The New Zealand Fencing Competition (NZFC) held annually at Fieldays has been regarded as a “gut-busting test of endurance”, according to Debbie White, NZFC Marketing and Competitions Co-ordinator.
Organised and run by NZFC, the fencing finals demand dedication, fitness, an eye for detail and mental agility from its entrants – and this year did not disappoint.
Qualifying heats are held prior to Fieldays, with the top eight finalists travelling to Mystery Creek to compete in the Golden Pliers final.
The six finalists who have not competed in the Golden Pliers final instead qualify for the Bill Schuler Competition final, appropriately named after the Waikato-born fencing legend, who passed away in 2018.
This year’s New Zealand Fencing Competition has seen two ‘newcomers’ wrangle their way into the final for the Golden Pliers, with Jared Nicolson in sixth place and Dan Hunt coming in at eighth place.
Despite the formidably high calibre of competitors, Tony Bouskill could not be deterred from taking home the prestigious Golden Pliers® by WIREMARK® Singles Championship trophy for the second year running. This is also the second year Tony has competed against his own father, Shane Bouskill, who had the pleasure of receiving fifth place, and watching his son take out the win.
Together, Tony and Shane combined forces to take out the competition in the Fieldays Silver Spades Doubles Championship, the third time the duo have won the title. A unique category in the competition, the Fieldays Silver Spades can only be won by pairs. The competition requires competitors to not only exhibit confidence with new products from sponsors, but also demonstrate seamless co-operation with their teammate.
Golden Pliers ® by WIREMARK® Singles Championship
1st Tony Bouskill
2nd Matt Jones
3rd Mark Lambert
4th Jeff Joines
5th Shane Bouskill
6th Jared Nicolson (first time finalist)
7th Haydon Walton
8th Dan Hunt (first time finalist)
Best Quality – Mark Lambert
Nick Liefting First off the line trophy – Hayden Walton
Fieldays Silver Spades® Doubles Championship
1st Tony Bouskill / Shane Bouskill
2nd Jeff Joines / Mark Lambert
3rd Wayne Newdick / Jared Nicolson
4th Craig Shortall / Nigel Higgins
5th Hayden Walton / Craig Smith
6th Matt Jones / John Graham
7th Tony Brady / Trent Anderson (South Island competitors)
1st Martin Leveridge
2nd Dan Kirk
3rd Sam Burton
4th Cory Twigley
5th Tom Dingle
6th Tony Brady (South Island competitor)
Best First Year – Cory Twigley
Best Second Year – Martin Leveridge
Fieldays Silver Staples
1st Matthew O’Reilly / Sam Leake – Smedley Station
2nd Louis Twigg / Jock Dodgshun – Smedley Station
3rd Cole Clayden / Luke Jamieson – Waipaora Farm Cadets
4th Jack du Toit / Matthew Austing – Waipaora Farm Cadets
5th Jesee McIntyre / Conner McIntrye – Pukemiro Station
Fieldays is based on a 114-hectare site at Mystery Creek 10 minutes from Hamilton and is the largest agricultural event in the Southern Hemisphere.
Fieldays draws people from around the globe – both as exhibitors and visitors. In 2019 Fieldays celebrated its 51st event and saw 128,747 people visit the event.
Fieldays is run by New Zealand National Fieldays Society, a charitable organisation founded in 1968 for the purpose of advancing primary industry.
For more information head to www.fieldays.co.nz