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Four Masters: Coster, Stratford, Henare, Thomson - August 4, 2014

Two machine shearers, a woolhandler and a blades shearer have been accorded Master status by Shearing Sports New Zealand.

They are machine shearers Tony Coster, of Rakaia, and Nathan Stratford, of Invercargill, woolhandler Joel Henare, of Gisborne, and blades shearer Brian Thomson, of Christchurch.

Coster and Stratford are among New Zealand's top multi-breeds shearers, having each won the PGG Wrightson National series final in Masterton and the New Zealand Shears Circuit final in Te Kuiti. Coster won the National three times and Stratford won the title earlier this year.

Henare is the youngest-ever Master in any of the crafts, having won the World Championship in 2012 at the age of 20, and Thomson has shorn the individual and teams finals at three consecutive World Championships.

Master Shearer status was created when a group of foundation recipients was announced at the 1975 Golden Shears, and 64 have now been accorded the honour. Master Woolhandler status was initiated in 1991, Henerae being the 22nd, to receive the accolade, and Thomson is the 19th Master Blade Shearer named since 1999.

A vote of at least 80 percent was required for each to be confirmed at last week's Shearing Sports New Zealand conference, where delegates considered competition performances, commitment to and performance in the shearing industry, and character.

Small trophies marking the accolade are expected to be presented to the recipients during the 2014-2015 competition season which starts with the New Zealand finewool merino championships at Alexandra on October 3-4.


Nathan Stratford

Tony Coster

Brian Thomson

Joel Henare

Elders Primary Wool UK tour ends - July 27, 2014

The Shearing Sports New Zealand shearing team has completed the eight-venue 2014 Elders Primary Wool UK Tour with a record of four wins and three losses in seven test matches.

The team was the most experienced New Zealand combination ever sent to the UK, with David Fagan, of Te Kuiti, having been shearing Open-class competition since the end of 1981, and teammate John Kirkpatrick, of Napier, having just completed 20 years at the top level.

Between them they have won over 800 Open finals, both adding to their records during the tour.

They were beaten by Scotland in the opening test and won the next two against England and Ulster before a four-test series with Wales, which was drawn 2-all when the Kiwis were beaten by Gareth Daniel and Richard Jones at the Corwen Shears on Saturday.




The victors and the vanquished...The Welsh and New Zealand teams with managers after the final test of the Elders Primary Wool UK Tour. Wales won the match at the Corwen Shears, and tied the sries 2-2.
During the tour, Fagan won the Lochearnhead Shears and Royal Welsh Open titles, and Kirkpatrick won the Lakelands Shears, NISSA Shane's Castle Shears and Lampeter Shears finals, which he added to pre-tour wins in the Irish All-Nations during World Championships week in Ireland in May, and the Royal Highland Open Championship just before the tour's start.

But Daniel won the Corwen Shears Open final, the first Welsh winner in the event's 25 years, and making it the first time it had not been won by a New Zealander since 2002.

The sole New Zealand finalist in an otherwise all-Wales final was third placegetter Fagan, who won the first Corwen open in 1989 and his 15th last year. Other New Zealanders to win since 2002 were Paul Avery in 2006 and 2008, James Fagan in 2009, Matt Smith in 2011, and Nathan Stratford in 2012.

Daniel and runner-up Jones sent Fagan and Napier shearer John Kirkpatrick packing with a comfortable win by 4.65pts in the test.

Fagan was first to finish the 20 lambs contest, in 12min 53sec, but Daniel's superior quality on the day gave him individual honours by just 0.05pts.

Shearing despite a shoulder injury which forced his last-minute withdrawal from the third test midweek at the Royal Welsh Show, Kirkpatrick was last-off in 14min 22sec and struggled to maintain the quality which marked his previous triumphs on tour.

Time honours in the open final, also over 20 lambs each, were claimed by Gareth Evans, who finished in 11min 54sec, which compared with the event record of 10min 36sec shorn by Fagan in 2004, an unofficial World record for 20 lambs in competition.

Saturday's final was, however, a particularly close shear, with just 21 seconds separating the first five off the board, and just 1.2pts covering the first four in the final result.

Results:

Elders Primary Wool UK Tour NZ v Wales, fourth test (20 lambs): Wales 102.55pts (Gareth Daniel 13min 2sec, 50.7pts; Richard Jones 13min 46sec, 51.75pts) beat New Zealand 107.2pts (David Fagan 12min 53sec, 50.75pts; John Kirkpatrick 14min 22sec, 56.45pts). The series was tied 2-2.

Corwen Shears Open final (20 lambs): Gareth Daniel (Wales) 12min 1sec, 46.65pts, 1; Richard Jones (Wales) 12min 31sec. 47.2pts, 2; David Fagan (NZ) 12min 9sec, 47.7pts, 3; Gareth Evans (Wales) 11min 54sec, 47.85pts, 4; Ian Jones (Wales) 11min 56sec, 49.4pts, 5; Gwion Evans (Wales) 12min 15sec, 50.2pts, 6.

Full Elders Primary Wool 2014 UK Tour results click here.

Dramatic win for Kiwi shearers in Wales - July 24, 2014

New Zealand shearing legend David Fagan scored a stunning double today by winning a 14th Royal Welsh Open title and helping his country to a dramatic test win over Wales.

The 52-year-old Fagan, who first won the Royal Welsh Open in 1988, was second finished the 20-lamb final, albeit more than a lamb behind England-based Kiwi shearer Matt Smith, who finished in 12min 17sec.

Let down by his quality, Smith had to settle for fourth place on points, and Fagan hung-on to beat eventual runner-up and Welsh team member Richard Jones by 1.05pts.

It was a crucial performance for Smith however, winning him a place in the Elders Primary Wool UK Tour New Zealand team after in-form tour-team member John Kirkpatrick withdrew with a shoulder injury sustained during the Open semi-finals and final.

Fagan led the race in the test, finishing in 13min 1sec, but Smith, shearing 13min 17sec, held on to complete the best individual performance as New Zealand won the test by 0.8pts to to take a 2-1 lead into the final test at the Corwen Shears on Saturday.

Fagan had previously won the Royal Welsh Open final at Llannelwedd, Builth Wells, in successively in 1988-90, 1993-96, and 1999-2000, and in 2003, 2005, 2010 and 2012, among 628 Open final wins worldwide over the last 32 years.

Results:

Elders Primary Wool UK Tour Test (20 lambs): New Zealand 109.9pts (Matt Smith 13min 17sec, 53.7pts; David Fagan 13min 1sec, 56pts) beat Wales 110.7pts (Richard Jones 14min 12sec, 54.9pts; Gareth Daniel 13min 40sec, 55.8pts).

Royal Welsh Open final (20 lambs): David Fagan (New Zealand) 13min 6sec, 54.45pts, 1; Richard Jones (Wales) 14min, 55.5pts, 2; Matthew Evans (Wales) 13min 8sec, 59.1pts, 3; Matt Smith (New Zealand) 12min 17sec, 59.15pts, 4; Ian Jones (Wales) 13min 50sec, 60.95pts, 5; John Kirkpatrick (New Zealand) 14min 50sec, 62.7pts, 6.

Kiwis back on track in Welsh shearing series - July 21, 2014

David Fagan and John Kirkpatrick put New Zealand back in the hunt for an Elders Primary Wool UK Tour shearing series win over World Championships runners-up and Six-Nations Champions Wales by winning the teams' second test at the Lampeter Shears, Southwest Wales, on Saturday.

With Fagan winning the race for time honours, finishing his 20 lambs in 13min 7sec. the pair dominated the pen judging where they were a combined total of 4.3pts better than home-side hopes Gareth Daniel and Richard Jones - the crucial factor in the ultimate win by 3.75pts.

It levelled the four-test series at 1-1, the Kiwis making amends for a first-test loss 24 hours earlier at Cothi, where the Welsh won only on the pen-point count after total points were tied.

It also avenged a win by Daniel and Jones over New Zealand side Rowland Smith and Tony Coster in last year's test at Lampeter, while the Kiwis are also shearing for some pride after being beaten by Scotland and the two Welshmen in the World Championships teams final in Ireland in May.

It was a big day at the Capeli Farm venue for Kirkpatrick when he also won the Lampeter Shears Open title, his fourth Open final win in the UK in four weeks, and repeating a win he had at Lampeter in 2012, one of five wins in the UK that season.

In the last month he had also won the Royal Highland Show Open title in Scotland, the Lakeland Shears Open title in England, and the NISSA Shane's Castle Shears in Northern Ireland.

Kirkpatrick was only fourth to finish Saturday's 20-sheep final, 23 seconds after Fagan who was again first off the board in 13min 40sec, and relied on the event-best pen points to beat tied pair Fagan and defending Lampeter champion Daniel. Daniel claimed second place by 0.35pts on the pen judging.

New Zealand shearer Turi Edmonds, of Raetihi, was third in the Senior final, won by Dafydd Jones.

Fagan and Kirkpatrick complete their tour with tests this week at the Royal Welsh Show and the Corwen Shears.

Results from the Lampeter Shears:

Elders Primary Wool UK Tour, New Zealand v Wales 2nd Test (20 lambs): New Zealand 99.7pts (David Fagan 13min 7sec, 49.65pts; John Kirkpatrick 13min 39sec, 50.05pts) beat Wales 103.45pts (Gareth Daniel 13min 14sec, 51.2pts; Richard Jones 14min 2sec, 52.25pts). The series is tied 2-2 with two tests to go, at the Royal Welsh Show on Wednesday and the Corwen Shears on Saturday.

Lampeter Shears Open final (20 lambs): John Kirkpatrick (Napier, NZ) 14min 3sec, 51.15pts, 1; Gareth Daniel (Machynlleth, Wales) 13min 53sec, 52.15pts, 2; David Fagan (Te Kuiti, NZ) 13min 40sec, 52.15pts, 3; Ian Jones (Llandrindod, Wales) 13min 47sec, 52.55pts, 4; Gwion Evans (Bylchau, Wales) 14min 19sec, 53.35pts, 5; Elwyn Jones (Wales) 15min 18sec, 59.25pts, 6.

Lampeter Shears (10 lambs): Dafydd Jones (Wales) 8min 57sec, 36.35pts, 1; Aled Jones (Wales) 8min 56sec, 38.3pts, 2; Turi Edmonds (Raetihi, NZ) 9min 47sec, 39.25pts, 3; Matthew Rees (Wales0 9min 59sec, 40.25pts, 4; Rhys Owen (Wales) 9min 42sec, 41.8pts, 5; Dion Hughes (Wales) 11min 9sec, 43.55pts.

Elders Primary Wool UK Tour - Welsh win historic Cothi match by a whisker - July 19, 2014

Wales has beaten New Zealand by the proverbial whisker in an historic Elders Primary Wool UK Tour match at the Cothi Shears.

Judges had to go to a 0.95 margin in pen judging marks to decide the outcome after overall time and quality points tied the two-man teams at 107.5pts each, thought to be the first tied test in shearing history.

Kiwi shearing legend David Fagan, of Te Kuiti, won the race for time honours, his 13min 27sec for 20 lambs beating Welsh star Gareth Daniel by eight seconds, and second New Zealand team member John Kirkpatrick, of Napier, finished with the best individual points overall. Bu, with Fagan losing points in the pen judging in particular, it was not good enough to stop Machynlleth farmer Daniel and Corwen shearer Richard Jones taking the win, repeating a triumph of a year ago when victory put the Welsh on the pathway to an historic 3-1 series win.

Jones and Daniel thrilled their home crowd even more by finishing first and second respectively in the Cothi Shears Open final, won two years ago by Kirkpatrick and last year by fellow Hawke's Bay shearer Rowland Smith, who wore the New Zealand singlet to victory in the World Championships final in Ireland two months ago.

Fagan was also first to finish today's Open final, with 20 lambs in 13min 38sec, but had to settle for third place, 1.5pts from Jones who had clearly the best pen-points. Kirkpatrick was fourth.

The test was the first of four between Wales and New Zealand ending the Elders Primary Wool tour, the second to be shorn at Lampeter early Sunday (NZ time), the third at the Royal Welsh Show on Wednesday, and the last at Corwen next Saturday.

The test at the Royal Welsh Show is expected to be televised live and be available by live streaming.

Results from the Cneifio Cothi Shears:

Elders Primary Wool UK Tour, NZ v Wales, First test (20 sheep): Wales 107.5pts, pen penalties 21.15 (Richard Jones 14min 17sec, 52.3pts; Gareth Daniel 13min 35sec, 55.2pts) beat New Zealand 107.5pts, pen penalties 22.1 (John Kirkpatrick 13min 37sec, 51.65pts; Daviud Fagan 13min 27sec, 55.85pts). Wales lead series 1-0.

Cothi Shears Open final (20 sheep): Richard Jones (Wales) 14min 1sec, 53.2pts, 1; Gareth Daniel (Wales) 13min 45sec, 53.9pts, 2; David Fagan (NZ) 13min 38sec, 54.7pts, 3; John Kirkpatrick (NZ) 13min 51sec, 55.55pts, 4; Gwion Evans (Wales) 13min 51sec, 58.85pts, 5; Alun Jones (Wales) 14min 54sec, 72pts, 6.

Kiwis beat England in Yorkshire shearing test - July 10, 2014

New Zealand shearers John Kirkpatrick and David Fagan have scored a resounding win over England in the second of seven test matches on their Elders Primary Wool UK Tour.

Shearing at the Great Yorkshire Show today, it was a close race for time honours, won by Englishman Antony Rooke who was first through the 20 sheep in 15min 12sec, teammate Adam Berry... being last to finish 31 seconds later.

The English also scored best in board judging but it was the finished job that mattered most as Kirkpatrick and Fagan were easily the best in pen judging.

It gave them a win by 8.3pts, giving them a 1-1 record on tour after being beaten by the Scottish team of Hamish Mitchell and Simon Bedwell 12 days ago.

The Kiwis did not have things all their own way however, a string of individual wins coming to an end when the Great Yorkshire Open final was won by Welsh shearer Gareth Daniel.

Fagan, having won his 627th career title at the Lochearnhead Shears in Scotland, was runner-up, beaten by more than 2pts after being first through the 20 sheep in 15min 9sec, but Kirkpatrick did not qualify for the six-man shootout.

Welshmon Gwion Lloyd Evans was third, Berry sixth, Iriish shearer Ivan Scott fifth, and Wales World Championships representative Richard Jones was sixth.

Kirkpatrick had earlier won the Royal Highland Show title in Scotland and last weekend's Lakeland Shears title in Cumbria.

Poverty Bay shearer Catherine Mullooly had a comfortable win in the Great Yorkshire Ladies event, shearing three sheep in 3min 57sec, more than a minute clear of second placegetter Natalie Crisp, of England, and taking the victory by 5.63pts.

South Island-based Masterton shearer Ethan Pankhurst was runner-up in the show's senior final, won by Alistair Shaw, of Scotland.

J.K. wins at Lakeland Shears - July 07, 2014

New Zealand shearer John Kirkpatrick again mastered the herdwicks of the Northwest of England on Sunday (July 6) to win the Lakeland Shears Open title for a third time.

Winner previously in 2007 and 2010, the Napier gun this week burned-off a unique field on the board in Cockermouth, Cumbria, where all five finalists were from different countries.

He finished the 20 s...heep first in 13min 39sec, over half-a-minute before second-man-off Simon Bedwell, of Scotland, and 45 seconds quicker than next-man-off Ivan Scott, of Ireland, and also posted the best board score of just 0.8pts.

In the final count Scott was second, Kirkpatrick winning by a comfortable 2.2pts, third place going to Adam Berry, of England, fourth to Welsh shearer Rhys Jones, and Bedwell having to settle for fifth, after carding 19.45 in pen-judging penalties.

It was the 6th time in a row the event had been won by a New Zealander, since New Zealand-based Scottish shearer Gavin Mutch won in 2008. No English shearer has won the event which was first held in 2003, when it was won by New Zealand shearer Paul Avery.

It was also Kirkpatrick's second win on the Elders Primary Wool Shearing Sports New Zealand 2014 UK Tour, having won the Royal Highland Open final a fortnight earlier.

Leading New Zealand 2013-2014 intermediate shearer Catherine Mullooly was fifth in Sunday's senior final, which was headed by three Welsh shearers and won by Rhoddri Jones, with Aled second and 2014 New Zealand Golden Shears Intermediate champion Alun Jones third.

Kirkpatrick and teammate and three-times Lakeland Shears champion David Fagan did not have a test match at Cockermouth. Having lost a tour-opening test to Scotland the previous week at Lochearnhead they now face a single test against England at the Great Yorkshire Show on Wednesday.

Results:

Lakeland Shears Open final (20 sheep): John Kirpatrick (New Zealand) 13min 39sec, 50.2pts, 1; Ivan Scott (Ireland) 14min 24sec, 52.4pts, 2; Adam Berry (England) 15min 23sec, 55.85pts, 3; Rhys Jones (Wales) 15min 43sec, 56.8pts, 4; Simon Bedwell (Scotland) 14min 11sec, 62.9pts, 5.

Lakeland Shears Senior final (10 sheep): Rhoddri Jones (Wales) 9min 12sec, 37.1pts, 1; Aled Jones (Wales) 9min 36sec, 38.2pts, 2; Alun Jones (Wales) 10min 30sec, 40.7pts, 3; Alistair Shaw (Scotland) 9min 18sec, 42.8pts, 4; Catherine Mullooly (New Zealand) 10min 59sec, 44.85pts, 5.

Legend Fagan still gets the prize, despite test defeat - June 30, 2014

New Zealand shearing legend David Fagan gained some compensation for a test match defeat by winning the Blackface Championship as the Elders Primary Wool Shearing Sports New Zealand team started its 2014 UK tour at the Lochearnhead Shears in Scotland on Saturday.

Te Kuiti shearer Fagan and Napier gun John Kirkpatrick had to endure New Zealand's second loss to Scotland in five weeks when they were beaten by home-competition shearer Hamish Mitchell and Simon Bedwell, of Garve, Ross-shire.

Mitchell and New Zealand-based Aberdeenshire shearer Gavin Mutch last month in Ireland won the World teams final, in which the New Zealand team of Kirkpatrick and teammate Rowland Smith was third.

Saturday's win extended Scotland's domination of Lochearnhead tests to at least four wins in a row.

It was the sole test against Scotland on this year's tour, to be followed by single tests against England and Ireland and four against Wales.

On Saturday, both Scots beat the Kiwis to the finish of the 18-sheep contest, Bedwell taking time honours in 13min 8sec, and beating last-man-off Kirkpatrick by more than a sheep. While the pair had reversed fortunes on quality, the Scots still won by 1.25pts.

In the Open competition, Kirkpatrick led the qualifiers from the heats, while Fagan just made the cut after drawing a difficult pen of sheep, marvelling perhaps most at the performance of son Jack, who was second-to-top qualifier.

But the 52-year-old senior Fagan wasn't about to relinquish the mantle to some offspring just yet, and, with his son soon eliminated from the contest, and Mitchell sacrificing some quality in his quest for best time of 13min 43sec in the final, Fagan shore the 20 sheep in 13min 52sec and beat Kirkpatrick by 0.8pts in a Kiwis one-two finish.

Fagan has now won 627 individual finals in over 32 years of Open-class shearing, including five previously at Lochearnhead, from 1995 to 2003.

New Zealand also dominated the Senior final, won by Fairlie-based Wairarapa shearer Ethan Pankhurst, with Taumarunui's Guy Fraser finishing second, and fourth place going to Dean Herlihy, of Whangamomona.




NO WALKING STICK REQUIRED: David Fagan and assorted prizes after winning at the Lochearnhead Shears at the weekend.





KILTS AND KIWIS: The teams after Scotland beat New Zealand in the first test of the 2014 Elders Primary Wool UK Tour.

Fagan and Kirkpatrick shear next at the Lakeland Shears in Cumbria this week, before the sole test against England at the Great Yorkshire Show on July 9.

Results from the Lochearnhead Shears at Lochearnhead, Scotland, on June 28, 2014:

International:

Elders Primary Wool UK Test Series (18 sheep): Scotland 107.895pts (Hamish Mitchell 13min 21sec, 52.495pts; Simon Bedwell 13min 8sec, 55.4pts) beat New Zealand 109.145pts (John Kirkpatrick 14min 2sec, 54.489pts; David Fagan 13min 42sec, 54.656pts).

Relay (15 sheep): Scotland 12min 10sec, 50.233pts, 1; Wales 14min, 58.6pts, 2; New Zealand 12min 12sec, 59pts, 3; England 13min 21sec, 61.45pts, 4.

Junior test (3 sheep): Scotland 58.467pts (Emily Te Kapa 5min 34sec, 26.8pts; Stewart Grant 5min, 31.667pts) beat Ireland 68.833pts (Andrew Bonham 5min 25sec, 31.833pts; Rodney Bryan 6min 10sec, 37pts).

Blades test (4 sheep): Wales 152.7pts (Gareth Owen 12min 35sec, 75.25pts; Elfed Jackson 10min 29sec, 77.45pts) beat Scotland 175.75pts (Willie Craig 14min 4sec, 87.45pts; Jimmy Wright 11min 26sec, 88.3pts).

Blackface Championships:

Open final (20 sheep): David Fagan (New Zealand) 13min 52sec, 55.75pts, 1; John Kirkpatrick (New Zealand) 14min 54sec, 56.55pts, 2; Callum Shaw (Scotland) 14min 56sec, 57.85pts, 3; Hamish Mitchell (Scotland) 13min 43sec, 58.85pts, 4.

Senior final (10 sheep): Ethan Pankhurst (New Zealand) 9min 18sec, 46.4pts, 1; Guy Fraser (New Zealand) 9min 58sec, 48.4pts, 2; Scott Wilson (Scotland) 9min 4sec, 48.9pts, 3; Dean Herlihy (New Zealand) 10.3sec, 48.95pts, 4.

Intermediate final (5 sheep): Charles McCombie 5min 23sec, 31.35pts, 1; Lewis Harkness 6min 30sec, 35.5pts, 2; David Gibson 5min 41sec, 37.65pts, 3; James Shennan 7min 13sec, 45.05pts, 4.

Junior final (4 sheep): Emily Te Kapa 7min 23sec, 26.767pts, 1; Chris Duncan 7min 51sec, 28.45pts, 2; Owain James 7min 28sec, 28.683pts, 3; sStewart Grant 6min 6sec, 35.45pts, 4.

Woolhandling: Emily Te Kapa 65.2pts, 1; Kirsty Donald 69.8pts, 2; Stacey Mundell 89.6pts, 3; Clare Wilson 102.4pts, 4.

Kirkpatrick bounces back in Royal Highland open - June 23, 2014

New Zealand shearer John Kirkpatrick has had a confidence-boosting win as he reclaimed the Royal Highland Show Open title in Scotland.

It was his first outing since the World Championships in Ireland four weeks ago, when the Scottish team of Gavin Mutch and Hamish Mitchell ended New Zealand's reign as World teams champions, and where Kirkpatrick was beaten by both Scots in an individual final won by Kiwi teammate and fellow Hawke's Bay shearer Rowland Smith.

Mutch, the 2013 Royal Highland winner, was absent at the weekend, having returned to his home in New Zealand, but Kirkpatrick still had to beat the flying World final pacemaker Mitchell, and Ireland representative Ivan Scott.

It was Scott who won the race, finishing the 20-sheep in 14min 21sec, but Kirkpatrick was just a blow or two behind and made-up the small time-points deficit by recording the best quality to beat Scott by 0.4pts, reclaiming a title Kirkpatrick won two years ago.

Mitchell was third, followed next by fellow Scots Callum Shaw and Ritchie Robinson, with 2012 Senior winner and Te Kuiti shearer Jack Fagan claiming the sixth place.

Kirkpatrick will later this week be joined by Fagan's father, legendary shearer David Fagan, for the Elders Primary Wool UK tour which opens with a test against the new Scotland team of Mitchell and Simon Bedwell during the Scottish Blackface Championships at the Lochearnhead Shears on Friday and Saturday.

It's almost 30 years since David Fagan first represented New Zealand as an Open-class shearer while son Jack had a taste of international match shearing in the Islington pavilion in Edinburgh today when he and Gisborne shearer Tom Spence were beaten in an invitation NZ v Scotland match by home country shearer Callum Shaw and Scott Wilson.

Meanwhile, Masterton's Kiwi-Aussie shearer, Dylan McGruddy, continued his good form with top-three finishes and best quality points in both the Intermediate and Senior finals. Runner-up in the Intermediate event, he was third in the Senior final, beating fellow Wairarapa shearer Ethan Pankhurst

Results:

Royal Highland Open shearing final (20 sheep): John Kirkpatrick (Napier, NZ) 14min 23sec, 53.65pts, 1; Ivan Scott (Kilmacrennan, Ireland) 14min 21sec, 54.05pts, 2; Hamish Mitchell (Lochearnhead, Scotland) 14min 32sec, 55.4pts, 3; Callum Shaw (Saline, Scotland) 15min 41sec, 59.5pts, 4; Ritchie Robinson (Scotland) 16min 35sec, 63.2pts, 5; Jack Fagan (Te Kuiti, NZ) 18min, 66.5pts, 6.

Senior fibnal (9 sheep): Alister Shaw 8min 43sec, 37.595pts, 1; Dafydd Jones 9min 45sec, 41.25pts, 2; Dylan McGruddy 10min 12sec, 41.378pts, 3; Ethan Pankhurst 9min 52sec, 42.156pts, 4; Stuart Davidson 10min 20sec, 45.666pts, 5; Sean Cusiter 10min 34sec, 47.7pts, 6.

Intermediate final (6 sheep): Charlie McCombe 6min 39sec, 38.617pts, 1; Dylan McGruddy 7min 36sec, 38..8pts, 2; James Perry 6min 49sec, 42.45pts, 3; David Gibson 5min 46sec, 44.467pts, 4; Sean Cusiter 7min 41sec, 45.383pts, 5; David Brown 7min 51sec, 51.383pts, 6..

Junior (4 sheep): Stephen Morgan 7min 32sec, 23.317pts, 1; Emily Te Kapa 7min 15sec, 23.75pts, 2; Chris Duncan 7min 51sec, 26.45pts, 3; Chris Coulter 7min 5sec, 27.667pts, 4; Andrew Tullie 7min 2sec, 32.317pts, 5; Tom Dun 8min 42sec, 38.4pts, 6.

A Fagan amongst the Joneses - June 16, 2014

It's been a case of trying to keep up with the Joneses for young Te Kuiti shearer Jack Fagan as he strives for a breakthrough Open class win in the UK.

Fagan was sixth in his latest final at the Royal Three Counties Show in the Worcestershire Welsh Borders gateway town of Malvern.

First and second were Richard and Ian Jones, who along with third placegetter Gareth Daniel retained the Six Nations shearing title for Wales at the Balmoral Show in Northern Ireland last month.

Fourth was Gwion Evans as a Welsh quartet shut-out allcomers in a 19-lambs final by finishing more than a sheep ahead of Fagan, and Falklands Island World Championships representative Stefan Clarke, who managed fifth place on points despite being last to finish.

Richard Jones, who with Daniel was second in the teams event at the World Championships, also last month, was first to finish in 14min 2sec and scored the best points on the board. Fagan is treading the same busy competition trails as did father David, who had 10 wins at Malvern, the first in 1983.

The week before Friday's final, Jack shore three competitions in three days in three countries, finishing runner-up to fellow Kiwi Matthew Smith at the Royal Cornwall Show in England, third Gwion Evans and Richard Jones at Llysfasi in North East Wales, and reaching the sem-final of the South of Scotland Open, won at Dumfries by Gavin Mutch.

This week, the Royal Highland Show, Napier shearer John Kirkpatrick will compete in the Royal Highland Open before being joined by David Fagan for the Elders Primary Wool Shearing Sports New Zealand team UK tour.

The tour opens with a single test between New Zealand and Scotland at the Lochearnhead Shears on June 27.

Meanwhile, the Jones invasion of Malvern was even more pronounced in an all-Wales Three Counties Senior final, won by Dafydd Lloyd Jones, followed by Rhoddri Jones and Wales World Champion woolhandling team member Aled Jones, while 2014 New Zealand Golden Shears Intermediate champion Alun Lloyd Jones was fifth, and Oliver Jones was sixth. The only non-Jones was Rhys Owen, who was fourth.

The Three Counties Woolhandling final was a major triumph for Welsh competitor Robyn Charlton, who only last February won the Southern Shears junior final in New Zealand.

Runner-up on Friday was Scotland World Championships team member Leanne Bertram, while Charlton's mother, former Wales World Championships team member Anita Jones, was third. Shearing results:

Royal Three Counties open final (19 lambs): Richard Jones 14min 2sec, 54.78pts, 1; Ian Jones 14min 46sec, 56.88pts, 2; Gareth Daniel 14min 24sec, 57.83pts, 3; Gwion Evans 14min 43sec, 59.89pts, 4; Stefan Clarke 15min 53sec, 61.07pts, 5; Jack Fagan 15min 45sec, 63.57pts, 6.

Royal Three Counties senior final (15 lambs): Dafydd Lloyd Jones 14min 1sec, 53.65pts, 1; Rhoddri Jones 13min 24sec, 57.2pts, 2; Aled Jones 14min 8sec, 57.53pts, 3; Rhys Owen 13min 59sec, 57.75pts, 4; Alun Lloyd Jones 14min 7sec, 60.62pts, 5; Oliver Jones 15min 8sec, 61.93pts, 6.

Mutch wins all-Scotland final in the south - June 9, 2014

New Zealand based World champion Scottish shearer Gavin Mutch was back in winning form with a comfortable victory at the South of Scotland Shears at Barony College in Dumfries early today (Monday NZT).

He beat runner-up and 2012 winner Simon Bedwell by four points in an all-Scotland final, his first win since he and fellow Scot Hamish Mitchell won the World teams title a fortnight ago in Ireland, where Mutch was runner-up in the defence of the World individual title he won in 2012.

Third at Dumfries was local shearer Alan Kennedy, while Scott Wilson, of Broughton, was fourth, having already won the Senior final.

Te Kuiti shearer Jack Fagan, winner of the South of Scotland Senior title two years ago and fresh from shearing Open finals at the Royal Cornwall Show in England on Friday and Llysfasi in North East Wales on Saturday, reached the semi-final, as did New Zealand-based Scotsman and 1984 World champion Tom Wilson.

Up-and-coming New Zealand shearers Ethan Pankhurst, from Masterton but based mainly in the South Island, was runner-up to Scott Wilson in the Senior final, beaten by less than a point and after being first to finish the 10-sheep, while Corey Smith, of Rakaia, was second to Lewis Harkness, of Lower Nithsdale Scotland, in the Intermediate final.

Fagan prodigy hitting the road in the UK - June 8, 2014

Te Kuiti shearer Jack Fagan is hitting the same pace as set by legendary father David by competing in just about all shows going in his latest stint in the UK - including three in three days in England, Wales and Scotland.

The Fagan prodigy early today finished third in an open final at Llysfasi in North East Wales, just a day after being runner-up to fellow Kiwi shearer Matthew Smith at the Royal Cornwall Show in England.

Today he was beaten only by Welsh shearers Gwion Evans, scoring his first Open win, and World championships representative Richard Jones.

There was no letting-up for Fagan in search of his first Open win, in his second season at the top level in which his father has been competing for more than 30 years. He was heading for the South of Scotland shearing championship at Dumfries tonight (Sunday NZT). Llysfasi open final: 1. Gwion Evans, 2. Richard Jones, 3.. Jack Fagan, 4. Steffan Clarke, 5. Aled Jones, 6. Aaron Hughes

Smith-Fagan quinella, but not the same old one-two - June 7, 2014

If it wasn't one Smith and one Fagan bugging the English shearers then it was another Smith and another Fagan as Kiwis dominated the final of the Royal Cornwall Show open shearing championship.

The event on Friday (UK time) was won by new Cornwall local Matthew Smith, brother of new World champion Rowland Smith, while runner-up was Jack Fagan, son of former five-times World champion David Fagan.

They grabbed their moment with Rowland Smith and David Fagan both having returned to New Zealand since finishing first and second in the Royal Bath and West Show's UK Golden Shears final on May 31.

Having since married Cornwall farmer's daughter Pip Kempthorne, Mathew Smith was, in the words of Jack Fagan, "in a league of his own" as he won by almost four points, beating next-man-off Fagan by more than a sheep, and shearing his own 20 sheep in 16min 22sec.

But it was also the young Fagan's best shear since reaching Open class a year ago, beating England World Championships team member Dean Nelmes, who was third.

Fagan had the best board marks of 1.8, while the best pen points were scored by fifth placegetter Ross Crang.

New World champ Smith backs-up with big UK shears win - June 05, 2014

New Zealand shearer Rowland Smith has produced winning form again by taking the 50th anniversary UK Golden Shears open title at the Royal Bath and West Show in Englandon May 30, just five days after winning the World Championship in Ireland.

The 27-year-old from Hawke's Bay and who grew-up in Northland, who had won the event first in 2011, won this year's final by a point from 52-year-old Te Kuiti shearing great David Fagan, who won the title at Shepton Mallet 12 times between 1986 and 2003.

Third was Taranaki farmer and Scottish shearer Gavin Mutch, who was second in the World final in Gorey in the Republic of Ireland, defending the title he won in 2012.




Pictured in the Bristol Post were from left trophy designer David Harris, Golden Shears World Council secretary and stalwart Bath and West shearing steward Arthur Rundle, 1964 winner Ian "Scotty" Stewart, of Masterton, new World and Bath and West UK Golden Shears champion Rowland Smith, and David John, of Lister.

Smith attends brother and fellow shearer Matthew's wedding on a Cornwall farm over the weekend and then returns home to Hastings where wife and fellow record-breaking shearer Ingrid is expecting their first child.

Fagan is also heading home, but returns to Britain in three weeks' time to compete at the Lochearnhead Shears in Scotland, as one of two Shearing Sports New Zealand team members on the annual Elders Primary Wool UK tour.

Among those watching Smith's latest triumph was Ian "Scotty" Stewart, a Scotsman who won the original UK title in 1964 and who has lived for more than 50 years in Wairarapa as one of the longest-serving officials and servants of the Golden Shears International Championships in Masterton, where the Golden Shears brand was launched in 1961.

Also on hand was David Harris, who designed the competition's Lister Trophy for presentation to Stewart after the inaugural final.

Also in last Friday's final were Welsh shearers Richard and Ian Jones, and English World Championships representative Adam Berry, who worked for Mutch in New Zealand last summer and who also won the England National title for the first time.

Cam Hicks, of Marton, was sixth in the Senior final won by Rhodri Jones, of Wales. Jack Fagan, who also shore in the Open competition heats, commented after his father was beaten by Smith in the final: "Rowly was showing his World class."




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