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Southern Tablelands Sports Shear returns to Crookwell Show

The annual Southern Tablelands Sports Shear at Crookwell Show on February 8 is set to pull in strong competitors from across the state.

BEST LOCAL SHEARER: Ben Picker collects the Ray Anderson Memorial Trophy in 2018 from Nola Anderson. Photo: Maryellen McCormack

BEST LOCAL SHEARER: Ben Picker collects the Ray Anderson Memorial Trophy in 2018 from Nola Anderson. Photo: Maryellen McCormack

The event kicks off the second half of the sports shear circuit in New South Wales and shearers will be chasing points to qualify at the state final.

Based on last year's figures, some 50 shearers will compete on stage for $6000 in cash and prizes including a handpiece, towels, T-shirts and hats.

Shearers will take part in three heats in the Open, Senior, Intermediate, Novice and Golden Oldies classes.

The local shearer with the most points at the end of the day will also walk away with the Ray Anderson Memorial Trophy, named after one of Crookwell's finest.

Chief Steward Maryellen McCormack has been involved with the Southern Tablelands Sports Shear for about ten years.

She said shearers were encouraged to nominate online ahead of the competitions to secure their spot.

There will be close to 400 sheep to shear, all an even weight and size to make the competition fair, Ms McCormack said.

The sheep are to be donated by James and Natasha McCormack of Red Hill Pastoral Company, Crookwell.

Judging will start at 8.30am on the finals will be held in the afternoon.

Entry fees are $40 for Open, $35 Senior, $30 Intermediate, $25 Novice and $20 Golden Oldies.

Every shearer will get a Southern Tablelands Sports Shear singlet for entering.

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