NISSA Shears and Net-Tex Circuit Grand Finale at Antrim Show 2016

Tom Perry (Strabane)  battling for a place on the Northern Ireland Team for New Zealand 2017 in the Net-Tex Colate Sheep Shearing circuit
Tom Perry (Strabane) battling for a place on the Northern Ireland Team for New Zealand 2017 in the Net-Tex Colate Sheep Shearing circuit

This year’s grand finale of the sheep shearing competitions will be held at Antrim Show on Saturday 23rd July.

It will be the last stage of the highly contested Net-Tex Colate Sheep Shearing Circuit which has been accumulating from early May.

Ian Montgomery (Ballymena) battling for a place on the Northern Ireland Team for NewZealand 2017 in the Net-Tex Colate Sheep Shearing circuit

Ian Montgomery (Ballymena) battling for a place on the Northern Ireland Team for NewZealand 2017 in the Net-Tex Colate Sheep Shearing circuit

The Net-Tex Circuit is as always a very important fixture for shearers across the 32 counties, but this year in particular, as the top placed Northern Ireland Open competitor will be joining the NI team for the Golden Shears World Championships in Invercargill, New Zealand, to be held in February 2017.

The Northern Ireland Team already consists of Jack Robinson from Claudy acting as team captain and machine shearer. The wool handlers will be Jayne Harkness-Bones (Crumlin) and Rachel Murphy (Antrim). For the first time in history, Northern Ireland hopes to send a full team with the addition of two blade shearers Sam McConnell (Ballymartin) and Chris Coulter (Ballyclare). The last spot on the team will be closely contested by the top Northern Ireland open competitors in the circuit.

Check-in for NISSA Shears will open at 11am, Antrim Show Grounds with entries taken on the day. The results of the circuit will be announced after the open final later in the afternoon.

A spokesperson from NISSA commented: “We are really looking forward to see how the circuit works out, not only for the open, but all four classifications as the competitors across all grades have supported it fully from the word go. We are again very thankful to Net-Tex for their continued sponsorship and support of the circuit, without which we could not host the prestigious event.”

Circuit standings before grand finale:

Junior- Joe Kerlin, 63, 1st, Liam Kelly, 42, 2nd, Robert Douglas, 38, 3rd, Ryan Adams, 37, 4th, Iain Wilson, 6, 5th

Intermediate - Barry Devine, 54, 1st, Russell Smyth, 48, 2nd, Joe Boylan, 44, 3rd, Ronald Kennedy, 37, 4th, Trevor Wilson, 33, 5th

Senior - Graeme Davidson, 68, 1st, Stephen Morgan, 48, 2nd, Jason McNiece, 39, 3rd, Finn Butler, 35, 4th, Jonathan McKelvey, 31, 5th

Open - Jack Robinson, 79, 1st, Ian Montgomery, 48, 2nd, Tom Perry, 42, 3rd, Jimmy McAuley, 38, 4th, Robert Davidson, 35, 5th

For further information/queries contact 07786 443458.

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