Shearing success for Wales across the Irish Sea
9 June 2014
The Welsh Shearing Team. From left to right; Gareth Owen, Richard Jones, Gareth Daniel, John Davies (manager), Elfed Jackson, Meinir Evans and Aled Jones.
The past month has been filled with success for our Welsh shearing team.
Back on the 16 May, Gareth Daniel and Richard Jones were joined by Ian Jones to successfully defend Wales’ Six Nation’s machine shearing title at the Balmoral Show, Northern Ireland. Wales won the event when it was first held in 1963, and has now won 13 times, including three in the last four years.
The national team then went on to compete in the Golden Shears World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships in Gorey, Ireland at the end of last month.
The triumphant duo of Gareth Daniel and Richard Jones took second place in the Team Machine Shearing final (16 sheep), being pipped to the post by the Scottish team.
Gareth also took fourth place in the Individual Machine Shearing final, with Richard reaching ninth place in the semi-final.
Elfed Jackson and Gareth Owen worked together to secure fourth place in the Team Blade Shearing final (six sheep) behind South Africa, New Zealand and Australia.
Elfed was placed fifth in the Individual Blade Shearing final with Gareth coming 11th in the semi-final.
The greatest success was seen by the winning paring of Meinir Evans and Aled Jones who took first place in the Team World Woolhandling final, beating New Zealand (the first time they had not won in nine years).
Aled and Meinir were also placed fifth and sixth, respectively, in the Individual Woolhandling final.
Mr John Davies, the Welsh Shearing Team Manager travelled to Ireland with the six team members. “We are very pleased that the Welsh Shearing Team and all Welsh shearers are faring so well in international competitions.” said Mr Davies.
“We are now very much looking forward to the up-coming competitions this summer, especially those being held during the Royal Welsh Show on 21-24 July, where we will continue to see our shearers excel on their home turf.”