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The zone finals of the New Zealand Indoor Bowls Mixed Fours and Mixed Pairs tournaments were played around the country at the weekend.

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

Use this link for the Google spreadsheet for up-to-date 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

Island Teams announced

The North & South Island teams for the 2018 tour of the South Island have been named. Click here to download the PDF for the full teams.

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

May/June Newsletter

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

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.

May Exec minutes available

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

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

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.


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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