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Beyond the Bale : December 2016
AWI once again sponsored the National Championships and Trans-Tasman Tests, which were held this year at Warialda in NSW in October. 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 AWI provides support to shearing and woolhandling competitions at local, state and national levels. The aim is promote excellence and encourage better techniques in shearing and woolhandling. 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. “The National Championships are particularly significant as they serve as selection trials for the Australian team, which will contest next year’s World Shearing and Wool Handling Championships in Invercargill in February.” Former World Champion Shannon Warnest from South Australia won the National Shearing final for the eleventh time and will represent Australia in his sixth world titles along with Jason Wingfield. 25-year- old Sophie Huf of Victoria won the National Woolhandling final for the first time and will compete in her first world titles along with Mel Morris. John Dalla of South Australia continued his dominance of blade shearing in Australia, winning the National Blade Shearing final for the eighth time at just 27 years of age. He will compete at Invercargill along with Ken French. Australia regained Trans-Tasman Shearing Test supremacy with a big win over the New Zealand team. Australia has now won 31 of the 60 tests since the first official Trans-Tasman Test was held in 1974. COMPETITIONS PROMOTE EXCELLENCE South Australian shearer Shannon Warnest winning the 2016 Australian National Shearing title. 2016 NATIONAL SHEARING AND WOOLHANDLING CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS NATIONAL SHEARING FINAL 1. Shannon Warnest (SA) 88.40 2. Jason Wingfield (Vic) 91.20 3. Daniel McIntyre (NSW) 96.05 4. Justin Dolphin (SA) 96.25 5. Wayne Hosie (NSW) 98.80 6. Robert Glover (Tas) 100.60 NATIONAL BLADES FINAL 1. John Dalla (SA) 54.48 2. Ken French (Vic) 75.22 3. Brad Keller (Vic) 87.97 4. Shaun Wilson (NSW) 92.68 5. Mal Griffiths (Vic) 97.15 6. Jim Murray (NSW) 103.85 NATIONAL WOOLHANDLING FINAL 1. Sophie Huf (Vic) 27.63 2. Mel Morris (Tas) 28.47 3. Aroha Garvin (WA) 29.23 4. Angela Wakely (NSW) 32.33 5. Lisa Wardlaw (Vic) 33.53 6. Michelle Walker (Tas) 36.43 NATIONAL TEAM FINALS 1. New South Wales 88.18 2. Victoria 102.60 3. Western Australia 103.15 TRANS-TASMAN SHEARING TEST 1. Australia 291.07 Daniel McIntyre 93.90 Shannon Warnest 97.53 Justin Dolphin 99.64 2. New Zealand 308.28 Nathan Stratford 96.76 Rowland Smith 105.71 Tony Coster 105.81 54 ON FARM BEYOND THE BALE BOOT COMPETITION WINNERS Congratulations to the ten winners of the Beyond the Bale Boot Competition, which was run on the back of the address sheet of the September edition of Beyond the Bale. The winners receive a pair of R.M. Williams boots. The ten winners are: Anthony Gardiner, Mt Burr SA; Nola Wanlace, Maryborough Vic; Ian Grigg, Bungaree Vic; John Marriott, Point Lonsdale Vic; Eckhard Goers, Derrinal Vic; Thomas Hardwicke, Sutton NSW; John Crawford, Victoria Valley Vic; Darryl Delahoy, Bulart Vic; Edwin O'Brien, Cumnock NSW; Daniel Pryse, Torrita Vic.
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