Newly formed duo wins silver


North Otago fencer Nick Stanger brought home a silver medal from a major contest at last week’s Southern Field Days.
The co-owner of Stanger Fencing Ltd achieved his feat in the South Island Doubles Fencing Competition at Waimumu. He was paired with Troy Love, of Gore, whom he met just the day before the event. Organiser Debbie White knew Mr Stanger was looking for a partner and “managed to persuade” Mr Love to step up, Mr Stanger said.
The new partnership was not the only handicap to overcome. Mr Stanger has been fencing for only 19 months, and Mr Love is a part-time practitioner.
“They obviously worked together well as a team and are showing great potential for competing in future competitions,” Stanger Fencing Ltd co-owner Leanne Stanger said.
“This doubles competition is for South Island leading fencers to line up against each other in a national-level fencing competition.” Each team had to erect a 41m fence line comprising a single fence with Goldpine roundwood and Waratah Jio Star posts and a box stay assembly with five wires, the top, third and bottom ones electric; hang a 3.66m pipe gate and latch it to a post; and complete an independent Strainrite irrigator crossing.
It took about two and a-half hours.
“The winner wins an expenses-paid trip to compete at the Mystery Creek Fieldays Golden Pliers competition,” Mrs Stanger said. “Eight teams took part in the competition, with the winners being Ben Haugh Fencing in Geraldine.”Mr Stanger and Mr Love were only four points behind, winning $400 each. They were 10 points clear of third place.
The silver medallists would probably join forces again for the fencing competition at the South Island Agricultural Field Days in Kirwee in March next year, Mr Stanger said.
He is a second-generation fencer, following his father, Bill, and uncle Noel into the industry. Mr and Mrs Stanger established their own business from their Herbert home in 2014, becoming members of the Fencing Contractors Association of New Zealand.

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