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.

Well done Ray and Viv!

Congratulations to Ray Pearce winning and Viv Borrie making the final of the Victoria 9-end Singles on Wellington Anniversary Day. The fun event runs with a handicap which worked out quite well with the whole field still with a chance of making the final going into the last of the three rounds of qualifying matches. Premier interclub players gave away 8 points and Mens Premier Reserve 4 points at the start of each 9-end match.

Marshall has a tie break finish to get past Martin from NZ

Ray Martin came up against a rampant six time world indoor champion Alex Marshall in the first set of their World Indoor Singles first round clash at the Potter’s Leisure Resort in Norfolk, England with the Scot cleaning out Ray 11-2. However, the kiwi showed his potential climbing back into the match in the second set. A two on the fifth end gave him a 5-3 advantage, and another two on the eighth end looked to have assured a tiebreak at 8-4 going into the last end. A loose end from the kiwi gave Marshall a chance of a four but he was uncharacteristically heavy with his last to throw the game to a deciding best-of-three end conclusion. Ray was again loose with his opening bowls but was close to snatching both the first two ends losing an umpire’s measure then slicing the jack to a Marshall bowl with his last.