2012 McLaren Vale Pruning Championship - Results

The 2012 McLaren Vale Pruning Championship was held at the Visitor Centre vineyard on Friday the 22nd. Each competitor had to prune four panels of vines as quickly as they could. These vines were then checked for accuracy and a five second penalty was given for each mistake.

Lined up at the start.
Our judges for this years event were Peter Ifould & Phil Rayner each with a wealth of experience in pruning. Derek Cameron and James Hook acted as their assistants.

Pruning Competition Rules
1. Two-Bud Spurs Only,
2. Clean cuts, no 'butts',
3. No damaged spurs,
4. Upward pointed spurs where possible,
5. Spacing important without being necessary,
6. Wire and vine clean of prunings,

Pruners time = Time taken to prune four panels + 5 seconds added for each mistake.

Garth Miller competing.
Ben South timekeeper, Peter Ifould and Derek Cameron judging.

In a repeat of last year the competition it came down to a showdown between the two top pruners from 2011.

It was an extremely close finish with the 2011 runner up, Guri, closing the gap on the 2011 winner Jeremy O’Donald. Unfortunately for Guri he fell 8 seconds short of beating Jeremy, and again Jeremy was announced the winner.
Local pruning contractor Soong finished in third place.

Guri checking his row before sending the signal to show he is finished.

Derek Cameron congratulates Jeremy O'Donald on defending his title and being awarded the 2012 McLaren Vale Pruning Championship.
Thanks to RYSET, Umcos, Felco and Eclispe Enterprises for sponsoring the event and their generous prize money for the winner.

Andrew Tuck and Chris Herriman cooking the BBQ.
The event will return in 2013 with Jeremy defending his title as the region’s best pruner.


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