Happy shearing start
by Ann van Engelen
South Island shearer Troy Pyper has extended his winning sequence and got a big year underway in winning style with victory at the Peninsula Duvauchelle Shears held on Saturday at Akaroa.
Pyper dominated throughout the heats and semifinals whilst relying mostly on speed in a 15-sheep, four-man final, which he shore in 13min 34sec. He has had six consecutive wins in finals dating back to the Ellesmere A&P Show in October and is becoming a leading South Island hope for this year’s Golden Shears and New Zealand championships and has the dream of a place at the world championships in France this July.
Runner-up was Ant Frew, of Pleasant Point was more than half a sheep behind and Canterbury-based Chilean shearer Luis Pincol scored his 16th senior class win, figuring in a blow-for-blow 10-sheep final finish with Duncan Leslie, of Owaka.
Edward Harrington had his first victory since the 2017 Ellesmere show in winning the intermediate final by more than five points from Sam Bryan, of Darfield, and England shearer Henry Mayo scored his fifth junior win of the season in the South Island, beating runner-up and South Island-based Kelly Poehls, of Makara, by more than five points.
A feature of the day was a family demonstration by three generations of shearers spanning more than 60 years in age — 85-year-old Ged Foley, son and local farmer Gyles Foley, and grandson and junior fourth placegetter Liam Alwood.