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.

Bradley Down skips side to upset win over Ali Forsyth’s dream team at national bowls championships

New Zealand development representative Bradley Down has already experienced a number of high points in bowls despite being just 19 years old.

He received another big buzz when he skipped a side comprising his father, Graham, Finbar McGuigan and Caleb Hope to one of the biggest upsets of the New Zealand bowls championship when they beat Ali Forsyth’s dream team in the opening round of section play in the fours in Dunedin last Monday.

Down junior, who has already won three Wellington titles, plays for the Victoria club in the capital these days, but Plimmerton is home and still the base for his father and McGuigan. Hope, from Gore, joined the trio in their outstanding 16-12 victory over Forsyth’s dream team and eventual champions of Justin Goodwin, Shannon McIlroy and Gary Lawson.

A four on the sixth end gave Down’s side the edge¬†and, aided by two threes during an otherwise low scoring match, that advantage remained three shots when the hooter went on the 16th of the scheduled 18 ends.

With the jack in the ditch, Forsyth held three but Down managed to take the initiative back before Forsyth’s final runner narrowly missed.

Down continued to impress in beating Scott Roberts and Dean Elgar 21-6 in the third round of post-section in the pairs but their story was in the previous game, when they overcame Tony Grantham and Michael Kernaghan 15-11.

Down led for the majority of the match, although the margin was only two shots playing the final end. Grantham called the tune on the last end, drawing three shots, but Down, under pressure, trailed the jack to secure victory.

In the pairs quarterfinals, Shannon McIlroy overcame a couple of nervous moments late in his 16-13 triumph over Bradley Down. He had already accounted for Down 21-8 in the round of 16 of the singles.

Commonwealth Games selection!

An experienced group of Para athletes have been named to the New Zealand team for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games to compete in Para lawn bowls.

Victoria’s Mark Noble, along with Bruce Wakefield and Barry Wynks, have been named to the team and will contest the B6/7/8 open triples Para lawn bowls event. Both Barry and Mark were part of the team which won silver in the same event at Glasgow 2014.

It’s another great opportunity to represent my country and do it proud. We want to win another medal, hopefully gold this time, and we’re going to give it our best go,” said Mark Noble. Our form has been pretty good this season, there’s always areas to improve but it’s all going well and we can take a lot of learnings from when we played in Glasgow.

Bowls NZ National Coach Sharon Sims says the team is very strong and will be looking to get on the podium. “The triples are going really well and are really excited for the Commonwealth Games.

NZOC CEO Kereyn Smith believes the team will be able to use knowledge and experience from previous games campaigns. “It’s fantastic to have so many of these athletes back for another Commonwealth Games. New Zealand has a strong history in Para lawn bowls and I look forward to seeing these athletes add to that legacy on the Gold Coast next year” she said.

Para sport events are integrated and contested as part of the main programme at the Commonwealth Games. Gold Coast 2018 will host the largest Para-sport programme in Commonwealth Games history. Lawn bowls will be contested at the Broadbeach Bowls Club as part of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

A further lawn bowls selection announcement is expected in February. The selection of the lawn bowls athletes brings the New Zealand Commonwealth Games team size to 12 athletes.

Well done Amber!

Congratulations to the Wellington Yr 1-5 Women on winning the WKWM Junior Rep fixture on Friday at Paraparaumu Beach. Wellington finished on 18 points, 2 ahead of 2nd placed Kapiti on 16 and well ahead of Manawatu and Wairarapa. Amber Down was the singles player for the victorious side and had 3 wins from her 3 matches.