Duffy wins dou­ble at NI dog trial champs

South Taranaki Star - - FRONT PAGE - CHARMAINE MUR­PHY

Mark Duffy, Ararata, had a mem­o­rable trip to Te Aute for the North Is­land sheep dog trial cham­pi­onships last week.

Duffy won two hunt­away ti­tles at th­ese cham­pi­onships, tak­ing the Zig Zag Hunt with his dog Vella with ag­gre­gate points of 192.25 and the Straight Hunt with his dog Shield with 196 points just a point ahead of Whang­amomona’s Chris Journeaux and Alice.

He won his first North Is­land ti­tle at Te Aute back in 2009 and has been in 10 fi­nals. Duffy is also a judge hav­ing judged the South Is­land Straight Hunt in 2017.

It was Chris Journeaux’s first fi­nals at Te Aute and he proved to be a strong con­tender. He fin­ished sixth in the Zig Zag Hunt and sec­ond in the Straight Hunt.

The South Is­land and New Zealand Cham­pi­onships are to be held in Blen­heim at the end of the month and even though Duffy has qual­i­fied he is un­able to at­tend. Journeaux and nine other Taranaki com­peti­tors will com­pete. Daily up­dates and re­sults can be found on the NZSDTA web­site.

CHARMAINE MUR­PHY

Mark Duffy and his dogs Vella and Shield after win­ning the dou­ble NI Hunt fi­nals.

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