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 Rich!

Congratulations to Richard Corry for retaining the North Wellington Open Fours indoor bowls title at Onepoto today and thereby winning his 4th North Wellington title. He played with Sam Anderson (was Horowhenua but now playing for North Wellington this year) who was steady throughout despite being on crutches from a hockey injury, Marcus Trlin, and a new player to the four this year Paul Rybinski (both Waiwhetu).

Well done Wellington Junior team

Congratulations to the Wellington City Junior rep team who won a Quadrangular against Hutt Valley, Kapiti Coast and Wairarapa yesterday. The men played at Upper Hutt and went very well including 3 comfortable wins for the pair James Fairhall and Mark Burgess but needed last round wins from the Wellington womens triple including Sharman Buckle, and four including Fiona Alexander, playing at Lyall Bay, to collect the overall trophy.

Well done Mark & Tim, Nina & Robyn, Leigh & Kay!

Well done to the Victoria club’s performances during the Wellington Easter 2-4-2 Pairs at the weekend! It became a Victoria benefit with Tim Toomey and Mark Noble taking out the men’s title beating Wilton’s Bruce Miller and Ben King 16-5 in the final; and an all-Victoria final in the women’s event! Robyn Rintoul and Nina De Munnik beat clubmates in the semifinal and final taking out Sarah Taukamo and Helen King 12-11 in the semi and then Leigh Griffin and Kay Carr 14-11 in the final. Robyn lost her first four Wellington finals before she could win a Centre title breaking her duck just last week in the Champ of Champ Triples but when it rains it pours with a second in a week! This was Nina’s 6th title after completing her Gold Star in the Xmas Open Fours.

Tim claimed the 4th Wellington Gold Star of the season for the club with his 5th Wellington title while Mark earned his 13th title – the first for 11 years! The title looked theirs after a decisive five shots in the 11th end. Tim and Mark had earlier beaten Mark Burgess and James Fairhall in the quarterfinal.

With three of the four semifinalists, Victoria has charged back into contention for the women’s Wellington club of the year title. By our unofficial count there are four clubs that could win going into the Champ of Champ pairs weekend! Victoria will likely finish 3rd in the men’s which has already likely been won by Naenae.