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Cam shafts top guns again

On behalf of Shearing Sports New Zealand

November 15, 2009

Cam shafts top guns again

Emerging young Waipawa shearing hope Cam Ferguson scored possibly his most satisfying open win by beating World champions Paul Avery and John Kirkpatrick in a 15-sheep final at his home Central Hawke's Bay Shears in Waipukurau on Saturday.

Making it two-in-a-row on the North Island circuit after winning the Manawatu title a week earlier, the 26-year-old became the first CHB shearer to win the title since it was revived in 1994. Kirkpatrick, 39, of Napier, had won the last four and was second on Saturday, beaten by 0.79pts, while Avery, 42, from Taranaki, had also previously won the title and finished third.

When it came to the pace, all three had to follow Masterton-based Dannevirke shearer Adam Brausch, who at 23 also held the candle for the younger brigade to cut-out his pen in 14min 7sec, but just 25 seconds covered the field.

World champion woolhandler Sheree Alabaster, of Taihape, also made it two-in-a-week by winning the open woolhandling final against New Zealand transtasman team members Keryn Herbert, of Te Awamutu, and Joel Henare, of Gisborne, who were second and third respectively, reversing their placings behind Alabaster's World champion teammate Joanne Kumeroa in the new Zealand Corriedale Championships in Christchurch on Thursday.
Both Kirkpatrick and Avery confirmed they will each be surprise competitors next Saturday at the Nelson Show, Kirkpatrick's fourth trip to the South Island and 9th competition in eight weeks.


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