Deniliquin's Sam Walker has claimed the second annual Ernie Beehag Memorial trophy in the Riverina Shearing Championships.By Zoe McMaugh
Deniliquin’s Sam Walker claimed two blue ribbons from three sections in the Riverina Shearing Championships on Saturday.
Among his prizes, Walker claimed the Ernie Beeham Memorial Trophy for best local shearer in the competition.
He sheared in the senior and open sections during the day.
Walker, 24, excelled in the senior section but found it difficult to compete with the veterans in the open competition.
Taking the win in the open section was Damien Boyle.
He takes the title from his brother Brendan who won last year.
Boyle came from Western Australia to compete in the championships, along with his father Don who claimed second last year and third this year.
Competition was fierce throughout the day, and drew a fantastic crowd at Memorial Park.
Sam Walker, West Poka, Ernie Beehag’s granddaughter Lucy Beehag, Jake McArdle, Tim Haines and Show Society vice president Simon Watson.
Learners: Daniel Thomas, 84.5, 1; Tim Haines, 85, 2; Tom Bohner, 94, 3; Ben Robson, 122, 4; West Poka, 123, 5; Caleb Adams, 134.5, 6; Jan Spalding, 197, 7.
Intermediate: Sam Mackrill, 70.08, 1; James Saunders, 70.65, 2; Jake McArdle, 76.91, 3; Tim Haines, 78.85, 4; Clint Atkinson, 80.98, 5; Murray Moser, 109, 6.
Seniors - Sam Walker, 66.27, 1; Frank Atkinson, 71.91, 2; Clint Atkinson, 78.74, 3; Steph Kayschus, 83.32, 4; Darren Hayward, 87.11, 5; James Saunders, 95.27, 6.
Open: Damien Boyle, 49.15, 1; Brian Walden, 58.48, 2; Don Boyle, 61.83, 3; Brain Sullivan, 62.12, 4; Sam Walker, 63.93, 5; Frank Atkinson, 74.99, 6.
Ernie Beehag Memorial for best local: Sam Walker, 1; Jake McArdle, 2; Tim Haines, 3; West Poka, 4.
Wool Handlers: Steph Kauschus, 1; Caleb Adam, 2; Shaine Tenahu, 3; Ben Robson, 4; Emily Kirkwood, 5; Jess Kelleher, 6; Stephanie O’Keefe, 7.
Learner shearers (from left) Tim Haines, Tom Bohner, West Poka, Daniel Thomas, Caleb Adams, Jan Spalding and Ben Robson.
Senior shearers (from left) Darren Hayward, James Saunders, Steph Kauschus, Frank Atkinson, Clint Atkinson and Sam Walker.
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