Bowls NZ Awards

Congratulations to club members who were part of teams who won awards at the inaugural Summerset Bowls NZ Awards night held at Eden Park in Auckland on Friday night.

2017-2018 Para Sport Award
2018 Commonwealth Games Para Triples Silver Medallists (Mark Noble)

2017-2018 Team of the Year
Wellington Men’s Intercentre (Richard Corry, Bradley Down, Ray Martin and manager Leigh Griffin)

Ray off to UK!

2017 NZ PBA Rookie of the Year Ray Martin (Wellington) continued his rise on the Professional Bowls Association scene by winning entry into the World Indoor Singles to be played at the Potter’s Leisure Resort in Norfolk, England in January. Playing with Classic II bowls to ensure a good draw on the indoor carpet, Martin was too steady overcoming local favourite Dean Drummond in the semifinal and Dunedin’s Duane White in the final 9-7, 9-1. Martin will line up for the richest prize in bowls with the victor in January earning GBP50,000.

Ray was beaten earlier in the Professional Bowls Association Finals weekend at the Hastings Club in the quarterfinals of the Scottish Singles national playoffs by local favourite Murray Glassey 15-5, 10-4 who went to win that trip.

Richard Corry and Laurie Guy lost their semifinal of the World Indoor Pairs playoffs also to the winners of that event Helen Carman and Mario Sopp from Dunedin 10-7, 3-9, 2-1.

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.

Well done Ray, Brad, Laurie, Rich & Nic!

Victoria players continued their domination of the Wellington branch of the NZ Professional Bowls Association over the last two qualifying weekends at the Naenae club. Last month Ray Martin added to his NZ playoffs berth for the Scottish Singles by winning the Wellington qualifier for the World Indoor Singles beating Laurie Guy in the final 9-8, 10-6. Ray survived through several close encounters throughout the day including over Roy Gibb in the semifinal. Laurie beat Richard Corry in his semifinal and has also had a good PBA season going down in another final that weekend to Bradley Down in the ranking singles event 9-0, 5-5. Roy had a good weekend falling to Laurie in the ranking singles semifinal. Laurie will get to play in the NZ finals weekend in Hastings next month in the World Indoor Pairs playoffs partnering Richard.

This month’s qualifying weekend saw Richard win the ranking singles event beating Nicole Toomey 9-7, 7-8, 2-0 in the final after Nicole had beaten Laurie in the semifinals. This meant Victoria had all the finalists in the first 5 PBA events in Wellington before the sequence was broken on the last day of the Wellington season. Jeremy Kydd was the last Victoria player standing in the International Singles qualifier going down in the semifinal.

The great consistency of the Victoria players are reflected in the national rankings with Laurie currently 6th, Bradley 7th=, Richard 9th and Ray 15th in the NZ PBA.