R.I.P Luis!

As people may be aware, Lui Hauptman passed away on Saturday. Lui was Lou Newman’s step-father, and was a long time club member.
The funeral is at St Annes in Newtown Friday at 11am followed by morning tea at the church. Then the burial and people are invited back to VBC for a couple of quiet drinks from about 2.30 for a couple of hours.
I am sure club members would join in passing along our condolences and best wishes to Lou and his family at this time.

Top bowlers given chance to push for World Championship selection

Victoria’s Ray Martin, along with Stokes Valley’s Seamus Curtin, former Victoria member Kirsten Edwards and Wendy Jensen (Counties) will represent New Zealand in the Hong Kong International Bowls Classic. It is a quartet the selectors have picked with an eye to the next four year cycle.

“It’s an opportunity for them to perform on those slow greens, knowing that post next year’s World Championships all of the international events will be in the northern hemisphere,” convenor of selectors Phil Skoglund said.

“It’s very much a matter of being able to put in a high quality performance game in and game out, as that’s going to have to be the case at the World Championships if we’re to medal in those,” head coach Peter Belliss said.

He has also made it clear the Blackjacks squad for the Worlds is far from finalized. “At times with the national side it appears it becomes a bit of a closed shop, but at the moment there are some places that are definitely up for grabs. We just need the players to take this opportunity they get with both hands and put some pressure on us as selectors to make some hard choices.”

NZ team for Hong Kong International Bowls Classic (9-17 November):
Women’s pairs: Wendy Jensen & Kirsten Edwards (skip) (subject to availability)
Men’s pairs: Seamus Curtin & Ray Martin (skip)
Mixed pairs: Wendy Jensen & Ray Martin (skip) and Seamus Curtin & Kirsten Edwards (skip) (subject to availability)

Well done Rich!

CANADA – James Gardens
2020 World Indoor Singles Qualifier on Saturday 3rd August 2019
Wellington’s PBA Bowler and long term President of the Victoria Bowling Club in New Zealand, Richard Corry (see photo) has become the 1st New Zealand PBA Bowler to win through to the 2020 World Indoor Singles Championships being held in January 2020 at the World Famous Potters Resort in Norfolk, England.
Corry defeated Cary Lucier (Canada) in a tight final in the tie break: 9-4, 6-8, 2-0. Richard is currently living and working in North America and we all wish Richard every success at the World Indoor Bowls Championships Finals in England.

First win as coordinator for Martin

Ray Martin will be returning to the NZ Professional Bowls Association Finals Weekend this time securing his first qualifier wins while also coordinating the local PBA events at the Naenae indoor complex. Martin came close in June to coordinating and winning being pipped in the final of the Scottish Singles to Bay of Plenty’s David Jones but had a commanding weekend at the end of July winning the World Indoor Pairs with Victoria clubmate Tim Toomey and World Indoor Singles qualifiers. Martin and Toomey accounted for Wairarapa pair Ian Monaghan and Scott Mackenzie in a very close final 6-5, 5-6, 2-0 with Toomey improving from his runner-up in this event last year. Martin then went on to keep alive hopes of returning to the World Indoor Singles in the UK beating Manawatu’s Mark Noble 10-1, 12-8 on Sunday. Martin and Toomey will now play in the NZ PBA Finals Weekend in Hamilton September 13-15th.

Mark Burgess and Nicole Toomey also reached the quarterfinals of the World Indoor Singles qualifier.