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Schoolboy Puna wins another shears title


March 28, 2014

From Doug Laing, media officer, Shearing Sports New Zealand

Schoolboy Puna wins another shears title

Manawatu high school student Connor Puha celebrated another successful day away from the classroom by winning the national Novice shearing final in Te Kuiti.

The first title decided at the three-day championships which started on Thursday, it was his fifth of the season, and completed a meritorious double after his Golden Shears Novice final win four weeks ago.

But Puha, from Kimbolton and a pupil at nearby Feilding High School, missed out on a chance for a unique double, when he was eliminated from the senior woolhandling event in the heats. Just before the Golden Shears he won the North Island Circuit senior woolhandling title.

Results from the first two days of the New Zealand Shearing Championships in Te Kuiti:

Novice final (2 sheep): Connor Puha (Kimbolton) 7min 27.31sec, 30.866pts, 1; Mitchell Hoare (Te Kuiti) 6min 37.66sec, 32.383pts, 2; Matthew Kyle (Ireland) 8min 31.3sec, 39.065pts, 3; Sarah Higgins (Havelock) 8min 59.14sec, 40.957pts, 4; Emily Te Kapa (Scotland) 7min 19.84sec, 44.992pts, 5; Darren Gilbert (Raupunga) 8min 4.16sec, 57.708pts, 6.


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