Shear effort in aid of Swans cricket team

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Recently the Waihola Tavern was buzzing — literally.

The Waihola cricket team, the Swans, held a fundraiser to support the side for the oncoming season.

The team held the Speed Shear competition inside the tavern, setting up a wooden platform next to the bar’s smokers’ area for contestants to stand on and shear their sheep.

Spectators came from near and far, and the shearers were judged by Ken Payne and Neville Lesley.

There were three sections — the farmers’ section, the senior section and the open section.

Winners received prizes and raffles were held to raise money.

Brett Roberts won the the open section, Brayden Clifford the senior section and Jimmy Tisdall the farmers’ section.

The total amount of money raised came to more than $10,000 and the team was extremely proud of the community for banding together to support the Swans for their upcoming season.

Convener Brad Williams said he hoped to run the speed shear again about February next year because of its success.

The total came to more than $10,000 and the team was extremely proud of the community for banding together to support the Swans for their upcoming season.