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.

Wellington superb at National Intercentre

The National Intercentre was held in Christchurch last weekend, with Wellington sides in outstanding form. The Women’s side lost only 1 of their 15 section play games in qualifying for the quarter finals. However, they came up against Bay of Plenty in the quarter final and were eliminated loosing the Singles and Pairs.
The Men’s side were drawn in a section of 7 and had to play 7 rounds of qualifying to complete their round robin. This did not prove necessary as with a round to go Manawatu on 38 and Wellington on 37 could not be caught by the other teams. In the last 8 they drew Central Otago and won all 3 games. The Wellington team again scored a 3 nil win in their semifinal when they defeated Marlborough. In the final Wellington defeated Dunedin 25–14 in the Singles, 15-14 in the Fours and lost the Pairs 13–19.
A great weekend for the Wellington sides and congratulations to Victoria’s representatives Richard Corry, Bradley Down and Ray Martin in the men’s four, Leigh Griffin as men’s manager, and Nicole Toomey and Helen King in the women’s four.

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.