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.

Victoria Super Bowl

29 Mar – Victoria Super Bowl

Well done Richard, Jayden & Ray!

After ousting defending champion Peter Belliss 13-9 in their first fours post-section match, Ray Martin’s side of Richard Corry, Jason Johnstone and Jayden Ravji edged out Joseph Van der Pennen 16-15 in the last 16. They went on to lose their quarterfinal match against the eventual runner-up team skipped by Sheldon Bagrie-Howley (Southland).

Earlier in the tournament Richard eliminated three-time champion Ali Forsyth in singles section-play 21-20 while Ray upended one of the main local chances of sucess Shaun Scott 21-14.

Bradley Down skips side to upset win over Ali Forsyth’s dream team at national bowls championships

New Zealand development representative Bradley Down has already experienced a number of high points in bowls despite being just 19 years old.

He received another big buzz when he skipped a side comprising his father, Graham, Finbar McGuigan and Caleb Hope to one of the biggest upsets of the New Zealand bowls championship when they beat Ali Forsyth’s dream team in the opening round of section play in the fours in Dunedin last Monday.

Down junior, who has already won three Wellington titles, plays for the Victoria club in the capital these days, but Plimmerton is home and still the base for his father and McGuigan. Hope, from Gore, joined the trio in their outstanding 16-12 victory over Forsyth’s dream team and eventual champions of Justin Goodwin, Shannon McIlroy and Gary Lawson.

A four on the sixth end gave Down’s side the edge¬†and, aided by two threes during an otherwise low scoring match, that advantage remained three shots when the hooter went on the 16th of the scheduled 18 ends.

With the jack in the ditch, Forsyth held three but Down managed to take the initiative back before Forsyth’s final runner narrowly missed.

Down continued to impress in beating Scott Roberts and Dean Elgar 21-6 in the third round of post-section in the pairs but their story was in the previous game, when they overcame Tony Grantham and Michael Kernaghan 15-11.

Down led for the majority of the match, although the margin was only two shots playing the final end. Grantham called the tune on the last end, drawing three shots, but Down, under pressure, trailed the jack to secure victory.

In the pairs quarterfinals, Shannon McIlroy overcame a couple of nervous moments late in his 16-13 triumph over Bradley Down. He had already accounted for Down 21-8 in the round of 16 of the singles.