Champ helped opponent to win woolhandling title

Best of the Easter spirit at the Royal Easter Show woolhandling title.

Best of the Easter spirit at the Royal Easter Show woolhandling title.

Pagan Karauria (centre) was stunned by an announcement she’d won the first Royal Easter Show woolhandling title, much to the delight of beaten favourite Joel Henare (left) and runner-up Monica Potae (right). Picture by Doug Laing, Shearing Sports New Zealand

Gisborne's own world and New Zealand champion woolhandler, Joel Henare, was delighted when a competitor he mentors beat him to win the Royal Easter Show woolhandling title in Auckland.

Central Otago shearer and woolhandler Pagan Karauria won an historic 175th Royal Easter Show woolhandling title in Auckland in the best of the Easter spirit.

The 29-year-old praised Henare for the help he had given her.

She said it was eventual third-placegetter Henare who got her into the shape needed to win the three-handler final of five full-wool fleeces each.

The runner-up was Monica Potae, of Milton in South Otago.

Karauria said it had been her best summer as she bounced back from the disappointment early the previous season of just missing out on a place in the New Zealand team for the 2017 World championships, where Henare won both the individual title and the pairs title, with Maryanne Baty, also of Gisborne.

“Joel’s been mentoring me on how to prepare better for finals, better ways to do things,” she said.

“He’s been really good, pretty much stripping my performances apart, and telling me where I go wrong.”

Open final (5 fleeces): Pagan Karauria (Alexandra) 107.418pts, 1; Monica Potae (Milton) 116.67pts, 2; Joel Henare (Gisborne) 131.656pts, 3; Sheree Alabaster (Taihape) 4; Amy Karaka (Te Karaka) 5; Trish Moke Ludlow (Waipawa) 6. — The Country

Gisborne's own world and New Zealand champion woolhandler, Joel Henare, was delighted when a competitor he mentors beat him to win the Royal Easter Show woolhandling title in Auckland.

Central Otago shearer and woolhandler Pagan Karauria won an historic 175th Royal Easter Show woolhandling title in Auckland in the best of the Easter spirit.

The 29-year-old praised Henare for the help he had given her.

She said it was eventual third-placegetter Henare who got her into the shape needed to win the three-handler final of five full-wool fleeces each.

The runner-up was Monica Potae, of Milton in South Otago.

Karauria said it had been her best summer as she bounced back from the disappointment early the previous season of just missing out on a place in the New Zealand team for the 2017 World championships, where Henare won both the individual title and the pairs title, with Maryanne Baty, also of Gisborne.

“Joel’s been mentoring me on how to prepare better for finals, better ways to do things,” she said.

“He’s been really good, pretty much stripping my performances apart, and telling me where I go wrong.”

Open final (5 fleeces): Pagan Karauria (Alexandra) 107.418pts, 1; Monica Potae (Milton) 116.67pts, 2; Joel Henare (Gisborne) 131.656pts, 3; Sheree Alabaster (Taihape) 4; Amy Karaka (Te Karaka) 5; Trish Moke Ludlow (Waipawa) 6. — The Country

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