Henare No.1 in world, Baty No.2

Fantastic night for Gisborne woolhandlers.

Fantastic night for Gisborne woolhandlers.

WORLD CHAMPIONS: Joel Henare and Mary-Anne Baty of Gisborne are world teams woolhandling champions, and number one and two in the world individually after the shearing championships in Invercargill. Henare won back his world solo crown and Mary-Jane finished runnerup. Henare dedicated his individual title to his mentor, former mutiple world champion, the late Joanne Kumeroa - "This one's for you Joanne!" Picture by Pete Nikolaison
Gisborne woolhandlers Joel Henare and Mary-Anne Baty are on top of the shearing world. Joel regained the open individual woolhandling title in Invercargill on Saturday night. Pictures by Pete Nikolaison
Mary-Anne Baty was runner-up. They then joined forces to blitz the field in the world woolhandling teams event.

FINALS night at the World Shearing Championships in Invercargill on Saturday was a huge night for Gisborne woolhandlers Joel Henare and Mary-Anne Baty who finished one and two in the world.

Henare took out the open final in emphatic style after he won the “All Nations” open final on Friday night.

He regained his world open crown on Saturday with a score of 107.82 points and Baty was the runner-up on 152.47.

The pair then went on to win the world teams title with a combined score of 99.762, esclipsing second-placed Australia well back on 141.464.

Dunedin-based Henare regained the world open woolhandling title he won at the Golden Shears in Masterton in 2012.

“It feels absolutely amazing to win the world title back. It still has not sunk in yet,” Henare said this morning.

“There are no words to describe the feeling, and to win it again at home was very special.”

In the world championships in Ireland in 2014 he was eliminated in the semi-finals and put a call in to his mentor the late Joanne Kumeroa, who passed away in 2015.

“Being eliminated was a big moment because I was the defending world champion, and I wanted to talk to Joanne.

“She told me she had the same happen to her. She told me not to worry about it, to be strong and carry on. It made me more determined to win it again.

“So to come back after missing out and to be on top again is like winning Lotto.

“I have dedicated my win on Saturday night to Joanne.”

Joel said he would not have been able to do it without family support.

“Especially from my wife Erica and also PGG Wrightson in Gisborne who supported me in the lead-up to the champs.”

New Zealand teammate and surprise NZ selection Mary-Anne Baty, also from Gisborne, had the best night of her woolhandling life in front of a crowd of 4000 at Invercargill’s ILT Stadium Southland.

New Zealand made it a bag of four as the black singlets won the individual and teams titles in machine shearing as well.

The biggest individual winner was Napier shearer John Kirkpatrick, who at his fourth attempt won the glamour event, the individual machine shearing final, to deafening applause.

It was one of the biggest crowds to ever watch a shearing sports event. Locals said it was also the biggest crowd for any event held in the stadium, better known for netball and basketball matches, and short boxing fights.

Pairing with world championships first-timer Nathan Stratford, four-times Golden Shears Open winner Kirkpatrick, aged 45, also won his third world teams title.

Major results: Machine shearing final (20 sheep – six fullwool, eight second-shear, six lambs) — John Kirkpatrick (New Zealand) 17min 22.079sec, 61.554pts, 1; Gavin Mutch (Scotland) 16min 56.139sec, 62.907pts, 2; Nathan Stratford (New Zealand) 18min 3.357sec, 63.818pts, 3.

Woolhandling final (8 fleeces – 4 second-shear, 4 longwool): Joel Henare (New Zealand) 107.82pts, 1; Mary-Anne Baty (New Zealand) 152.47pts, 2; Tina Elers (Cook Islands) 205.28pts, 3.

Teams: Machine shearing final (20 sheep – six fullwool, eight second-shear, six lambs): New Zealand (John Kirkpatrick/Nathan Stratford) 18min 56.464sec, 66.373pts, 1; Scotland (Hamish Mitchell/Gavin Mutch) 18min 25.655sec, 67.083pts, 2.

Woolhandling final (8 fleeces – 4 second-shear, 4 longwool): New Zealand (Mary-Anne Baty/Joel Henare) 99.762pts, 1; Australia (Sophie Huf/Mel Morris) 141.464pts, 2; Cook Islands (Maiden Elers/Tina Elers) 169.75pts, 3.

FINALS night at the World Shearing Championships in Invercargill on Saturday was a huge night for Gisborne woolhandlers Joel Henare and Mary-Anne Baty who finished one and two in the world.

Henare took out the open final in emphatic style after he won the “All Nations” open final on Friday night.

He regained his world open crown on Saturday with a score of 107.82 points and Baty was the runner-up on 152.47.

The pair then went on to win the world teams title with a combined score of 99.762, esclipsing second-placed Australia well back on 141.464.

Dunedin-based Henare regained the world open woolhandling title he won at the Golden Shears in Masterton in 2012.

“It feels absolutely amazing to win the world title back. It still has not sunk in yet,” Henare said this morning.

“There are no words to describe the feeling, and to win it again at home was very special.”

In the world championships in Ireland in 2014 he was eliminated in the semi-finals and put a call in to his mentor the late Joanne Kumeroa, who passed away in 2015.

“Being eliminated was a big moment because I was the defending world champion, and I wanted to talk to Joanne.

“She told me she had the same happen to her. She told me not to worry about it, to be strong and carry on. It made me more determined to win it again.

“So to come back after missing out and to be on top again is like winning Lotto.

“I have dedicated my win on Saturday night to Joanne.”

Joel said he would not have been able to do it without family support.

“Especially from my wife Erica and also PGG Wrightson in Gisborne who supported me in the lead-up to the champs.”

New Zealand teammate and surprise NZ selection Mary-Anne Baty, also from Gisborne, had the best night of her woolhandling life in front of a crowd of 4000 at Invercargill’s ILT Stadium Southland.

New Zealand made it a bag of four as the black singlets won the individual and teams titles in machine shearing as well.

The biggest individual winner was Napier shearer John Kirkpatrick, who at his fourth attempt won the glamour event, the individual machine shearing final, to deafening applause.

It was one of the biggest crowds to ever watch a shearing sports event. Locals said it was also the biggest crowd for any event held in the stadium, better known for netball and basketball matches, and short boxing fights.

Pairing with world championships first-timer Nathan Stratford, four-times Golden Shears Open winner Kirkpatrick, aged 45, also won his third world teams title.

Major results: Machine shearing final (20 sheep – six fullwool, eight second-shear, six lambs) — John Kirkpatrick (New Zealand) 17min 22.079sec, 61.554pts, 1; Gavin Mutch (Scotland) 16min 56.139sec, 62.907pts, 2; Nathan Stratford (New Zealand) 18min 3.357sec, 63.818pts, 3.

Woolhandling final (8 fleeces – 4 second-shear, 4 longwool): Joel Henare (New Zealand) 107.82pts, 1; Mary-Anne Baty (New Zealand) 152.47pts, 2; Tina Elers (Cook Islands) 205.28pts, 3.

Teams: Machine shearing final (20 sheep – six fullwool, eight second-shear, six lambs): New Zealand (John Kirkpatrick/Nathan Stratford) 18min 56.464sec, 66.373pts, 1; Scotland (Hamish Mitchell/Gavin Mutch) 18min 25.655sec, 67.083pts, 2.

Woolhandling final (8 fleeces – 4 second-shear, 4 longwool): New Zealand (Mary-Anne Baty/Joel Henare) 99.762pts, 1; Australia (Sophie Huf/Mel Morris) 141.464pts, 2; Cook Islands (Maiden Elers/Tina Elers) 169.75pts, 3.

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Liz Mackey-Jones - 7 months ago
Brilliant Tairawhiti . . . What a great pair Joel and Mary-Anne are, putting our district up there with the best. Congratulations to you both and all the contestants can pat themselves on the back for a great event . . .

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