Well done Rich & Laurie, Tim & Mark, Ray, James!

In last weekend’s first NZ Professional Bowls Association qualifiers held at the new Naenae complex, Wellington coordinator Richard Corry won the World Indoor Pairs qualifier with skip Laurie Guy to progress to the national play-offs in Hastings in September. Despite appearing in two Trans Tasman teams Laurie has never played at a NZ Finals Weekend having lost 2 qualifier finals and won 6 non-qualifier Ranking events. They beat Victoria clubmates Tim Toomey and Mark Noble in the final 8-3, 3-7, 2-0. Rich and Laurie also beat Ray Martin and Bradley Down in the semifinals.

The Scottish Singles qualifier final was also an all Victoria affair with 2017 Rookie of the Year Ray Martin defeating promising junior James Fairhall in the final 6-9, 8-2, 2-1. Ray had a lucky escape in his first game of the day when Nick Buttar returning for his first PBA action since 2010 failed to draw to a short rebounded jack but made the most of it. Ray will also play at Finals Weekend in Hastings in September. James accounted for Laurie Guy in the semifinals.

The Victoria club has continued its great support of PBA with 14 members in action over the weekend.

Well done Rich!

Congratulations to Richard Corry winning his 3rd North Wellington indoor bowls centre title last month teaming up with Marcus Trlin (Vogelmorn), Sam and Neil Anderson (Horowhenua) to win the North Wellington Open Fours beating an Upper Hutt team skipped by Wayne Tough 10-6 in the final at Onepoto.

Well done Toomeys and Downs!

Congratulations to sibling combinations Amber Down and Nicole Toomey, and Tim Toomey and Bradley Down for winning their respective Wellington Champ of Champ Pairs competitions yesterday on the indoor green at Naenae. Tim and Bradley were in a tight final against Jimmy Madden and Scott Roddick (Eastbourne) at 7-8 down after 10 of the 18 ends but then surged away with a 5, 4 and 6 on the next three ends to eventually win 24-9.

Amber and Nicole had to fight hard against Wellington Easter Pairs champions Kaaren Guilford and Dale Rayner (Johnsonville) with Nicole in particular putting in a brilliant performance. Amber came on strong in the decisive ends including a crucial 4 on the 14th end that swung the game towards the Victoria pair.

The probably unprecedented brothers and sisters act putting icing on the cake for a season which has probably given Victoria the Wellington Mens Club of the Year award, and has pushed the women up to third behind Johnsonville and Naenae.

Well done James, Tim & Brad!

Congratulations to James Fairhall, Tim Toomey and Bradley Down for coming runner-up in the Wellington Champ of Champ Triples at the Hutt club on Sunday. They came back from 4-11 down against the Ray Lovie skipped Wainuiomata side but were unable to complete the resurgence going down 10-12. This was the second year in a row Tim and Brad have lost the final in this event.

Their runner-up placing strengthened Victoria’s lead in our unofficial Wellington Mens Club of the Year standings over Stokes Valley with NZ Club finals and Champ of Champ Pairs the only events to come.