Shearer takes open title for record 12th time

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Trans-Tasman team qualifiers Luke Harding, of Boyup Brook, and Damien Boyle, of Tambellup.
Camera IconTrans-Tasman team qualifiers Luke Harding, of Boyup Brook, and Damien Boyle, of Tambellup.

Tambellup top-gun shearer Damien Boyle has claimed the 20th annual Dyson Jones Corrigin Shears for a record 12th time, taking out the open division and Trans-Tasman qualifier.

Mr Boyle edged classy shearer Luke Harding out in the event’s Trans-Tasman elimination held at the Corrigin Recreation and Events Centre during the Corrigin Agricultural Society on Saturday.

Mr Boyle and Mr Harding, of Boyup Brook, will now represent WA against New Zealand at the Perth Royal Show and again in New Zealand

This year’s Corrigin Shears, sanctioned by the WA Competition Shearing Association, had 41 shearers enter including 12 novice entrants and 18 woolhandlers.

In the open division, Mr Boyle proved too good for Collie’s Callum O’Brien and Mr Harding, with Bob Mauchline finishing fourth.

Corrigin Shears event co-ordinator Graeme Downing said young ewes provided by farmers Vern and Linda Bolt and for the competition were typical Wheatbelt sheep, “large-framed, well covered and heavy cutting”.

“It was a hotly contested 10-sheep final, only six points separated the first three placegetters,” he said.

The open woolhandling division was won by Janelle Hauiti, of York, ahead of Aroha Garvin, also of York, and Boyup Brook’s Jessica Harding.

Balingup’s Danielle Mauger won the under-21 shearing, while Hayden Iles, of Cunderdin, snared the novice shearing honours.

Grace Davey, of Konnongorring, was awarded the senior woolhandling title and Murray Burt, of Calingiri, took out the novice woolhandling event.

Mr Downing said the competition demonstrated WA’s strong wool future.

“The large entries in the novice events were encouraging as they are the future of our competitions and the industry at large,” he said.

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