Well done Nina, Kay, Helen & Leigh and Rich, Tim, Brad & Ray!

It was not quite the double we hoped for but the Wellington Xmas Open Fours was a success for Victoria teams with Nina De Munnik, Kay Carr, Helen King and Leigh Griffin winning the women’s event, and Richard Corry, Tim Toomey, Bradley Down and Ray Martin coming runner-up in the men’s event at Silverstream over the weekend.

The women’s team had run a comfortable through qualifying and the semifinal but were made to fight hard in the final against Val Fitzmaurice’s Petone Central team before winning 19-17. The Victoria team were ahead in all but one end but could not shake their opponents who took the game to the last end.

Of note this was Nina’s 5th Centre title achieving a Wellington Gold Star, Kay’s 13th, Helen’s 26th and Leigh’s 30th Wellington Centre title!

The men’s team had to do a lot of fighting throughout post-section coming from behind in both their first two knockout games before a more comfortable semifinal win. Unfortunately Wayne Jones’ Naenae team proved too tough to chase in the final beating Victoria 13-25. Jones also beat the other Victoria qualifiers Alf De Munnik, Roy Gibb, Barry O’Brien and Jeremy Kydd 12-16 in the first round.

Well done Tereska, Sarah & Nina!

Congratulations to Tereska Knap playing with her step-mum Anna as a family team, and Sarah Taukamo and Nina De Munnik reaching the semifinals of the Wellington Prestige Pairs last month. Tereska went down in the semifinal to eventual winners Prichard and McKinley (Eastbourne) while Sarah and Nina lost to Wilding and Wilson (Lyall Bay). The Eastbourne pair also eliminated Robyn Rintoul and Kay Carr in the quarterfinal.

Well done Ray!

Well done to Ray Martin playing with Paula Meredith (Johnsonville) for making it to the semifinals of the recent Wellington Mixed Pairs. They went down to Robbie Bird and Jessie Macaw (Naenae) 11-13 in a close match which swung Naenae’s way when Robbie trailed a jack two feet for 4 shots after Ray and Paula had been up early on. Ray’s semifinal appearance at least opened Victoria’s account in the race for the Bowls Wellington Men’s Club of the Year.

Well done Ray, Brad & Rich!

Ray Martin, Bradley Down and Richard Corry defended their Upper Hutt Open Fours indoor bowls title today with skip Marcus Trlin (Vogelmorn). The win featured two very comfortable wins over Upper Hutt’s Welch Trophy fours teams disrupting their preparation for hosting the national intercentre finals next weekend. This was Ray and Bradley’s second and Richard’s third Upper Hutt titles.