Ray off to UK!

2017 NZ PBA Rookie of the Year Ray Martin (Wellington) continued his rise on the Professional Bowls Association scene by winning entry into the World Indoor Singles to be played at the Potter’s Leisure Resort in Norfolk, England in January. Playing with Classic II bowls to ensure a good draw on the indoor carpet, Martin was too steady overcoming local favourite Dean Drummond in the semifinal and Dunedin’s Duane White in the final 9-7, 9-1. Martin will line up for the richest prize in bowls with the victor in January earning GBP50,000.

Ray was beaten earlier in the Professional Bowls Association Finals weekend at the Hastings Club in the quarterfinals of the Scottish Singles national playoffs by local favourite Murray Glassey 15-5, 10-4 who went to win that trip.

Richard Corry and Laurie Guy lost their semifinal of the World Indoor Pairs playoffs also to the winners of that event Helen Carman and Mario Sopp from Dunedin 10-7, 3-9, 2-1.

Well done Ray, Brad & Rich!

Ray Martin, Bradley Down and Richard Corry defended their Upper Hutt Open Fours indoor bowls title today with skip Marcus Trlin (Vogelmorn). The win featured two very comfortable wins over Upper Hutt’s Welch Trophy fours teams disrupting their preparation for hosting the national intercentre finals next weekend. This was Ray and Bradley’s second and Richard’s third Upper Hutt titles.

Well done Ray, Brad, Laurie, Rich & Nic!

Victoria players continued their domination of the Wellington branch of the NZ Professional Bowls Association over the last two qualifying weekends at the Naenae club. Last month Ray Martin added to his NZ playoffs berth for the Scottish Singles by winning the Wellington qualifier for the World Indoor Singles beating Laurie Guy in the final 9-8, 10-6. Ray survived through several close encounters throughout the day including over Roy Gibb in the semifinal. Laurie beat Richard Corry in his semifinal and has also had a good PBA season going down in another final that weekend to Bradley Down in the ranking singles event 9-0, 5-5. Roy had a good weekend falling to Laurie in the ranking singles semifinal. Laurie will get to play in the NZ finals weekend in Hastings next month in the World Indoor Pairs playoffs partnering Richard.

This month’s qualifying weekend saw Richard win the ranking singles event beating Nicole Toomey 9-7, 7-8, 2-0 in the final after Nicole had beaten Laurie in the semifinals. This meant Victoria had all the finalists in the first 5 PBA events in Wellington before the sequence was broken on the last day of the Wellington season. Jeremy Kydd was the last Victoria player standing in the International Singles qualifier going down in the semifinal.

The great consistency of the Victoria players are reflected in the national rankings with Laurie currently 6th, Bradley 7th=, Richard 9th and Ray 15th in the NZ PBA.

Thursday night social indoor bowls

Hi everyone,

The first round of social indoor bowls was such fun, we are running it again, and it would be really great to have some of our regular outdoor bowlers come along and enjoy the fun.

The format is Pairs, with only one full bowls member per team.

This is a great opportunity to introduce friends/family/workmates to the club in a fun, social way.

The bar is open, nibbles are provided and all-in-all it is a lot of fun.

VBC_Indoor Bowls Poster 2018 This flyer has all the details:

  • Thursdays from 6pm (19th July, 26th July, 2nd August, 9th August, 16th August)
  • Teams of 2 (i.e. pairs)
  • 4 weeks of section play and a finals night (5 nights in total)
  • $20 entry fee per team covers you for the 5 weeks
  • Weekly prizes (from our great friends at Preston’s Master Butchers)
  • Limited to the first 15 teams to register

Note this time around, as well as restricting teams to only include one full bowls member, a registered indoor bowler such as  Richard Corry  must lead rather than skip (sorry Richard)….

To register a team either:

  • reply to this email; or
  • text/call Nairn on 027-4488373


Nairn MacGibbon