Utting, Edginton all ready for Taupo

READY TO GO: Leo Edginton and are looking forward to the dog trial test against Australia on Aratiatia Station in Taupo this weekend. The New Zealand team they are part of have prepared well for it. File pictures
Skip and Merv Utting and Prince are also headed to Taupo to have a crack at the Aussies.

GISBORNE dog triallists Merv Utting from Waimata and Leo Edginton from Tolaga Bay will wear the Silver Fern this weekend in the Wayleggo test against Australia in Taupo and they expect a tough challenge.

Utting and Edginton and their dogs Prince and Skip were selected for the New Zealand team after the national championships at Pouawa in June.

It is understood that it will be the first time two Poverty Bay centre competitors will compete in the same New Zealand team.

They join Marlborough’s Eion Herbert and Northland’s Murray Child in the team, along with reserve Bob Bruce from Hawke’s Bay.

“We had a practice run as a group the week before last for a couple of days at Mangaheia Station at Tolaga Bay,” Utting said.

“That went pretty good. Leo did a great job of setting things up.

“All the dogs went well and the sheep had a bit in them. It was a good warm up for us ahead of the test match.”
Utting said the Australians have a pretty good team coming over.

“We expect a tough challenge. There will not be much in it.”

Edginton said the Kiwi team were “all primed up for it and ready to go”.

“It will be a strong Aussie team, but we’ve got a strong team too. We’re all looking forward to it.”

New Zealand won the test last year at Northam in Western Australia, beating the Aussies comprehensively by 124 points over the two days.

Edginton was part of that team.

Utting was in the team the previous year, when again, the Kiwis won.

The Kiws have won 18 of the tests and the Aussies 13.

The test match is on Saturday and Sunday on Aratiatia Station at Taupo.

Both Gisborne competitors will also complete in the Tux Yarding Challenge to be held in conjunction with the test match.

GISBORNE dog triallists Merv Utting from Waimata and Leo Edginton from Tolaga Bay will wear the Silver Fern this weekend in the Wayleggo test against Australia in Taupo and they expect a tough challenge.

Utting and Edginton and their dogs Prince and Skip were selected for the New Zealand team after the national championships at Pouawa in June.

It is understood that it will be the first time two Poverty Bay centre competitors will compete in the same New Zealand team.

They join Marlborough’s Eion Herbert and Northland’s Murray Child in the team, along with reserve Bob Bruce from Hawke’s Bay.

“We had a practice run as a group the week before last for a couple of days at Mangaheia Station at Tolaga Bay,” Utting said.

“That went pretty good. Leo did a great job of setting things up.

“All the dogs went well and the sheep had a bit in them. It was a good warm up for us ahead of the test match.”
Utting said the Australians have a pretty good team coming over.

“We expect a tough challenge. There will not be much in it.”

Edginton said the Kiwi team were “all primed up for it and ready to go”.

“It will be a strong Aussie team, but we’ve got a strong team too. We’re all looking forward to it.”

New Zealand won the test last year at Northam in Western Australia, beating the Aussies comprehensively by 124 points over the two days.

Edginton was part of that team.

Utting was in the team the previous year, when again, the Kiwis won.

The Kiws have won 18 of the tests and the Aussies 13.

The test match is on Saturday and Sunday on Aratiatia Station at Taupo.

Both Gisborne competitors will also complete in the Tux Yarding Challenge to be held in conjunction with the test match.

GISBORNE sheep dog triallist Rod Mead enjoyed success in the final of the Tux Yarding Challenge at the Central Hawke’s Bay A & P Show on Saturday. He finished runner-up.

Mead and his dog Gem finished a point behind winner Bo Milner and Snow (96.5) from Dannevirke.

Wairoa’s Sheena Martin finished 12th with Troy and 14th with Bee out of the 15 in the final runoff.

The Waipukurau trial attracted just under 200 entries.

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