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By MALCOLM PARISH
THE sun shone down on the South
Australian Pruning Championships
on Friday, June 26 to make it a
perfect day for competition.
Mild temperatures and hardly any
wind at the Kilikanoon Vineyard in
the Clare Valley saw more than 30
competitors enjoy the competition.
Organiser Malcolm Parish said entries
were similar to last year, with a new
team from across the border -- Taltarni
wines and Seppelts Great Western.
McLaren Vale took part this year
while local company and private vine-
yards were well represented.
The vines were in good heart after
a dry summer, which made for ideal
Close results reflected the tight com-
petition. First up in events was Rod
and Spur, with five heats. All enjoyed
the morning tea of soup, sausages, and
Next up was Commercial Spur, with
similar heats, where the rate of pruning
was very fast compared with the first
The Team Spur competition, which
had 12 teams -- more than double that
of last year -- was run in two heats.
While the judges were working hard
to get the results in, competitors took
time to listen to the sponsors and trade
It was good to see last year's winners
come back and defend their titles.
Well done to Ryan Longmire who
retained the Wolf Blass aggregate shield.
The Great Western Team and the
McLaren Vale entrant had good results.
Local competitors Brett Smith, James
Brooksby, and Scott Victor also did
The Clare Region Winegrape Growers
Association has hosted the competition
for the past two years and we are hoping
another region will step up next year so
we can share it around.
* Malcolm Parish is coordinator, Claire Region
Winegrape Growers Association.
Some of the eager participants at the pruning competition at Leasingham last month.
Tim Parker, Watervale
Individual Rod and Spur Competition winners are
Ryan Longmire (centre) who placed first, Jeremy
O'Donald, second, and Brett Smith, third.
Representing Taylor's Wines, Auburn, are Dave
Weckert, vineyard manager Colin Hinze, Paul Jones,
and Rob Allen.
Representing the Clare Regional Wine Grapegrowers Association are
executive officer Anna Baum, treasurer Peter Burner, pruning committee
chairman Malcom Parish, and Clare Regional Wine Grapegrowers
Association chairman John Bastian.
Kilkanoon vineyard manager Troy van
Dulken with Ben Mitchell.
make fine cuts
Individual Spur competition winners are James
Brooksby, who placed second, Ryan Longmire,
first, and Jeff Elliot who placed third.
Rob Eaton, Leasingham, with Graeme
Steve Burt with Anthony Koerner, Gully View
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