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Beyond the Bale : December 2015
42 ON FARM AWI once again sponsored the National Championships and Trans-Tasman Tests, which were held this year at Hamilton in Victoria at the end of September. In addition to these competitions at the event, a highlight was workshops at which novice, intermediate and senior wool handlers and shearers had the opportunity to learn and refine their skills amongst some of the very best professionals in the country. They then also had the opportunity to compete in the novice to senior shearing and woolhandling competitions at the event. AWI provides support for this event, plus many local, regional and state shearing and woolhandling competitions across the country, with the main aims of promoting excellence within the shearing industry, and to encourage young people to join the industry. AWI shearing industry training development coordinator Jim Murray says AWI is keen to raise the profile and status of the shearing industry by enabling participation in well conducted shearing and woolhandling competitions. “Competitions help encourage better techniques in shearing and woolhandling, which is for the benefit of the woolgrowing industry from which they derive,” he said. “AWI’s support aims to encourage a quality workforce, an interest in wool, and an appreciation of the art and skill of shearers and wool handlers. AWI’s financial support for competitions makes a significant impact on the viability of many competitions.” COMPETITIONS PROMOTE EXCELLENCE AWI provides support to shearing competitions at local, state and national levels. The aim is promote excellence and encourage better techniques in shearing and woolhandling. NATIONAL SHEARING AND WOOLHANDLING CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS TRANS-TASMAN SHEARING TEST 1. Australia 271.68 2. New Zealand 298.18 Shannon Warnest 18min 18sec, 88.32 Daniel McIntyre 17min 42sec, 90.43 Nathan Meaney 18min 47sec, 92.93 Tony Coster 19min 0sec, 93.25 Troy Pyper 19min 36sec, 96.13 Aaron Haynes 19min 46sec, 108.80 TRANS-TASMAN BLADE SHEARING TEST 1. New Zealand 189.55 2. Australia 211.75 Tony Dobbs 14min 46sec, 92.55 Brian Thomson 16min 15sec, 97.00 John Dalla 14min 42sec, 105.35 Ken French 18min 28sec, 106.40 TRANS-TASMAN WOOLHANDLING TEST 1. New Zealand 42.28 2. Australia 45.53 Joel Henare and Sheree Alabaster Tara Smith and Sarah Moran NATIONAL SHEARING FINAL 1. Daniel McIntyre (NSW) 102.27 2. Shannon Warnest (SA) 107.12 3. Justin Dolphin (SA) 112.07 4. Wayne Hosie (NSW) 115.60 5. Robert Glover (Tas) 120.67 6. Steve Rigby (Tas) 136.57 NATIONAL WOOLHANDLING FINAL 1. Rachel Hutchinson (NSW) 39.20 2. Angela Wakely (NSW) 47.00 3. Sarah Moran (Vic) 47.20 4. Sophie Huf (Vic) 49.90 5. Tara Smith (SA) 52.20 6. Kayla Garner (NSW) 58.50 NATIONAL BLADE SHEARING FINAL 1. John Dalla (SA) 44.15 2. Ken French (Vic) 55.50 3. Mike Pora (NSW) 71.15 4. Terry Rowbottom (Vic) 77.70 5. Jim Murray (NSW) 86.05 6. Mal Griffiths (Vic) 100.65 NATIONAL TEAM FINALS 1. Victoria 83.70 2. Tasmania 90.30 3. South Australia 99.20 Some of the novice wool handlers – who had the opportunity to learn and refine their skills before competition at Hamilton. PHOTO: Tara Hadley Stephens Wool handlers Tara Smith and Sarah Moran taking part in the Trans-Tasman Test against New Zealand. Glen Innes-based shearer Daniel McIntyre winning the 2015 Australian National Shearing title.
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