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Beyond the Bale : December 2018
70 ON FARM 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. COMPETITIONS PROMOTE EXCELLENCE AWI once again sponsored the National Shearing and Woolhandling Championships and Trans-Tasman Tests, which were held this year at the Perth Royal Show in September. AWI provides support for these events – 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. In the 2017/18 financial year, AWI provided support to 48 local shearing competitions across the country, which includes payment of entry fees for learners shearers and novice wool handlers. 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 wool- growing 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.” NATIONAL SHEARING AND WOOLHANDLING CHAMPIONSHIPS The AWI-supported shearing competition at the Yallunda Flat Show on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsular, held on 1 October. Sophie Huf of Victoria beating Tasmanian Mel Morris to the title. Rachel Hutchinson of NSW was third. The top two in each discipline qualify for the Australian team for the World Championships which will be held in France, for the first time in its 40-year history. The French organisers hope to attract up to 30,000 visitors and 300 shearers from across the world to shear 5,000 sheep. Daniel McIntye of Glen Innes, NSW, on the way to retaining his national shearing title at this year’s Perth Royal Show in September. Sophie Huf and Mel Morris of Australia (wearing their green blazers) after winning the Trans-Tasman woolhandling Test. In a repeat of last year’s Championships, Daniel McIntye of NSW beat Victorian Jason Wingfield to take out the National Shearing Final. Both have earnt a place in the Australian team to compete at next year’s World Shearing Championships to be held in Le Dorat, France, in July. Callum O’Brien of WA, who beat legend Shannon Warnest to third place, is the reserve for the World Championships. All three will take part in the next Trans-Tasman test at Masterton in New Zealand in March. In a reversal of last year’s National Blade Shearing Championships, South Australian John Dalla this year beat Victorian Ken French in the final, with Andrew Murray from NSW once again in third place. The National Woolhandling Championships also saw a reversal of last year’s result, with TRANS-TASMAN TEST A spectacular Australian woolhandling win resulted in Australia winning the Trans- Tasman Test 2-1. It was just the 10th win for Australia in the 40 woolhandling tests since Trans-Tasman woolhandling matches started in 1998. Mel Morris and Sophie Huf stopped the New Zealanders achieving a sixth win in a row (since Australia last won at Masterton in 2015) by taking out the Test by just 1.9pts. Even World Champions New Zealand were unable to break Australia’s grip on Trans- Tasman machine shearing bragging rights, with the home side of Daniel McIntye, Jason Wingfield and Shannon Warnest winning the Test. Australia has now won eight machine shearing tests in Australia since New Zealand last won in Australia – at Hay, NSW, in 2010 – a period in which Australia has won five tests against New Zealand in New Zealand. Australia have now won 34 of the 64 tests since regular home-and-away matches started in 1974. In the blade shearing match, the New Zealanders overcame the efforts of Aussies Ken French and Andrew Murray to once again win the blade shearing Test. MORE INFORMATION To apply for AWI support for local or regional shearing or woolhandling competition, complete the form at www.wool.com/competitionsupport
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