First win as coordinator for Martin

Ray Martin will be returning to the NZ Professional Bowls Association Finals Weekend this time securing his first qualifier wins while also coordinating the local PBA events at the Naenae indoor complex. Martin came close in June to coordinating and winning being pipped in the final of the Scottish Singles to Bay of Plenty’s David Jones but had a commanding weekend at the end of July winning the World Indoor Pairs with Victoria clubmate Tim Toomey and World Indoor Singles qualifiers. Martin and Toomey accounted for Wairarapa pair Ian Monaghan and Scott Mackenzie in a very close final 6-5, 5-6, 2-0 with Toomey improving from his runner-up in this event last year. Martin then went on to keep alive hopes of returning to the World Indoor Singles in the UK beating Manawatu’s Mark Noble 10-1, 12-8 on Sunday. Martin and Toomey will now play in the NZ PBA Finals Weekend in Hamilton September 13-15th.

Mark Burgess and Nicole Toomey also reached the quarterfinals of the World Indoor Singles qualifier.

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.