The reigning Golden Shears champion David Fagan qualified sixth of six shearers for tonight's 50th anniversary final in Masterton.
The 48 year old is chasing his 16th title in his 24th final appearance.
World Champion and Taranaki farmer, Paul Avery, did not make the last six, who are lead by.
2006 champion Dion King leads the qualifiers, followed by Dean Ball, John Kirkpatrick, Nathan Stratford, Cam Ferghuson and Fagan.
The final begins at 9.15 pm.