Smith shears his way to another title
‘‘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.
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