Stroppy sheep puts end to title dreams

Emma Martin of Gore competes in the women’s event at the Southern Shears on Saturday which she...
Emma Martin of Gore competes in the women’s event at the Southern Shears on Saturday which she won. Martin also came second in the intermediate grade. PHOTO: SANDY EGGLESTON
A stroppy sheep put paid to a Gore shearer’s chances of an intermediate title at the Southern Shears.

Emma Martin, the only female shearer to make a final in the intermediate grade or higher, finished a quarter of a point behind Cody Waihape, of Mataura.

The shearing and woolhandling event was held at the Gore A&P Showgrounds on Friday and Saturday.

She was surprised to finish second given the trouble one of the sheep gave her, she said.

"The hindsight looking back tells me that kicking sheep could have lost me my first place."

"I’m both happy that I’m second by such a small margin but I’m also annoyed that I am second by such a small margin." She was in her third season of shearing after initially starting out as a woolhandler.

Earlier in the day she also won the women’s event.

She and Mr Waihape had had some good tussles during the season so far, she said. When she won a competition, Mr Waihape was usually second and vice versa.

"He’s keeping me on my toes and I would like to think I’m keeping him somewhat on his."

She had about seven wins in her first season in the intermediate level and would compete in the senior next season.

The open was won by Leon Samuels, of Invercargill, the senior by Nathan Bee, of Wyndham, and the junior by Grace Schoft, of Australia.

In the woolhandling Pagan Rimene, of Alexandra, won the open, Saskia Tuhakaraina, of Gore, the senior and Lucy Elers, of Mataura, the junior.

Shears committee chairman Willie Hewitson said there were very good entries for the shearing competition.

"We’re probably up 15% up on what we usually are.

"It’s promising for the industry."

Sponsors and a team of volunteers made the event possible, he said.