Well done Rich!

CANADA – James Gardens
2020 World Indoor Singles Qualifier on Saturday 3rd August 2019
Wellington’s PBA Bowler and long term President of the Victoria Bowling Club in New Zealand, Richard Corry (see photo) has become the 1st New Zealand PBA Bowler to win through to the 2020 World Indoor Singles Championships being held in January 2020 at the World Famous Potters Resort in Norfolk, England.
Corry defeated Cary Lucier (Canada) in a tight final in the tie break: 9-4, 6-8, 2-0. Richard is currently living and working in North America and we all wish Richard every success at the World Indoor Bowls Championships Finals in England.

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.

Well done Ray!

Bay of Plenty’s David Jones came to the Naenae Bowling Club in Wellington for a warm-up for the NZ Champ of Champ Pairs in 2 weeks’ time but walked away having beaten Wellington coordinator and PBA international Ray Martin in a tense high quality PBA Scottish Singles qualifier final 7-7, 8-6. With the first set drawn, it was all on the line at the end of the second set with Jones up 7-6, but Martin putting on all the pressure lying four shots and apparently blocking Jones draw line but the Taupo visitor refused to change his plan drawing around Martin’s bowl for the shot and win with his last.

Three other Victoria players fell at the quarterfinal stage with Roy Gibb losing to Manawatu’s Terry Johnson, Mark Burgess falling to Rob Ashton (Johnsonville) and Ray Martin accounting for Tim Toomey.

Mark Burgess picked up plenty of ranking points for the weekend losing the semifinal of the Ranking Singles on Saturday to eventual winner Euan Wong (Stokes Valley). Mark beat Jayden Ravji in the quarterfinals, while Roy Gibb also fell to Euan Wong.

Well done Womens Premier Interclub team!

Congratulations to the Women’s Premier Interclub team who won the Wellington competition. Even with Leigh Griffin unavailable due to representative duties, the re-shuffled team still put in a dominant performance winning eight out of nine matches on finals day at Stokes Valley. Johnsonville chased hard and were still a chance going into the final round but were undone with an impressive Helen King beating Kaaren Guilford to pick up her third win of the day in the singles. Sarah Taukamo stepped up to skip the pair with Robyn Rintoul, and the fours won their three including beating Johsonville 26-4 composed of Mary-Ann Wilson, Kay Carr, Nina De Munnik and Nicole Toomey.

The Premier Men’s team finished fourth in a tight competition with only one win separating all four teams at Silverstream. Johnsonville won their first title in many years.