Commonwealth Games selection!

An experienced group of Para athletes have been named to the New Zealand team for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games to compete in Para lawn bowls.

Victoria’s Mark Noble, along with Bruce Wakefield and Barry Wynks, have been named to the team and will contest the B6/7/8 open triples Para lawn bowls event. Both Barry and Mark were part of the team which won silver in the same event at Glasgow 2014.

It’s another great opportunity to represent my country and do it proud. We want to win another medal, hopefully gold this time, and we’re going to give it our best go,” said Mark Noble. Our form has been pretty good this season, there’s always areas to improve but it’s all going well and we can take a lot of learnings from when we played in Glasgow.

Bowls NZ National Coach Sharon Sims says the team is very strong and will be looking to get on the podium. “The triples are going really well and are really excited for the Commonwealth Games.

NZOC CEO Kereyn Smith believes the team will be able to use knowledge and experience from previous games campaigns. “It’s fantastic to have so many of these athletes back for another Commonwealth Games. New Zealand has a strong history in Para lawn bowls and I look forward to seeing these athletes add to that legacy on the Gold Coast next year” she said.

Para sport events are integrated and contested as part of the main programme at the Commonwealth Games. Gold Coast 2018 will host the largest Para-sport programme in Commonwealth Games history. Lawn bowls will be contested at the Broadbeach Bowls Club as part of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

A further lawn bowls selection announcement is expected in February. The selection of the lawn bowls athletes brings the New Zealand Commonwealth Games team size to 12 athletes.

Well done Nina, Yvonne, Helen & Leigh!

Congratulations to Nina De Munnik, Yvonne Gibb, Helen King and Leigh Griffin reaching the final of the Wellington Open Fours this morning at the Naenae club. They went down to a very steady display by the home Naenae team skipped by Cath Jones 9-19.

This propelled Naenae and Victoria to the top in the early running for the Womens Club of the Year race.

The best placed Victoria team in the Mens event were last year winners Richard Corry, Chris Rintoul, Tim Toomey and Bradley Down who fell at the quarterfinal stage.

Well done Helen!

Well done to Helen King for coming runner-up in the Wellington Open Singles at the Hutt club on Sunday. Helen went down in a good final considering the blustery conditions 15-21 to Dale Rayner (Johnsonville). Helen’s second place puts Victoria at second place in the early standings for the Bowls Wellington Womens Club of the Year. Helen earlier had to account for daughter and mother Samantha (Kapiti Coast) then Leeane Sweeney (Wairarapa) in the quarterfinal and Semifinal.

The best of the Victoria men was Barry O’Brien who fought his way through to the quarterfinals before going down to eventual champion Adam Turner (Silverstream) 12-21. None of the three Victoria men who made the semifinals last year even qualified this season!

Well done Amber!

Congratulations to the Wellington Yr 1-5 Women on winning the WKWM Junior Rep fixture on Friday at Paraparaumu Beach. Wellington finished on 18 points, 2 ahead of 2nd placed Kapiti on 16 and well ahead of Manawatu and Wairarapa. Amber Down was the singles player for the victorious side and had 3 wins from her 3 matches.