Top shearers converge on Waimate for weekend


The Waimate Shears were deemed an overwhelming success, according to executive officer Eileen Smith.

The event has been around for 47 years and although it’s not as big as it once was, this year’s line-up featured a range of shearers from around New Zealand and across the globe, with competitors coming from Scotland and Australia to compete.

Mrs Smith said it was pleasing that the day ran so well.

“It went really well, which is awesome. Everybody enjoyed it and we managed to stay on schedule pretty well.”

There were some talented shearers on display, with New Zealand representatives Brian Thompson and Tony Dodds, along with Australian representatives John Dalla and Ken French.

In a first for the shears, they had a New Zealand vs Australia battle, with New Zealand claiming the spoils. A return shear-off has been planned for Australia.

Mrs Smith said it was pleasing to have some quality names at the event.

“We were really pleased with the quality of the field on show and with what they displayed to the crowd.”

With everything being held in the stadium again this year, Mrs Smith had been uncertain if the event would run to plan.

“It went well and we were often ahead of schedule, so that’s really good.”



TOP SHEARERS: Tony Dodds, of Fairlie, and John Dalla, of South Australia, shake hands before their New Zealand vs Australia contest, which was won by the Kiwis.

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