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New Zealand Team - Lisa Gould bolter for Mat Blacks

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Lisa Gould, Upper Hutt Valley who was not wanted for the North Island team this year has been selected for the 2019 Mat Blacks to play against Australia next year.

Gould will lead in the women's fours and mixed (6-bowl) pairs.

She is one of three new caps that have been named in the "Mat Blacks" the New Zealand Indoor Bowls representative team to play Australia in the Henselite Trophy biennial indoor bowls Trans Tasman Test Match to be held at the Southland Indoor Bowls Stadium, Onslow Road, Invercargill from Thursday 16th May to Saturday 18th May, 2019.

The other new caps are Michael Lawson, Ashburton and Joy Archer, Waikato. Lawson is finally rewarded after representing the South Island for the last 20 years while Archer has made a meteoric rise after making her first appearance for the North Island this year. Lawson will lead in the Men's Fours and Triples while Archer is the lead in the Mixed Fours and Women's Pairs.

Paul Wright, Auckland and Dale Rayner, North Wellington have been recalled but Dale's brother Grant Rayner has been moved to the reserves. Shelley Jacombs, Hutt Valley is named as a reserve for the first time.

Two leading players, Ashley Diamond and Sheree Holmes, Upper Hutt Valley were not available for selection.

Those to retain their places from 2017 are Teri Anderson, Waikato, Denise Clarkson, Hutt Valley, Suzanne Mackie, Southland, Fiona Keegan, Tauranga, Daniel French, Otago, Grant l'Ami, North Taranaki, Paul Smith, Tauranga, Gary Low, Southland, Simon Thomas, Canterbury

L'Ami will captain the side and Keegan is the Vice Captain.

By sporting standards indoor bowls may not grab the attention of the major sports but the 23rd Trans-Tasman international test match between New Zealand and Australia will include all the intensity of a Bledisloe Cup encounter.

For every player selected to represent their country this is the highest honour that can be achieved in the sport and for rivalry and intensity of competition it compares to any sporting encounter between the two countries.

New Zealand will be defending the Henselite Trophy which it retained in Sydney two years ago. New Zealand has won the Henselite Trophy seventeen times including the last three tests in a row while Australia has been successful on just five occasions in 1976, 1979 and 1991 and 2009. 2007 (New Zealand) and 2011 (Australia) were drawn with the previous winner retaining the Henselite Trophy.

The International test match is held biennially in alternate countries.

Changes at the top - 2019 AGM

Congratulations to Sharon Hook and Neil Anderson new Executive Members.

Executive Page to get the full PDF

Nigel Warnes from Golden Bay-Motueka was re-elected President for the second year at the Annual General meeting held in Wellington today.
Nigel was first elected to the Executive in 2013.

There are two new executive members Sharon Hook from Tauranga and Neil Anderson from Horowhenua who replace Trevor Rayner, North Wellington and David Lynn, Poverty Bay.

Michael Lawson, Ashburton was elected Deputy President and the other Executive Members are David Edgar, South Otago, Graham Low, Southland and Barry Chapman, Waikato

Bay of Plenty's Delwyn Hughes was re-elected Patron.

Trevor Rayner, North Wellington was elected as a Life Member in recognition of his service to Indoor Bowls over many years.

The Volunteer of the Year Award was won by Colleen Fenton, South Otago with a Special Award going to Alistair Graham from Canterbury.

Player forum from Nationals discussion summary

The summary of the discussion that was held at the Nationals, regarding the future of our game, ideas and suggestions from the players is available now. Click here to download

October Exec minutes available

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


Canterbury has scooped the pool winning both the 54th national final of the New Zealand Indoor Bowls Mixed Fours and the third final of the New Zealand Mixed Pairs at the Western Hall, Portage Road, New Lynn, Auckland on Saturday.

The Canterbury four of Chris Matthews, Rob Osborne, Deanne Osborne and Donna Matthews won five and drew one of their seven games to win with eleven points. Counties represented by Jason Parker, Brian Macdonald, Cindy White and Karen Watson were second with three wins and three draws with nine points. The event was played on a round robin principle and each of the teams had won both their district and one of eight zone finals.

All of the Canterbury four won their first mixed fours title. Donna Matthews has only been playing bowls for three years while the rest are all former South Island representatives,

Meanwhile Canterbury's Simon Thomas and Kathleen Curtis won the Mixed Pairs title with five wins and one draw with 11 points from North Taranaki's Grant l'Ami and Michelle Watt who recorded five wins for 10 points.

Going into the last round of pairs both Thomas and l'Ami had ten points each with Thomas slightly ahead 39.5 to 38 on ends. In this round both teams were struggling but Thomas won the title when he removed his opponent's bowl to score six shots with his last bowl to draw the game against Colin Williams and Jenny Stockford, Auckland while l'Ami went down to Sheree Holmes and Ashley Diamond, Upper Hutt Valley 4-13.

Thomas won the Open Triples at this year's Summerset National Championships to go with the two he won at Taupo in 2004. This was Curtis's first national title.

Mixed Pairs full results
Mixed Fours full results

Marcus Trlin wins Henselite Champ of Champ Singles

Marcus Trlin from Hutt Valley has won the national final of the New Zealand Indoor Bowls Henselite Champion of Champions Singles at the Feilding Civic Centre on Saturday.

This was his first national title having been runner-up in the National Championship Fours in 2011 and third equal in the fours in 2016

In the final he defeated Jeff Stuart from North Wellington 13-2 in a one sided final.

In the semifinals Trlin defeated Grant Wilson, Ashburton 12-7 while Stuart defeated Brandon Williams, Otago 16-9.

The plate event was won by James Sullivan, Upper Hutt Valley.

The full post section results are available to view here


Manawatu Indoor Bowls representatives have won the 67th Welch Trophy, the symbol of supremacy in New Zealand Indoor Bowls at Expressions - Civic Centre Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt at the weekend. 

After a 14 year drought Manawatu fought off very strong challenges from Counties, Waikato and a fast finishing Ashburton.

Final Standings were Manawatu 101, Counties 96.5, Ashburton 96, Waikato 95, Upper Hutt Valley 77.5, Southland 74.

The top player of the tournament was Jason Parker from Counties who won the Edgar Family Trophy which was awarded for the second time.

Click here to view full wrap up and the round by round scores

NZ Junior Singles & Secondary Schools 2018


Kaleb Johnston aged 17 from the Stoke Club, Nelson won the national final of the 41st New Zealand Indoor Bowls Junior Singles held on Saturday, at North Wellington Indoor Bowls Association Hall, Onepoto Domain, Titahi Bay, Wellington.

Kaleb made history when he followed in his father Mike's footsteps to win the title. Mike won the title 40 years ago in 1978.

Kaleb was third equal in the NZ Junior singles in 2015 and 2016 and has finally broken through to win. He also won the bronze medal in the NZ Secondary School Singles last year and has been a Southern Zone Junior representative the last three years.

In the final over 12 ends he defeated Anthony Ouellet, Tauranga in an outstanding display of draw bowls 13-3.

In the semifinals Johnston defeated Jakeb White, Counties 15-8 while Ouellet defeated Jordan Keene, Hutt Valley 12-5.

The defending champion Matthew Farquhar was eliminated by Ryan Vincent, North Taranaki in the first round of post section.

The Morrison Plate for non-qualifiers was won by Bradyn Popow, Manawatu who defeated Matthew Tosh, Southland 17-8 in the final.

23 districts entered the championship and 11 players qualified for post section play. Full results can be viewed here


Matthew Farquhar (17) from the Tauhara College, Taupo won the Gold Medal in the singles in the New Zealand Indoor Bowls Secondary Schools Championships held at the North Wellington Indoor Bowls Hall, Onepoto, Titahi Bay, North Wellington on Sunday.

Last year he won the Silver Medal in this event as well as the New Zealand Junior Singles national title. He has had a marvelous season winning his Bay of Plenty Gold Star and will also represent his district at the Henselite Singles.

In the final he defeated yesterday's New Zealand Singles champion Kaleb Johnston, Waimea College (17) 9-5 who won the silver medal. Johnston won the bronze medal last year.

The bronze medal winner this year was Blair Gowan, Feilding High School.

James Cameron Powell won the plate for non-qualifiers in the main event. He was runner-up for this trophy last year.

64 players from secondary schools throughout the country entered the singles competition and 36 pairs will compete in the pairs championship tomorrow. Full results can be viewed here


Jack Oaten and Beckham Wheeler-Greenall Kings High School, Dunedin won the Gold Medals in the pairs in the New Zealand Secondary Schools Indoor Bowls Championships held at the North Wellington Indoor Bowls Hall, Onepoto, Titahi Bay, North Wellington on Monday.

Both the winners are members of the Kings High School's Cricket first eleven.

In the final they defeated Dylan Greyvenstein and Vincent Beard, Whakatane High School who received the Silver Medals 10-7.

In the semifinals Jack Oaten and Beckham Wheeler-Greenall Kings High School beat Blair Gowan, AJ Bond Feilding High School 11-3 while Dylan Greyvenstein and Vincent Beard, Whakatane High School beat James Cameron Powell and Karan Sharma Aotea College 12-10. Full results can be viewed here

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.

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


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.

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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