WITH the Woolorama speed shearing record established last year broken in a matter of months by a NSW team, WA was out on Friday night to show Australia just which was truly the quickest state.
The WA team of Robin Ormsby, Kojonup, Gareth Michell, Brunswick, John Shorten, Maradup, Cartwright Terry, Katanning, Michael James Terry, Katanning, and Dean King, York, smashed the NSW record by more than a minute to set a new time of 14 minutes, 13.81 seconds.
On the same night, the Australian team of Ray Sharp, Serpentine, Brendon Boyle, Broomehill, and Beau Guelfi, Kukerin, went on to beat the New Zealand team of Pita Takarangi, Moora, Steve Potaka Osborne, Kojonup, and Tane Smith, Wagin, in the Trans Tasman Challenge by 5.57 seconds.
Ealier in the day the intermediate, open and masters section of the Speed Shears were held, with Katanning's Paddy White winning the intermediate section in 44.78 seconds, ahead of Anthony Healy and Todd Ward.
Nigel Morrison, Pingelly, a member of last year's record-breaking Heiniger 100 team, won this year's open division in 31.94 seconds, only three one hundredths of a second in front of Broomehill's Brendon Boyle and Kojonup's Glen Askew, who came third.
In the last of the speed shearing sections, world record holder Cartwright Terry, Katanning, outclassed the rest of the 2001 masters field to win by more than five seconds with Jason Cronin, Katanning, and John Shorten, Kojonup, seconf and thirs respectively.