Credit Consultant’s Victoria 2-4-2 Pairs Draw


Defending champions Ross Thorn (Naenae) and Bruce Henderson (Johnsonville) will be joined by a host of previous champions for this year’s Credit Consultant’s Victoria 2-4-2 Pairs later this month. 5-time champion Gary Lawson (Canterbury) teams up with Jimmy Pugh (Nelson), and previous winning combinations return including 2017’s Terry Johnson (Manawatu) & Wayne Coleman (Miramar), 2012’s Grant Wakefield & AJ Cronin (Johnsonville), 2010’s Ray Boffa (Kapiti Coast) & Rob Ashton (Johnsonville), and 2009’s Steve Glavas & Rex Holmes (Kapiti Coast). Several other former or current internationals feature including Andy Curtain (Canterbury), Mike Kernaghan (Dunedin), Mark Noble (Manawatu), Jamie Hill (Auckland), Seamus Curtin (Stokes Valley) and Andrew Kelly (Canterbury). Players can expect significantly improved greens with the welcome home of greenkeeper Jamie Coleman, and another excellently hosted tournament from the Victoria club and sponsors Credit Consultants.

2019 Draw – 23rd Victoria Pairs – DRAW

You can keep up with results on our 2-4-2 Pairs page

VBC Indoor Social Bowls final results

Hi all,
Last night (Thursday) saw the finals night for the winter indoor social indoor bowls competition up at the Victoria Bowling Club.
Emerging victorious at the end of the night were the fearsome pairing of Fiona Alexander & Mary-Ann Wilson, who went through every round of the 5-week competition undefeated. Although it looked like their unbeaten run was over when they were 4 shots adrift going in to the second-to-last end against the ultra-competitive combination of Ben Rudi. A hard-won 3 got the girls to within 1 going into the final end, where they were able to hold on to the two shots needed to win the game, with Ben narrowly missing with his last bowl. A thoroughly entertaining final, played in great spirit.
Thanks go out to:
  • Preston’s Master Butchers for providing awesome meat trays for prizes and raffles over the series
  • Ross Difford for keeping people fed during the evenings with assorted nibbles
  • Jeremy Kydd for assistance on the bar (and subbing in the odd game as required)
  • Fiona Alexander for making sure things were set up each night (and for putting up with me)
  • …everyone that played…. for making it another enjoyable winter series….we look forward to doing it all over again next year
Negotiations are currently underway with the Johnsonville Bowling Club to have a home-away challenge over two evenings at some stage before the outdoor bowls season kicks off – possibly towards the end of September. I will let people know more once we have sorted things out.
Final results attached below.
Nairn MacGibbon
Victoria Bowling Club
Club Secretary | Club Treasurer

Top bowlers given chance to push for World Championship selection

Victoria’s Ray Martin, along with Stokes Valley’s Seamus Curtin, former Victoria member Kirsten Edwards and Wendy Jensen (Counties) will represent New Zealand in the Hong Kong International Bowls Classic. It is a quartet the selectors have picked with an eye to the next four year cycle.

“It’s an opportunity for them to perform on those slow greens, knowing that post next year’s World Championships all of the international events will be in the northern hemisphere,” convenor of selectors Phil Skoglund said.

“It’s very much a matter of being able to put in a high quality performance game in and game out, as that’s going to have to be the case at the World Championships if we’re to medal in those,” head coach Peter Belliss said.

He has also made it clear the Blackjacks squad for the Worlds is far from finalized. “At times with the national side it appears it becomes a bit of a closed shop, but at the moment there are some places that are definitely up for grabs. We just need the players to take this opportunity they get with both hands and put some pressure on us as selectors to make some hard choices.”

NZ team for Hong Kong International Bowls Classic (9-17 November):
Women’s pairs: Wendy Jensen & Kirsten Edwards (skip) (subject to availability)
Men’s pairs: Seamus Curtin & Ray Martin (skip)
Mixed pairs: Wendy Jensen & Ray Martin (skip) and Seamus Curtin & Kirsten Edwards (skip) (subject to availability)

First win as coordinator for Martin

Ray Martin will be returning to the NZ Professional Bowls Association Finals Weekend this time securing his first qualifier wins while also coordinating the local PBA events at the Naenae indoor complex. Martin came close in June to coordinating and winning being pipped in the final of the Scottish Singles to Bay of Plenty’s David Jones but had a commanding weekend at the end of July winning the World Indoor Pairs with Victoria clubmate Tim Toomey and World Indoor Singles qualifiers. Martin and Toomey accounted for Wairarapa pair Ian Monaghan and Scott Mackenzie in a very close final 6-5, 5-6, 2-0 with Toomey improving from his runner-up in this event last year. Martin then went on to keep alive hopes of returning to the World Indoor Singles in the UK beating Manawatu’s Mark Noble 10-1, 12-8 on Sunday. Martin and Toomey will now play in the NZ PBA Finals Weekend in Hamilton September 13-15th.

Mark Burgess and Nicole Toomey also reached the quarterfinals of the World Indoor Singles qualifier.