Thursday night social indoor bowls

Hi everyone,

The first round of social indoor bowls was such fun, we are running it again, and it would be really great to have some of our regular outdoor bowlers come along and enjoy the fun.

The format is Pairs, with only one full bowls member per team.

This is a great opportunity to introduce friends/family/workmates to the club in a fun, social way.

The bar is open, nibbles are provided and all-in-all it is a lot of fun.

VBC_Indoor Bowls Poster 2018 This flyer has all the details:

  • Thursdays from 6pm (19th July, 26th July, 2nd August, 9th August, 16th August)
  • Teams of 2 (i.e. pairs)
  • 4 weeks of section play and a finals night (5 nights in total)
  • $20 entry fee per team covers you for the 5 weeks
  • Weekly prizes (from our great friends at Preston’s Master Butchers)
  • Limited to the first 15 teams to register

Note this time around, as well as restricting teams to only include one full bowls member, a registered indoor bowler such as  Richard Corry  must lead rather than skip (sorry Richard)….

To register a team either:

  • reply to this email; or
  • text/call Nairn on 027-4488373

Cheers,

Nairn MacGibbon

 

Well done Rich & Laurie, Tim & Mark, Ray, James!

In last weekend’s first NZ Professional Bowls Association qualifiers held at the new Naenae complex, Wellington coordinator Richard Corry won the World Indoor Pairs qualifier with skip Laurie Guy to progress to the national play-offs in Hastings in September. Despite appearing in two Trans Tasman teams Laurie has never played at a NZ Finals Weekend having lost 2 qualifier finals and won 6 non-qualifier Ranking events. They beat Victoria clubmates Tim Toomey and Mark Noble in the final 8-3, 3-7, 2-0. Rich and Laurie also beat Ray Martin and Bradley Down in the semifinals.

The Scottish Singles qualifier final was also an all Victoria affair with 2017 Rookie of the Year Ray Martin defeating promising junior James Fairhall in the final 6-9, 8-2, 2-1. Ray had a lucky escape in his first game of the day when Nick Buttar returning for his first PBA action since 2010 failed to draw to a short rebounded jack but made the most of it. Ray will also play at Finals Weekend in Hastings in September. James accounted for Laurie Guy in the semifinals.

The Victoria club has continued its great support of PBA with 14 members in action over the weekend.

Well done Toomeys and Downs!

Congratulations to sibling combinations Amber Down and Nicole Toomey, and Tim Toomey and Bradley Down for winning their respective Wellington Champ of Champ Pairs competitions yesterday on the indoor green at Naenae. Tim and Bradley were in a tight final against Jimmy Madden and Scott Roddick (Eastbourne) at 7-8 down after 10 of the 18 ends but then surged away with a 5, 4 and 6 on the next three ends to eventually win 24-9.

Amber and Nicole had to fight hard against Wellington Easter Pairs champions Kaaren Guilford and Dale Rayner (Johnsonville) with Nicole in particular putting in a brilliant performance. Amber came on strong in the decisive ends including a crucial 4 on the 14th end that swung the game towards the Victoria pair.

The probably unprecedented brothers and sisters act putting icing on the cake for a season which has probably given Victoria the Wellington Mens Club of the Year award, and has pushed the women up to third behind Johnsonville and Naenae.

Well done Jayden and Nairn!

Congratulations to Jayden Ravji and Nairn MacGibbon for coming runner-up in the Wellington Easter 2-4-2 Pairs today at Island Bay. Jayden and Nairn were up most of the way in their match before going down 11-12 to Shane Duncan and Gavin McLeod (Tawa). The Victoria pair were up 11-7 after 13 of the 16 ends but were unlucky to drop a three when a Tawa drive hit a short bowl, followed through picking up the jack and trailing it to two other Tawa bowls. The Tawa pair were quite a bogey team for Victoria also beating Colvin Inglis and Jeremy Kydd, and Mark Burgess and Roy Gibb in a quarterfinal on Sunday at Wilton.

The runner-up placing did halve the gap to Stokes Valley in our unofficial count of the Wellington Men’s Club of the Year standings, with Victoria in second and Johnsonville also back in the running in third.

Our best women’s pairs were Robyn Rintoul and Nina De Munnik, and Sarah Taukamo and Helen King, both going down in the quarterfinals on Sunday at Island Bay.