Well done Amber, Yvonne, Helen & Leigh!

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Congratulations to our club champ fours team of Amber Down, Yvonne Gibb, Helen King and Leigh Griffin coming runner up in the Wellington Champ of Champ Fours last weekend at Johnsonville. They lost the final 15-19 to the home Johnsonville side skipped by Paula Meredith. Our mens team of James Fairhall, Chris Nugent, Tim Toomey and Ray Martin lost at the quarterfinal stage to eventual runner-up Upper Hutt.

Wellington superb at National Intercentre

The National Intercentre was held in Christchurch last weekend, with Wellington sides in outstanding form. The Women’s side lost only 1 of their 15 section play games in qualifying for the quarter finals. However, they came up against Bay of Plenty in the quarter final and were eliminated loosing the Singles and Pairs.
The Men’s side were drawn in a section of 7 and had to play 7 rounds of qualifying to complete their round robin. This did not prove necessary as with a round to go Manawatu on 38 and Wellington on 37 could not be caught by the other teams. In the last 8 they drew Central Otago and won all 3 games. The Wellington team again scored a 3 nil win in their semifinal when they defeated Marlborough. In the final Wellington defeated Dunedin 25–14 in the Singles, 15-14 in the Fours and lost the Pairs 13–19.
A great weekend for the Wellington sides and congratulations to Victoria’s representatives Richard Corry, Bradley Down and Ray Martin in the men’s four, Leigh Griffin as men’s manager, and Nicole Toomey and Helen King in the women’s four.

National title for Leigh!

Mandy Boyd and her side of sister, Angela, Sheryl McLean and Leigh Griffin edged Sandra Keith’s team 16-15 on an extra end in the women’s final on Monday to win the fours at the New Zealand bowls championship in Dunedin.

The game was often scrappy, but the closeness of it maintained the interest until the last bowl was played. Keith’s side of Selina Goddard, Amy McIlroy and Serena Matthews did the best at the start, with Goddard leading well to open up a 7-1 lead.

But Mandy Boyd improved a count of one to four when she trailed the jack on the fifth end, and three successive singles followed to give Boyd a two-point lead.

McIlroy had a good spell, her bowls setting up a count of three for Keith’s side shortly after. But Griffin converted the subsequent two ends with jack trails, giving Boyd a 13-10 lead. Singles were the order of the day from then on, with Boyd holding just a one-point lead on the last end. Keith got the shot to force the game into overtime.

With her second delivery, Goddard hit in Angela Boyd’s bowl for shot. On the push, Matthews dislodged the jack, but it went back to McLean’s bowl. Keith, running twice, missed narrowly to leave the title with Boyd’s team.

“These are the games you come to the nationals for,” Mandy Boyd said. With the win, Angela Boyd won her gold star for five national titles, while it was McLean’s first, Griffin’s third and Mandy Boyd’s sixth.

And this is the fifth year in a row Victoria has come away from the National Championships with a title!

Boyd’s team of sister Angela, Sheryl McLean and Leigh Griffin were never tested in their semi against Doreen Bell, Mary Ross, Carolyn Crawford and Muir. They led 8-0 early and the contest was called off after just 12 ends. In the last eight, Boyd defeated Katelyn Inch 17-9.

Well done Richard, Jayden & Ray!

After ousting defending champion Peter Belliss 13-9 in their first fours post-section match, Ray Martin’s side of Richard Corry, Jason Johnstone and Jayden Ravji edged out Joseph Van der Pennen 16-15 in the last 16. They went on to lose their quarterfinal match against the eventual runner-up team skipped by Sheldon Bagrie-Howley (Southland).

Earlier in the tournament Richard eliminated three-time champion Ali Forsyth in singles section-play 21-20 while Ray upended one of the main local chances of sucess Shaun Scott 21-14.