Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Shearing Showdown For NZ Rugby 7s Star Sarah Goss

Shearing Showdown For NZ Rugby 7s Star Sarah Goss


INTENSE rugby competition on the world stage in Brazil just days ago hasn't stopped New Zealand women's Sevens vice-captain Sarah Goss from priming her clippers ahead of a showdown of some of the best female shearers in the country tonight at the 54th Golden Shears.

Goss, 21, from Kimbolton,jetted in from the Brazillian Capital of Rio de Janeiro this morning, to cheer on Mum Ronnie and teenage brother Simon in their events, but even a touch of jet lag won't keep the professional rugby player away from competition herself tonight.

The former top lower grades shearer has been brought up on the smell of wool through the family farm and the whole family are seasoned competitors on the shearing and woolhandling cicuit.

Even though Goss, a contracted NZ rugby player with a host of international IRB tournaments ahead of her has hung up her hand piece, she didn't hestitate to compete in tonight's all womens invitational.

“It's massive really. I've always loved shearing as a sport but to compete at Golden Shears has always been a privilege.

“To be invited to compete tonight is a huge honour. Focusing a place in the team for the 2016 Rio de Janiero Olympics is the big goal for me now, but I'll still never turn my back on mine and my families love of shearig and Golden Shears.”

Her mother Ronnie, who was prepared to step into the inviational event to shear if Sarah didn't make her flight back in time, is showing what an experienced and skilled old hand she is in competition, having qualified for tomorrow's final of the world champships New Zealand team selection woolhandling trials.

The womens invitational event is one feature of tonight's programme on the second day of competition.

The Open Wananga – Women's Sheating invitation was added to the programme last year after more than a quarter of a century absence.

It took on a special purpose as a fundraiser for families coping with cancer.

The line up for tonight's invitational includes former world lamb shearing record holder Emily Welch, part time shearer Kirsty Hoff and full time shearers Te Atakura Crawford, Catherine Mullooly and Teresa Aporo.

Other features of the night programme, expected to watched by a capacity crowd in the stadium where the Golden Shears began in 1961, are a transtasman woolhandling test, the Open shearing’s Top 30 quarterfinal shootout, and the men’s and women’s woolpressing finals.

An annual woolhandling series between New Zealand and Australia has been dominated by the Kiwis, who’ve won 23 of the 31 tests.


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Scoop Review Of Books: Q&A: Prue Hyman On ‘Hopes Dashed?’

For Scoop Review of Books, Alison McCulloch interviewed Prue Hyman about her new book, part of the BWB Texts series, Hopes Dashed? The Economics of Gender Inequality More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Chuck Berry (And James Comey, And Bill English)

Back when many people were still treating rock’n’roll as a passing fad – was calypso going to be the new thing? – Chuck Berry knew that it had changed popular music forever. What is even more astonishing is that this 30-ish black r&b musician from a middle class family in St Louis could manage to recreate the world of white teenagers, at a time when the very notion of a “teenager” had just been invented. More>>

Howard Davis Review:
The Baroque Fusion Of L'arpeggiata

Named after a toccata by German composer Girolamo Kapsberger, L'Arpeggiata produces its unmistakable sonority mainly from the resonance of plucked strings, creating a tightly-woven acoustic texture that is both idiosyncratic and immediately identifiable. Director Christina Pluhar engenders this distinctive tonality associated with the ensemble she founded in 2000 by inviting musicians and vocalists from around the world to collaborate on specific projects illuminated by her musicological research. More>>

African Masks And Sculpture: Attic Discovery On Display At Expressions Whirinaki

Ranging from masks studded with nails and shards of glass to statues laden with magical metal, the works are from ethnic groups in nine countries ranging from Ivory Coast to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. More>>

Obituary: Andrew Little Remembers Murray Ball

“Murray mined a rich vein of New Zealand popular culture and exported it to the world. Wal and Dog and all the other Kiwi characters he crafted through Footrot Flats were hugely popular here and in Australia, Europe and North America." More>>

ALSO:

Organised Choas: NZ Fringe Festival 2017 Awards

Three more weeks of organised chaos have come to an end with the Wellington NZ Fringe Arts Festival Awards Ceremony as a chance to celebrate all our Fringe artists for their talent, ingenuity, and chutzpah! More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Wellington Writer Wins $US165,000 Literature Prize

Victoria University of Wellington staff member and alumna Ashleigh Young has won a prestigious Windham-Campbell Literature Prize worth USD$165,000 for her book of essays Can You Tolerate This? More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: We’re All Lab Rats

A couple of years ago, there were reports that Silicon Valley executives were sending their children to tech-free schools. It was a story that dripped of irony: geeks in the heart of techno-utopia rejecting their ideology when it came to their own kids. But the story didn’t catch on, and an awkward question lingered. Why were the engineers of the future desperate to part their gadgets from their children? More>>

  • CensusAtSchool - Most kids have no screen-time limits
  • Netsafe - Half of NZ high school students unsupervised online
  • Get More From Scoop

     
     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
    Culture
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news