First time since 1977 NZ has failed to win a title at the Golden Shears World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships in Scotland. This is the first in the 19 events since the championships began in 1977. The Wools of New Zealand Shearing Sports New Zealand team managed just one top-three place. It was a day of stunning reversals for the winners of four times as many titles as any other nation with the best result being a second place in the blades-final to defending champions and South Canterbury shearers, Allan Oldfield and Tony Dobbs who were beaten only by a couple of South African rookie – internationals. Kiwi woolhandling pair Candy Hiri and Ngaio Hanson, were fourth in the woolhandling teams’ event and machine shearers Rowland Smith and Leon Samuels, were sixth in the machines teams event being eliminated in the semi-finals. And Wales was the big winner claiming three of the titles – machine shearing individual and teams event and wool handling teams event.
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