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BY TODD WARD
ALL conquering Hastings shearer Rowland
Smith completed a rare shearing triple crown in
Te Kuiti on Saturday night.
The current world champion and 2016 Golden
Shears champion added the New Zealand Shearing
Championships open title to his list of achieve-
ments making him undoubtedly the most dominant
shearer in the world today.
The 29-year-old completed his clean sweep of
shearing’s major titles in front of a packed house
at the Les Munro Centre seeing off worthy chal-
lenges from Napier’s John Kirkpatrick and Mark
Grainger from Te Kuiti who were first to finish in
the pulsating six-man final.
But it was Smith’s superior board and pen points
that earned him the open crown with a score of
58.42 points ahead of runner-up Kirkpatrick (58.83
points) and former world champion Gavin Mutch
from Scotland in third (60.65 points).
David Buick from Pongaroa was fourth, Grainger
fifth and Nathan Stratford (Invercargill) sixth.
Capping Smith’s memorable night, only mo-
ments after winning the open crown he was told
his wife Ingrid had just given birth to their second
child – a daughter – earlier that day in Hawke’s
“Thank you to the New Zealand Shears for put-
ting on another amazing event,” said Smith after
holding the open trophy aloft.
“The amount that goes on behind the scenes for an event this
big is quite amazing. The sponsorship that is put up for these
guys here is tremendous and to win this title is something that
we all aim for and makes all the training worthwhile.
“Also special thanks to my wife for letting me come here
today and compete, so I’d like to dedicate this to my family and
especially, my mum.
“Cheers everyone for supporting me throughout the season.”
For winning the coveted title, Smith won close to $20,000 in
prizes including $3000 in prize money, a watch and a Can Am
quad bike valued at $15,000.
In other results, the NZ circuit final was won by Rakaia’s Tony
Coster, Kirkpatrick won the North Island Shearer of the Year
final on Friday night, while Team Te Kuiti led by James Fagan
won the Trans-Tasman challenge outclassing their Warnambool
counterparts 275.08 points to 275.49.
The results mean Smith and Kirkpatrick will represent NZ in
a tour of the UK later this year, with Kirkpatrick (circuit final
runner-up) making the cut after circuit final winner Coster
declined the offer due to other commitments.
Gisborne’s Joel Henare won the open woolhandling final for
a second time and dedicated his win to friend and woolhandling
legend the late Joanne Kumeroa who died of cancer last year.
In local results Grainger also finished fourth in the North
Island Shearer of the Year final ahead of Te Kuiti veteran Dig-
ger Balme in sixth, Te Kuiti’s Jack Fagan placed sixth in the
open plate final, Sam Murphy from Otorohanga finished sixth in
the junior shearing final and Topia Barrowcliffe (Piopio) placed
third in the novice final.
Aside from the smorgasbord of competitive on-stage action,
the World Champions Invitation event proved popular with the
crowd on Friday night as six world shearing champions went
head-to-head in a one off event featuring King Country’s own
Sir David and Alan MacDonald in the star studded line up.
The five-sheep exhibition was eventually won by Mutch ahead
of Smith, Paul Avery from Stratford, Sir David, crowd favourite
MacDonald fifth and Scotland’s Tom Wilson in sixth.
A singlet signed by each of the world champs was then auc-
tioned by long-time auctioneer Carl White fetching $3000 from
Te Kuiti shearing legend John Fagan.
The money will be donated to the Te Kuiti Volunteer Fire
Brigade for general safety equipment.
Throughout the three-day event, the crowds were kept enter-
tained by MC Russell Harrison, special guest Te Radar, opera
singer Elisha Hulton and the Candy Lane Dancers.
With the NZ Shears wrapping up this season’s competitions,
the next major event is the 2017 Golden Shears World Champi-
onships in Southland from February 9-11. RESULTS P10
FIRE SALE: Past and present world champion shearers Tom Wilson (left), Alan MacDonald, Sir David Fagan, Gavin Mutch, Rowland Smith and Paul Avery
signed a singlet which was auctioned and bought by fellow shearing legend John Fagan (centre) for $3000. The funds will go to Te Kuiti Volunteer Fire Brigade.
WINNER: Saturday’s New Zealand Shearing Champion-
ships open winner Rowland Smith also became a dad for the
second time on Saturday when his wife Ingrid gave birth to a
girl at Hawke’s Bay Hospital earlier that day. But she held off
giving him the news until the final was over.
Triple crown for Rowland Smith
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