O’neill’s blades snip merino qual­ity ti­tle

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL NEWS - By CHE BAKER

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.

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Finewool form: Alexan­dra shearer Char­lie O’Neill com­petes in the open fi­nal of the 51st New Zealand Merino Shear­ing and Wool­han­dling Cham­pi­onships in Alexan­dra.

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