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2018 National Calendar available

The National Calendar of events for 2018 is now available for download in PDF format. Go to the Diary page to view the list of events, and download the PDF.

NZIB Annual General Meeting & December Meeting minutes

The minutes from the NZIB AGM are now available, as well as the minutes from the December Executive meeting. Click here to visit the page to download the PDFs.

Norfolk Island Convict's Challenge - Indoor Bowls Social Tournament

Go See Touring invite you to the inaugural Go See Touring Norfolk Island Convict's Challenge
to be held in April 2018. Come along and experience the beauty of this Pacific Island
paradise, and have the opportunity to compete in this fabulous competition but mostly to
have fun. Depending on the number of players, games will be played in pairs, triples or fours.


Click here to view the PDF Information Flyer, and also the entry form is available here.

Latest Executive Minutes

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

National Mixed Pairs & Mixed Fours

Gold Stars to Mike & Lorraine Phipps

Tauranga's Paul Smith, Mike Phipps, Fiona Keegan and Lorraine Phipps won the 53rd National Final of the New Zealand Indoor Bowls Mixed Fours at the Expressions Events Centre, Upper Hutt.

This combination also won in 2014 and this win earned Mike and Lorraine Phipps their fifth titles and a Mixed Fours Gold Star. Only two other players have achieved this and they were Bruce and Sue Meyer from Manawatu in 1997. Their other wins were with John Zittersteijn and Liz Morrow in 2006 and 2007 and with Grant l'Ami and Michelle Watt in 2010.

They won five of their seven games to win with 10 pts. 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.

Otago skipped by Daniel French with David Webb, Lyn Rance, Jenny Cowan were second with 9 pts while last year's champions, Ashley Diamond (s), Brandon Fuge, Lisa White, Sheree Holmes from Upper Hutt were fourth with 8 pts.

Meanwhile the husband and wife combination of Graham and Jan Low from Southland won the second Mixed Pairs title on a count back of ends from the Wairarapa couple of Donald and Janice Leighton. This event was held in conjunction with the Mixed Fours.

The Southland pair finished with 10 points, followed by Wairarapa 10, North Wellington (Kyle Waldron, Deborah Crook) 8 pts; Poverty Bay (David Lynn, Lois Lamont) 8 pts; Ashburton (Grant Wilson, Chris Talbot) 7 pts; North Taranaki (Grant l'Ami, Michelle Watt) 7 pts; Golden Bay-Motueka (Ron and Rae Inglis) 3 pts and Auckland (Colin Williams and Jenny Stockford) 3 pts.

Full results for Mixed Fours available here
Full results for Mixed Pairs available here

Henselite Champion of Champion Singles

Mat Black Ashley Diamond from Upper Hutt Valley won the national final of the New Zealand Indoor Bowls Henselite Champion of Champions Singles for the second time at the Warnes Indoor Bowls Stadium, Stoke, Nelson on Saturday.

This capped of an amazing year in which he won two Australasian Medals with the successful Mat Blacks against Australia and also a Gold Medal for four national championship titles.

He also won this event in 2015 and has won two national Singles titles in 2014 and 2016. He has a fantastic singles record having won the Auckland Invitation Masters Singles four times in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016. He earned his National Championship Gold Star this year for five titles, Singles 2014, 2016, Pairs 2011 and Fours 2007 and 2017. He also has a South Island Championship Gold Star from 2013. He came through the junior ranks and was runner-up in the Junior Singles in 2003.

In the final he defeated Alex Reed, Auckland 11-8 who is a current North Island representative and was runner-up in the Junior Singles in 2009 and third equal in the Junior Singles in 2011 and third equal in the national Triples in 2013. Reed was in the successful Auckland team that won the Inter-District final for the Welch Trophy recently.

In the semifinals Reed defeated Tauranga's Paul Smith 11-7 while Diamond defeated Bruce Meyer, Manawatu 11-10.

The plate event was won by Sharon Peters, North Harbour who defeated Brendon Kenny, Wanganui in the final.

Welch Trophy

Auckland Indoor Bowls representatives have won the 66th Welch Trophy, the symbol of supremacy in New Zealand Indoor Bowls at the Waikato Indoor Bowls Centre Hall, Duncan Road, Hamilton at the weekend.

Final Standings were  Auckland 107.5; North Taranaki 102; Tauranga 91.5; Upper Hutt Valley 85.5; Southland 80; Canterbury 73.5.

Auckland hasn’t won this prestigious trophy for a decade so the victory was very sweet and greeted with great jubilation. Auckland has won the Welch Trophy seven times since its inception in 1951 in 1963, 1964, 1975, 1982, 1984, 1992 and 2007. Three of the players who won in 2007 Paul Wright and Rodney Mills as well as Patrick Morrison who was the reserve that year were in the team.

The winning team was Steve Fisher, Paul Wright, Rodney Mills, Neil Gash, Simon Poppleton, Alex Reed, Patrick Morrison and Colin Williams. The reserve was Sam Bryant and the Manager Carol Wright.

North Taranaki has dominated the competition recently winning in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016 and were the defending champions but had to settle for second place this time.

The tournament was played over five sessions of fours, singles and pairs with four points awarded for a win in the fours, three points for a win in the pairs and two points for a win in the singles.

Auckland had the upper hand in the fours winning seven of their ten games overall to earn 28 points while North Taranaki could only manage 50% to earn 20 points. Southland scored well in the fours earning 26 points, Tauranga 18, Upper Hutt Valley 16 and Canterbury 12.

In the final round of singles North Taranaki closed the gap on Auckland by winning six games to Auckland’s four. Overall North Taranaki was superior in the singles earning 31.5 points overall followed by Auckland and Tauranga with 27 points, Upper Hutt 25, Canterbury 19.5 and Southland 13.5.

In the pairs both Auckland and North Taranaki scored one win and a draw for Auckland to clinch the victory.

The top player of the tournament was North Taranaki’s Paul Midgley and he won the Edgar Family Trophy which was awarded for the first time.

Secondary Schools Singles

Aidan Zittersteijn (17) from the Spotswood College, New Plymouth 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 for the second year in a row.

In the final he defeated yesterday's New Zealand Singles champion Matthew Farquhar (16) from Tauhara College, Taupo 11-7 who won the silver medal.

In the semifinals Farquhar defeated Mesha White from Waitakere College 11-5 and Zittersteijn defeated Kaleb Johnston, Waimea College 7-5.

In the play off to decide the bronze medal winner Kaleb Johnston defeated Mesha White 14-6.

Katie-Rae Botica, Villa Maria College won the plate for non-qualifiers in the main event for the second year in a row. She defeated James Powell, Aotea College 9-6 in the final.

68 players from secondary schools throughout the country entered the singles competition.

Main event winner: Aidan Zittersteijn; Runner-Up: Matthew Farquhar
3rd Place playoff: Kaleb Johnston
Plate winner:
Katie-Rae Botica

Full results can be found here

Secondary Schools Pairs

Seamus Curtin and Finbar McGuigan from Aotea College 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.

Last year they won the Silver Medals.

In the final they defeated Sam Anderson and Racharn Eagle from Horowhenua College 11-3 who received the Silver Medals.

In the semifinals Anderson defeated Todd Soothill and Nicole Bennett from Hawera High School 8-6 while Curtin defeated Megan Jackson and Rebecca Schrader, St Mary's Diocesan School 11-10,

In the play off to decide the bronze medal winner Soothill and Bennett defeated Jackson and Schrader 15-4.

James Powell and Karan Sharma, Aotea College defeated Liam McLean and Tyler Gullery, Hawera High School 8-6 to win the plate for non-qualifiers in the main event.

37 pairs from secondary schools throughout the country entered the championship.

Full results can be found here

NZ Under 18's

Matthew Farquhar wins NZ Junior Singles Championship

Bay of Plenty's Matthew Farquhar aged 16 from the Lake Taupo Club won the national final of the 40th New Zealand Indoor Bowls Junior Singles held on Saturday, at North Wellington Indoor Bowls Association Hall, Onepoto Domain, Titahi Bay, Wellington.

He is the fourth Bay of Plenty junior to win this prestigious title and follows in the footsteps of Shane Taare who won in 1984, Joseph Taare 1985 and Keri Te Tamaki in 2007.

This capped of an amazing year for Farquhar who had won the North Island Secondary Schools Singles and Pairs recently at Mount Maunganui and he was a reserve for the North Island Academy team. He has also had an excellent year for his district.

In the final over 12 ends he defeated Jakeb White aged 17 from Counties 10-8. He led throughout the final and although White came back strongly he held on to win the title.

In the semifinals Farquhar defeated Jordan Keene, Hutt Valley 12-1 while White defeated Nicole Bennett, Taranaki 11-10.

In section play Farquhar drew Matthew Lansdaal, Thames Valley 7-7, then beat Hannah Marshall, Golden Bay-Motueka 16-1, and Kaleb Johnston, Nelson 10-7 to qualify. He lost his fourth game to Nicole Bennett, Taranaki who lost to White in the semifinal 9-12.

The Morrison Plate for non-qualifiers was won by Matthew Lansdaal, Thames Valley (16) who defeated 13 year old Mathew Foster, Poverty Bay in the final 10-4.

24 districts entered the championship and 9 players qualified for post section play.

Full results can be found here

Junior Inter-Zone - McLachlan Junior Challenge Trophy

The Northern Zone won the annual match against the Southern Zone for the McLachlan Junior Challenge Trophy 10-2.

The Southern Zone included the greater Wellington districts, Manawatu and Horowhenua so that there were 12 districts in each zone.
Each zone is represented by nine players selected a pair, a triple and a fours team.

Northern Zone 10, Southern Zone 2
Round 1: Northern Zone 6, Southern Zone 0.
Round 2: Northern Zone 4, Southern Zone 2.

Full results can be found here

South Island Tour Results

South Island 30, North Wellington / Horowhenua 18
South Island 26, Hutt Valley 22
South Island 23, Upper Hutt Valley 25
South Island 29,
Wairarapa / Bush Ruahine 19
South Island 35, Wanganui 13
South Island 31, Manawatu 17
South Island 25, Hawke's Bay 23
South Island 31, Poverty Bay-East Coast 17
South Island 29, Bay of Plenty 19

Test Match: North v South

Round One North 4 Men's Pairs, Men's Fours, Ladies Singles, Ladies Fours
  South 4 Men's Singles, Men's Triples, Ladies Pairs, Ladies Triples


Round Two North 14 Ladies Singles (medal), Ladies Pairs (medal), Ladies Triples, Ladies Fours (medal), Mens Pairs (medal), Mens Triples, Mens Fours
  South 2 Mens Singles (medal)


Round Three North 10 Ladies Singles, Ladies Pairs (medal), Mens Singles, Mens Pairs
  South 6 Ladies Triples (medal), Mens Fours
  Drawn Ladies Fours, Men's Triples (South won medal on countback of ends)


Full Result: NORTH ISLAND 32, South Island 16

For the full breakdown of the tour results, go to the Inter-Island Tour page

Paterson Trophy Review

Auckland, Tauranga, North Taranaki, Upper Hutt Valley, Canterbury and Southland have won the six Paterson Trophy tournaments held around the country at the weekend.

North Taranaki and Upper Hutt Valley were the only districts to retain their Trophies.  They all go forward to compete in the Welch Trophy final in Hamilton on 1st to 3rd September in Hamilton. North Taranaki is defending the Welch Trophy.

Go to the Paterson Trophy page for the full round-by-round results

July Newsletter

The newsletter for July is now available for reading online here

Mixed Pairs & Fours Results

All the zones played their Mixed Pairs & Fours events this weekend. Here is a list of all the winners.

The National Finals will be held in Upper Hutt, on 16-17 September.

Zone Mixed Pairs Mixed Fours
North Is - Northern Auckland:
Colin Williams (s)
Jenny Stockford
Chris Watson (s)
Trudy Watson
Eddie McCarthy
Judy Bethel
North Is - Eastern Poverty Bay:
David Lynn (s)
Lois Lamont
Paul Smith (s)
Mike Phipps
Fiona Keegan
Lorraine Phipps
North Is - Western North Taranaki:
Grant l’Ami (s)
Michelle Watt
Trevor Bourne (s)
Sue Bourne
Arthur Podjursky
Bari Oliver
North Is - South Eastern Wairarapa:
Donald Leighton (s)
Janice Leighton
Bush Ruahine:
Jude Martin (s)
Grant Mainwaring
David Hawkins
Judy Duncan
North Is - Southern North Wellington:
Kyle Waldron (s)
Deborah Crook
Upper Hutt Valley:
Ashley Diamond (s)
Brandon Fuge
Lisa White
Sheree Holmes
South Is - North Western Marlborough:
Ken Wells (s)
Diana North
Lloyd Bellis (s)
Pete Hodson
Kay Forsyth
Rhonda Bellis
South Is - Eastern Ashburton:
Grant Wilson (s)
Chris Talbot
South Canterbury:
Derek Cooper (s)
David Mealings
Carolyn Cooper
Mary Mealings
South Is - Southern Southland:
Graham Low (s)
Jan Low
Daniel French (s)
David Webb
Lyn Rance
Jenny Cowan


2017 National Championship Results


Open: Winner: Wayne Baker (Tauranga)
  R/Up: Steve Fisher (Auckland)
  3rd=: Daniel French (Otago)
    Cameron Mackay (Bush Ruahine)
Masters: Winner: Brian Hotton (Southland)
  R/Up: Lorraine Miedema (Thames Valley)
  3rd=: Gordon Hamilton (Tauranga)
    Bill Martin (Thames Valley)

Kath & S.E.N. Smith Trophy (Senior going the furtherest in the Open): Lloyd Bellis (Nelson)
Truth Cup for Woman going the furtherest: Denise Clarkson (Hutt Valley)
Cliff Thompson Trophy for Junior going the furtherest: Jakeb White (Counties)

Go here to see the full list of qualifiers and post section results for the Singles.


Open: Winner: Paul Wright, Richard Caddy (Waikato)
  R/Up: Paul Smith, Geoff Coughey (Tauranga)
  3rd=: Hayden Warnes, Jonathan Fenemor (Golden Bay / Motueka)
    Ashley Diamond, Sheree Holmes (Upper Hutt Valley)
Masters: Winners: Barry Clement, Moyra Hood (Tauranga)
  R/Up: Donald Leighton, Janice Leighton (Wairarapa)
  3rd=: Grant Hammond, June Wiley (Tauranga)
    Martin Nordqvist, Jenny Nordqvist (Ashburton)

Bob Malcolm Memorial Tray: John & Jacquie Williams (Otago)

Go here to see the full list of qualifiers and post section results for the Pairs.


Open: Winners: Nigel Warnes, Richard Verdonk, Giovanni Persico (Golden Bay/Motueka)
  R/Up: Grant Rayner, Paul Psaila, Teri Anderson (Auckland)
  3rd=: Grant l'Ami, Mike Phipps, Lorraine Phipps (Tauranga)
    David Archer, Joy Archer, Candace Andrew (Waikato)
Masters: Winner: Ron Inglis, Rae Inglis, Etty Wells (Golden Bay/Motueka)
  R/Up: Dave Anngow, Marilyn Irvine, Rhonda Switalla (Canterbury)
  3rd=: Ton Kaan, Bryan Sobey, Bev Sobey (North Harbour)
    Henry Pratt, Bernard Bennett, Carolyn Pratt (Tauranga)

Go here to see the full list of qualifiers and post section results for the Triples.


Open: Winner: Ashley Diamond, Paul Wright, Richard Caddy, Sheree Holmes (Waikato)
  R/Up: Daniel French, Michael Lawson, Matt Markham, Chris McAdam (Ashburton)
  3rd=: Trevor Bourne, Sue Bourne, Michelle Watt, Kim Mahupuku (Taranaki)
    David Archer, Maureen Pruden, Joy Archer, Candace Andrew (Waikato)
Masters: Winner: Allan Gibson, Evelyn Duffield, Carol Dawson, Rana Bleeker (South Canterbury)
  R/Up: Kia Ward, Judy Johnston, Marcel Ruedi, Graeme Ward (Northland)
  3rd=: Alan Reid, Neisha Hogg, Maree Bowen, Elaine Williams (South Canterbury)
    Barry Chisholm, Colin Nicholson, Sid Keane, Bev Chisholm (Tauranga)

Go here to see the full list of qualifiers and post section results for the Fours.

Island Teams announced

The North & South Island teams for 2017 have been named. Go to the press page here to see the full teams.

June Executive Minutes

The minutes from the latest Exec Meeting in June (and all previous meetings of course) are available here

South Island Championship results

These are just the results of the placegetters. Full results can be found here.


Winner: Ashley Diamond & Hayden Warnes
R/Up: Sheree Holmes & Nigel Warnes
3rd=: Gary & Graham Low
  David Philpott & Bev Diamond



Winner: Gary, Graham & Jan Low & Warwick Grey
R/Up: Grant Wilson, Mat Basset, Chris Moffitt, Alanna Preddy
3rd=: Grant Fortune, Brian Turner, Peter & Elaine Carnie
  Neville, Kylie & Ruth Gould & Debs Ruffell



Winner: Greg Edwards, Dave Watson & Coleen King (GB)
R/Up: Chris Mathews, Rob Osbourne & Neill Inglis (CY)
3rd=: Grant Fortune, Brian Turner & Warwick Gray
  Ashley Diamond, Hayden Warnes & Sheree Holmes (however Sheree left before the semi-final, and a local substitute was brought in - Brendan Higgins)


Players of the Tournament: Gary Low, Graham Low & Warwick Gray

Health & Safety guidelines available

The NZIB Event Health and Safety Plan Template had been distributed to districts and can be adapted for all your events. Those districts who own their hall must also have a plan for your building. Others who play elsewhere should have a copy of the venue plan.

A template for this important document is available here.

Trans-Tasman Test

The NZ Mat Blacks have won the Trans-Tasman International Indoor Bowls Test Match 41-25 to retain the Henselite Trophy in Sydney.

Go to the International page for the full wrap up, final scores & results.

Exec minutes from AGM & Annual Report

The minutes from the AGM & December meetings have been released, as well as the 2016 Annual Report. You can find all these documents here.

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

Latest Code of Conduct available
The latest Code of Conduct has been released by the NZIB committee. It is intended to be abided by all participants in NZIB-run events. These events include NZ Championships, Island Championships, NZ Mixed Fours, Henselite Champion Singles, Junior Singles. As teams competing for the Welch Trophy have a District manager, it is strongly recommended that Districts adopt this policy to at least cover this event. This policy is also intended to apply to members of New Zealand and Island representative teams.

Anybody affected by this is strongly urged to read the CoC, and make sure they abide by it.

NZIB News - 2015 Law changes documents available online
The new law change documents have been released by the NZIB, which are available as an online PDF download.

The first document is the full Laws of the Game, and the second document is a 2 page document outlining the main changes.

Download the full Laws of the Game here
Download the 2-page change outline document here

New deal announced - Apex Car Rentals
The NZIB Committee has secured an ongoing deal with Apex Car Rentals, which will apply for all rentals from 1 April 2015. There are also special deals available for 4 specific cars, during the period of the 2015 Nationals. Click the image in the 'Special Discounts' area on the left hand side for a window to open with the exact details

NZIB Structure Discussion Document
The NZIB Committee has released a document that is intended to be viewed & discussed by all bowlers at all levels. You can bring this up at your local association level, or send your concerns directly to the NZIB committee. If you are a member of Facebook, there will also be a discussion held on the NZ Indoor Bowls page, where the document will also be available.

Download the Discussion Document here


2015 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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