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.

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.

Marshall has a tie break finish to get past Martin from NZ

Ray Martin came up against a rampant six time world indoor champion Alex Marshall in the first set of their World Indoor Singles first round clash at the Potter’s Leisure Resort in Norfolk, England with the Scot cleaning out Ray 11-2. However, the kiwi showed his potential climbing back into the match in the second set. A two on the fifth end gave him a 5-3 advantage, and another two on the eighth end looked to have assured a tiebreak at 8-4 going into the last end. A loose end from the kiwi gave Marshall a chance of a four but he was uncharacteristically heavy with his last to throw the game to a deciding best-of-three end conclusion. Ray was again loose with his opening bowls but was close to snatching both the first two ends losing an umpire’s measure then slicing the jack to a Marshall bowl with his last.