Two-in-a-row senior titles for Gisborne woolhandler

Tibble repeated the effort of scoring her first win in the New Zealand Champs senior final a year ago.

Tibble repeated the effort of scoring her first win in the New Zealand Champs senior final a year ago.

TWO IN A ROW: Brittany Tibble, of Gisborne, makes it two in a row in the New Zealand Senior woolhandling final in Te Kuiti yesterday. She won the event last year, but has not won any other finals in the sport. Picture by Shearing Sports New Zealand

GISBORNE woolhandler Brittany Tibble returned to the scene of her first woolhandling final win to record her second a year later, on the opening day of the 2017 New Zealand Shearing Championships in Te Kuiti yesterday.

Tibble scored her first win in the New Zealand Championships senior final a year ago and repeated the effort.

Although she started woolhandling about six years ago, the 25-year-old mum-of-two has had three other appearances in finals, including third in the Golden Shears senior woolhandling final last year.

To win the five-handler final with the wool from five second-shear sheep each, she had to beat two of the best performers of the 2016-2017 season.

Napier woolhandler Angela Stevens, of Napier, was runner-up. She won the junior title last year and last month won the Southland All Nations senior woolhandling title during the world championship in Invercargill. The 2017 Golden Shears senior champion Jamie McLean, of Taihape, was fifth.

Napier shearer Ricci Stevens completed two unique doubles when he won the junior woolhandling final — emulating the win by wife Angela last year and also completing a Golden Shears-New Zealand championships double in the past month.

Results of finals on the opening day of the New Zealand Shearing Championships, woolhandling

New Zealand Championships senior final (5 second-shear sheep): Brittany Tibble (Gisborne) 69.87pts, 1; Angela Stevens (Napier) 73.56pts, 2; Ash Boyce (Dannevirke) 75.84pts, 3; Raniera Whare (Taumarunui) 84.72pts, 4; Jamie McLean (Taihape) 95.93pts, 5.

GISBORNE woolhandler Brittany Tibble returned to the scene of her first woolhandling final win to record her second a year later, on the opening day of the 2017 New Zealand Shearing Championships in Te Kuiti yesterday.

Tibble scored her first win in the New Zealand Championships senior final a year ago and repeated the effort.

Although she started woolhandling about six years ago, the 25-year-old mum-of-two has had three other appearances in finals, including third in the Golden Shears senior woolhandling final last year.

To win the five-handler final with the wool from five second-shear sheep each, she had to beat two of the best performers of the 2016-2017 season.

Napier woolhandler Angela Stevens, of Napier, was runner-up. She won the junior title last year and last month won the Southland All Nations senior woolhandling title during the world championship in Invercargill. The 2017 Golden Shears senior champion Jamie McLean, of Taihape, was fifth.

Napier shearer Ricci Stevens completed two unique doubles when he won the junior woolhandling final — emulating the win by wife Angela last year and also completing a Golden Shears-New Zealand championships double in the past month.

Results of finals on the opening day of the New Zealand Shearing Championships, woolhandling

New Zealand Championships senior final (5 second-shear sheep): Brittany Tibble (Gisborne) 69.87pts, 1; Angela Stevens (Napier) 73.56pts, 2; Ash Boyce (Dannevirke) 75.84pts, 3; Raniera Whare (Taumarunui) 84.72pts, 4; Jamie McLean (Taihape) 95.93pts, 5.

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