Rakaia shearers took first and second place at this year's
Ellesmere A&P Show shears at Leeston.
Tony Coster won the open class shearing event for the fourth
time, with fellow Rakaia shearer Grant Smith taking second
place. Coster previously won the Ellesmere title in 1998,
2008 and 2009.
There was no open event at last year's rain-affected show
because of a clash with the New Zealand Spring Shears in
Competition at Leeston was restricted to just the senior and
Coster has recently returned from representing New Zealand in
an eight-match series in the United Kingdom - the 2013 Elders
Primary Wool UK Tour, to which Smith is a former New Zealand
Rakaia-based Jock Barrett won the senior final, and Irish
shearer Joseph Stephens won the intermediate final.
Although Coster and Smith won at Leeston on points, it was
Ashburton shearer Rocky Bull who won time honours shearing
his eight in 9min 16sec.
Bull took fourth place behind Blenheim shearer Chris Jones.
Bull is one of seven shearers supporting Rakaia shearer and
judge John Hough, who is bowing out of shearing sports at the
end of this season in which he hopes to contest 21
In the first Shearing Sports New Zealand North Island
competition of the season, Napier shearer John Kirkpatrick
won the Poverty Bay Shears, in Gisborne.
In the woolhandling events, reigning world and Golden Shears
champion Joel Henare successfully defended his home town's
open title which he won for the first time 12 months ago.
Kirkpatrick joined Alexandra fine-wool merino shearer Dion
Morrell and Golden Shears and New Zealand Open champion
Rowland Smith, of Hastings, in a transtasman series test
match on Saturday in Warrnambool, Victoria.
New Zealand representatives in the woolhandling test were Te
Awamutu's Keryn Herbert, last season's North Island circuit
winner and also Shearing Sports New Zealand annual rankings
champion, and 2013 Otago Championships New Zealand
Woolhandler of the Year final winner Tia Potae, of Milton.
Upcoming shearing sports events in Canterbury are the
Ashburton A&P shears at Ashburton and the Pleasant Point
Gymkhana at Pleasant Point on November 2 and the Canterbury
A&P, NZ Corriedale Championships at Christchurch on
November 14 and 15.
Results of shearing at Leeston on Saturday, October 19
Open final (8 sheep): Tony Coster (Rakaia) 9min 38sec,
50.53pts, 1; Grant Smith (Rakaia) 10min 48sec, 50.9pts, 2;
Chris Jones (Blenheim) 11min 51.25pts, 3; Rocky Bull
(Ashburton) 9min 16sec, 65.3pts, 4.
Senior final (5 sheep): Jock Barrett 8min 28sec,
47pts, 1; Ethan Pankhurst (Masterton) 8min 33sec, 49.05pts,
2; Rowan Nesbit (Rangiora) 8min 23sec, 51.95pts, 3; Lance
Barnes (Diamond Harbour) 10min 24sec, 56.4pts, 4.
Intermediate final (3 sheep): Joseph Stephens
(Ireland) 6min 34sec, 48.37pts, 1; Cory Green (Rakaia) 8min,
51.67pts, 2; Darren Alexander (Whangamomona) 7min 31sec,
55.55pts, 3; Lyall Windleburn (Waiau) 5min 43sec, 64.15pts,
Junior final (2 sheep): Joel Richards (Oamaru) 6min
3sec, 45.65pts, 1; Edward Harrington (West Melton) 6min
56sec, 48.8pts, 2; Brendon Ridgen (Darfield) 6min 6sec,
57.3pts, 3; Allan Oldfield (Geraldine) 5min 42sec, 71.1pts,