Sights set high

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Ag Life - BY COLIN MACGILLIVR­AY

Nhill shearer Josh Bone has sights high. The 24-year-old won se­lec­tion in the Vic­to­rian open shear­ing team af­ter a stel­lar per­for­mance at the Aus­tralian Sheep and Wool Show in Bendigo.

Mr Bone placed sec­ond in the open fi­nal at the show, earn­ing a place in the state team along­side win­ner and Aus­tralian num­ber-two ranked shearer Ja­son Wing­field.

He will now com­pete at the Na­tional Shear­ing Cham­pi­onships in Dubbo from Novem­ber 28 to 30.

Mr Bone said he was de­ter­mined to do his best at Dubbo. “You’ve got to aim for the stars,” he said. “I’ll be aim­ing for the fi­nal up in Dubbo, and then if I make the fi­nal I want to fin­ish top three and get a spot in the Aus­tralian team.”

A na­tional team berth would be a dream come true for Mr Bone, for whom shear­ing is a fam­ily af­fair.

He said his father was also a shearer and en­cour­aged him to take up the sport. “My old man got me into shear­ing,” he said. “He was a shearer and that’s all I ever wanted to do – be like dad. “Then I wanted to be bet­ter than dad.” When asked if, hav­ing earned a place on the state shear­ing team, he had now sur­passed his father, Mr Bone would not be drawn.

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“He might say I’m bet­ter than him now, but I’d never say I was bet­ter than my old man,” he said.

Mr Bone said shear­ing had cre­ated a spe­cial bond be­tween him and his fam­ily.

In ad­di­tion to his father, Mr Bone’s two broth­ers and sis­ter also toil along­side him in the shear­ing shed.

He said his part­ner and best friend were also part of the crew. “Shear­ing is a fam­ily af­fair for us,” he said. “It’s all a pretty close-knit fam­ily in the shed.” Mr Bone’s sis­ter, Kirsty Pol­lock, com­peted in wool han­dling at the Aus­tralian Sheep and Wool Show, nar­rowly miss­ing out on her own berth in the Vic­to­rian team.

Mr Bone said it was ‘bad luck’ his sis­ter would be un­able to com­pete along­side him.

He said he had learned to con­trol his nerves while com­pet­ing against Mr Wing­field, who has won 19 of the past 22 ti­tles at Bendigo.

He said the ex­pe­ri­ence would prove valu­able when he com­peted at the na­tional cham­pi­onships.

“I was pretty ner­vous go­ing up against the num­ber two in Aus­tralia, but you can’t let them worry you – you’ve got to worry them,” he said.

Mr Bone said be­tween now and the cham­pi­onships he would sim­ply con­tinue to work on his craft.

“We’ve got shows in be­tween, so hope­fully I’ll win a few and keep my eye in,” he said.

“Then ev­ery other day will just be in the shed go­ing to work. I just keep try­ing hard ev­ery day.”

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