Alex woolhandler wins again
Alexandra woolhandler Pagan Karauria has defended her crown, winning the open woolhandling title for the second year in a row at the National Merino Championships.
The competition held in Alexandra at the weekend attracted strong competition, with woolhandlers and shearers vying for selection on the New Zealand team at the world championships to be held in Invercargill in February.
Shearing Sports New Zealand spokesman Doug Laing said Karauria not only defended her title, but was in the running for selection on the New Zealand team.
A record 32 countries had confirmed their entries for the world championships.
‘‘She is near the top of the points table. She is in second place so far, so has pretty much qualified for the selection final. Woolhandlers have had to go through six shows since last January. There are two more shows to go... In the final the top two will be the two to represent New Zealand at the world champs.’’
Nathan Stratford, 42, of Invercargill, won the New Zealand Merino Shears competition, ending West Australian Damien Boyle’s six year reign as the champion.
Stratford has performed well in the qualifying rounds and has a place in a six-man final showdown at the Canterbury Show.
Elsie Lyon taking part in the Merino Championships in Alexandra.