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Latest newS for 2018


NZ Junior Singles 2018

The list of contestants for the NZ Junior Singles is available here. The Google Spreadsheet will be made available once the tournament starts on 25th August.

The Island Tour has finished

The Inter-Island Tour page here has all the indepth results & reports from Publicity Officer Delwyn Hughes

Results at a glance:

NORTH ISLAND 37 Southland 11
NORTH ISLAND 27 South Otago 21
NORTH ISLAND 35 Otago 13
NORTH ISLAND 41 North/Central Otago Combined 7
NORTH ISLAND 34 South Canterbury 14
NORTH ISLAND 45 West Coast 3
NORTH ISLAND 35 Top of the South 10
NORTH ISLAND 25 vs Canterbury 23
NORTH ISLAND 34 vs Ashburton 14
NORTH ISLAND 24 vs South Island 24 (North wins on ends countback 250.5 to 235.5)

2018 Paterson Trophy Results

The six Paterson Trophy Indoor Bowls winners were found this weekend 20/21 July to go forward to the 67th Welch Trophy inter-district final at the Expressions, Upper Hutt on Friday 31st August to Sunday 2nd September.

The successful districts were Counties, Waikato, Manawatu, Upper Hutt Valley, Ashburton and Southland.

Auckland the current Welch Trophy holders failed to qualify to defend the Trophy. Only Upper Hutt Valley and Southland retained their Paterson Trophies.

View the full wrap-up & results on the Paterson Trophy Page here

2019 National Calendar available

The National Calendar of events for 2019 is now available for download in PDF format. Go to the Diary page to download the PDF.

Nomination form for 2019 Mat Blacks

If you wish to nominate for the 2019 Mat Blacks, use the form available here, and send back to Ngaire Drake by the 2nd October

2019 ECBA Festival of Carpet Bowls

If you want more information about next years festival, the information flyers are available here for download

Info Flyer #1 Info Flyer #2


2018 Volunteer for the year

A form is available for nominations for the NZIB Volunteer of the year. You can find more about this and download the nomination form here.

2018 NZIB Volunteer of the year

Norfolk Island Convicts Challenge 2019 presented by Go See Touring

Details have been given to us for 2019's Norfolk Island's Convicts Challenge. Held between 28 March & 5th April, this is a great way to have a holiday, and play some bowls in an exotic location. Download the information flyers here, and the Booking Form. Departures ex AKL, CHC are priced, and ex DUN are available to be quoted.

Info Flyer Ex AKL Info Flyer Ex Chc Booking Form


July Exec minutes available

The minutes from the last Executive meeting are now available, you can download them here

July Newsletter

The latest newsletter from the Executive is now available, you can download it here

2018 Mixed Pairs & Fours Zone Results

The zone finals of the New Zealand Indoor Bowls Mixed Fours and Mixed Pairs tournaments have been played around the country.

Last year's mixed fours champions Paul Smith (skip), Mike Phipps, Fiona Keegan and Lorraine Phipps have not qualified to defend their title with Thames Valley emerging the winners in the NI Eastern Zone at Whakatane. The Mixed Pairs champions Graham and Jan Low, Southland did not qualify to compete at the zone this year

Mixed Pairs Zone Winners Mixed Fours Zone Winners


2018 National Championship results

Click here to see all the Qualifiers and Post-Section results for all events

Results at a glance:

Open Singles Winner: Gary Low - Grasmere, Southland
Masters Singles Winner: Mark Sheard - MSA, Ashburton

Kath & S.E.N. Smith Trophy (Senior going the furthest in the Open): Alister Wilson, Hillsborough North Taranaki
Truth Cup for Woman going the furtherest: Teri Anderson - Waikato
Cliff Thompson Trophy for Junior going the furtherest: Jakeb White - Counties

Open Pairs Winners: Shelley Jacombs, Mark Jacombs - Vogelmorn, Hutt Valley
Masters Pairs Winners: Lyn Brittain, Graham Brittain - North End, Northland

Bob Malcom Memorial Tray: Shelley & Mark Jacombs - Vogelmorn, Hutt Valley

North v South Academy Event: North Island 21, South Island 27
Northern v Southern Zone Masters Event: Northern Zone 21, Southern Zone 27

Full results of Academy / Masters competition

Open Triples Winners: Simon Thomas, Michael Lawson, Daniel French - Rakaia Club, Ashburton
Masters Triples Winners: Mark Sheard, Joyce Cleghorn and Helen Rennie from the Ashburton MSA Club

Open Fours Winners: Grant L'Ami, Paul Smith, Mike Phipps, Lorraine Phipps - South City, Tauranga
Masters Fours Winners: Ton Kaan, Bryan Sobey, Bev Sobey, Georgina Black - Greenhithe, North Harbour

North Island Championship results

Pairs: Shaun Blackbourn, Joy Archer (St Andrews, Waikato) def. Mark Hastie, Matthew Farquhar (Lake Taupo, Bay of Plenty) 11-7
Fours: Daniel French, Michael Lawson, Grant Wilson, Keri Te Tamaki (Green Island, Otago) def. Sharon Peters, Doug Campbell, Gaylene West, Blanche Allport (Albany, North Harbour) 11-10
Triples: Grant L'Ami, Mike Phipps, Lorraine Phipps (South City, Tauranga) def. Roger Andrew, Jason Parker, David Lynn (St Pats, Counties) 9-8

Mat Blacks successful in the ECBA World Cup & Festival of Bowls

New Zealand Indoor Bowls Mat Blacks and supporters have made a successful incursion into the world of the English Carpet Bowls Association’s World Cup and annual Festival of Bowls at the Norfolk Resort in the UK.

The Mat Blacks won the inaugural World Cup in the tri-nations international matches against England and Norway.

But that was not the end of the celebrations as the New Zealand Captain Grant l’Ami won the Festival of Bowls Singles Cup in an all New Zealand final against Paul Wright in a close match. This added to his already impressive record both domestically and internationally.

The two day event at Potters Resort at Hopton-on-Sea in Norfolk saw each country represented by two rinks of four players

New Zealand was represented by Grant l’Ami (North Taranaki), Avon Compton (North Wellington), Gary Low (Southland), Teri Anderson (Waikato), Ashley Diamond (Upper Hutt Valley), Paul Wright (Auckland), Sheree Holmes (Upper Hutt Valley) and Suzanne Mackie (Southland).

New Zealand won the ECBA World Cup with 14 points followed by England 10 pts and Norway 0.

All of the New Zealand players and their supporters also competed in the annual Festival of Bowls with l’Ami firstly winning the singles and then combining with Suzanne Mackie to finish third in the pairs losing to a Suffolk combination in the semifinals 4-10.

And then to add to New Zealand’s successful experiment Ashley Diamond (Upper Hutt Valley), Paul Wright (Auckland), Sheree Holmes (Upper Hutt Valley) and Suzanne Mackie (Southland) finished runner-up in the fours to a strong Suffolk combination and l’Ami’s team of Compton , Gary Low and Teri Anderson finished third in the Fours as well.

This was an extremely successful venture by NZ Indoor Bowls to extend the International Calendar  beyond the biennial matches against Australia and to give New Zealand’s outstanding athletes further goals to aim for.

Secondary Schools Championships forms available

Forms are available for both the North Island Secondary Schools Champs in July at Mt Maunganui, and the National Secondary Schools Champs in August in Wellington. The forms are in PDF format and available here:

North Island Secondary Schools Champs Singles & Pairs Info & Entry Form
National Secondary Schools Champs Singles & Pairs Info & Entry Form

Entries are to be sent to Ngaire Drake, using the above forms

NZIB Umpires Exams - Model Questions & Answers

The Federation have released a paper that can be studied by people who are wanting to sit the exam to become an umpire, be it at Local or National level. It contains model questions and answers that may or may not be asked in the exams. Someone preparing for the exams would be well advised to take note and study what is inside this paper, as it will give them a much higher level of knowledge, thus a higher chance of passing.

Umpires Exam Papers Model Questions and Answers


Nationals coverage. Watch this and lots more, supplied for you by Alex Reed, Press Reporter, Tauranga Indoor Bowls Association. Go there.

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