Commonwealth Games selection!

An experienced group of Para athletes have been named to the New Zealand team for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games to compete in Para lawn bowls.

Victoria’s Mark Noble, along with Bruce Wakefield and Barry Wynks, have been named to the team and will contest the B6/7/8 open triples Para lawn bowls event. Both Barry and Mark were part of the team which won silver in the same event at Glasgow 2014.

It’s another great opportunity to represent my country and do it proud. We want to win another medal, hopefully gold this time, and we’re going to give it our best go,” said Mark Noble. Our form has been pretty good this season, there’s always areas to improve but it’s all going well and we can take a lot of learnings from when we played in Glasgow.

Bowls NZ National Coach Sharon Sims says the team is very strong and will be looking to get on the podium. “The triples are going really well and are really excited for the Commonwealth Games.

NZOC CEO Kereyn Smith believes the team will be able to use knowledge and experience from previous games campaigns. “It’s fantastic to have so many of these athletes back for another Commonwealth Games. New Zealand has a strong history in Para lawn bowls and I look forward to seeing these athletes add to that legacy on the Gold Coast next year” she said.

Para sport events are integrated and contested as part of the main programme at the Commonwealth Games. Gold Coast 2018 will host the largest Para-sport programme in Commonwealth Games history. Lawn bowls will be contested at the Broadbeach Bowls Club as part of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

A further lawn bowls selection announcement is expected in February. The selection of the lawn bowls athletes brings the New Zealand Commonwealth Games team size to 12 athletes.

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 Roy, Brad, Rich & Rangi!

Congratulations to Roy Gibb, Bradley Down and Richard Corry for winning the Wellington Catholic Open Triples indoor bowls title last week at the St.Bernard’s School in Brooklyn. The trio knocked over the Vogelmorn team of Maree and Kevin Crighton and Marcus Trlin 9-7 in the final after having also beaten them in section play earlier in the night. This was Richard’s 11th Wellington Catholic title and a 1st title for Roy and Bradley.

The trio then went on to secure the Hutt Valley Interclub B grade title for Victoria along with the services of Neil Reid on Monday night at Naenae. The competition came down to the last night and the last game of singles won by Brad. The team will now play in the Greater Wellington Champ of Champ Interclub next month against the winners of the Upper Hutt and North Wellington competitions.

Well done Chris, Tim, Brad, Mary-Ann, Sarah & Helen!

Congratulations to our two Champion of Champion triples teams who both finished runner-up in their respective Wellington events last weekend. Chris Rintoul, Tim Toomey and Bradley Down lost to the Island Bay team skipped by John Killen and featuring Chris’ Dad Peter 11-18. Mary-Ann Wilson, Sarah Taukamo and Helen King fell to Lisa White’s Naenae team 8-20. Great to see mother and son in the respective finals.

The points earned by the men keeps Victoria ahead of Naenae and Johnsonville in our unofficial count of the race for the Men’s Club of the Year title with two events remaining.