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Remarkable Season For Hawke’s Bay Shearer

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Hawke’s Bay shearer Rowland Smith completed one of the most remarkable individual seasons in New Zealand shearing sports by winning a sixth New Zealand championships Open title in Te Kuiti on Saturday night.

His win in the Les Munro Centre, formerly the Waitomo Cultural and Arts Centre, came just 24 hours after his 41st finals victory in a row in New Zealand, in the North Island Shearer of the Year final.

But in the meantime, he had been beaten earlier on Saturday night in the final of the New Zealand Shears Circuit, a multiple sheep-types event, merinos included, in contrast to the more familiar 20 second-shear crossbreds of the Open championship showdown.

Photo: Hawke’s Bay shearer Rowland Smith on his way to retaining the New Zealand Open Shearing title. Photo/Doug Laing

For morCapturee on this and other great Hawke’s Bay stories go to

Posted: 14 April 2018

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