O’neill’s blades snip merino quality title
Despite losing to an Australian in the 51st New Zealand Merino Shearing Woolhandling Championships open shearing final in Alexandra on Saturday night, Alexandra shearer Charlie O’Neill put in a stellar effort and walked away a winner. The crowd roared for O’Neill in the final but it wasn’t enough to stop Perth shearer Damian Boyle winning his third consecutive open title. But O’Neill was able to scoop all of the event’s three special prizes – the highest quality points in heats, highest quality points overall and highest quality points over heats, semi-final and finals. O’Neill was the only O’Neill brother, with Shaun and Colin also competing, to make the final.
Shearers Charlie O’Neill, of Alexandra, Damian Boyle, of Western Australia and Tony Coster, of Rakaia, contest the open shearing title at the 51st New Zealand Merino Shearing and Woolhandling Championships in Alexandra on Saturday night. Boyle won the event, taking the title for the third year in a row. But Colin did the family proud as part of the New Zealand merino team, includ- ing Tony Coster, of Rakaia, and Nathan Stratford, of Invercargill, which beat the Western Australian team consisting of Boyle, his brother Brendon and Tony Wegner in a trans-Tasman teams event.
Finewool form: Alexandra shearer Charlie O’Neill competes in the open final of the 51st New Zealand Merino Shearing and Woolhandling Championships in Alexandra.