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.

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.