Well done Helen!

Well done to Helen King for coming runner-up in the Wellington Open Singles at the Hutt club on Sunday. Helen went down in a good final considering the blustery conditions 15-21 to Dale Rayner (Johnsonville). Helen’s second place puts Victoria at second place in the early standings for the Bowls Wellington Womens Club of the Year. Helen earlier had to account for daughter and mother Samantha (Kapiti Coast) then Leeane Sweeney (Wairarapa) in the quarterfinal and Semifinal.

The best of the Victoria men was Barry O’Brien who fought his way through to the quarterfinals before going down to eventual champion Adam Turner (Silverstream) 12-21. None of the three Victoria men who made the semifinals last year even qualified this season!

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.

Well done Rich & Brad!

It was another near thing when Richard Corry fell in the final of a PBA Ranking Singles event at the Heretaunga Club in Hastings this month to NZ number one Murray Glassey (Hawkes Bay). Rich has had a number of close finals against Murray over the years and was up a set only to go down 11-6, 6-7, 0-2 in a tiebreaker to his nemesis. Rich played well all day knocking over clubmates Ray Martin and Bradley Down on the way.

Bradley’s performance reaching the semifinal may have racked up enough ranking points to make the NZ PBA team to play the Australian PBA next year but this won’t be decided until Finals Weekend at Naenae on 8-10th September.

Ray reached the quarterfinals of the International Singles qualifier the next day and may have done enough to capture the NZ PBA Rookie of the Year trophy. Tim Toomey also made the quarterfinal stage.

Well done Brad, Laurie, Rich & Steve!

18-year old Bradley Down went down in a battle of the young guns in the final of the NZ PBA World Indoor Singles qualifier at Club Hastings late last month losing to Hawkes Bay’s 23-year old Dean Drummond in a tight affair 7-7, 9-7. Drummond came through Victoria players in the quarterfinal onward beating Ray Martin, Richard Corry in the semifinal, then Bradley. Bradley also came through Victoria players beating Tim Toomey in the quarterfinal and Laurie Guy in the semifinal.

It was another good weekend for Bradley in his hunt for ranking points to make next year’s Trans-Tasman side as he lost at the quarterfinal in the ranking singles event the previous day as well.

Former Victoria player Stephen Zino won his second qualifier of the season at the Paritutu club in New Plymouth with another dominant display of draw bowls beating Taranaki’s Rhonda Adams in the final. No doubt Stephen will be practicing hard at the Naenae club when the indoor green opens for PBA Finals Weekend in September.