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.

Wellington superb at National Intercentre

The National Intercentre was held in Christchurch last weekend, with Wellington sides in outstanding form. The Women’s side lost only 1 of their 15 section play games in qualifying for the quarter finals. However, they came up against Bay of Plenty in the quarter final and were eliminated loosing the Singles and Pairs.
The Men’s side were drawn in a section of 7 and had to play 7 rounds of qualifying to complete their round robin. This did not prove necessary as with a round to go Manawatu on 38 and Wellington on 37 could not be caught by the other teams. In the last 8 they drew Central Otago and won all 3 games. The Wellington team again scored a 3 nil win in their semifinal when they defeated Marlborough. In the final Wellington defeated Dunedin 25–14 in the Singles, 15-14 in the Fours and lost the Pairs 13–19.
A great weekend for the Wellington sides and congratulations to Victoria’s representatives Richard Corry, Bradley Down and Ray Martin in the men’s four, Leigh Griffin as men’s manager, and Nicole Toomey and Helen King in the women’s four.

Well done Mark!

Congratulations to Mark Noble for coming runner-up in the Wellington Champ of Champ Singles last weekend at Upper Hutt. Mark came through a tough draw dispatching Jimmy Madden (Eastbourne), Brent Stubbins (Johnsonville) and Sar Alefosio (Naenae) but could not quite repeat against Seamus Curtain (Stokes Valley) going down 17-21 in the final. Mark was the only opponent to get to double figures against Seamus in a see-saw 26-end final.

The final echoes the overall positions in the Wellington Men’s Club of the Year standings with Victoria now second behind Stokes Valley.