Pop­u­lar win for Nel­ley and Stream

The Northland Age - - Sport -

John Nel­ley and Stream showed their pedi­gree by claim­ing the short head and yard ti­tle with the very last run of the day at the Broad­wood Sheep Dog Trial on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

In his re­view of the highlights from the two day event, lo­cal trials com­men­ta­tor Merv Cameron said Nel­ley’s win was a very pop­u­lar one.

“John’s health had been very poor y in re­cent years and he has strug­gled to even get to the trials, let alone com­pete,” Cameron said.

The win will have given the duo enough points to com­pete at the na­tion­als at the end of May where, he pre­dicted, they could do very well.

“John knows what it takes to win the big ti­tle as many years back he cap­tured it with his dog Daisy,” Cameron re­minded.

He said it was a great trial for the “old fel­lows” as along with Nel­ley both Allen Nis­bet and Cameron with Pat and Clyde re­spec­tively also qual­i­fied for the up­com­ing na­tion­als which is be­ing run in the Far North in May.

Back at Broad­wood and chas­ing Nel­ley hard were Mur­ray Child’s Boy, Ken Whit­taker’s con­sis­tent Jess and Cameron with Clyde, the first day leader.

In the long head Child’s ex­cep­tional bitch Dice went close to per­fec­tion by scor­ing 98.5 on a dif­fi­cult course from Jess with Craig Lugtigheid’s young dog Strike hold­ing off Nis­bet’s Pat and Mike Moody with Spot for third place.

Over on the hunt­away course, the ex­pe­ri­enced Frank of Mur­ray Child man­aged to gain con­trol of what were oth­er­wise dif­fi­cult sheep and the pair’s qual­ity showed through by win­ning both events.

“The sheep worked well on the head­ing cour­ses and both judges had some qual­ity work to as­sess. On the hunt cour­ses it was a dif­fer­ent story with the sheep do­ing all they could to es­cape back down­hill.

“A pity but that’s dog trials . . . no sheep, no trials, so a big thank you to Con­rad Wal­ters for loan­ing your sheep for us all to work.”

All in all, a very en­joy­able trial which fin­ished with a big lo­cal turnout for the host­ing club’s tra­di­tional hangi which again was of ex­cep­tional qual­ity, com­peti­tors said.

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Re­sults from the Broad­wood Sheep Dog Trial on Waiote­hue Road on Fri­day and Satur­day, April 5 and 6, were:

Long head: M Child with Dice 98.5, 1, K Whit­taker with Jess 96, 2, C Lugtigheid with Strike 95.5, 3, A Nis­bet with Pat 94, 4, M Moody with Spot 93; In­ter­me­di­ate: C Lugtigheid with Strike 95.5, Maiden: T Har­g­reaves with Dora 71.

Short head and yard: J Nel­ley with Stream 95.5, M Child with Boy 95, K Whit­taker with Jess 94, M Cameron with Clyde 93, S Os­borne with Pip 91.5; In­ter­me­di­ate: J Nel­ley with Stream 95.5, Maiden: G Booth with King 52.

Zig zag hunt: M Child with Frank 92.5, C Lugtigheid with Jan 91, C Jay with Belle 87, T Clut­ter­buck with Lin­coln 66, C Thom­son with Mirri 62.5. Straight hunt: M Child with Frank 97, C Lugtigheid with Tara 96, C Thom­son with Mirri 92, T Clut­ter­buck with Lin­coln 91, R Davis with Guy 89.

■ This week­end there are the Kai­waka trials, leg 10 of 12 mak­ing up the provin­cial cir­cuit.

There are three legs re­main­ing to give the lo­cal crew the chance to qual­ify for the na­tion­als be­ing held next month on Mt Ahu Ahu in the Mid North.

John Nel­ley and Stream are con­grat­u­lated by grand­son Henry and daugh­ter Joanna shortly af­ter de­liv­er­ing the win­ning run in the short head and yard event at the Broad­wood Sheep Dog Trial on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

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