Cheers for our shears
Competitors shine in show comp
TROPHIES and prizemoney from three of the major classes at the Warwick Show Cleanshear competition went into New South Wales.
Grant Newman from Tenterfield won the Intermediate Shearing and backed-up to take out the Open class, the first time this has happened at the Warwick Show.
The Open shearing is one for the experienced full-time shearers or those who have won three Intermediate competitions while the Intermediate is for those shearers who work only part-time. Mr Newman will no longer be able to compete in the lower grades now he’s ‘broken’ open.
Former Warwick-based shearer and Longreach Diamond Shears winner Terry O’Leary came out of retirement on Saturday to place second in the Open class while defending champion Ian Cullen came away with third.
The other class that saw prizemoney and trophies head south was the Quick Throw where Inverell, NSW, ‘rousie,’ Tammy Gardner took out first place from two Warwick men, Jason Skinner and Adrian Kiely.
In the Novice class, Warwick-based livestock agent Olly Gray came in with a win ahead of young Hayden Aspinall and Adrian Kiely.
Organisers of the shearing competition were surprised at the number of younger entrants in the Quick Throw and decided on the day to shear some smaller sheep and have a Junior Quick Throw for the first time.
Event judges John and Sue Box quickly stepped in with some extra prizemoney and the event was a success.
Local lass Annie-May Newman threw two excellent fleeces to win ahead of Tyler Aspinall and Cody Skinner who threw his first-ever fleece on Saturday.
In the ‘old duffers’ class, the Over 50s, Danny Aspinall rarely misses first place and claimed it again on Saturday, 20 points clear of secondplaced Olly Gray.
Shearing section steward Reg Cullen said the shearing competition was as good as he could remember.
“The speed and cleanness of the open shearers was a credit to them, it was beautiful to watch,” he said.
“Strong support from the New South Wales contingent, good quality sheep loaned for the event by the Box family and great trophies and prizemoney helped make the competition really successful.”
FLEECED: Hayden Aspinall around the shoulder.
QUICK GO THE SHEARS: Danny Aspinall on the first back leg.
FLYING CARPET: Andrew Costello.
AIRBORNE: Adrian Kiely throws a curly fleece.
GOOD START: Cody Skinner throws his first ever fleece.