Southerners' master wool skills snare serious wins

Pagan Karauria
Pagan Karauria
Southerners had success at 59th Golden Shears at Masterton's War Memorial Stadium over the weekend.

Pagan Karauria, of Alexandra, won the World Woolhandling Qualifying Final.

Karauria, and Sheree Alabaster, of Taihape, won the two woolhandling places in the Shearing Sports New Zealand team for the championships in Le Dorat, Central France, on July 1-7.

The 30-year-old Karauria was acclaimed a Master Woolhandler in August last year.

Karauria is a daughter of three-time Golden Shears Open woolhandling winner Tina Rimene, from Masterton.

Brodie Horrell, of Gore, won the Junior Shearing Title. The Glencarin Station shepherd shore his five second-shear sheep in top time of 8.48 minutes with minimal penalty points.

There is strong and growing support for the annual three-day international championships.

Hot favourites Rowland Smith, of Hastings, and Joel Henare successfully defended the two major titles.

Smith (32) won the Open shearing title for a 6th time, equalling the tally of early-years Golden Shears household name Brian Snow Quinn, who won five times from 1965 to 1972, while Henare (27) won a record 7th Open woolhandling title, all of them in a row.

Smith won a place at the world championships in France in July, but Henare missed his chance to defend his World title when he was eliminated in the semifinal of a selection series, from which Karauria and Alabaster won through.

Nathan Stratford, of Invercargill and John Kirkpatrick, of Hawke's Bay, were second and third in the shearing final but get another chance at the second machine shearing spot for France at the New Zealand championships in Te Kuiti in May.

In the Trans-Tasman Test, the Australian team of Daniel McIntyre, Jason Wingfield and Callum O'Brien beat the Kiwis Smith, Kirkpatrick and Stratford.

The open grade speed shears is a single-sheep contest, judges are appointed to ensure that while speed was the object, the quality was still kept to the highest-possible standard. Masterton shearer Paerata Abraham beat Cam Ferguson in a photo-finish ahead of Brett Roberts, of Mataura. Roberts and Ringakaha Paewai, of Gore, also made the Wool National Circuit Final where competitors shear three merino, three Corriedale, three longwool, three second-shear, and three lambs. Roberts also finished second in the Young Farmers Shearing Final.

The Senior Grade Speedshear was won by Connor Puha, shearing his final sheep in 26.593sec, outgunning Winton shearer Jade Maguire Ratima by just 0.22sec. Brandon Maguire Ratima was fourth.

The Junior Woolhandling Title was won by Sunni Te Whare, of Ohai, ahead of Krome Elers, from Mataura. Chelsea Collier, of Gore, finished third in the Open Woolhandling final just ahead of Candy Hiri, of Mataura.

Casey Bailey, of Riverton, had success in the Tui Encouragement Invitation Shearing.

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