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Favourite Henare and the three newbies

Three newcomers to World Championships shearing sports have made their way to the final of the individual woolhandling in front of about 4000 spectators in Invercargill's ILT Stadium Southland tonight.

The four qualifiers are headed by favourite and 2012 champion Joel Henare, of New Zealand, who will have for opposition New Zealand-based Cook Islands representative Tina Elers, of Mataura, Sophie Huff(pictured), of Australia, and second New Zealand woolhandler Mary-Anne Baty.

The final will be one of six World individual and teams machine shearing, blade shearing and woolhandling contested tonight.