Merv and Bob go head to head

'Top competition in the Poverty Bay region at all four courses'.

'Top competition in the Poverty Bay region at all four courses'.

Annie Flood scored the win with Smoke in the straight hunt at the Whangara dog trial last Saturday. Pictures by Maria Jeffery
John Macpherson has streaked ahead on Poverty Bay dog trial centre’s overall the points table in the hunts.
Bob Bryson (left) and Rex had a win and a second at Whangara. He is pictured with Rodger Strachan, runner-up in the zig zag hunt, also with a Rex.

Whangara turned on a good dog trial on Friday and Saturday with the exceptional views from the course right next to the beach, and some useful scores across the four events.

“The very well set up courses made it easy for liberators and judges. The liberators and sheep stewards did a great job of keeping the trial running smoothly,” said trials spokeswoman Maria Jeffery.

“The weather was a bit horrible at times with patches of rain, but there turned out to be a pearly end to the trial late Saturday afternoon.

“There was a lot of top competition in the Poverty Bay region at all four courses,” she said.

“It was great to see lots of young competitors coming through and hitting those open points, keeping them oldies on their feet!”

She said the sheep became hard work on some of the hunt courses.

“As for the heads, the sheep sprinted down the long and short courses which made it challenging for some of the trialists.

“Overall there was a great turnout and a good number of entries.”

Bob Bryson and Merv Utting had tight duels in the heading events, with a win and a second place apiece.

Annie Flood scored another win in the hunts, and Laurence Rau had a win.

Results —

Event one, long head (judge Rob O’Sullivan): Bob Bryson Rex 95.5 1; Merv Utting Fern 95 2; John Macpherson Scott 94.5 3; Merv Utting Prince 94.2 4; Annie Flood Scott 92.5 5. First intermediate Larry Hoole Dawn 89. First maiden Steve Herries Max 88.

Event two, short head and yard (judge Laurence Rau): Merv Utting Fern 96.5 1; Bob Bryson Rex 95 2; Bob Bryson Bolt 94.75 3; Fraser Wilson Bo 94.5 4; John Macpherson Scott 94 5. First intermediate Mat Cates Fly 85. First maiden Fraser Wilson Bo 94.5.

Event three, zig zag hunt (judge Allen Irwin): Laurence Rau Charm 96 1; Rodger Strachan Rex 95.5 2; Torey Harnett Sam 95 3; Warrick Bruce Tom 94.5 4; Anthony Hughes Bully 94.25 5. First intermediate Torey Harnett Sam 95. First maiden Torey Harnett Sam 95.

Event four, straight hunt (judge Martin Wolter): Annie Flood Smoke 97.5 1; Ned George Nugget 97 2; Colin Bayliss Bully 95.5 3; Bob Bryson Hank 95 4; Colin Bayliss Pearl 94.8 5. First intermediate Annie Flood Smoke 97.5. First maiden Scott Lasenby Stella 94.5.

Leading points scorers —

Heads: John Macpherson Scott 28, Noddy Halley Spike 20, Merv Utting Prince 16 Fern 12, Bob Bryson Rex 12 Bolt 12.

Hunts: Colin Bayliss Bully 18, Allen Irwin Dan 13, Anthony Hughes Holly 12, Noddy Halley Jade 12.

Whangara turned on a good dog trial on Friday and Saturday with the exceptional views from the course right next to the beach, and some useful scores across the four events.

“The very well set up courses made it easy for liberators and judges. The liberators and sheep stewards did a great job of keeping the trial running smoothly,” said trials spokeswoman Maria Jeffery.

“The weather was a bit horrible at times with patches of rain, but there turned out to be a pearly end to the trial late Saturday afternoon.

“There was a lot of top competition in the Poverty Bay region at all four courses,” she said.

“It was great to see lots of young competitors coming through and hitting those open points, keeping them oldies on their feet!”

She said the sheep became hard work on some of the hunt courses.

“As for the heads, the sheep sprinted down the long and short courses which made it challenging for some of the trialists.

“Overall there was a great turnout and a good number of entries.”

Bob Bryson and Merv Utting had tight duels in the heading events, with a win and a second place apiece.

Annie Flood scored another win in the hunts, and Laurence Rau had a win.

Results —

Event one, long head (judge Rob O’Sullivan): Bob Bryson Rex 95.5 1; Merv Utting Fern 95 2; John Macpherson Scott 94.5 3; Merv Utting Prince 94.2 4; Annie Flood Scott 92.5 5. First intermediate Larry Hoole Dawn 89. First maiden Steve Herries Max 88.

Event two, short head and yard (judge Laurence Rau): Merv Utting Fern 96.5 1; Bob Bryson Rex 95 2; Bob Bryson Bolt 94.75 3; Fraser Wilson Bo 94.5 4; John Macpherson Scott 94 5. First intermediate Mat Cates Fly 85. First maiden Fraser Wilson Bo 94.5.

Event three, zig zag hunt (judge Allen Irwin): Laurence Rau Charm 96 1; Rodger Strachan Rex 95.5 2; Torey Harnett Sam 95 3; Warrick Bruce Tom 94.5 4; Anthony Hughes Bully 94.25 5. First intermediate Torey Harnett Sam 95. First maiden Torey Harnett Sam 95.

Event four, straight hunt (judge Martin Wolter): Annie Flood Smoke 97.5 1; Ned George Nugget 97 2; Colin Bayliss Bully 95.5 3; Bob Bryson Hank 95 4; Colin Bayliss Pearl 94.8 5. First intermediate Annie Flood Smoke 97.5. First maiden Scott Lasenby Stella 94.5.

Leading points scorers —

Heads: John Macpherson Scott 28, Noddy Halley Spike 20, Merv Utting Prince 16 Fern 12, Bob Bryson Rex 12 Bolt 12.

Hunts: Colin Bayliss Bully 18, Allen Irwin Dan 13, Anthony Hughes Holly 12, Noddy Halley Jade 12.

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