Well done Rich & Ray!

Victoria duo Ray Martin and Richard Corry’s run at the National Open Pairs Championship in Auckland ended in the semifinals going down to the Thames Valley pairing of Karl Garrett and Colin Gawith. Rich and Ray had earlier ended the title hopes of 1985 victor Maurice Symes and 2014 champion Tony Grantham in emphatic fashion, 19-8 in the quarterfinals.

On Sunday, Ray and Richard edged a thrilling solo-point encounter opposite the Australian-based former internationals Richard Girvan and Chris Le Lievre, with Martin’s determination paying dividends to collect a final end four-count and win an extra end to keep their title hopes alive.

In the women’s pairs quarterfinals Leigh Griffin and daughter Kirsten Edwards went down to Te Atatu Peninsula pairing of Marion Hakaraia and Robyn Reihana.

Noble Doubles Up at NZ Disabled Championships

New Zealand Paralympic medallist Mark Noble completed the double at the National Disabled Championships, claiming the singles and pairs and rounding out an impressive week on the Naenae greens.

Hosted at the Naenae Bowling Club in Lower Hutt, Wellington, more than 30 competitors converged on the capital to contest the silverware in the singles, pairs and triples disciplines in a mixed format.

With the sun beaming down and the greens running slick, the competition was closely fought throughout and played in good spirit over four days.

Noble, a back-to-back Commonwealth Games silver medallist, showed why he is at the top of his game defeating former national representative Snow Reardon to take the title.

Continuing his form, Noble combined with P Huwyler to take out the pairs, defeating Southland/Waikato composite Helm and Bennett.

New Zealand Hopefuls Bow out of Hong Kong Classic

Kiwi pairing Nicole Toomey and Sarah Scott bowed out of the Hong Kong International Classic Pairs, falling in the semi-finals on Saturday.

Toomey and Scott found themselves up against pre-tournament favourites Malaysia, with the vast experience of multiple Commonwealth Games medalist Siti Zalina Ahmad shining through in the second set to claim a comfortable 17-1 margin and advance through to the final.

The first set saw the Malaysian pairing scrape through 11-10, with Toomey and Scott justifiably left to feel proud of themselves for an impressive showing on the international stage and claim bronze for their efforts in Hong Kong – along with NZ men Andrew Kelly and Blake Signal. Hosted by the Hong Kong Lawn Bowls Association, the event attracts a world class field with combinations put forward by countries such as Malaysia, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Australia, to name only a few.

Scott and Toomey combined well to record nine wins from 11, finishing second place in their section and earning a play-offs spot opposite top ranked locals Dorothy Yu and Vivian Yip, with the winner progressing through to a semi-final fixture against the star-studded Malaysian pairing of Emma Saroji and Siti Zalina Ahmad.

In yet another thrilling finish, Scott and Toomey edged past Yu and Yip to set up a blockbuster clash opposite the pre-tournament favourites, taking the match 3-2 on a tiebreak.

Ray off to UK!

2017 NZ PBA Rookie of the Year Ray Martin (Wellington) continued his rise on the Professional Bowls Association scene by winning entry into the World Indoor Singles to be played at the Potter’s Leisure Resort in Norfolk, England in January. Playing with Classic II bowls to ensure a good draw on the indoor carpet, Martin was too steady overcoming local favourite Dean Drummond in the semifinal and Dunedin’s Duane White in the final 9-7, 9-1. Martin will line up for the richest prize in bowls with the victor in January earning GBP50,000.

Ray was beaten earlier in the Professional Bowls Association Finals weekend at the Hastings Club in the quarterfinals of the Scottish Singles national playoffs by local favourite Murray Glassey 15-5, 10-4 who went to win that trip.

Richard Corry and Laurie Guy lost their semifinal of the World Indoor Pairs playoffs also to the winners of that event Helen Carman and Mario Sopp from Dunedin 10-7, 3-9, 2-1.