Alex wool­han­dler wins again

Central Otago Mirror - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - EVAN HARD­ING

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.

JO MCKENZIEMCLEAN

Elsie Lyon tak­ing part in the Merino Cham­pi­onships in Alexan­dra.

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