6th National title in 6 years for Victoria – well done Leigh!

The Summerset National Fours champions have been crowned at the Naenae Bowling Club, with New Zealand squad member Mandy Boyd guiding her side of mother and daughter combination Kirsten Edward and Leigh Griffin, along with sister Angela Boyd, to a dominant win against against the well performed side of Margaret O’Connor, Christine Buchanan, Linley O’Callaghan and Anne Dorreen – Boyd’s side racing out to a strong start and holding on to the finish.

The win marked Mandy’s fifth fours title, successfully defending the title from last year’s event – albeit with one change in personnel as Edwards replaced Canterbury’s Sheryl McLean. Between the quartet, it’s the sixth national title the Boyd sisters have won together, while Griffin has starred in three and Edwards in two.

The semi-finals saw Boyd’s side edged a thrilling encounter opposite reigning national women’s singles champion Debbie White, whose line-up included two development bowlers, Angela Stephen and Jocelyn Holten, along with White’s local clubmate Carol Cox – Boyd’s side finishing strong, 19-15.

On the first day of post-section the Boyd combination signalled their intentions early on in the piece, posting a resounding win over the well-performed Reen Stratford 25-13, before edging past Lisa White’s side of Ashleigh Jeffcoat, Kennie Critchlow and Kimberley Hemingway in a thrilling quarter-final showing, 22-21.

The Summerset National Fours were staged across seven clubs (with a further four wet weather alternatives) in the Wellington region, with the finals at the Naenae Bowling Club in Lower Hutt.

Leigh’s title was Victoria’s 6th in 6 years starting with Helen King’s singles title at Taieri, Leigh defending that singles for the club at Browns Bay, Leigh winning the fours three of the last four years, and Neville Rodda taking out the men’s pairs at Paritutu.

Well done Womens Premier Interclub team!

Congratulations to the Women’s Premier Interclub team who won the Wellington competition. Even with Leigh Griffin unavailable due to representative duties, the re-shuffled team still put in a dominant performance winning eight out of nine matches on finals day at Stokes Valley. Johnsonville chased hard and were still a chance going into the final round but were undone with an impressive Helen King beating Kaaren Guilford to pick up her third win of the day in the singles. Sarah Taukamo stepped up to skip the pair with Robyn Rintoul, and the fours won their three including beating Johsonville 26-4 composed of Mary-Ann Wilson, Kay Carr, Nina De Munnik and Nicole Toomey.

The Premier Men’s team finished fourth in a tight competition with only one win separating all four teams at Silverstream. Johnsonville won their first title in many years.

Well done Nina, Kay, Helen & Leigh and Rich, Tim, Brad & Ray!

It was not quite the double we hoped for but the Wellington Xmas Open Fours was a success for Victoria teams with Nina De Munnik, Kay Carr, Helen King and Leigh Griffin winning the women’s event, and Richard Corry, Tim Toomey, Bradley Down and Ray Martin coming runner-up in the men’s event at Silverstream over the weekend.

The women’s team had run a comfortable through qualifying and the semifinal but were made to fight hard in the final against Val Fitzmaurice’s Petone Central team before winning 19-17. The Victoria team were ahead in all but one end but could not shake their opponents who took the game to the last end.

Of note this was Nina’s 5th Centre title achieving a Wellington Gold Star, Kay’s 13th, Helen’s 26th and Leigh’s 30th Wellington Centre title!

The men’s team had to do a lot of fighting throughout post-section coming from behind in both their first two knockout games before a more comfortable semifinal win. Unfortunately Wayne Jones’ Naenae team proved too tough to chase in the final beating Victoria 13-25. Jones also beat the other Victoria qualifiers Alf De Munnik, Roy Gibb, Barry O’Brien and Jeremy Kydd 12-16 in the first round.

Well done Alf, Laurie, Mark & Lou!

Congratulations to Alf De Munnik, Laurie Guy, Mark Noble and Lou Newman for winning Naenae’s Sayer Hoult Classic last weekend!