Ray off to UK!

2017 NZ PBA Rookie of the Year Ray Martin (Wellington) continued his rise on the Professional Bowls Association scene by winning entry into the World Indoor Singles to be played at the Potter’s Leisure Resort in Norfolk, England in January. Playing with Classic II bowls to ensure a good draw on the indoor carpet, Martin was too steady overcoming local favourite Dean Drummond in the semifinal and Dunedin’s Duane White in the final 9-7, 9-1. Martin will line up for the richest prize in bowls with the victor in January earning GBP50,000.

Ray was beaten earlier in the Professional Bowls Association Finals weekend at the Hastings Club in the quarterfinals of the Scottish Singles national playoffs by local favourite Murray Glassey 15-5, 10-4 who went to win that trip.

Richard Corry and Laurie Guy lost their semifinal of the World Indoor Pairs playoffs also to the winners of that event Helen Carman and Mario Sopp from Dunedin 10-7, 3-9, 2-1.

Well done Ray, Brad, Laurie, Rich & Nic!

Victoria players continued their domination of the Wellington branch of the NZ Professional Bowls Association over the last two qualifying weekends at the Naenae club. Last month Ray Martin added to his NZ playoffs berth for the Scottish Singles by winning the Wellington qualifier for the World Indoor Singles beating Laurie Guy in the final 9-8, 10-6. Ray survived through several close encounters throughout the day including over Roy Gibb in the semifinal. Laurie beat Richard Corry in his semifinal and has also had a good PBA season going down in another final that weekend to Bradley Down in the ranking singles event 9-0, 5-5. Roy had a good weekend falling to Laurie in the ranking singles semifinal. Laurie will get to play in the NZ finals weekend in Hastings next month in the World Indoor Pairs playoffs partnering Richard.

This month’s qualifying weekend saw Richard win the ranking singles event beating Nicole Toomey 9-7, 7-8, 2-0 in the final after Nicole had beaten Laurie in the semifinals. This meant Victoria had all the finalists in the first 5 PBA events in Wellington before the sequence was broken on the last day of the Wellington season. Jeremy Kydd was the last Victoria player standing in the International Singles qualifier going down in the semifinal.

The great consistency of the Victoria players are reflected in the national rankings with Laurie currently 6th, Bradley 7th=, Richard 9th and Ray 15th in the NZ PBA.

Well done Rich & Laurie, Tim & Mark, Ray, James!

In last weekend’s first NZ Professional Bowls Association qualifiers held at the new Naenae complex, Wellington coordinator Richard Corry won the World Indoor Pairs qualifier with skip Laurie Guy to progress to the national play-offs in Hastings in September. Despite appearing in two Trans Tasman teams Laurie has never played at a NZ Finals Weekend having lost 2 qualifier finals and won 6 non-qualifier Ranking events. They beat Victoria clubmates Tim Toomey and Mark Noble in the final 8-3, 3-7, 2-0. Rich and Laurie also beat Ray Martin and Bradley Down in the semifinals.

The Scottish Singles qualifier final was also an all Victoria affair with 2017 Rookie of the Year Ray Martin defeating promising junior James Fairhall in the final 6-9, 8-2, 2-1. Ray had a lucky escape in his first game of the day when Nick Buttar returning for his first PBA action since 2010 failed to draw to a short rebounded jack but made the most of it. Ray will also play at Finals Weekend in Hastings in September. James accounted for Laurie Guy in the semifinals.

The Victoria club has continued its great support of PBA with 14 members in action over the weekend.

Well done Mark!

Congratulations to Mark Burgess winning the Wellington Champ of Champ Junior Singles today at Silverstream. Mark won the final 21-11 over Miramar’s Ian McLleod. Mark was down 7-10 but then won the next 7 ends to go up 19-10 and never looked back.

Mark’s win has Victoria hit the front in the race to the Wellington Mens Club of the Year title ahead of Stokes Valley.