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Walker wins second Beehag trophy

The Ernie Beehag Memorial Trophy was awarded to Deniliquin’s Sam Walker ar the Riverina Shearing Championships on Saturday.

SHAUN CONNOR March 5, 2014 4:30am

Sam Walker (centre) with Angus Hardy, Show Society president Simon Watson, Ernie Beehag’s great great niece Lucy Beehag, and Jake McArdle on Saturday.

Deniliquin’s Sam Walker won his second Ernie Beehag Memorial Trophy at the Riverina Shearing Championships on Saturday.

The 25 year-old dominated the senior class to win back-to-back titles, as well as finishing fifth in the quick shear competition on Friday night.

His allrounder effort saw him take out the Beehag Memorial, which is presented to the best local shearer at the championships, ahead of Shaun Barnett, Angus Hardy and Jake McArdle.

‘‘The shearing was brilliant,’’ Simon Watson said.

‘‘Entries were about on par with last year and we had shearers here from Western Australia, Bombala (NSW), and Scotland.

‘‘Overall, the gate for the show was up $6000 from last year.’’

The open class was won by Damien Boyle for the second year in a row, and his father Don finished fifth.

Local shearer McArdle took out the intermediate title and Rory Atkinson won the learners sash.

Deniliquin’s Justin Whishart finished sixth in the learners class.

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