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New Zealand Merino Shearing Championships - September 28, 2015

Aussie set to shake the moccs in Central Otago

An Australian champion has New Zealand shearers shaking in their moccasins as he zeroes-in on a sixth consecutive win in New Zealand's only finewool shearing championship this weekend.

When Damien Boyle won the final last year, at the New Zealand Merino Championships in Central Otago shearing capital Alexandra, it was just after an operation and a cancer scare which had him wondering whether he'd ever shear again.

But there're no worries this year for the 37-year-old eho at the weekend bagged another double at the Royal Perth Show, about 320km northwest of hometown Tambellup.

Bypassing the opportunity to shear for Australia in a transtasman test and the Australian national championships in Hamilton, Vic., he won the Perth show's Open final for a 19th time time and also figured in a West Australia state team's merino shearing match against New Zealand guns Nathan Stratford, of Invercargill, and Colin O'Neill, of Alexandra.

"I can't be shearing too bad," said Boyle, who shears using a sling for back support. "I must be fitter than I was this time last year. I'll try to make the final, and see what happens next." Boyle will be one of about 180 competitors at the two-day, Friday-Saturday Alexandra event which opens the Shearing Sports New Zealand season of about 60 shows through to the start of April.

It is unique in New Zealand not only as the season's only finewool event but also because woolhandlers, competing in Open, Senior and Junior classes, will outnumber shearers, competing in just the Open and Senior classes.

Over $14,000 in prizes is at stake, while heats of the Open shearing also constitute the first of five qualifying rounds in New Zealand's major all-breeds event, the PGG Wrightson National, incorporating the McSkimming Memorial Triple Crown.

Recent winners of the championship events:

Shearing:

Open: 2007 Joe Paewai, 2008 James Fagan, 2009 Nathan Stratford, 2010 Damien Boyle (Australia), 2011 Damien Boyle, 2012 Damien Boyle, 2013 Damien Boyle, 2014 Damien Boyle

Senior: 2007 Shaun O'Neill, 2008 Maaka Rangiuaia, 2009 Scott Perry (Australia), 2010 Jock O'Neill, 2011 Shane Lamont, 2012 Brett Roberts, 2013 Te Atakura Crawford, 2014 Cody Beck

Woolhandling:

Open: 2007 Joanne Kumeroa, 2008 Joel Henare, 2009 Tina Rimene, 2010 Taiwha Nelson, 2011 Joanne Kumeroa, 2012 Joel Henare, 2013 Amy Ruki, 2014 Joel Henare

Senior: 2007 Jayne Griffin (Australia), 2008 Wendy Parsons, 2009 Krystal Wilson, 2010 Sharni Graham, 2011 Keri Henare, 2012 Kodi Hawkins, 2013 Kyle Wihongi, 2014 Sharnie Keefe

Junior: 2007 Molly Kidd, 2008 Katie Hurley, 2009 Ngahuia Thwaites, 2010 Denise Murray, 2011 Stevie Mason-Smallman, 2012 Raylene Johnston, 2013 Ruby O'Neill, 2014 Clarissa Lewis.




West Australian shearer Damien Boyle winning his first New Zealand Merino Shearing championship in Alexandra in 2010. He's back this week, going for six in a row.

Two outta three ain't bad - September 28, 2015

New Zealand has won two of three transtasman shearing and woolhandling tests during the Australian national shearing and woolhandling championships at Hamilton, Vic.

The big successes on Saturday were scored by woolhandlers Sheree Alabaster and Joel Henare and blades shearers Tony Dobbs and Brian Thomson.

But a new-look machine shearing side of experienced Tony Coster and first-time internationals Troy Pyper and Aaron Haynes was unable to reverse a trend which has now seen Australia win five of the annual home-and-away matches in a row.

The woolhandling success was a particularly big moment for former World champions Alabaster, of Taihape, and Dunedin-based Henare, from Gisborne.

They beat Australians Sarah Moran and Tara Smith by over three points, avenging the Australian pair's defeat of 2014-2015 Kiwi teams Ronnie Goss and Keryn Herbert at the Golden Shears in Masterton last March.

The event included a tribute to New Zealand woolhandling legend Joanne Kumeroa, who died earlier this year and who had spent considerable parts of her career working in western Victoria around Hamilton.

Dobbs, of Fairlie, and Thomson, of Christchurch, successfully defended New Zealand's unbeaten record in transtasman bladeshearing tests with victory by 21pts over Australians John Dalla and Ken French.

The machine shearing test, the latest in a series dating back over 40 years, was dominated by the Australians, masters of the finewool sheep and winning by over 26pts.

They were headed by South Australian legend and two-times World champion Shannon Warnest, who claimed individual honours for at least the 13th time in his record 26 transtasman matches, which includes every test since 2004. He was two points ahead of teammate Daniel McIntyre who was first to finish the 12-sheep contest.

Coster, of Rakaia, Haynes, of Feilding, and Pyper, of Invercargill, along with the rest of the New Zealand team, had arrived in Australia on Thursday.

Meanwhile, 2014-2015 SSNZ team members Nathan Stratford, of Invercargill, and Colin O'Neill, of Alexandra, were beaten by West Australia in a transtasman Merino shearing match at the Royal Perth Show.

The home leg of the merino series will take place at the New Zealand Merino Championships in Alexandra, which Opens the Shearing Sports New Zealand season on Saturday.

A transtasman blades shearing test is expected to be held at the New Zealand Spring Shears in Waimate a week later, and the home woolhandling and machine shearing tests will be held at the Golden Shears in Masterton in March

Results of the transtasman tests:

Machine shearing (12 sheep): Australia 271.68pts (Shannon Warnest 18min 18sec, 88.32pts; Daniel McIntyre 17min 42sec, 90.43pts; Nathan Meaney 18min 47sec, 92.93pts) beat New Zealand 298.18pts (Tony Coster 19min, 93.25pts; Troy Pyper 19min 36sec, 96.13pts; Aaron Haynes 19min 46sec, 108.8pts).

Blade shearing (4 sheep): New Zealand 189.55pts (Tony Dobbs 14min 46sec, 92.55pts; Brian Thomson 16min 15sec, 97pts) beat Australia 21.75pts (John Dalla 14min 42sec, 105.35pts; Ken French 18min 28sec, 106.4pts).

Woolhandling: New Zealand (Joel Henare, Sheree Alabaster) 42.28pts beat Australia (Sarah Moran, Tara Smith) 45.53pts.


Sheree Alabaster and Joel Henare in action during New Zealand's woolhandling test victory over Australia at Hamilton, Vic.




Aaron Haynes, of Feilding, in his test match debut for New Zealand against Australia in Hamilton, Vic. He was selected in the team as runner-up in the 2015 Golden Shears Open final in Masterton.



Troy Pyper, of Invercargill, in his test match debut for New Zealand against Australia in Hamilton, Vic. He was selected as fourth placegetter in last year's NZ Merino Championships.



Tony Dobbs, of Fairlie, in the blade shearing final in which he and New Zealand teammate Brian Thomson, of Christchurch, beat Australians John Dalla and Ken French.

Circuits for World Champs selection - September 09, 2015

Shearing Sports New Zealand has agreed on two circuits to select the machine shearing and woolhanding representatives for the 2017 Golden Shears World Championships.

Each series will comprise six qualifying rounds, starting with the long wool and lambs events at the Northern Southland Community Shears and the Winton A and P show in January.

Entry in each event will be compulsory for competitors to be eligible for the finals at the 2016 Canterbury Show.

Points in the qualifying rounds will be awarded from 8pts for first down to 1pt for starting according to final placings at each of the venues.

The top competitors will qualify for the finals in Christchurch, where the winner and runner-up in each final will be selected to represent New Zealand at the championships.

The finals will take place in World Championships conditions, the shearing final being on full wool, lambs and second-shear sheep.

The New Zealand team World Championships selection series events are:

Shearing:

January 15, 2016 - Northern Southland Community Shears(fullwool), at Lumsden.
January 16, 2016 - New Zealand Crossbred Lambshearing Championships, at Winton A and P Show.
February 12-13, 2016 - Otago Shears(second shear), at Balclutha.
March 3-5, 2016 - Golden Shears(second shear), at Masterton
March 31-April 2, 2016 - New Zealand Championships(second shear), at Te Kuiti.
October 21, 2016 - Great Raihania Shears(full wool), at Royal New Zealand Show, Hastings.
November 9-11, 2016 - Canterbury Show (Final, full wool, lambs, second-shear), at Christchurch.

Woolhandling:

January 15, 2016 - Northern Southland Community Shears(fullwool), at Lumsden.
January 16, 2016 - New Zealand Crossbred Lambshearing Championships, at Winton A and P Show.
March 3-5, 2016 - Golden Shears(full wool), at Masterton.
March 31-April 2, 2016 - New Zealand Championships(second-shear), at Te Kuiti.
October 8, 2016 - New Zealand Spring Shears(full wool), at Waimate.
October 21, 2016 - Great Raihania Shears(full wool), at Royal New Zealand Show, Hastings.
November 9-11, 2016 - Canterbury Show (Semi-final and Final), at Christchurch.

Entries are to be lodged by email to doug_laing@xtra.co.nz before January 8, 2016, including name, phone and email contact details.

Wales series ends in 2-2 tie - July 26, 2015

The New Zealand shearing team has had to settle for a draw in its 2015 UK tour series against Wales after being beaten in the final match at the Corwen Shears in north-east Wales.

Te Kuiti shearing legend David Fagan and New Zealand Open champion Dion King, of Hastings, went down by 6.75pts to 2014 Welsh World Championships teams event runners-up Gareth Daniel and Richard Jones.

The Kiwi had won the opening two tests against Gwion Evans and Rhys Jones at Cothi on July 17 and the next day at Lampeter, before Daniel and Jones won their places back in the team, winning the third test at the Royal Welsh Show last Wednesday, saving the series in the Corwen showdown.

It meant New Zealand have not won a series in Wales since King last toured, with fellow Hawke's Bay shearer Rowland Smith in 2011. It was a draw in 2012, Wales won 3-1 in 2013, and it was aghain a draw last year.

King was however first to finish, shearing his 20 lambs in 13min, beating Daniel by four seconds.

Fagan bowed out of competiton with second place in the Corwen Shears Open final, which he had won 15 times from 1989 to 2013.

Daniel, 32, a Machynleth farmer, retained the title he won last year, but was pipped in the race for fastest time.

First to finish was Fagan's son and surprise Royal Welsh Open winner Jack, shearing his 20 lambs in 11min 59sec, the quickest time of all in the tests and Open finals in Wales.

Despite the turn of speed, Jack Fagan was placed fourth overall.




The 2015 Shearing Sports New Zealand UK Tour team, sponsored by CP Wool, Just Shorn, Primary Wool Co-op, Lister, Manawatu Kntting Mills and Swandri. Support these sponsors - they support you. From left: The shearers, David Fagan and Dion King, and manager Ronnie King.



The team at the Royal Welsh Show, with a proud Kiwi in support. From left: the shearers, David Fagan and Dion King, New Zealand High Commissioner in London Sir Lockwood Smith and Shearing Sports New Zealand team manager Ronnie King.

The Shearing Sports New Zealand team, sponsored by CP Wool, Just Shorn, Primary Wool Co-op, Manawatu Knitting Mills, Lister and Swandri, finished with a win-loss record of 3-4 on tour, having had losses against Scots shearers Hamish Mitchell and Callum Shaw, and the England team of Adam Berry and Anthony Rooke, and a win over the Ulster team of Jack Robinson and Ivan Scott.

Results from the Corwen Shears, at Corwen, North Wales, on Saturday, July 25, 2015: Shearing:

International (20 lambs): Wales 104.95pts (Gareth Daniel 13min 4sec, 51.7pts; Richard Jones 14min 20sec, 53.25pts) beat New Zealand 111.7pts (David Fagan 13min 35sec, 54.25pts; Dion King 13min, 57.45pts) by The test series was drawn 2-2.

Welsh Championship final (20 lambs): Gareth Daniel 13min 15sec, 53.05pts, 1; Richard Jones 14min 8sec, 54.25pts, 2; Gwion Evans 12min 44sec, 54.5pts, 3; Matthew Evans 13min 9sec, 56pts, 4; Ian Jones 14min 10sec, 57.4pts, 5; Rhys Jones 14min 12sec, 62.8pts, 6.

Corwen Shears Open final (20 lambs): Gareth Daniel 12.5sec, 46.8pts, 1; David Fagan 12min 23sec, 48.5pts, 2; Ian Jones 13min 20sec, 50.4pts, 3; Jack Fagan 11min 59sec, 52pts, 4; Rhys Jones 13min 10sec, 52.1pts, 5; Gwion Evans 12min 36sec, 54.9pts, 6.

Corwen Shears Senior final (12 lambs): Neil Lawrence 11min 30sec, 46.75pts, 1; Llion Jones 11min 43sec, 47.4pts, 2; Dylan Jones 11min 58sec, 47.65pts, 3; Lloyd Rees 11min 46sec, 47.884pts, 4; Sion Lewis 12min 12sec, 47.933pts, 5; Ilan Jones 10min 51sec, 47.967pts, 6.

Intermediate final (6 lambs): Ilan Jones 6min 13sec, 29.483pts, 1; Dion Edwards 6min 59sec, 32.45pts, 2; Aled Jones 6min 40sec, 33pts, 3; Stephen Morgan 7min 22sec, 33.1pts, 4; Rhys Williams 7min 53sec, 36.983pts, 5; Dafydd Davies 7min 34sec, 39.533pts, 6.

Junior final: Morgan Hughes 34.25pts, 1; Gwydion Davies 35.3pts, 2; Dafydd Davies 35.35pts, 3; Rhys Douglas 39.8pts, 4; Llyr James 41.45pts, 5; Ieuan Morris 42.5pts, 6.

Corwen Blades final (5 sheep): Elfed Jackson 13min 24sec, 91.6pts, 1; Gareth Owen 18min 4sec, 102pts, 2; Trefor Jones 20min 24sec, 107.2pts, 3; Mark Armstrong 24min 3sec, 117.35pts, 4; Rheinalt Hughes 19min 49sec, 121.45pts, 5; Richard Till 22min 51sec, 152.15pts, 6.

Woolhandling:

Corwen Shears Open final: Leanne Bertram 1; Ffion Davies, 2; Jess Morgan 3. Corwen Novice final: Holly Williams 53pts, 1; Erica Swan 91.6pts, 2; Ruth Ashton 93pts, 3.

Royal Welsh boilover - A win to Jack Fagan - July 25, 2015

Te Kuiti shearer Jack Fagan has taken up just where dad David Fagan left off by winning the Royal Welsh Show Open shearing title - a year after his father won the title for a 14th time.

Yet to win an Open title in New Zealand, Jack Fagan spread-eagled the field at Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, to win a near all-New Zealand final in which his father marked the penultimate show of his 33-year, 640-wins career by finishing third.

The 23-year-old Jack Fagan, who only nine 10 days earlier had his first win in three seasons of Open-class shearing, shore his 20 lambs in 12min 24sec, averaging 37.2 seconds a lamb and finishing almost a lamb ahead of runner-up and Hastings shearer Dion King.

When all points were counted, Jack Fagan had won by a comfortable 2.15pts, his father a point behind followed closely by Welsh hope Gareth Daniel.

A former prolific Senior winner - who featured in a unique double when he and his faher won the Royal Welsh Senior and Open titles respectively in 2012 - Jack Fagan had made dramatic strides into the upper levels of Open class when, after a series of minor placings, he won the Southern Shears Open final in limited company at West Sussex on July 12.

Three days later he was fastest in the heats, semi-final and final at the Great Yorkshore Show, although having to settle for fourth place overall, and last Sunday he started Royal Welsh week with victory in an international speedshear.

"It was my dream final to have dad and Dion in it," he said after the Royal Welsh Open win.

There weren't a lot of secrets about how he beat the two New Zealand team members, and the best that Wales could chuck it him, and he said: "I do a lot of training in the off season and thoroughly enjoy modifying gear to perform better. Working and competing with really good people has helped me step up a lot."

The win overshadowed the outcome of a test match in which the new Wales team of Gareth Daniel and Champion Shearer of Wales winner Richard Jones beat David Fagan and King, blocking a Kiwi whitewash in a series the black-singlets now lead 2-1 going into the final match at the Corwen Shears on Saturday.

Shearing on neighbouring stands, the 53-year-old David Fagan and Daniel turned it on for the crowd before Fagan won the 20-lambs race in 12min 47sec and pipped Daniel by seven seconds.

But Daniel took individual honours by 1.95pts, a crucial margin in his team's win by 2.05pts.

Another good New Zealand performance came from Marton shearer and Otago University physical education graduate Jacob Moore, who was runner-up to English shearer Nick Harding in the Royal Welsh Senior final.

In the woolhandling, Bronwen Tango reasserted her authority as Wales' premier woolhandler on the same board where she won the World title in 2010, and Leanne Bertram and Audrey Lamb joined forces for Scotland to win the first Six Nations Woolhandling Championship.

Results:

International (20 lambs): Wales 106.3pts (Gareth Daniel 12min 54sec, 51.4pts; Richard Jones 14min 40sec, 54.9pts) beat New Zealand 108.25pts (David Fagan 12min 47sec, 53.35pts; Dion King 13min 28sec, 55pts) by 1.95pts. New Zealand lead the series 2-1. The final test is at Corwen on Saturday.

Royal Show Open final (20 lambs): Jack Fagan (Te Kuiti, New Zeaand) 12min 24sec, 49.3pts, 1; Dion King (Hastings, New Zealand) 12min 56sec, 51.45pts, 2; David Fagan (Te Kuiti, New Zealand) 13min 8sec, 52.45pts, 3; Gareth Daniel (Machynlleth, Wales) 13min 10sec, 52.65pts, 4; Troy Pyper (Invercargill, New Zealand) 13min 58sec, 55.8pts, 5; Matthew Smith (Ruawai, NZ, and Cornwall, England) 13min 4sec, 56.3pts, 6.

Royal Show Senior final (12 lambs): Nick Harding 9min 55sec, 42.583pts, 1; Jacob Moore (Marton, New Zealand) 10min 46sec, 44.05pts, 2; Neil Lawrence 10min 29sec, 44.45pts, 3; Lloyd Rees 10min 37sec, 48.35pts, 4; Mark Dyke 10min 55sec, 50.333pts, 5; Llion Wyn Jones 10min 55sec, 56.333pts, 6.

Champion Shearer of Wales (20 lambs): Richard Jones 12min 55sec, 46.85pts, 1; Gareth Daniel 12min 51sec, 48.1pts, 2; Ian Jones 12min 39sec, 48.3pts, 3; Gareth Evans 12min 40sec, 51.1pts, 4; Andrew Morris 12min 41sec, 52.2pts, 5; Rhys Jones 14min 27sec, 54.55pts, 6.

Woolhandling:

Royal Welsh Open final: Bronwen Tango (Wales) 48.6pts, 1; Leanne Bertram (Scotland) 57.4pts, 2; Aled Jones (Wales) 60.8pts, 3; Gwenan Paewai (Wales) 85.8pts, 4; Rachel Lumley (England) 100.6pts, 5; George Graham (Ireland) 126pts, 6.

Six Nations: Scotland (Leanne Bertram/Audrey lamb) 32.1pts, 1; Wales (Gwenan Paewai/ Bronwen Tango) 36.6pts, 2; England (Hilary Bond/ Rachel Lumley) 42.8pts, 3; France (Loic Leygonie/Lucie Grancher) 61.6pts, 4; Northern Ireland (Jayne Harkness-Bones/Caryn Webster) 74.4pts, 5; Ireland (George Graham/Jayne Harkness-Bones) 89.3pts, 6.

A Uni graduiate's Big OE - Shearing - July 22, 2015

Qualified physical education teacher and Otago University graduate Jacob Moore faces one of his bigger challenges tonight while living the dream of the big OE by shearing sheep.

The 25-year-old Moore, from Marton, will compete in the heats of the Royal Welsh Show Senior shearing championship, hoping to qualify for the finals early tomorrow morning (NZT).

Based on form in the UK and Ireland, he has good prospects of at least making the top six, for a final which will feature on a programme also including the final Royal Welsh Show appearances of Te Kuiti shearing legend David Fagan.

Moore won the NISSA Championships senior final in Northern Ireland last year, and this season has shorn in six finals in the region, as well as Open-class semi-finals in four shows since early June.

After reaching finals in this year's Cornwall and Three Counties Shows, the NISSA Shears and the Southern Shears south of London, he arrived in Wales in good form to finish third in the Cothi Senior final last Friday, after scoring the best quality points in the heats. He then finished fourth in Saturday's Lampeter Shears Senior final.

Moore spent five years studying at Otago University, and says: "I am shearing to experience the World well off the tourist trail."

The Royal Welsh Show is another experience again, with the biggest shearing competition crowds in the World.

"The intensity and calibre of competiton will step up another level," he said. "But just walking around the show you can feel the unique buzz only the Royal Welsh Show possesses, with some 52,000 people through the gates on day one."

Over 2000 showgoers are likely to watch the main shearing events, including Fagan and Hastings shearer Dion King in the third of four tests against Wales, and the Open final with Fagan hopefully defending the title he won last year, for a 14th time.

Young Fagan wins speedshear "International" - July 21, 2015

Te Kuiti shearing prodigy Jack Fagan has chalked-up another triumph in a breakthrough season in the UK by winning a major speedshear at the start of Royal Welsh Show week.

Fagan, a former prolific Senior champion who last week scored his first win in an Open-class championships in his third season od trying, won the Welsh International Speedshear run by the Troedrhiwalar YFC at Builth Wells Lifestock Market on Sunday. His final effort of 20.85 seconds for a single sheep put an end to the hopes of champion Welsh shearers Gareth Daniel and Richard Jones, who were second and third in 21.7sec and 23.5sec respectively.

The 23-year-old Fagan, who travelled the length of England from north to south last week to win his his first title at West Sussex, a day after competing in Cumbria, is in Builth Wells to shear in the Royal Welsh Open, which defending champion and father David Fagan will be attempting to win the title for one last time.

David Fagan and Hawke's Bay shearer Dion King will also on Wednesday (early Thursday NZ time) shear the third of their four test matches against Wales, after winning the opening two tests at Cothi and Lampeter last Friday and Saturday.

New Zealand shearers take 2-0 lead over Wales - July 20, 2015

New Zealand Shearing legend David Fagan is looking to celebrate his final retirement in the UK in triumph after he and teammate Dion King beat Wales in the first two tests at Cothi and Lampeter.

They beat Welsh shearer Gwion Lloyd Evans and Rhys Jones by just 0.25pts in the first test at the Cothi Shears on Friday (July 17), but were much more in command the following day at the Lampeter Shears when they won by 4.3pts.

It edged them into favouritism to win the four-test series, although a nnew Welsh pairing is likewly for the third test at the Roiyal Welsh Show on Wednesday (July 22) and the final test at the Corwen Shears on Friday.

Winner of 640 Open-class finals around the World over the last three decades, the 53-year-old Fagan had retired from competition at the New Zealand Championships in home-town Te Kuiti in April, when he bowed-out with a win in the New Zealand Shears Circuit final.

He initially resisted the temptation to take a place on the Shearing Sports New Zealand team this year, but later agreed to substitute for Rakaia shearer Tony Coster who was only available for the early stages of the eight-show tour, and will bow-out after the fourth test against Wales at the Corwen shears on Saturday.

Hastings shearer King led the charge in both tests as the Kiwis entered the last stages of the CP Wool and Primary Wool tour with hopes of scoring New Zealand's first series win over Wales in Wales since King was last in the team in 2011.

With each of the testsshorn over 20 lambs each, King was first off ther board in a close finish at Cothi, taking 13min 19sec, three seconds quicker than Fagan who claimed the best pen points. But Evans had the best board job and claimed best individual points overall. At Lampeter, had fastest time and best points overall. He finished in 13min 22sec, with Evans next-off in 13min 32sec.




The teams and managers after New Zealand beat Wales by just 0.25pts at the Cothi Shears



Jack and David Fagan after Fagan Jnr beat Fagan Snr by a point in a 4-5 finish in the Lampeter final won by Welsh shearer Gareth Daniel
It was a big weekend for Welsh World Championship team members Gareth Daniel and Richard Jones, who were first and second in both the Cothi and Lampeter Open championship finals, making them faviourites to shear the last two tests after the new team is chosen during the Royal Welsh Show..

King was first to finish the Cothi final, taking 13min 20sec, beating Daniel by five seconds, while Fagan was fourth, with a near repeat the following day when he was fifth at Lampeter, where son Jack was fourth.

All of Wales was looking forward to the last week as Fagan moved towards the end of a career of more than 30 years in the top class, with 640 wins to his name, including last year's Royal Welsh title.

Commentator Huw Condron said: "It's great to be able to welcome David back to Wales one last time. He's been a huge part of the shearing scene over the last quarter century or so and is a great role model and inspiration to us all, and we will miss seeing him competing but look forward to welcoming him in whatever role the future brings."

"I reckon that come Wednesday there will be a huge following and hopefully a rousing send off," he said. "The term legend is often used but rarely as deserved as when describing David Fagan."

Results from the Cothi Shears in Wales on Friday, July 17, 2015:

International (20 lambs): New Zealand 117.85pts (Dion King 13min 19sec, 57.1pts; David Fagan 13min 22sec, 60.75pts) beat Wales 118.1pts (Gwion Evans 13min 27sec, 56.95pts; Rhys Jones 14min 39sec, 61.15pts) by 0.25pts. New Zealand lead the four-test series 1-0. Cothi Shears Open final (20 lambs): Gareth Daniel (Machynlleth, Wales) 13min 25sec, 54.55pts, 1; Richard Jones (Corwen, Wales) 14min 18sec, 54.6sec, 2; Dion King (Hastings, New Zealand) 13min 20sec, 54.9pts, 3; David Fagan (Te Kuiti, New Zealand) 13min 40sec, 57.15pts, 4; Matthew Evans (Swansea, Wales) 14min 11sec, 57.55pts, 5; Rhys Jones (Llanelidan, Wales) 15min 1sec, 57.8pts, 6.

Major results from the Lampeter Shears at Lampeter, Wales, on Saturday, July 18, 2015:

Test Match (20 lambs): New Zealand 115.5pts (Dion King 13min 22sec, 56.5pts; David Fagan 13min 52sec, 59pts) beat Wales 119.8pts (Gwion Lloyd Evans 13min 32sec, 58.9pts; Rhys Jones 15min 52sec, 60.9pts) by 4.3pts. New Zealand lead 2-0. The third test is at the Royal Welsh Show on Wednesday, and the fourth at the Corwen Shears on Saturday.

Lampeter Shears Open final (20 lambs): Gareth Daniel (Machynlleth, Wales) 13min 39sec, 50.4pts, 1; Richard Jones (Corwen, Wales) 14min 33sec, 51.65pts, 2; Gwion Lloyd Evans (Llansannan, Wales) 13min 30sec, 52.5pts, 3; Jack Fagan (Te Kuiti, New Zealand) 13min 17sec, 54.35pts, 4; David Fagan (Te Kuiti, New Zealand) 13min 46sec, 55.35pts, 5; Rhys Jones (Llanelidan, Wales) 15min 53sec, 57.7pts, 6.

Great Kiwis at Great Yorkshire Show - July 16, 2015

Legendary New Zealand shearer David Fagan has started a 10-day competition swansong in the UK by all-but having his thunder stolen by son Jack in front of one of Britain's biggest shearing audiences at the Great Yorkshire Show.

The 53-year-old senior Fagan's stand-out best individual performance in a three-way international was good enough only to help he and teammate Dion King into second place - conceding defeat to Welsh shearers Gwion Evans and Rhys Jones and beating the England team of Adam Berry and Anthony Rooke.

The Great Yorkshire Open Championship title, won 10 times by David Fagan from 1986 to 2010, was retained by Welsh star Gareth Daniel in a final in which 23-year-old Jack Fagan was 4th and his father 6th..

While David Fagan was top qualifier from the heats, his son produced the fastest time of the 32 in the opening round, shearing five swaledale hoggets in 4min 29sec and beating his father by a second.

But the younger Fagan was on a roll, being top qualifier from the semi-final, again with the fastest time, and was also fastest in the final, the only shearer to cut-out the 20 sheep in under 15 minutes.

Wales won the test match by just 0.75pts, but in beating England Fagan and King atoned for a loss by King and South Island shearer Tony Coster to Berry and Rooke last Saturday at the Lakeland Shears in North West England.

With Coster unavailable, Fagan agreed to come out of a brief retirement to shear the Wednesday test at England's biggest agricultural show, and four tests against Wales, at Cothi on Friday, Lampeter on Saturday, the Royal Welsh Show next Wednesday and the Corwen Shears three days later.

Jack Fagan's performance continued his good form in his third season of Open competition in the UK, which included his first win in the top grade but without the top-name opposition at the Southern Shears in West Suyssex on Sunday.

Results from the Great Yorkshire Show Shearing Championships at Harrogate, England, on Wednesday, July 15, 2015:

International (20 sheep): Wales 123.15pts (Gwion Evans 15min 14sec, 60.85pts; Rhys Jones 15min 56sec, 62.3pts) 1; New Zealand 123.9pts (David Fagan 15min 32sec, 59.7pts; Dion King 16min 22sec, 64.2pts) 2; England 127.5pts (Adam Berry 15min 57sec, 63.45pts; Antony Rooke 16min 31sec, 64.05pts) 3.

Great Yorkshire Show Open final (20 sheep): Gareth Daniel (Machinllyth, Wales) 15min 53sec, 59.6pts, 1; Gwion Evans (Llansannan, Wales) 15min 7sec, 60.3pts, 2; Ivan Scott (Kimacrennan, Ireland) 15min 25sec, 60.75pts, 3; Jack Fagan (Te Kuiti, New Zealand) 14min 56sec, 61.3pts, 4; Adam Berry (Kendal, England), 16min 1sec, 61.9pts, 5; David Fagan (Te Kuiti, New Zealand) 17min 17sec, 66pts, 6.

She's right Jack - Fagan prodigy claims first Open win - July 13, 2015

It's like-father like-son for Te Kuiti shearer Jack Fagan who early today won his first Open title, just as father David Fagan starts closing the door on a career of 640 wins at the top level.

The 23-year-old prodigy, having competed in Northern Ireland on Friday, and on Saturday finished fifth in the Lakeland Shears Open final at Cockermouth, North West England, had travelled another 600km to dominate the Southern Shears Open final in West Sussex, south of London.

It was almost two years to the day since the former prolific lower-grades winner shore in an Open final for the first time, with his dad also on the board at the Great Yorkshire Show. Another trip of 430km follows to shear on Wednesday at this year's Great Yorkshire Show at Harrogate, where father-and-son shared an Open and Senior finals wins double in 2010.

The 53-year-old David Fagan comes out of a brief retirement to Shear for New Zealand in a test against England, and then four tests against Wales over the next 10 days.




KIWIS IN The line-up at the Lakeland Shears at Cockermouth in the North West of England on Saturday after Kiwis finished 1, 2, 3, and 5. Just 24 hours later, the fifth-placegetter, Jack Fagan, scored his first Open-class win at West Sussex, south of London
At West Sussex, Jack Fagan shore the 20 suffolk mules in 17min 37sec - more than two minutes quicker than next-man-finished Jon Roberts, from Devon. With the big time-points advantage and the best board-judging mark, the King Country shearer won with a buffer of 8pts.

The finalists included East Sussex shearer Ed Gingell, who won the inaugural Southern Shears Open in 2013. Last year it was won by New Zealand shearer Cam Hicks.

Another Kiwi shearer rewarded for a busy weekend's travel was Marton shearer Jacob Moore, who was third in the Southern Shears Senior final, having been runner-up at the NISSA Shears at Shane's Castle Estate, Northern Ireland, on Friday,

Result:

Southern Shears Open final (20 sheep): Jack Fagan (Te Kuiti, New Zealand) 17min 37sec, 61.75pts, 1; Jon Roberts (Exeter, Devon, England) 19min 51sec, 68.75pts, 2; Nick Harding (Woolsery, North Devon, England) 19min 57sec, 70.5pts, 3; Ed Gingell (Heathfield, East Sussex, England) 20min 24sec, 76.3pts, 4; Rob Lee (West Huntspill, Somerset, England) 20min 43sec, 77.1pts, 5.

NZ shearers downed in Lakeland test - but still take the prizes - July 11, 2015

The New Zealand shearing team suffered a narrow loss to England today at the 13th Lakeland Shears in Cockermouth, Cumbria.

But the 0.55pts defeat in the first of two tests being shorn in England on the eight-match CP Wool and Primary Wools Shearing Sports New Zealand team tour was compensated-for by a near cleansweep of placings by New Zealanders in the Lakeland Shears Open final, and a victory in the Senior final.

Team member Dion King's victory was the seventh New Zealand win in a row on the herdwicks of the Lakeland Open final, and there was a New Zealand trifecta, with Invercargill shearer Troy Pyper the runner-up, and third place going to King's test-match teammate, Tony Coster, of Rakaia.

Irish shearer Ivan Scott, who shears in New Zealand most summers, was fourth, and fifth was Te Kuiti shearer Jack Fagan, son of legendary New Zealand shearer and three-times Lakeland title winner David Fagan.

King, who 24 hours earlier led New Zealand to a test-match win over Ulster and won another Open final at the NISSA Shears in Northern Ireland, was the top individuual in today's match but he and Coster were still beaten by the England pair of Adam Berry and Anthony Rooke.

Hastings shearer King shore the 20 herdwick hoggets in 14min 40sec, beating Berry by eight seconds, both more than a sheep ahead of Rooke.

In the Open final, King was again first off, shearing 20 lambs in in 14min flat, beating Pyper by 11 seconds.

The Lakeland Shears Senior final provided another triumph for Taumarunui shearer Guy Fraser, who has won three big titles in the last month, after arriving in the UK without a single previous victory to his name. He won the Royal Highland Show and Lochearnhead Shears Scottish Blackface senior finals a week apart last month.

Having opened their tour with a loss to Scotland at Lochearnhead, King and Coster have a 1-2 record ahead of the second test against England at the Great Yorkshire Show on Wednesday.

Coster is, however, unavailable for the remaining tests, and King will be joined by David Fagan for the match and four tests against Wales over the following 10 days, an expected brief return from the celebrated retirement which took place after he won the New Zealand Shears Circuit final in Te Kuiti in April..

Results from the Lakeland Shears at Cockermouth, Cumbria, on Saturday, July 11, 2015:

International (20 sheep): England 111.55pts (Adam Berry 14min 48sec, 54.25pts; Anthony Rooke 15min 45sec, 57.3pts) beat New Zealand 112.1pts (Dion King 14min 40sec, 53.85pts; Tony Coster 16min 08sec, 58.35pts).

Lakeland Shears Open final (20 sheep): Dion King (Hastings, New Zealand) 14min, 51.05pts, 1; Troy Pyper (Invercargill, New Zealand) 14min 11sec, 51.2pts, 2; Tony Coster (New Zealand) 15min 34sec, 53..65pts, 3; Ivan Scott (Kilmacrennan, Ireland) 14min 22sec, 54.1pts, 4; Jack Fagan (Te Kuiti, New Zealand) 15min 27sec, 55.9pts, 5.

Lakeland Shears Senior final (12 sheep): Guy Fraser (Taumarunui, New Zealand) 11min 35sec, 41.667pts, 1; Nick Harding (Holsworthy, England) 12min 20sec, 44.75pts, 2; Peter Redhead (Bootie, England) 13min 10sec, 45pts, 3; Catherine Mullooly (Matawai, New Zealand) 12min 35sec, 45pts, 4; Alister Shaw (Saline, Scotland) 11min 32sec, 46.266pts, 5.

The Lakeland Shears were first held in 2003. Winners of the Open final: 2003 Paul Avery (New Zealand), 2004 Hamish Mitchell (Scotland), 2005 David Fagan (New Zealand), 2006 Kieran McCullough (Northern Ireland), 2007 John Kirkpatrick (New Zealand), 2008 Gavin Mutch (Scotland), 2009 James Fagan (New Zealand), 2010 John Kirkpatrick (New Zealand), 2011 David Fagan (New Zealand), 2012 David Fagan (New Zealand), 2013 Rowland Smith (New Zealand), 2014 John Kirkpatrick (New Zealand), 2015 Dion King (New Zealand).

Kiwi King rules at Game of Thrones site Shane's Castle - July 10, 2015


Hawke's Bay shearer Dion King put in an all-conquering performance as the Shearing Sports New Zealand team dominated the NISSA Shears today at Game of Thrones filming site Shane's Castle Estate in Northern Ireland.

The New Zealand Open champion and Hastings gun King and teammate Tony Coster, of Rakaia, beat the Ulster team of Northern Ireland shearer Jack Robinson and Ivan Scott, from the Republic of Ireland, while King also won the event's Open championship final and a speedshear.

The test win gave New Zealand a 1-1 record to date on an eight-test UK tour, which opened with a loss to Scotland at Lochearnhead on June 27. King was first to finish the 14 lambs, in 9min 34sec, and more than half-a-minute before the next-man-off, Scott, as was also the case in the Open final.

King's win in the four-man Open final of 16 lambs each was particularly significant, becoming a near match-race between the World nine-hour lambshearing record holder and Scott, who holds the eight-hour record, and coming after he was last-man into the top eight for the semi-final and the top four for the final..

The 40-year-old King, who shore his record of 866 lambs in 2007, shore his 16 lambs in 10min 33sec. Scott, who shore his record of 744 near Taupo in 2012, finished in 11min 10sec. Robinson claimed third place overall and fourth was Scots speedster Hamish Mitchell, who had dominated affairs in hometown Lochearnhead last month.

Marton shearer Jacob Moore was runner-up in the Senior final to Northern Ireland shearer Tom Perry, the Intermediate final was won by Sean McCollum, of Corkey, Co Antrim, in Nortehrn Ireland, and the Junior title went to Karol Devaney, of Sligo, in the Republic of Ireland.

There was no rest for the Kiwis who with manager Ronnie King and many other competitors headed immediately back across the Irish Sea for the Lakeland Shears the next day at Cockermouth, Cumbria.

It will be the last test for Coster who is unavailable for the rest of the tour, opening the way for legendary New Zealand shearer David Fagan to make an early return from competition retirement and shear a second test against England at the Great Yorkshire Show on Wednesday, and four tests against Wales at Cothi on Friday, the next day at Lampeter, the Royal Welsh Show on July 22, and at Corwen three days later.

Results from the NISSA Shears at Shane's Castle, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland, on Friday, July 10, 2015:

International (14 lambs): New Zealand 82.721pts (Dion King 9min 34sec, 40.557pts; Tony Coster 10min 29sec, 42.164pts) beat Ulster 85.536pts (Ivan Scott 10min 7sec, 41.064pts; Jack Robinson 11min 8sec, 44.472pts).

NISSA Open final (16 lambs): Dion King (Hastings, New Zealand) 10min 33sec, 42.526pts, 1; Ivan Scott (Kilmacrennan, Ireland) 11min 10sec, 43.376pts, 2; Jack Robinson (Claudy, Northern Ireland) 12min 12sec, 43.976pts, 3; Hamish Mitchell (Lochearnhead, Scotland) 11min 56sec, 48.938pts, 4.

NISSA Senior final (10 lambs): Tom Perry (Northern Ireland) 9min 47sec, 39.05pts, 1; Jacob Moore (Marton, New Zealand) 9min 22sec, 40.9pts, 2; Sean Kerlin (Claudy, Northern Ireland) 10min 55sec, 43.55pts, 3; Graeme Davidson (Larne, Northern Ireland) 10min 48sec, 45.4pts, 4.

Scots beat the Kiwis in first test at Lochearnhead - June 29, 2015

The New Zealand shearing team has had a narrow loss to Scotland less than 48 hours after arriving in the UK at the start of an eight-test tour.

Shearing at the Lochearnhead Shears, Dion King, of Hastings, and Tony Coster, of Rakaia, went down by just 2.275pts to scottish pair Hamish Mitchell and Callum Shaw.

Mitchell and King fought an exciting battle for time honours, World champion Scotland team, member Mitchell winning by three seconds and shearing his 16 sheep in 11min 12sec. Mitchell also claimed the best quality points on the shearing board, but King had the best result in pen judging.

Shaw, who won the Scotland championship at the Royal Highland Show a week earlier was next off iun 11min 52sec, but Coster took almost another minute, a points deficit of almost three points.

King and Coster, who only arrived in Scotland on Thursday with manager Ronnie King, reached the quarterfinals of the shears' Scottish Blackface Championships, which provided one of the biggest Open-class results for young Te Kuiti shearer Jack Fagan, who was third to Mitchell in the final.

Yet to win an Open title, the son of shearing legend David Fagan has had other recent top placings in the UK. He was rapt to do so well in the higher level of competition, assisted by the New Zealand team, who were his pen-boys for the final.

Taumarunui shearer Guy Fraser won the Senior shearing final, backing-up the first win of his career scored just seven days earlier at the Royal Highland.

The next test of the tour is against Ulster in Northern Ireland on July 10, followed by two testst against England and four against Wales.

With Coster having to return home early because of other commitments, David Fagan will come out of his brief retirement to shear the last five of the tests.

Results:

International (16 sheep): Scotland 94.388pts (Hamish Mitchell, of Lochearnhead, 11min 12sec, 45.975pts' Callum Shaw, of Saline, 11min 52sec, 48.413pts) beat New Zealand 9h6.663pts (Dion King, of Hastings, 11min 15sec, 46.875pts; Tony Coste, of Rakaia, 12min 50sec, 49.688pts).




KIWIS IN SCOTLAND: Celebrating the performances of the young guns at Lochearnhead, from left Shearing Sports New Zealand team member Ronnie King, Senior final winner Guy Fraser, from Taumarunui, Open final third placegetter Jack Fagan, from Te Kuiti, and NZ team members Dion King and Tony Coster, who arrived just two days earlier and were beaten by the Scotland team of Hamish Mitchell and Callum Shaw, by less than three points.


LOCHEARNHEAD MONSTER: The home-crowd favourite, Hamish Mitchell, after making a meal of the Kiwis in the test and in yet another Scottish Blackface Championships Open final.
Scottish Blackface Open Championship final (20 sheep): Hamish Mitchell (Lochearnhead, Scotland) 14min 5sec, 55.8pts, 1; Simon Bedwell (Garve, Scotland) 15min 25sec, 59.35pts, 2; Jack Fagan (Te Kuiti, New Zealand) 15min 7sec, 60.45pts, 3; Nicky Beynon (Gower, Wales), 17min 24sec, 67.35pts, 4.

Scottish Blackface Senior Championship final (10 sheep): Guy Fraser (Taumarunui, New Zealand) 8min 56sec, 48.5pts, 1; Stewart Kennedy (Aberfeldy, Scotland) 11min 5sec, 48.55pts, 2; Ross Gibson (Gartocharn, Scotland) 8min 56sec, 50.1pts, 3; Alistair Shaw (Saline, Scotland) 9min 30sec, 54.1pts, 4.

Open woolhandling: Leanne Bertram (Lockerbie, Scotland) 1, Nikki Gore (Golden Bay, New Zealand) 2, Kirsty Donald (Edzell, Scotland) 3, Millie Green (Hawick, Scotland) 4.

New Zealand team itinerary:
July 10 NISSA Shears at Shane's Castle, Northern Ireland

July 11 Lakeland Shears at Cockermouth, Cumbria, England

July 14-15 Great Yorkshire Show England

July 17 Cothi Shears Wales

July 18 Lampeter Shears Wales

July 20-23 Royal Welsh Show Wales

July 24-25 Corwen Shears Wales

NZ shearing team starts five-week UK tour - June 25, 2015




The New Zealand shearing team is about to start a five-week UK tour which includes a surprise return from a brief retirement by Te Kuiti legend David Fagan.

Hastings shearer Dion King and Tony Coster, of Rakaia, open the eight-test tour with a match against Scotland at the Lochearnhead Shears on Saturday.

But, with Coster available only for the first three matches, Fagan is stepping-in for the second of two tests against England, and an annual four-test series against Wales.

The 53-year-old Fagan had retired in April after more than 30 years on the Open-class competition stage, bowing out with victory in the New Zealand Shears Circuit final in front of his home crowd.

While that event qualified him for a place in the team, he initially stuck to his guns and turned-down the position, despite the pleadings of Welsh team manager Bill Jones who said that in Wales "David Fagan is like God - they love him over there."

When NZ Circuit runner-up Coster confirmed he would not be available for the whole tour, Fagan agreed to fill the gap, having already expected to be in the UK for shearing machinery giant Lister.

His return will be at the Great Yorkshire Show, where five years ago he won his 600th Open-class title. He's expected to attract capacity crowds in Wales - including as defending champion at the Royal Welsh Show, one of the biggest A and P shows in the World.

King, who at Te Kuiti claimed his place in the team with victory in the New Zealand Open Championships final, is determined to help New Zealand to its first Wales series victory in Wales since he was last in the team in the UK in 2011.

"But," he said, "it's an honour just to be in the team for David Fagan's last blast."


New Zealand team itinerary:
June 27: v Scotland
at Lochearnhead Shears.

July 10: v Ulster
at NISSA Shears, Shane's Castle, Northern Ireland

July 11: v England (first test)
at Lakeland Shears, Cockermouth, Cumbria

July 15: v England (second test)
at Great Yorkshire Show.

July 17: v Wales (first test)
at Cothi Shears.

July 18: v Wales (second test)
at Lampeter Shears.

July 20-23: v Wales (third test)
at Royal Welsh Show.

July 25: v Wales
at Corwen Shears.



FLYING: New Zealand Open champion Dion King before leaving for the UK tour, with team gear, sponsored by CP Wool and Primary Wool Co-op.


SURPRISE: David Fagan, during one the many retiring moments at the New Zealand Championships in home-town in Te Kuiti in April. Now he's coming out of "retirement", to shear the last five tests of the eight on the Shearing Sports New Zealand team tour of the UK.


TOUR TEAM: The team for the first three tests, from left Dion King and Tony Coster with team manager Ronnie King.

What a Guy - Kiwi shearer gets v first win at Royal Highland - June 23, 2015

A globe-trotting Taumarunui shearer has scored his first competition win in the Senior final at the Royal Highland Show in Scotland.

Benefiting from 10 weeks shearing in the US and now working out of Stirling in Central Scotland, 24-year-old former Hamilton Boys High School pupil and Smedley Station farm cadet Guy Fraser was just fourth to finish the final in which all-but one of the six shearers cut their pens of eight sheep each in under eight minutes.

But Fraser, whose best previous result was a second placing to fellow New Zealander Ethan Pankhurst in last year's Lochearnhead Shears Senior final, also in Scotland, produced easily the best board and pen quality to win by a comfortable 2.475pts from runner-up Alister Shaw, of Saline, Fife, just pipping third placegetter Tom Perry, of Northern Ireland.

First off the board in the MacRobert Theatre at Ingliston, Edinburgh, was Brian Simpson, of Blairgrowrie, Scotland. He took 7min 5sec, pipping Perry by two seconds, but had to settle for fourth when all time and quality points were counted.

Extending the international flavour of the event, Marco Gitenaite, 22, from Ambierle, Rhone-Alpes and joining a growing number of French shearers making a mark in competitions around the World, reached a final in the UK for the first time and was sixth, after shearing his eight sheep in 8min 35sec.




Guy Fraser, of Taumarunui, after scoring his first win, in the Royal Highland Senior final in Scotland
Fraser's win is the second by young New Zealand shearers in Scotland recently, with 21-year-old former Taratahi student Cologne McKinstry, of Kaitieke, near Taumarunui, winning the Junior shearing final at Lesmahagow, South Lanarkshire, three weeks ago.

The 175th Royal Highland Show is expected to have attracted about 180,000 people by the time it ends tonight, with a capacity crowd expected as the shearing and woolhandling finishes with the Open shearing final.

New Zealand shearers Troy Pyper and Ethan Pankhurst finished fifth and sixth in the Open final.

It was a top line-up headed by World Champion Scotland team member Hamish Mitchell. Who regained a Royal Highland title he had previously won in 2011.. England representative Adam Berry was second, former Scotland representative Simon Bedwell was third, and fourth was Calum Shaw, who earlier won the Scottish championship for the first time.

The Open started with 35 shearers and was particularly pleasing for Pankhurst, who qualified in 4th place for the semi-finalists and just made it into the top six for the final, in only his sixth Open-class competition since ending the Southern Hemisphere summer as Golden Shears Senior champion and top-ranked shearer in the grade throughout the New Zealand season.

It was only his second 20-sheep event, and he was up against the best that could be offered in Scotland and the North of England, plus Pyper who made giant strides in the New Zealand summer to score his first Open win in New Zealand reach the Golden Shears Open final for the first time.

Mitchell beat Berry by just 0.05pts, having blitzed the opposition through the 20 sheep, which he completed in 15min 47seec, half-a-sheep quicker than Bedwell who was next to finish. Jack Fagan, of Te Kuiti, was third in the Open Plate, just over 1.6pts separating the first three in an event which was a big success for winner and Lanarkshire shearer Scott Wilson.

He shore 12 Senior finals in New Zealand during the summer, without a single victory but finishing second or third in all-but two of the showdowns. The runner-up was Grant Lundie, another Scotsman with considerable experience in New Zealand.

Results:

Royal Highland Open final (20 sheep): Hamish Mitchell (Lochearnhead, Scotland) 15min 47sec, 57.15pts, 1; Adam Berry (Kendal, England) 16min 31sec, 57.2pts, 2; Simon Bedwell (Garve, Scotland) 16min 6sec, 58.45pts, 3; Calum Shaw (Saline, Scotland) 16min 39sec, 58.9pts, 4; Troy Pyper (Invercargill, NZ) 17min 4sec, 61.8pts, 5; Ethan Pankhurst (Masterton, NZ) 17min 43sec, 63.5pts, 6.

Royal Highland Opekn plate (9 sheep): Scott Wilson (Biggar, Scotland) 8min, 32.555pts, 1; Grant Lundie (Dundee, Scotland) 7min 38sec, 33.233pts, 2; Jack Fagan (Te Kuiti, NZ) 8min 21sec, 34.161pts, 3; Alistair Shaw (Saline, Scotland) 8min 18sec, 35.122pts, 4; Ian Montgomery (Ballymena, Northern Ireland) 7min 29sec, 37.672pts, 5; Alan Wright (Buchanty, Scotland) 8min 9sec, 37.895pts, 6.

Royal Highland Show Senior final (8 sheep): Guy Fraser (New Zealand) 7min 38sec, 33.525pts, 1; Alister Shaw (Scotland) 7min 15sec, 36pts, 2; Tom Perry (Northern Ireland) 7min 7sec, 36.35pts, 3; Brian Simpson (Scotland) 7min 5sec, 41.625pts, 4; Ross Gibson (Scotland) 7min 50sec, 45.125pts, 5; Marco Gitenait (France) 8min 35sec, 47pts, 6.

Richard Jones retains Three Counties title - June 14, 2015

Corwen shearer and 2014 UK Shearing Personality of the Year Richard Jones showed he's in form to regain the Champion Shearer of Wales title next month when he successfully defended the Royal Three Counties Open title with a winning margin of more than six points at Malvern, Worcestershire.

Jones, one of 24 entrants, shore the 20 welsh beulah speckles in the final in 16min 4sec, 42 seconds and ultimately 6.4pts clear of runner-up and ...Six-Nations champion Wales teammate Ian Jones, of Llandindrod, the order the six finalists came off the board unchanged by the eventual points..

In-form Adam Berry, from Kendal, Cumbria and the only England shearer in the final, was edged into third place, and New Zealand shearer Jack Fagan, from Te Kuiti and the only finalist not from the UK, was fifth, having been sixth last year.

The 12-sheep Senior final was won by Ed Gingell, from Heathfield, East Sussex, beating Welsh sherarer Lloyd Rees, of Llandefalle, by just 0.4pts despite haviong been more than a sheep quicker on the board. New Zealander shearer Jacob Moore, of Marton, was third.

The England team of Berry and Anthony Rooke, from Harome, Yorkshire, scored a meritorious international win over Ian Jones and open-final fourth placegetter Aaron Hughes, of Pwllheli.

Results:

Three Counties Open final (20 sheep): Richard Jones (Wales) 16min 4sec, 55.95pts, 1; Ian Jones (Wales) 16min 46sec, 62.35pts, 2; Adam Berry (England) 16min 48sec, 62.55pts, 3; Aaron Hughes (Wales) 18min 6secs, 68.5pts, 4; Jack Fagan (New Zealand) 18min 18sec, 68.95pts, 5; Rhydian Evans (Wales) 20min 4sec, 71.2pts, 6.

Three Counties Senior final (12 sheep): Ed Gingell (England) 10min 23sec, 49.4pts, 1; Lloyd Rees (Wales) 11min 26sec, 49.8pts, 2; Jacob Moore (New Zealand) 12min 37sec, 50.1pts, 3; Harry Gilbert (Wales) 12min 8sec, 50.316pts, 4; Nick Harding (England) 11min 29sec, 50.7pts, 5; Richard Carter (England) 12min 36sec, 51.08pts, 6.

Three Counties Intermediate final (4 sheep): Aled Jones 5min 51sec, 32.05pts, 1; Jonny Rees 7min 53sec, 33.65pts, 2; Josh Page 5min 42sec, 34.45pts, 3; Dafyd Davies 6min 24sec, 36.45pts, 4; Aled Preece 7min 25sec, 44.5pts, 5; Dan Beaven 7min 17sec, 51.1pts, 6.

Kiwi guns in the money at Cornwall again - June 7, 2015

New Zealand shearers Jack Fagan and Matthew Smith have finished second and third in the Open final at the Royal Cornwall Show in England.

The event was won by in-form English shearer Adam Berry, benefitting from his time shearing in New Zealand, based at Whangamomona.

Smith, who lives in Cornwall, won the event last year, when Fagan was also runner-up. A former champion Senior shearer and son of the legendary David Fagan, Jack Fagan is yet to win an Open final, but tasted success at the New Zealand Championships in hometown Te Kuiti in April when he won the Challenger event, for shearers yet to make the breakthrough.

Smith was first to finish Friday's final, but lacked the quality on the day to take the title again. He shore his 20 local-bred mule sheep in 14min 10sec, beating Cumbrian shearer Berry by 35 seconds and Fagan by 1min 40sec.

Fagan had the best pen and overall quality points, but Berry still won by a comfortable 2.7pts, continuing the form which has made him the top shearer in England since the UK season started last month.

With 20 starters, Fagan was top qualifier in the heats, and Smith the top qualifier from the semi-finals.

Marton shearer Jacob Moore was runner-up in the 12-sheep senior final, being beaten by just 0.316pts. The event was won by Cornbish shearer Nick Jasper who was first to finish in 10min 33sec. Moore made-up most of the time deficit of almost three points by having easily the best quality points.

Open final (20 sheep): Adam Berry (England) 14min 45sec, 54.25pts, 1; Jack Fagan (Te Kuiti) 15min 50sec, 56.95pts, 2; Matthew Smith (New Zealand and Cornwall) 14min 10sec, 58.55pts, 3; Jon Roberts (England) 17min 13sec, 62.95pts, 4; Sam Bullingham (England) 17min 39sec, 63.9pts, 5.

Senior final (20 sheep): Nick Jasper (England) 10min 33sec, 41.15pts, 1; Jacob Moore (Marton) 11min 31sec, 41.466pts, 2; Nick Harding 11min 4sec, 43.616pts, 3; Richard Northey 12min 1sec, 48.467pts, 4; Elgan Jones (Wales) 11min 28sec, 48.484pts, 5.

Smith-Fagan quinella, but not the same old one-two - June 1, 2015

Invercargill shearer Troy Pyper has continued his form in the UK by reaching the All Nations final at the All Ireland Championships at An Grianan Estate in Burt, Co Donegal.

The two-day championships were held on Saturday and Sunday, and Pyper was fifth in a six-man final won by Welsh shearer Richard Jones. Uniquely, five countries were represented in the showdown.

Donegal hero Ivan Scott was runner-up, having the previous day see...n his winning streak in the All Ireland Championship come to an end when beaten by young Northern Ireland representative Jack Robinson, who was runner-up in the 2012 Golden Shears senior final in Masterton.

Meanwhile, the Welsh team of Jones, Gareth Daniel and Ian Jones retained the Six-Nations title on Sunday, with Scott and teammates Tom Kennedy and Mark McGeown providing one of Ireland's best results in the event by finishing in second place, after being fifth last year when the Six Nations was held at the Balmoral Show in Northern Ireland.

Results from The All-Nations events at the All Ireland Championships at Burt, Co. Donegal, on Sunday, May 31:

Six Nations Championship: Wales 1, Ireland 2, Northern Ireland 3, England 4, France 5, Scotland 6.

Open: Richard Jones(Wales) 1, Ivan Scott(Ireland) 2, Simon Bedwell(Scotland) 3, Gareth Daniel(Wales) 4, Troy Pyper(New Zealand) 5, Christophe Riffaud(France) 6.

Open Plate: Jack Robinson(Northern Ireland) 1, Antony Rooke(England) 2, Adam Berry(England) 3, Thimoleon Resneau(France) 4, Ian Montgomery(Northern Ireland) 5, Stewart Pullin(Scotland) 6.

Senior: Sean Kerlin(Northern Ireland) 1, Thomas Perry(Northern Ireland) 2, Brendan Graham(Ireland) 3, Johnny Patterson(Ireland) 4, Graeme Davidson(Northern Ireland) 5, Seamus Rooney(Northern Ireland) 6.

Intermediate: Stephen Morgan(Northern Ireland) 1, Jason McNiece(Northern Ireland) 2, Russell Smyth(Northern Ireland) 3, Emily Te Kapa(Scotland) 4, Barry Devine(Northern Ireland) 5, Trevor Wilson(Northern Ireland) 6.

Junior: Andrew Bonham(Ireland) 1, Stephen Donaghey(Ireland) 2, Karol Devaney(Ireland) 3, Pearse Bredin(Ireland) 4, Ciaran McNulty(Northern Ireland) 5, Joe Boylan(Ireland) 6.

Blades: Gareth Owen(Wales) 1, Elfed Jackson(Wales) 2, Seamus Joyce(Ireland) 3, Peter Heraty(Ireland) 4, Sean O'Sullivan(Ireland) 5, Mark Armstrong(Scotland) 6.

Rich pickings for Berry at Bath and West - May 31, 2015

England'smost recent World shearing championship finalist has cemented his place as his country's top shearer by scoring a big double at the Royal Bath and West Show.

Adam Berry, whose family farms at Endmoor in Cumbria and who reached the World final in Masterton in 2012, won both the English championship final and the UK Golden Shears Open final on Friday(UK time).

Among the opposition in the Golden Shears final were New Zealand shearers Ant Frew and Matt Smith, brother of Rowland Smith, who won the title last year a week after winning the World title in Ireland.

Frew, 28 and from Pleasant Point in South Canterbury, surprised by finishing fourth, while Smith had to settle for 6th in the six-man final.

Earlier in the week, England-based Smith won at the Devon County show, where Masterton shearer Ethan Pankhurst reached the final in his first attempt at the Open-class since a near all-conquering Senior season back home in New Zealand.

Second and third in the UK Golden Shears final were Welsh shearers Gareth Daniel and Richard Jones, and fifth was Irish shearer Ivan Scott.

Jones earlier in the week won the Northumberland County Show final in which the runner-up was Invercargill shearer Troy Pyper, who in March shore in his first Golden Shears Open final in Masterton.

The top shearers were headed for the All Ireland Championships in Burt, Co Donegal, Ireland, featuring Sunday's Six-Nations title defence by the Welsh team of Daniel, Jones, and Ian Jones.




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