Smith shears his way to another ti­tle

Wairarapa News - - SPORT - STAFF RE­PORTER

‘‘The open win was Smith’s 36th con­sec­u­tive win in open-class fi­nals - the only blem­ish was be­ing elim­i­nated from one com­pe­ti­tion in a semi-fi­nal.’’

Hawke’s Bay shearer Row­land Smith came out on top in this year’s Golden Shears premier open event.

Smith, who had al­ready en­joyed a strong 18 months, com­pleted his 20 sheep in a time of 16min­utes 32sec.

David Buick (Pon­garoa) was sec­ond in 16m 29s, and John Kirk­patrick (Napier) third in 16m 45sec.

Taranaki shearer Mutch fin­ished fourth.

The Golden Shears open ti­tle was Smith’s fifth win in the cat­e­gory in six years - the third most suc­cess­ful re­sult in the event’s his­tory, be­hind Sir David Fa­gan on 16 wins, and Brian ‘Snow’ Quinn, with six.

The open win was Smith’s 36th con­sec­u­tive win in open-class fi­nals - the only blem­ish was be­ing elim­i­nated from one com­pe­ti­tion in a semi-fi­nal.

Smith was put un­der pres­sure by Buick in the 20-sheep fi­nal as the pair fin­ished the race al­most to­gether.

Buick was first to the but­ton in 16min 29.618sec, and had the bet­ter points in the judg­ing on the shear­ing board.

How­ever, the judges in the pens had the fi­nal say with Smith win­ning by more than two points.

Reign­ing world cham­pion John Kirk­patrick won the PGG Gavin Wright­son wool na­tional cir­cuit fi­nal for a sec­ond time to qual­ify, along with Smith, to rep­re­sent New Zealand at next sea­son’s trans-Tas­man test se­ries.

RE­SULT

Golden Shears Open fi­nal (20 sheep): 1. Row­land Smith (Maraekakaho) 16min 32.402sec, 57.27pts; 2. David Buick (Pon­garoa) 16min 29.618sec, 59.631pts; 3. John Kirk­patrick (Napier) 16min 45.86sec, 60.843pts; 4. Gavin Mutch (Scot­land/ Whang­amomona) 17min 48.159sec, 61.758pts; 6. Mur­ray Hen­der­son (Hal­combe) 18min 17.077sec, 63.154pts. For full re­sults go to www.shear­ingsports.co.nz

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