Well done Womens Premier Interclub team!

Congratulations to the Women’s Premier Interclub team who won the Wellington competition. Even with Leigh Griffin unavailable due to representative duties, the re-shuffled team still put in a dominant performance winning eight out of nine matches on finals day at Stokes Valley. Johnsonville chased hard and were still a chance going into the final round but were undone with an impressive Helen King beating Kaaren Guilford to pick up her third win of the day in the singles. Sarah Taukamo stepped up to skip the pair with Robyn Rintoul, and the fours won their three including beating Johsonville 26-4 composed of Mary-Ann Wilson, Kay Carr, Nina De Munnik and Nicole Toomey.

The Premier Men’s team finished fourth in a tight competition with only one win separating all four teams at Silverstream. Johnsonville won their first title in many years.

Well done Victoria I bowls3five interclub team!

Congratulations to the Victoria I team that won the inaugural Wellington Bowls3five interclub coming first in the Wellington City round-robin competition before beating Stokes Valley in the semifinal and Naenae in the final on successive Monday nights at the Johnsonville club. Victoria now receives a bye into the last 16 of the national competition and will play the winner of Takaro (Manawatu) and Paraparaumu Beach (Kapiti Coast) on a night and venue arranged and played before March 30th.

The successful team was Robyn Rintoul, Laurie Guy and Mark Noble; Richard Corry, Tim Toomey and Leigh Griffin; Alf De Munnik, Helen King and Lou Newman. Matches were also played by Nicole Toomey and Neil Reid. Notably the Noble and Griffin combinations only lost one of their seven matches.

Victoria also had a second team in the Wellington City competition who had a mathematical chance of making the semifinals up until the last round-robin match.

The concept was enjoyed by all with Victoria ensuring it provided hospitality and atmosphere in an event that is sure to grow.

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.