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

 


Farmer Buick takes it to the big guns at Golden Shears

Farmer Buick takes it to the big guns at Golden Shears

Pongaroa farmer David Buick tonight emerged as Wairarapa’s biggest hope of winning Masterton's Golden Shears Open shearing title in more than 30 years when he headed the 12 qualifiers for tomorrow’s semi-final.

Buick, 35, was the top qualifier from tonight’s Top 30 quarterfinal Shootout, in which all the popular chances made it to the last day.

Among them are defending champion Rowland Smith, World champion Gavin Mutch, four-times winner John Kirkpatrick, 2006 winner Dion King, 2010 winner Cam Ferguson, and King Country icon and 16-times winner David Fagan, whose failure to make the semi-finals last year was one of the biggest surprises in the history of the event.

Most unlucky to miss the cut were quarterfinal 13th and 14th placegetters, Axle Reid, of Taihape, and Phil Wedd, of Napier.

No Wairarapa shearer has ever won the region’s biggest event, which was first held in 1961, the closest having been Rick Pivac, who shore the final six times and was runner-up in 1983. He died in West Australia late last year.

Buick, the 1999 intermediate champion, has shown a determination this year to qualify to represent New Zealand at the World Cham,pionships in Ireland in May, one of the spoils of victory in tomorrow 20-sheep, six-man Golden Shears Open final.

Last year he won the major Apiti Sports title a week before Golden Shears, where he was unable to compete because he was best-man at a friend’s wedding. He repeated his win in that event last Saturday.

The qualifiers, with times and points from the quarterfinals in which shearer shore eight sheep, are: David Buick (Pongaroa) 8min 29.352sec, 32.718pts, 1; Dion King (Hastings) 8min 55.141sec, 32.882pts, 2; Rowland Smith (Hastings) 8min 7.578sec, 33.254pts, 3; Gavin Mutch (Whangamomona and Scotland) 8min 8.75sec, 33.438pts, 4; John Kirkpatrick (Napier) 8min 18.598sec, 33.555pts, 5; Mark Grainger (Te Kuiti) 8min 31.66sec, 33.833pts, 6; Nathan Stratford (Invercargill) 9min 9.092sec, 34.08pts, 7; Murray Henderson (Feilding) 9min 0.314sec, 34.141pts, 8; David Fagan (Te Kuiti) 8min 14.242sec, 34.212pts, 9; Cam Ferguson (Waipawa) 8min 44.118sec, 34.706pts, 10; Tony Coster (Rakaia) 9min 5.867seconds.

Ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Snell Sale Peters Out: Singlet Withdrawn From Sale

“We believe the item was offered for sale in good faith, but our inquiries have shown that the singlet is not the one worn by Peter Snell at the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games.” More>>

ALSO:

Bodega: Venue Closing At The End Of The Year, After 25 Years Of Music

"It is with considerable sadness that, for reasons beyond our control, we regret to announce the closure of Bodega’s doors at the end of this year, after 25 years of faithful and committed service to live music in Wellington." More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Women At The Centre

In the first chapter of her epic History of New Zealand Women, Barbara Brookes places a version of the Māori creation story alongside that of the Pākehā colonists, setting the scene for how each society saw women. The contrast is startling. More>>

In Auckland Art Gallery: A Tour Of Duty

I had already started my journey through the exhibited collections when an audio announcement about a guided tour to embark shortly from the foyer was made, I decided to join in. Why not? More>>

Art: ‘Holiday’ Wins IHC Art Awards

An intricate embroidered cushion by Wellington artist Jo-Anne Tapiki has won the 2016 IHC Art Awards and $5000. Jo-Anne started working from IHC’s Arts on High studio in Lower Hutt 18 months ago and this is the first time she has entered the competition. More>>

‘Quasi’: Christchurch Art Gallery Reveals Rooftop Sculpture

Christchurch-born and internationally renowned artist Ronnie van Hout has had a huge hand in Christchurch Art Gallery's latest outdoor installation. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news