Well done Junior Mens Reps!

Congratulations to Mark Burgess (pictured left in first photo) and James Fairhall (pictured right in second photo) who were in the Wellington Junior Rep team that were very convincing winners of the recent Hexagonal intercentre match in Whanganui. Amber Down also played in the womens team who finished 5th.

Well done Brad, Ray & Rich!

The New Zealand Professional Bowls Association held its national Finals Weekend at the new Naenae complex last weekend. Bradley Down held number 4 in the national PBA rankings going into the weekend but had to watch with baited breath for the results of the World Indoor Singles playoffs before he could be confirmed as the fifth member of the NZ PBA team to play the Australian PBA next year at the Deer Park club in Melbourne. After just 2 years in the PBA and at 18 years old this is a fantastic accomplishment and chance to play the stars of the Australian PBA.

Ray Martin showed his potential in his debut year in the PBA collecting enough ranking points to be awarded the national PBA rookie of the year. Ray will be on the charge next winter when we have a branch at Naenae to challenge for a spot in the NZ PBA team for 2019.

And delegates voted on and passed Life Membership on Richard Corry for his services to save and re-build PBA in New Zealand. This will need to be ratified at PBA’s international AGM in England in January.

Well done Rich & Brad!

It was another near thing when Richard Corry fell in the final of a PBA Ranking Singles event at the Heretaunga Club in Hastings this month to NZ number one Murray Glassey (Hawkes Bay). Rich has had a number of close finals against Murray over the years and was up a set only to go down 11-6, 6-7, 0-2 in a tiebreaker to his nemesis. Rich played well all day knocking over clubmates Ray Martin and Bradley Down on the way.

Bradley’s performance reaching the semifinal may have racked up enough ranking points to make the NZ PBA team to play the Australian PBA next year but this won’t be decided until Finals Weekend at Naenae on 8-10th September.

Ray reached the quarterfinals of the International Singles qualifier the next day and may have done enough to capture the NZ PBA Rookie of the Year trophy. Tim Toomey also made the quarterfinal stage.

Well done Brad, Laurie, Rich & Steve!

18-year old Bradley Down went down in a battle of the young guns in the final of the NZ PBA World Indoor Singles qualifier at Club Hastings late last month losing to Hawkes Bay’s 23-year old Dean Drummond in a tight affair 7-7, 9-7. Drummond came through Victoria players in the quarterfinal onward beating Ray Martin, Richard Corry in the semifinal, then Bradley. Bradley also came through Victoria players beating Tim Toomey in the quarterfinal and Laurie Guy in the semifinal.

It was another good weekend for Bradley in his hunt for ranking points to make next year’s Trans-Tasman side as he lost at the quarterfinal in the ranking singles event the previous day as well.

Former Victoria player Stephen Zino won his second qualifier of the season at the Paritutu club in New Plymouth with another dominant display of draw bowls beating Taranaki’s Rhonda Adams in the final. No doubt Stephen will be practicing hard at the Naenae club when the indoor green opens for PBA Finals Weekend in September.