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.

Well done Ray, Brad & Steve!

Well done to Ray Martin and Bradley Down coming runner-up in the Professional Bowls Association World Indoor Pairs qualifier in Hastings this month. Ray and Brad were unlucky to lose against locals Murray Glassey and Paul ‘Bart’ Sorensen 4-5, 11-4, 0-2. The jack spun and bounced around after a Sorensen drive ending up on a Hawkes Bay bowl in the last end of the first set. The Victoria pair were in full control in the second set forcing a tie-break but were unable to tip up Glassey and Sorensen in either tiebreaker end.

Lou Newman paired with Johnsonville’s Dale Rayner, also pushed Glassey and Sorensen to a tiebreaker in the semifinal before going down 0-11, 8-5, 0-2.

Brad picked up a bundle of ranking points over the weekend also reaching the semifinal of the Scottish Singles qualifier a day earlier going down to Manawatu’s Darryl Johnson, while Ray Martin signalled his arrival on the PBA scene pushing New Zealand number one Glassey all the way earlier in the day.

Stephen Zino was emphatic in retaining the Scottish Singles qualifying spot in New Plymouth that he won last year dropping only one set against touch opposition including Ian Monaghan (Wairarapa) 12-5, 11-2 in the final with a fine display of draw bowls. Although unaffiliated to an outdoor club, Stephen always turns up in New Plymouth proudly wearing his Victoria shirt. Stephen will play in the NZ PBA Finals Weekend scheduled for September 8th-10th in the new Naenae indoor complex.