Shear­ing Sports team to tour UK

Bush Telegraph - - Focus On Farming - By DOUG LAING Shear­ing Sports

Pon­garoa farmer David Buick will rep­re­sent New Zealand on the six-match CP Wool Shear­ing Sports New Zealand tour of the UK start­ing later this month.

Buick won his place in the team as fourth placeget­ter in the New Zealand cham­pi­onships Open fi­nal at Te Ku¯ iti on April 7, and joins sec­ond-time UK Tour team mem­ber and 2017 World teams cham­pion, In­ver­cargill shearer Nathan Strat­ford, who se­cured his place with vic­tory in the New Zealand Shears Cir­cuit fi­nal in Te Ku¯ iti.

New Zealand Open win­ner and run­ner-up Row­land Smith and John Kirk­patrick, the 2017 CP Wool UK Tour team mem­bers were not avail­able for this year’s se­ries, which starts with a test against Scot­land at the Loc­hearn­head Shears on June 30.

Third in the New Zealand Open fi­nal was Whang­amomona farmer Gavin Mutch, the 2012 World cham­pion in­di­vid­ual and 2014 World teams cham­pion who ar­rived in the UK last week to pre­pare for Scot­land’s 2019 World Cham­pi­onships team se­lec­tion events.

Pre­vi­ously a New Zealand rep­re­sen­ta­tive in two test matches against Aus­tralia, and run­ner-up in this year’s Golden Shears Open fi­nal, Buick will be mak­ing his first UK tour, while Strat­ford toured in 2012, in­clud­ing a mer­i­to­ri­ous Cor­wen Shears Open fi­nal win. Strat­ford has also shorn 10 transtas­man tests since 2006.

The pair will shear at seven dif­fer­ent shows in four weeks, with a fo­cus on the four-test North­ern Hemi­sphere leg of the an­nual se­ries’ against Wales, in which they will be aim­ing to be the first New Zealand team to win the se­ries in Wales since 2011.

Last year the New Zealand team of 2014 World cham­pion Smith and 2017 cham­pion Kirk­patrick, with Te Ku¯ iti shearer Jack Fa­gan stand­ing in for Smith in the first two tests, was beaten 4-0.

But the ledger was bal­anced a few months later when Smith and Kirk­patrick main­tained New Zealand’s un­beaten home record against Wales with a 4-0 se­ries win over vis­i­tors Matthew Evans and Alun Lloyd Jones in the sum­mer dow­nun­der.

The team will be man­aged by shear­ing judge Rus­sell Knight, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive with shear­ing sup­plies com­pany Acto and who runs a small flock near Apiti in North­ern Manawatu. He won a Vet­er­ans shear­ing event at the Golden Shears in Master­ton in March and plans to shear in vet­er­ans com­pe­ti­tions at the Great Yorkshire and Royal Welsh shows dur­ing the tour.

Itin­er­ary for CP Wool Shear­ing Sports New Zealand 2018 tour : June 30, v Scot­land, at Loc­hearn­head Shears; July 7, Lake­land Shears (no test match); July 11, v Eng­land, at Great Yorkshire Show; July 20, v Wales, at Cothi Shears; July 21, v Wales, at Lam­peter Shears; July 25, v Wales, at Royal Welsh Show; July 28, v Wales, at Cor­wen Shears.

‘The team will be man­aged by shear­ing judge Rus­sell Knight, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive with shear­ing sup­plies com­pany Acto and who runs a small flock near Apiti in North­ern .’ Manawatu¯

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DAVID Buick

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