All Nations title to Henare

Henare, now based in Dunedin, claims crown in front of 4000-strong crowd at Stadium Southland, Invercargill.

Henare, now based in Dunedin, claims crown in front of 4000-strong crowd at Stadium Southland, Invercargill.

MASTER WOOLHANDLER: Gisborne’s Joel Henare on his way to claiming the All Nations Woolhandling title at the World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships in Invercargill last night. Picture supplied

GISBORNE’S Joel Henare underlined his status as one of the favourites for the world title by claiming the All Nations open woolhandling crown last night.

Henare, now based in Dunedin, claimed the crown in front of a 4000-strong crowd at Stadium Southland in Invercargill on the penultimate day of the World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships.

Having topped the points in the semifinals the day before with a score of 36.676, Henare maintained his form to win the All Nations final with a 39.838 total.

Alexandra’s Pagan Karauria was second on 45.218 and Tia Potae, of Milton, third on 46.320.

Two other Gisborne woolhandlers made the semifinals. Penny Kerekere was 14th on 67.386 and Mary-Anne Baty was 15th on 67.750.

The All Nations title are a subsidiary event to the world champs proper. Henare also won in Ireland in 2014.

Henare and Baty’s focus return to the world titles to be decided today. The pair are in the New Zealand team.

Henare is eyeing a second world title, having won in 2012, while Baty is wearing the New Zealand colours for the first time.

Round 1 was contested yesterday, with Baty finishing third on 50.63 and Henare sixth on 68.12.

Meanwhile, Hawke’s Bay shearer and world champion Rowland Smith scored a stunning win in the All Nations open machine shearing final last night. The win was some compensation for the two-metre-tall Smith, who last year won five of the six preliminary rounds of the 2017 New Zealand team selection series, only to finish third in the series final and miss selection for the two-man Shear Blacks team.

With that went his chance of defending the world title he won in Ireland in 2014.

Smith last night’s final won by almost two points from New Zealand team member and Napier shearer John Kirkpatrick.

The four-day champs feature 116 competitors from 32 countries.

GISBORNE’S Joel Henare underlined his status as one of the favourites for the world title by claiming the All Nations open woolhandling crown last night.

Henare, now based in Dunedin, claimed the crown in front of a 4000-strong crowd at Stadium Southland in Invercargill on the penultimate day of the World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships.

Having topped the points in the semifinals the day before with a score of 36.676, Henare maintained his form to win the All Nations final with a 39.838 total.

Alexandra’s Pagan Karauria was second on 45.218 and Tia Potae, of Milton, third on 46.320.

Two other Gisborne woolhandlers made the semifinals. Penny Kerekere was 14th on 67.386 and Mary-Anne Baty was 15th on 67.750.

The All Nations title are a subsidiary event to the world champs proper. Henare also won in Ireland in 2014.

Henare and Baty’s focus return to the world titles to be decided today. The pair are in the New Zealand team.

Henare is eyeing a second world title, having won in 2012, while Baty is wearing the New Zealand colours for the first time.

Round 1 was contested yesterday, with Baty finishing third on 50.63 and Henare sixth on 68.12.

Meanwhile, Hawke’s Bay shearer and world champion Rowland Smith scored a stunning win in the All Nations open machine shearing final last night. The win was some compensation for the two-metre-tall Smith, who last year won five of the six preliminary rounds of the 2017 New Zealand team selection series, only to finish third in the series final and miss selection for the two-man Shear Blacks team.

With that went his chance of defending the world title he won in Ireland in 2014.

Smith last night’s final won by almost two points from New Zealand team member and Napier shearer John Kirkpatrick.

The four-day champs feature 116 competitors from 32 countries.

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