Smith wins show shear

Ex-world champ in tight race at Wairoa.

Ex-world champ in tight race at Wairoa.

VICTOR: Rowland Smith in action at this year’s Wairoa A&P Show. Wairoa Star picture

Hawke's Bay shearer Rowland Smith got his campaign for a second world title under way in good fashion when he won the Wairoa A&P Show’s open shearing title on Saturday.

Making the now regular trip to the home show of wife Ingrid, a former shearer and fellow record-breaker, Smith beat almost as tough a field as could be gathered, including reigning world champion John Kirkpatrick and 2010 world champion Cam Ferguson, who are also Hawke’s Bay shearing contractors.

But pushing the 2014 world champion the hardest in a pulsating four-man final was former Golden Shears runner-up Aaron Haynes, who chased all the way to succumb by just six seconds in the race for fastest time, Smith’s 17min 40s for 20 sheep.

Showing he had come through well after a personal best of 610 ewes in nine hours in a Manawatu woolshed during the week, Haynes also had just 13 strokes against him in the board judging, but Smith had the better pen afterwards to win by 1.05 points and claim the Wairoa title for a third time in a row. Kirkpatrick was just 0.75 of a point behind in third place.

Kirkpatrick’s son-in-law and workmate, Ricci Stevens, dominated the senior final, beating runner-up Alex Smith of Rakaia by three points, and Leam Pritchard of Pongaroa won the intermediate final which included 2018 Golden Shears junior champion Brook Hamerton.

Home favourite Atawhai Hadfield claimed the junior title. His father, competition convenor Bart Hadfield, enjoyed a win as part of a team. Hadfield senior and Wairoa shearer Lachie Baynes beat Welsh combination Lloyd Rees and Aled Jones at the start of the CP Wool Series.

Wairoa A&P Show Shears results –

Wales Tour (12 sheep): East Coast Wairoa (Lachie Baynes 13min 6sec, 47,72pts; Bart Hadfield 13min 29sec, 52.87pts) 100.59pts beat Wales (Lloyd Rees 13min 2sec, 49.6pts; Aled Jones 14min 1sec, 52.8pts) 103.4pts.

Open final (20 sheep): Rowland Smith (Maraekakaho) 17min 40sec, 58.05pts, 1; Aaron Haynes (Feilding) 17min 46sec, 59.1pts, 2; John Kirkpatrick (Napier) 17min 55sec, 59.85pts, 3; Cam Ferguson (Waipawa) 18min 31sec, 63.3pts, 4.

Senior final (12 sheep): Ricci Stevens (Napier) 12min 52sec, 44.93pts, 1; Alex Smith (Rakaia) 14min 7sec, 47.93pts, 2; Sion Lewis (Wales) 12min 20sec, 50.83pts, 3; Ross Thompson (England) 15min 25sec, 53.42pts, 4.

Intermediate final (6 sheep): Leam Pritchard (Pongaroa) 9min 25sec, 33.52pts, 1; Keith Swann (Wairoa) 9min 2sec, 35.27pts, 2; Brook Hamerton (Ruawai/Hastings) 8min 58sec, 35.57pts, 3; Llyr Jones (Wales) 11min 50sec, 37.92pts, 4.

Junior final (4 sheep): Atawhai Hadfield (Ruakituri) 6min 48sec, 28.4pts, 1; Emlyn Jones (Wales) 6min 53sec, 30.4pts, 2; Shaun Fairclough (Wales) 6min 46sec, 31.8pts, 3; Josh Hopkins (-) 8min 11sec, 44.8pts, 4.

Novice final (1 sheep): Ryka Swann (Wairoa) 4min 25sec, 20.25pts, 1; Jerome Papworth (Alfredton) 6min 31sec, 24.55pts, 2; Archie Harding (-) 5min 8sec, 31.4pts, 3; Simon Priestley (-) 3min 48sec, 54.4pts, 4.

Veterans (2 sheep): Buck Wesche 3min 31sec, 20.55pts, 1; Graeme Roadley 3min 49sec, 21.95pts, 2; David Hodge 3min 22sec, 25.6pts, 3; Colin Baynes 5min 6sec, 28.3pts, 4.

Hawke's Bay shearer Rowland Smith got his campaign for a second world title under way in good fashion when he won the Wairoa A&P Show’s open shearing title on Saturday.

Making the now regular trip to the home show of wife Ingrid, a former shearer and fellow record-breaker, Smith beat almost as tough a field as could be gathered, including reigning world champion John Kirkpatrick and 2010 world champion Cam Ferguson, who are also Hawke’s Bay shearing contractors.

But pushing the 2014 world champion the hardest in a pulsating four-man final was former Golden Shears runner-up Aaron Haynes, who chased all the way to succumb by just six seconds in the race for fastest time, Smith’s 17min 40s for 20 sheep.

Showing he had come through well after a personal best of 610 ewes in nine hours in a Manawatu woolshed during the week, Haynes also had just 13 strokes against him in the board judging, but Smith had the better pen afterwards to win by 1.05 points and claim the Wairoa title for a third time in a row. Kirkpatrick was just 0.75 of a point behind in third place.

Kirkpatrick’s son-in-law and workmate, Ricci Stevens, dominated the senior final, beating runner-up Alex Smith of Rakaia by three points, and Leam Pritchard of Pongaroa won the intermediate final which included 2018 Golden Shears junior champion Brook Hamerton.

Home favourite Atawhai Hadfield claimed the junior title. His father, competition convenor Bart Hadfield, enjoyed a win as part of a team. Hadfield senior and Wairoa shearer Lachie Baynes beat Welsh combination Lloyd Rees and Aled Jones at the start of the CP Wool Series.

Wairoa A&P Show Shears results –

Wales Tour (12 sheep): East Coast Wairoa (Lachie Baynes 13min 6sec, 47,72pts; Bart Hadfield 13min 29sec, 52.87pts) 100.59pts beat Wales (Lloyd Rees 13min 2sec, 49.6pts; Aled Jones 14min 1sec, 52.8pts) 103.4pts.

Open final (20 sheep): Rowland Smith (Maraekakaho) 17min 40sec, 58.05pts, 1; Aaron Haynes (Feilding) 17min 46sec, 59.1pts, 2; John Kirkpatrick (Napier) 17min 55sec, 59.85pts, 3; Cam Ferguson (Waipawa) 18min 31sec, 63.3pts, 4.

Senior final (12 sheep): Ricci Stevens (Napier) 12min 52sec, 44.93pts, 1; Alex Smith (Rakaia) 14min 7sec, 47.93pts, 2; Sion Lewis (Wales) 12min 20sec, 50.83pts, 3; Ross Thompson (England) 15min 25sec, 53.42pts, 4.

Intermediate final (6 sheep): Leam Pritchard (Pongaroa) 9min 25sec, 33.52pts, 1; Keith Swann (Wairoa) 9min 2sec, 35.27pts, 2; Brook Hamerton (Ruawai/Hastings) 8min 58sec, 35.57pts, 3; Llyr Jones (Wales) 11min 50sec, 37.92pts, 4.

Junior final (4 sheep): Atawhai Hadfield (Ruakituri) 6min 48sec, 28.4pts, 1; Emlyn Jones (Wales) 6min 53sec, 30.4pts, 2; Shaun Fairclough (Wales) 6min 46sec, 31.8pts, 3; Josh Hopkins (-) 8min 11sec, 44.8pts, 4.

Novice final (1 sheep): Ryka Swann (Wairoa) 4min 25sec, 20.25pts, 1; Jerome Papworth (Alfredton) 6min 31sec, 24.55pts, 2; Archie Harding (-) 5min 8sec, 31.4pts, 3; Simon Priestley (-) 3min 48sec, 54.4pts, 4.

Veterans (2 sheep): Buck Wesche 3min 31sec, 20.55pts, 1; Graeme Roadley 3min 49sec, 21.95pts, 2; David Hodge 3min 22sec, 25.6pts, 3; Colin Baynes 5min 6sec, 28.3pts, 4.

A&P competition results

The stock, wool, junior stock judging and rural ironman competitions at the Wairoa A&P Show saw some excellent competition.

Results –

Flock sheep - Three two-tooth ewes: Tangiwai 1, Tangiwai 2, Kenhardt 3, Tangiwai 4. Terminal ewe lamb (pen of 3): Archie Bayly 1, Archie Bayly 2.

Black and coloured sheep: Ram two shear and over, Isobel Bayly. Ewe lamb: Isobel Bayly. Two-tooth ewe, Tessa Knauf. Ewe two shear and over, Isobel Bayly. Champion black and coloured sheep Isobel Bayly.

Wool section - Hogget shear (clip sample): Pihanui Station 1, Te Puna Station 2, Arawood 3. Fleece strong crossbred hogget: D and C Coop 1; N.P and W.S Clark 2; Coventry Station 3.

Fleece medium crossbred hogget: G and R Tombleson 1; G and R Tombleson 2; D and C Coop 3.

Fleece fine crossbred hogget: Haurata Station 1; G and R Tombleson 2.

Coloured fleece most suitable For spinning: G and S Crawshaw 1; G and S Crawshaw 2; Fenton Wilson 3.

Mature fleece: N.P and W.S Clark 1; G and S Crawshaw 2; G and S Crawshaw 3.

Ewe shear (clip sample): Waireka 1, Kokohu Station 2, Te Puna Station 3.

Champion hogget Fleece: Haurata Station.

Local champion: Pihanui Station.

Junior stock judging - Sheep: Open, Abby Morunga 1, Charlie Tizard/Ohuka 2, Bruce Anderson/Farmlands 3. Novice, Murphy McSporran 1, Tom Munro 2, Maxillan McSporran 3. Special, Harrison Alexander/Nuhaka School. Wool: Open, Angus Munro 1, Charlie Tizard 2, Heath Morunga 3. Novice, Hayley Anderson 1, Fynn McGimpsey 2, Jessica Alexander/Nuhaka School 3. Special, Phoebe McGimpsey 1, Mayzie Anderson 2. Champion, Charlie Tizard. Top local, Abby Morunga.

Rural ironman - Adult: Water and Gate Carry, Everest Contracting 1, Sweet Az 2, Hurry Up Mark 3. Tyre change and hay stack, Hurry Up Mark 1, Everest Contracting 2, Kerrah Simmentals 3.

Wool Bale Roll, Everest Contracting 1, Te Kapu Apiaries 2, Kerrah Simmentals 3. Pig carry, Everest Contracting 1, Kerrah Simmentals 2, Hurry Up Mark 3. Adult overall, Everest Contracting (James Field, Kumi Basher, Tim Brownlie) 1, Hurry Up Mark (Mark, James, Tim) 2, Te Kapu Apiaries (Ella Pegram, Jason Ereatara, Daniel Thurston) 3.

Children: Egg and spoon race, Dirt Bike Hunters 1, Big Bulls 2, The Ferns 3. Bale Drag, The Stampedes 1, Tutira Rebels 2, Light Fury 3. Water carry, Putere Warriors 1, Light Fury 2, Dirt Bike Hunters 3. Fadge drag, The Speeders 1, Putere Warriors 2, Dirt Bike Hunters 3.

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