Island Shearer of the Year final (20 sheep): Rowland Smith (Hastings) 18min 6sec, 64.85pts, 1; David Buick (Pongaroa) 18min 22sec, 69.85pts, 2; Nathan Stratford (Invercargill) 19min 53sec, 69.9pts, 3; John Kirkpatrick (Napier) 19min 18sec, 71.7pts, 4; Aaron Haynes (Feilding) 19min 35sec, 72.05pts, 5; Angus Moore (Kaitangata/Ward) 19min 44sec, 72.8pts, 6.

Source: Doug Laing, Shearing Sports New Zealand.


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