Well done Malcolm and Mark!

Congratulations to Malcolm Bradshaw and Mark Burgess for finishing runner-up in the Wellington Development 2-4-2 Pairs at Victoria on Monday. Malcolm and Mark had a good run to the final before going down to James Cameron-Powell and Seamus Curtain (Stokes Valley) 10-19. It was a game of two halves with the Victoria boys up 8-7 at the halfway mark but they were only able to win one more end.

Well done also to Suzanne Green and Tereska Knap for making it to the quarterfinals. They were centre of attention int he first round of post-section on Sunday morning with Suzanne pulling out a big upshot to take out 2 opposition bowls to force an extra end before Tereska nailed the winning shot.

And good to see Victoria hosting a Wellington event again after a season off recovering the green. A big thanks to all those who helped prepare the green and club and served lunches and drinks.

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.

Well done Robyn & Chris!

Congratulations to mother and son combination Robyn and Chris Rintoul who made the semifinals of the Wellington Mixed Pairs today at the Johnsonville club before going down in a fighting display to evntual winners Judy Howat (Lyall Bay) and Brent Stubbins (Johnsonville) 15-18. Robyn and Chris had earlier acounted for husband and dad Peter convincingly in the quarterfinal.

This meant Victoria is on the board early in the race for the 2017-18 Wellington Club of the Year race.

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.