There were only a
few blows in it.
Our blade shearers put up a good fight but favourite South
Africa proved too strong on the day.
Nonetheless, a New Zealander still took a place on the podium
at the Golden Shears World shearing and woolhandling
championships, in Ireland, on Sunday. Rowland Smith, of
Hastings, won the glamour event - the individual machine
Hopes were high for the New Zealand blade shearers Tony
Dobbs, of Fairlie, and Brian Thomson, of West Melton.
Both put up promising performances in the lead up to the
finals and opening rounds of the championships .
Dobbs only returned to the competition circuit last October
after an 18-year break.
On the day, Dobbs and Thomson were third and fourth
respectively in the individual blade shearing final and were
second in the team final.
The six world champions were spread across five nations,
which was unprecedented for the competition.
South Africa retained both the individual and teams titles in
blade shearing, Scotland won the machine shearing teams
England won its first world title in the individual
woolhandling, while Wales broke New Zealand's dominance in
the teams event.
The competitions drew thousands of spectators and
performances in the heats were enough to bring the house
The final competitions were delayed more than two hours when
a guy-rope broke on the marquee where the events were being
staged and it had to be evacuated.
The world event emerged from the Golden Shears International
Shearing Championships founded in Masterton in 1961.