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Henare the one to beat in Gore

World Champion Joel Henare has shown no signs of a post-World Championship hang-over, proving to be the one to beat in qualifying at the annual Southern Shears Open Woolhandling in Gore today.

Dunedin-based Henare of Gisborne, fresh from winning his second World Championship at ILT Stadium Southland in Invercargill on Saturday, comfortably qualified for this afternoon's Open Final, earning top billing from the morning heats, 9 points clear of second-placed Pagan Karauria of Alexandra.

He then finished 12 points clear in the semi-finals, to be the shortest of favourites for this afternoon's final alongside Cheri Peterson and Chelsea Collier.

The Junior Final, to be held shortly, features Lashara Anderson, Michelle McMaster, Tyler Hira and Krome Elers with the Senior title will be won by finalists Erana Smith, Krystal Gulliver, Emma-Kate Rabbidge or Sharon Tuhakarina.