Wally takes State title in tight finish
By EMMA CORNFORD
TENSIONS were high at the Ulmarra sports ground yesterday afternoon, as the contest for champion cattle dog boiled down to a run-off.
Puck, owned by Erol Brettschneider, and Ben Oak Wally, owned by Greg Wright of Glen Innes, took to the yard one last time, herding a mob of cattle around three obstacles.
In the end it came down to a victory of just one point, with the Open Champion title going to Ben Oak Wally, or Wally for short.
Competition publicity officer Robert Page said there had been a good crowd at the NSW Cattle Dog Championships, with the grandstands full and people perched on fences around the grounds.
"There was less than half that last year and the competition was pretty exciting, so it was good for those who came along," he said.
"It all went really smoothly and the cattle ran well so the competitors were all really happy, even those with dogs who didn't make it into the final."
There were 158 entries over the three sections of competition with Bill and his owner Darryl Williams of Grafton taking out the maiden and novice titles.