Well done Rich & Ray!

Victoria duo Ray Martin and Richard Corry’s run at the National Open Pairs Championship in Auckland ended in the semifinals going down to the Thames Valley pairing of Karl Garrett and Colin Gawith. Rich and Ray had earlier ended the title hopes of 1985 victor Maurice Symes and 2014 champion Tony Grantham in emphatic fashion, 19-8 in the quarterfinals.

On Sunday, Ray and Richard edged a thrilling solo-point encounter opposite the Australian-based former internationals Richard Girvan and Chris Le Lievre, with Martin’s determination paying dividends to collect a final end four-count and win an extra end to keep their title hopes alive.

In the women’s pairs quarterfinals Leigh Griffin and daughter Kirsten Edwards went down to Te Atatu Peninsula pairing of Marion Hakaraia and Robyn Reihana.

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.

Noble Doubles Up at NZ Disabled Championships

New Zealand Paralympic medallist Mark Noble completed the double at the National Disabled Championships, claiming the singles and pairs and rounding out an impressive week on the Naenae greens.

Hosted at the Naenae Bowling Club in Lower Hutt, Wellington, more than 30 competitors converged on the capital to contest the silverware in the singles, pairs and triples disciplines in a mixed format.

With the sun beaming down and the greens running slick, the competition was closely fought throughout and played in good spirit over four days.

Noble, a back-to-back Commonwealth Games silver medallist, showed why he is at the top of his game defeating former national representative Snow Reardon to take the title.

Continuing his form, Noble combined with P Huwyler to take out the pairs, defeating Southland/Waikato composite Helm and Bennett.