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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.

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

News from 2016

Tauranga wins Henselite Singles

Tauranga's Geoff Coughey has capped off a very fine season by winning the Henselite Champion of Champions Singles at North Wellington on Saturday.

In the final he defeated Nigel Warnes, Golden Bay-Motueka 15-6.

Coughey also won the national triples this year when he combined with Keith Setter and Paul Smith. He was third equal in the Champion of Champions Singles in 2014.

In the semifinals he defeated Chris Matthews, Canterbury 12-11 while Warnes defeated Matthew Ellis, Counties 11-10.

Ellis has featured in the Henselite Singles over the years finishing runner-up in 2006, 2007, third equal in 2005, 2012 and again this year.

Joseph Zino, Hutt Valley won the plate beating Alister Wilson, North Taranaki 11-8.

Go here for a full wrap of all the results

North Taranaki retains Welch Trophy for 2016

North Taranaki have retained the Welch Trophy in Christchurch Sunday afternoon - but only just.

The defending champions must have had some anxious moments in the final round of pairs, as they won only one game, giving them three points.

In contrast chasing sides Counties and Waikato won two games for six points while closest rivals Ashburton picked up a win and a draw for 4.5 points.

North Taranaki finished up with 105.5 points, Ashburton were second on 103.5, and Counties were third on 101.5 points. In order the other teams were Upper Hutt Valley, 85.5, Waikato, 81.5 and Otago 62.5 .

Upper Hutt Valley recorded three wins and a draw in the final pairs for 10.5 points to overhaul Waikato.

The most successful singles players were Alister Wilson (North Taranaki) with 5 wins, and Kath Arvidson (Counties ) with 4.5.

Overall Alister Wilson had 11.5 wins as also did Des Hawkins (Ashburton).

Final Point Standings:
NT 105.5, AS 103.5, CS 101.5, UV 85.5, WK 81.5, OT 62.5

Go here for a list of the teams and players, and final results.

Winners found in Secondary School Pairs

Caleb Hope and Hannah Wilson from James Hargest College have won the gold medal in the Pairs at the New Zealand Secondary Schools Indoor Bowls Championships at Titahi Bay in North Wellington.

They beat Seamus Curtin and Finbar McGuigan from Aotea College 11-4 in the final. Curtin and McGuigan received the silver medal.

The bronze medal was won by Liam McLean and Tyler Gullery from Hawera High School who beat Aidan Zittersteijn and Ryan Vincent 11-3 in the play-off for third and fourth.

In the plate final Todd Soothill and Nicole Bennett from Hawera High School beat Stacey James and Jayreeve Mose from Western Heights High School 11-4 .

The Player of the Tournament award went to Aidan Zittersteijn who won the singles and finished fourth in the pairs.

Go here to see the full list of competitors & full results

Winners found in Secondary School Singles

Aidan Zittersteijn of Spotswood College in North Taranaki has won the final of the Singles at the New Zealand Secondary Schools Indoor Bowls Championships at Titahi Bay in North Wellington.

He beat Leighton Shanks from Lytton High School in Poverty Bay 11-4.

Sixteen-year-old Zittersteijn won the North Island Secondary Schools singles title earlier in the year.

He is a member of North Taranaki's Paterson Trophy squad, and will line up with them in the Welch trophy final next weekend.

Shanks won the North Island Secondary School singles in 2013 and 2014.

Anthony Ouellet from Tauranga Boys College beat David Ellis from Timaru Boys High 11-1 in the play-off for third and fourth

Katie-Rae Botica from Villa Maria College in Canterbury took out the Plate final, beating Foden Petersen of Inglewood High School in Taranaki 13-3.

Go here to see full list of competitors and results

Winner found in National Junior Singles

Otago's Jonty Horwell has taken out the New Zealand Indoor Bowls Junior Singles in North Wellington Saturday afternoon.

He beat last year's winner, Aidan Zittersteijn of North Taranaki, 10-9 in a close final.

Seventeen-year-old Horwell also won the junior singles in 2014. He's from the Kaikorai Club in Dunedin.

On his way to the final Horwell put out Daniel Curtis of Manawatu 12-6 in one semi- final and Zittersteijn eliminated Leighton Shanks of Poverty Bay 13-8 in the other.

The final of the Plate was an all-Auckland affair, with Mereani Solomona of Roskill and Districts beating Jakeb White of Counties 14-6.

Solomona beat Kaleb Johnston of Nelson 13-8, in one semi-final and White beat Jamie Pretty of Taranaki 14-6 in the other.

Go here for a full list of competitors and results

North Island tour of the South

All the regional teams facing the North Island on their tour have been named. You can view the PDF here.

All the results for the week will be posted here, so you can see it all on one page.

You can also follow the results live, as posted in the Google Docs Spreadsheet. You can view that here.

Abridged Results:

Friday 5th August - North Island BEAT Central / South Otago 19 - 5
Saturday 6th August - North Island BEAT Southland 14 - 10
Sunday 7th August - North Island BEAT Otago 13.5 - 10.5
Sunday 7th August - North Island BEAT North Otago / South Canterbury Combined 18 - 6
Monday 8th August - North Island BEAT Ashburton 15 - 9
Tuesday 9th August - North Island BEAT West Coast 20 - 4
Wednesday 10th August - North Island BEAT Marlborough / Top of the South 14.5 - 9.5
Thursday 11th August - North Island BEAT Canterbury 18 - 6
Friday - Rest Day
Saturday 13th August - North Island BEAT South Island 15.5 - 8.5

The North Island indoor bowls team have retained the Kevin Eddy Memorial Trophy with a convincing 31 to 17 win over the South Island in Christchurch on Saturday.

The North have now held the trophy, the symbol of inter-Island supremacy for thirteen years in a row.
Throughout their tour of the South Island the North's singles players Denise Clarkson (Hutt Valley) and Avon Compton (North Wellington) have led the way. With three more wins today against Belinda Peard (Southland) Clarkson has finished with 22 wins and two draws from her 27 games.

Compton also won his three games against the South's James Sullivan (Canterbury) today.
The North Island women's triple of Lois Randall (Hutt Valley), Linda McCurdy (Waikato) and Lisa Gould (Upper Hutt Valley) also won their three games.

For the South Island the women's four of Suzanne Mackie (Southland), Marie-Therese Hooper (Canterbury), Deanne Osborne (Canterbury) and Alanna Preddy (South Otago), posted three wins as did the men's four of Simon Thomas (Ashburton), Michael Lawson (Ashburton), Daniel French (Otago) and Grant Wilson (Ashburton).

NZ Mixed Pairs results

Upper Hutt Valley have won the New Zealand Mixed Pairs title at Lower Hutt adding to the Mixed Fours they won the previous day.

The winning team, Ashley Diamond and Sheree Holmes, was half of the fours team on Saturday.

The title was decided even before the final round was played, as Southland defaulted from the series and they would have been Upper Hutt's opponents in the final round.

Second place in the Pairs went to the North Taranaki team of Grant and Tania l'Ami , and third went to the Ashburton pair of Simon and Julie Thomas.

Upper Hutt Valley finished on 12 points from five wins and two draws, North Taranaki had five wins and one draw and Ashburton had four wins.

Final Standings: UV 12, NT 11, AS 8, CS 8, WR 6, TG 5, NN 4, SL 0.

Full results and teams available here

North Island Secondary Schools


A team from Tauranga Boys High School has taken out the pairs at the North Island Secondary Schools Indoor Bowls Championships at Mount Maunganui on Saturday.

Anthony Ouellet, who was a losing finalist last year, teamed with Andre Dorofaeff to beat Jaimee Pretty and Brittany Simpson from Opunake High School in Taranaki.

Andre also competed last year, but Pretty and Simpson were making their first appearance at the championships.

Aidan Zittersteijn and Dylan Dolton from Spotswood College in North Taranaki finished third.

Fifteen teams competed in the pairs, with six teams qualifying for post-section play.

A large crowd of parents and other supporters were treated to some excellent bowls.

Entries were up on last year.


Spotswood College student Aidan Zittersteijn took out the singles at the North Island Secondary Schools Indoor Bowls Championships at Mount Maunganui on Sunday.

Zittersteijn, regarded as one of the up and coming players in the North Taranaki District, and son of top indoor bowler John Zittersteijn beat Bay of Plenty's Matthew Farquhar of Tauhara College in the final.

In the semi-finals Zittersteijn put out Mesha White of Waitakere College and Farquhar beat Andre Dorofaeff of Tauranga Boys College.

Dorofaeff teamed with fellow Tauranga Boys College student Anthony Ouellet to win the pairs on Saturday.

Thirty four students from 15 North Island schools entered the singles and twelve qualified for post-section play.

A number of them will now line up in the New Zealand Secondary Schools Indoor Bowls Championships in North Wellington on the 28th and 29th of August.

The Shield for the school winning the most points over the singles and pairs was awarded to Tauranga Boys College with Spotswood College a close second.

The overall weekend has been described as an example of excellent bowls, sportsmanship and gracious losers.

There was a lot of support from parents, managers and the Tauranga Association Members,

NZ Mixed Fours results

Upper Hutt Valley have won the New Zealand Mixed fours for 2016.
Their team of Ashley Diamond (skip), Brandon Fuge, Lisa White and Sheree Holmes went through the seven rounds unbeaten.

They finished three points ahead of Manawatu in a cliff-hanger final round. Upper Hutt went into it one point ahead of Manawatu and in a dream final-round draw, came up against Manawatu and beat them 8-7.

This was Ashley Diamond's second mixed fours title having previously won in 2011.

The Manawatu team was Tim Veale (skip), Bruce Meyer, Sarah Warrington and Anne-Marie Warrington.

Tauranga finished third. They were represented by Paul Smith, Mike Phipps, Fiona Wilson and Lorraine Smith. Eight districts took part in the Mixed Fours final play-off.

It will be a busy weekend team for Diamond and Holmes who team up again on Sunday in the inaugural Mixed Pairs final. Also playing again in the pairs are Mike and Lorraine Phipps from Tauranga.

Final Standings: UV 14, MN 11, TG 8, GB 6, CO 6, CY 5, NL 3, TA 3.

Full results and teams available here

Paterson Trophy final results

Here are the final Zone results from all over the country

Zone 1 - Final


Zone 2 - Final


Zone 3


Zone 4

Upper Hutt Valley 124.5
Hutt Valley 112
North Wellington 109.5
Bush Ruahine 81
Wairarapa 69
Horowhenua 44

Zone 5 - Final

NELSON 112.5

Zone 6 - Final



2016 North & South Island Teams

The North and South Island indoor bowls selectors have made a few changes to their teams to meet in the annual clash for the Kevin Eddy Memorial Trophy at Christchurch in August.

With no international match this year both sets of selectors were free to bring back New Zealand players.

This has seen the dropping of several of last year's teams, and the repositioning of others. For instance three of the four singles players did not appear in those positions last year.

The biggest upset is the dropping of the North Island captain last year, Grant Harvey from North Taranaki, who was the North's men's singles player last year.

For the South one interesting selection is the positioning of Ashley Diamond, the New Zealand singles player, and who has just picked up his second national singles title at Mount Maunganui on Sunday. He has been chosen to skip the men's pair.

Those who've missed out on Island selection this year can take heart in the knowledge that those players chosen for the New Zealand team to play Australia next year will not be eligible for the Island teams.

See here for a PDF outlining the teams

2016 National Open Championships Results


WON BY: Ashley Diamond (Upper Hutt School, UV)

Master's Singles: Andrew Brunton (Merrilands, NT)

Kath & S.E.N. Smith Trophy (Senior going the furtherest in the Open): Lloyd Bellis (Stoke, NN)
Truth Cup for Woman going the furtherest: Teri Anderson (St Andrews, WK)
Cliff Thompson Trophy for Junior going the furtherest: Matthew Heads (Timaru Town & Country Club, SC)

Go here for full list of qualifiers and post-section results


WON BY: Grant L'Ami & Mike Phipps (South City, Tauranga)

Masters Pairs: Roger & Maureen Bartosh (Papamoa Sports, Tauranga)

Bob Malcolm Memorial Tray: Tim & Peg Jones (Whangamata, Thames Valley)

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WON BY: Paul Smith, Geoff Coughey, Keith Setter (South City, Tauranga)

Masters Triples: Brian Hardgrave, Bari Oliver, Maureen Dravitzki (Merrilands, North Taranaki)

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WON BY: Lloyd Bellis, Kath Arvidson, Rhonda Bellis, Debbie Warren (Stoke, Nelson)

Masters Fours: Andrew Brunton, Brian Hardgrave, Bari Oliver, Maureen Dravitzki (Merrilands, North Taranaki)

Go here for full list of qualifiers and post-section results

Player of the Tournament: Mike Phipps (South City, Tauranga)

2016 Academy & Masters final results

Academy: North Island 28, South Island 20
Masters: Northern Zone 30, Southern Zone 18

View all the final results for each discipline here

2016 South Island Champs Winners

Johnstone Electrical Pairs: Maurice Berkeley and Jenny Eden (Woolston WMC, CY)

Fours: Mike King (s), David Philpott, Marilyn Paterson, Vanessa Tyson (Hornby WMC, Canterbury)

Balclutha Subway Triples: Michael Lawson (s), Ken Mackenzie, Stephen Preddy (Rakaia, Ashburton)

Player of the Tournament: Ken MacKenzie, Ashburton

Post section results can be found here

News from 2015

Henselite Singles Winner Found

Two of the heavy-weights of New Zealand indoor bowls fought out the final of the Henselite Champion of Champion Singles in Christchurch on Saturday night.

Seven-times national champion Grant Rayner of North Wellington was up against New Zealand singles player Ashley Diamond from Upper Hutt Valley.

Diamond, the holder of three national titles, including the singles in 2014, and a number of other titles, proved too strong for the North Wellington player and ran out the winner by 16 points to 3.

Welch Trophy Winner Found

North Taranaki have won the Welch Trophy, the symbol of Indoor Bowls district supremacy, in a close finish in Lower Hutt on Sunday morning.

Going into the final round of pairs, North Taranaki held a 1.5 point lead over Canterbury.

However while the northerners had three wins and a draw in the final pairs, Canterbury could only manage one win.

That gave the trophy to North Taranaki who finished with 108 points, to Canterbury's 99.

Waikato finished third on 89.5, Counties had 88.5, Upper Hutt Valley 82 and Otago 73.

The Welch Trophy is contested by two teams of four players from each district, all playing fours, singles and pairs.

The six districts competing had won their zone finals earlier in the season.

In the individual standings Grant l'Ami (North Taranaki) finished with 13 wins, Teri Anderson (Waikato) had 12 wins, Alister Wilson (North Taranaki ) had 11.5, Sean Ridley (North Taranaki) posted 11 wins and Mike King (Canterbury) had 10.5.

A little history of this win: This is North Taranaki's 4th Welch Trophy win, they previously won the event in 1980, 2012, and 2013.

Today's win gives Grant Harvey his Gold Star, having won twice with Manawatu in 1998 and 2000, and now three times with North Taranaki – 2012, 2013 and 2015.

The win also gave Aidan Zittersteijn a Welch Trophy Medal as the New Zealand Junior Singles Champion came in to the North Taranaki team to replace Lindsay Willis in the final session as he was unwell. Aidan is the youngest player to win a Welch Trophy medal – previously it was Shaun Blackbourn from Waikato who was 17 at the time.

or Click here to see the teams, progress scores and final results.

Secondary Schools Event

Singles winner found

Jonty Horwell from Logan Park High School in Dunedin is the 2015 winner of the New Zealand Secondary Schools Indoor Bowls singles championship.

In the final Horwell beat Jason Gray from Southland Boys High 12- 6. Horwell receives the gold medal and Gray the silver.

Caleb Hope from James Hargest High School, beat Anthony Ouellet, from Tauranga Boys College 9-7 in the playoff for the bronze medal.

Horwell, aged 16, who won the New Zealand Junior Singles last year, is a reserve in Otago's Paterson Trophy team.

In the semi-finals Gray beat Hope 10-5, and Horwell beat Ouellet 8-7.

The plate final saw Matthew Lansdaal from Matamata College defeat Mereani Solomona from Onehunga High 10-8.

Lansdaal beat Daniel Curtis from Feilding High 14-4 in one semi, and Solomona put out Stuart Rayner from Feilding High 8-5 in the other.

Singles Semi-Finals:

Gray 10, Hope 5
Horwell 8, Ouellet 7


Gold Medal: Jonty Horwell (Logan Park High) 12, Silver Medal - Jason Gray (Southland boys) 6

Third Place:

Bronze Medal: Caleb Hope (James Hargest High) 9, 4th place - Anthony Ouellet (Tauranga boys College) 7

PLATE Singles Semi-Finals:

Lansdaal 14, Curtis 4
Solomona 8, Rayner 5


Matthew Lansdaal (Matamata College) 10, Mereani Solomona (Onehunga High School) 8


Cameron and David Ellis from Timaru Boys High School have taken out the pairs at the New

Zealand Secondary Schools Indoor Bowls Championships at Titahi Bay.

They beat Nash Smith and Anthony Ouellet from Tauranga Boys High School 6-5 in the final, to collect the gold medal. Smith and Ouellet received Silver. The bronze medal went to Trevor Burgess and Jason Gray from Southland Boys High School.

In the semi-finals Smith and Ouellet beat Burgess and Gray 11-5, and The Ellises beat Jonty Horwell and Sean Hall (Logan Park) 14-6.

The plate went to Maximo Morrone and Lucas Aukuso (Newlands) who beat Jack Stewart and Tanith Potgeiter (Aotea) 7-6.

In the semis Stewart and Potgeiter beat Jack Walker and Finn Fairbrother (Taita) 11-6, and Morrone and Aukuso beat Dominico Kelekolio and Reece Edgecombe (Aotea) 11-8.


Nash Smith/Anthony Ouellet (Tauranga Boys) 11, Trevor Burgess/ Jason Gray (Southland boys) 5;
Cameron Ellis/ David Ellis (Timaru Boys) 14, Jonty Horwell/ Sean Hall (Logan Park) 6.


Gold Medal - Cameron Ellis/David Ellis (Timaru Boys) 6, Silver Medal - Nash Smith/Anthony Ouellet (Tauranga Boys) 5.

3rd Place:

Bronze Medal - Trevor Burgess/ Jason Gray (Southland Boys) 14, 4th Place Jonty Horwell/ Sean Hall (Logan Park High) 5.

Plate Pairs Semi Finals

Jack Stewart /Tanith Potgeiter (Aotea) 11, Jack Walker/Finn Fairbrother ((Taita) 6;
Maximo Morrone/ Lucas Aukuso (Newlands) 11, Dominic Kelekolio/Reece Edgecombe(Aotea) 8.


Maximo Morrone/ Lucas Aukuso (Newlands) 7, Jack Stewart/ Tanith Potgeiter (Aotea) 6.

Click here to go to the Secondary Schools event page for the details of who's competing, and all the results

Junior InterZone Teams

After the Junior singles, an event is held featuring the best players from each zone (as selected by chosen selectors), playing off in a 3 game series in Pairs, Triples & Fours.

Click here for the teams and results

NZ Junior Singles



Shaquaid Hihi (PB) 13 Melita Rose Bargh (WK) 12
Aidan Zittersteijn (NT) 13 Kaleb Johnston (NN) 7


Aidan Zittersteijn (NT) 9 Shaquaid Hihi (PB) 7

Plate Event:


Deltyn Scott (BP) 13 Mereani Joy Solomona (RD) 8
Jakeb White (CS) 15 Mesha White (AK) 7


Jakeb White (CS) 12 Deltyn Scott (BP) 6

Click here to go to the NZ Junior Singles page for the details of who competed, and the full results.

North v South Island Test Match

Total score result North 25 South 23

Go here to see the full weeks itinerary, all the match results and write ups.

NZ Mixed Fours National Final

North Taranaki have taken out the New Zealand Mixed Fours Indoor Bowls Championship for 2015.

But it was a close race with four of the eight teams finishing with eight game points after a round-robin contest at Wanganui.

North Taranaki was adjudged winners on a countback of ends won.

The winning team is Alister Wilson (skip), Clinton Hook (3), Bronnie Read (2) and Colleen Riddock (lead).

The only team with the same membership as last year was Southland, which finished sixth.

Go here to view all round results

Paterson Trophy Weekend

Go here to view all the round by round points scoring and a final Wrap Up

All the zones have been decided now, with the winners being:

Zone 1: Counties
Zone 2: Waikato
Zone 3: North Taranaki
Zone 4: Upper Hutt Valley
Zone 5: Canterbury
Zone 6: Otago

Well done to all the winners, and you will all meet each other at the Welch Trophy in September.

North/South Island Teams announced

Announcement Island Teams

The North and South Island Indoor Bowls Teams have been announced at the 66th National Indoor Bowls Championships in Timaru to compete in the 35th annual North versus South Inter-Island Match for the Kevin Eddy Memorial Trophy at Roskill and Districts Hall, Blockhouse Bay, Auckland on Saturday August 15.

The South Island is touring the North Island this year.

There are seven new caps in the North Island team and four players have been recalled while South Island has one new cap and five players have been recalled. This has been caused by the New Zealand Mat Blacks being ineligible for selection.

The new cap for the South is Ashburton's Matt Markham who has come through the junior ranks. The players recalled are South Canterbury's Barb Reid and Christine Shand, Jenny Eden, Blair Spicer, Canterbury and Hayden Warnes, Golden Bay-Motueka.

The new caps for the North include the new national singles champion Avon Compton, North Wellington, Sarah Warrington, Manawatu, Jessie Moffat, North Wellington, Sue Bourne, Taranaki, Jude Martin, Bush Ruahine, Mark Hastie and Shaun Blackbourn, Waikato. Those recalled are Geoff Coughey, Tauranga who last played in 1999, Joseph Zino, Hutt Valley, Lorraine Phipps, Tauranga and Lisa Gould, Upper Hutt Valley who was in the team in 2001.

Bay of Plenty's Gina Owen who had to withdraw from the Mat Blacks that played Australia recently, because of injury, is eligible and has been given the women's singles berth for the third time. She has inter-island medals in all four disciplines.

Michael Lawson, Ashburton who captains the South Island makes his seventeenth appearance while Suzanne Mackie, Southland makes her sixteenth. Dale Rayner, North Wellington makes her sixteenth appearance for the North Island while the North Island captain Grant Harvey, North Taranaki makes his 13th appearance. Harvey will play the men's singles for the first time.

The South Island plays matches against Taranaki, North Taranaki, King Country, Waikato, Tauranga, Thames Valley, Counties and Roskill and Districts combined, Northland, followed by Auckland and North Harbour combined in a nine match itinerary. The tour culminates in the annual Inter-Island match which the North has won for the past eleven years since 2004.

The teams are: (PDF Can be accessed here)

North Island
Singles: Gina Owen, Bay of Plenty;
Pairs: Dale Rayner, North Wellington, Sarah Warrington, Manawatu;
Triples: Jessie Moffat, North Wellington, Lisa Gould, Upper Hutt Valley, Sue Bourne, Taranaki;
Fours: Jude Martin, Bush Ruahine, Sharon Peters, North Harbour, Rochelle Hastie, Waikato, Lorraine Phipps, Tauranga;
Reserves: Shelley Jacombs, Hutt Valley, Annelies Baker, Tauranga.

Singles: Grant Harvey, North Taranaki, (Captain);
Pairs: Joseph Zino, Hutt Valley, Jason Parker, Counties;
Triples: Avon Compton, North Wellington, Geoff Coughey, Tauranga, Shaun Blackbourn, Waikato;
Fours: Steve Fisher, Auckland, Matthew Ellis, Counties, Mark Hastie, Waikato, Alex Reed, Tauranga
Reserves: Robin Porter, Bay of Plenty, Paul Voorend, North Wellington
Manager: David Lynn, Poverty Bay-East Coast.

South Island
Singles: Belinda Peard, Southland;
Pairs: Suzanne Mackie, Southland, Elaine Carnie, Southland;
Triples: Barbara Reid, South Canterbury, Kathryn Edgar, South Otago, Christine Shand, South Canterbury;
Fours: Ann Cottrell, Otago, Marie-Therese Hooper, Canterbury, Deanne Osborne, Canterbury, Jenny Eden, Canterbury;
Reserves: Jean McKenzie, Nelson, Marilyn Holmes, Otago.

Singles: Grant Wilson, Ashburton;
Pairs: Blair Spicer, Canterbury, Daniel Sinclair, Otago;
Triples: Robert Wilson, South Otago, James Sullivan, Canterbury, Matt Markham, Ashburton;
Fours: Daniel French, Otago, Michael Lawson, Ashburton, (Captain). Brent Keen, Southland, Hayden Warnes, Golden Bay-Motueka;
Reserves: Adam Williams, Canterbury, Matt Bassett, Ashburton.
Manager: Nigel Warnes, Golden Bay-Motueka.

North Island Championships

The North Island Championships have been held this weekend and here is the recap of the winners, runners-ups & third equals:

Pairs Winners: Trevor & Sue Bourne from Taranaki
Pairs Runners-Up: Joseph Zino & Mark Jacombs from Hutt Valley
Pairs 3rd Equals: Denise Clarkson & Shelley Jacombs from Hutt Valley, and Alex Reed & Alison Cowan from Tauranga

Fours Winners: Steve Fisher, Linda McCurdy, Warren Freeman & Lee Singer
Fours Runners-ups: Brendon Kenny, Ann Kendrick, Lesley Goodall & Karen Lawrie
Fours 3rd Equals: Mark Jacombs, Shelley Jacombs, Lisa Gould, Denise Clarkson & Alistair Wilson, Ivan Phipps, Elizabeth Morrow, Maureen Newman

Triples Winners: John Zittersteijn, Mark & Sean Ridley
Triples Runners-ups: Ray Bailey, Dennis Behrent & Yvonne Bailey
Triples 3rd Equals: Clinton Hook, Colleen & Alex Riddock, and Maureen & Colin Pruden & Joy Archer

View the full list of qualifiers and Round by Round results here

North & South Island Academy & Masters Teams

The teams have been named for North & South Island Acadamy & Masters teams, to take on each other at the Timaru Nationals this year.

Download the document here to see the teams.

New Zealand retains the Henselite Trophy against Australia

New Zealand have retained the Henselite Trophy by beating Australia 38-28, in the one-off test at Mount Maunganui on Saturday afternoon.

Going into the final session the host country were ahead 29-25 and in a tense afternoon managed to extend their lead with the Mat Blacks calling on all their experience in the face of a strong Australian challenge.

Overall New Zealand won the men's and women's singles, women's pairs, men's and women's triples and the mixed 8-bowl pairs. Australia took out the men's and women's fours, mixed fours, men's pairs and mixed 6-bowl pairs.

The most successful players, with two medals each were Teri Anderson and Ashley Diamond from New Zealand and Tony Simpson and Simon Zaporozec from Australia.

New Zealand picked up the first Australasian medal to be decided on the final morning of the one-off indoor bowls test against Australia in Mount Maunganui on Saturday.

Singles player Ashley Diamond (Canterbury), beat Arthur Finch of Australia 27-14, in their third game, giving Diamond a 2-1 win over Finch.

However Australia responded with the next two medals, to their women's fours, who beat New Zealand 15-11 in the final game, and their men's fours who edged out New Zealand 16-5 in their third encounter.

That brought the medal tally, with one session to go five medals each.

The final medal of the test match, for the men's triples, went to New Zealand.

Australasian Medals:

New Zealand 6 (Women's Singles - Teri Anderson; Women's Pairs - Fiona Wilson, Teri Anderson; Women's Triples - Lois Randall, Linda McCurdy, Denise Clarkson; Men's Singles - Ashley Diamond, Mixed 8-bowl Pairs - Ashley Diamond, Sheree Holmes; Men's Triples - John Zittersteijn, Grant Rayner, Paul Smith)

Australia 5 (Women's Fours - Monika Korn, Meredith Norton, Julie Zaporozec, Jodie Jones; Men's pairs - Tony Simpson, Simon Zaporozec; Men's Fours - Tony Simpson, Chris Price, Darren Vos, Simon Zaporozec; Mixed Fours - David Blyth, Ian Ogilvie, Caralyn Walsh, Barbara Hill, Mixed 6-bowl Pairs - Ian Ogilvie, Jodie Jones ).

Go to the International Page to see the actual game results

News from 2014

Welch Trophy
North Wellington are the 2014 Welch Trophy winners. They held off a strong challenge from Tauranga and Ashburton over the closing stages, and cemented the win with a good showing in the final pairs.
North Wellington finished with 107 points, Tauranga 100.5 and Ashburton 94. They were  equal  with Tauranga on 9 points from the pairs, but already had a good lead going into the final round.
Avon Compton was the most successful player of the tournament with 23 points.
Full results. Go there.

November Newsletter
The latest newsletter for November from the NZIB Federation has been released. Read some extracts from our President Martin's Annual Report, what's being done with our old NZIB records, and start planning for 2015.

Download the newsletter here

Henselite Champion of Champion Singles.
Daniel French of Otago is the winner of the 2014 Henselite Champion of Champion Singles, played at Hamilton on Saturday.
He beat Chris McAdam of Upper Valley 13-7 in the final.
French got out to a good start and kept ahead of McAdam all the way.
He was a member of the winning men’s four in the recent inter-Island fixture.
The plate was won by Simon Thomas of Canterbury who beat Kevin Torrey of North Harbour 11-9 in a tight final.
Thirty-three players started out in the Henselite and 12 qualified for post-section play.
Full results and pictures. Go there.

SINGLES decided at AIMS Games.
Anthony Ouellet from Tauranga Intermediate has taken out the indoor bowls singles title at the 2014 AIMS Games in Tauranga. He beat Sam Anderson from Levin Intermediate in the final. It’s Anthony’s second year at the games at which he improved on his fourth placing last year. Anthony is a regular club bowler in Tauranga, plays in the Tauranga junior representative team and has a very promising future. Sam is another up and coming player who recently represented his district Horowhenua at the NZ Indoor Bowls Junior Singles in Wellington. In a play off for third, Louise Bremner from Otumoetai Intermediate defeated Rebecca Howell from Pongakawa School. This year 231 Year 7 and 8 players took to the mats in the qualifying rounds for the singles, with 91 qualifying for post-section play.
Final Results:
First (Gold): Anthony Ouellet (Tauranga Intermediate)
Second (Silver): Sam Anderson (Levin Intermediate)
Third (Bronze): Louise Bremner (Otumoetai Intermediate)
Fourth: Rebecca Howell (Pongakawa School)

PAIRS decided at AIMS Games.
Hayley Riddell and Alana Laurie from Tauranga Intermediate have taken out the Gold Medal in the Pairs at the 2014 NZCT AIMS Games Indoor Bowls. This was Hayley and Alana’s second attempt to win the title after failing to qualify in 2013. In the final, they bet Connor Christoffersen and Ben Tang also from Tauranga Intermediate after two very close sets but the girls came out on top on both occasions. All four players are in their second year of playing bowls. Hayley is a Junior Representative for the Tauranga Indoor Bowls Association and her experience at this level showed, keeping a cool head when she was down. In the semi-finals, Riddell and Laurie beat Sandro Milgate-Vassilini and Justine Gapuz from Mount Maunganui Intermediate and Christoffersen and Tang bet Mohammed Abdo and Vinny Lambly from Sommerville Intermediate. In a play off for the Bronze Medal, Milgate-Vassilini and Gapuz beat Abdo and Lambly.
Final Results:
First (Gold): Hayley Riddell (skip) and Alana Laurie (Tauranga Intermediate)
Second (Silver): Connor Christoffersen (skip) and Ben Tang (Tauranga Intermediate)
Third (Bronze): Sandro Milgate-Vassilini (skip) and Justine Gapuz (Mount Maunganui Intermediate)
Fourth: Mohammed Abdo (skip) and Vinny Lambly (Sommerville Intermediate)
Team Cup Results (Six Best Results over Both Events):
First: Tauranga Intermediate
Second: Otumoetai Intermediate
Third: Mount Maunganui Intermediate

NZ Secondary Schools Singles Champion found.
Fourteen-year-old Jakeb White of Rosehill College in the Counties district is the 2014 New Zealand Secondary Schools Indoor Bowls Singles champion.
In a tight final at Titahi Bay in Wellington on Sunday he beat Aidan Zittersteijn from Spotswood College 10-9 in  the final.
The result was some sort of revenge for Jakeb White after he lost the final of the New Zealand Junior Singles to 15-year-old Jonty Horwell of Logan Park High School in Otago on Saturday.
Horwell was beaten by Zittersteijn in the quarter finals of the secondary school singles on Sunday.
A former singles champion, Shaquaid Hihi of Gisborne Boys High finished third and Nash Smith of Tauranga was fourth.
In the plate final Vinnie Rayner of Menzies College beat Ethan Batt of James Hargest High 9-4.
Secondary Schools results. Go there.

NZ Secondary Schools Pairs Champions found.
Georgia Watt and Joshua Fox from Hawera High School are the 2014 New Zealand Secondary Schools Indoor Bowls Pairs champions.
At Titahi Bay on Monday afternoon they beat Bronwyn and Amber McNally from Hillcrest High School 15-5 in the final.
In third place were Matthew Heads and Ethan Batt from James Hargest High, after beating Aidan Zittersteijn and Jason Hook from Spotswood College 9-7 in the play-off for third and fourth.
The plate final saw Trevor Burgess and Jason Gray from Southland Boys High beat Bryn Hastie and Alex Middleton from Hamilton Boys High 12-5.
Aidan Zittersteijn was named player of the tournament. He was runner-up in the singles on Sunday and with his partner Jason Hook finished fourth in the pairs.
Secondary Schools results. Go there.

National Junior Singles.
Fifteen-year-old Jonty Horwell is the New Zealand  Junior Singles champion for 2014. He beat 14-year-old Jakeb White of Counties  8-7 in a tight, tense final. After six ends Horwell led 4-3 but a three on the next end gave the lead to White. However  Horwell fought back, and the scores were level starting the final end. Horwell  drew the shot  with his final bowl to secure the win.
The plate final was one-sided with Nash Smith of Tauranga beating Matthew Blissett of South Canterbury 17-5. Nash Smith’s hopes of qualifying for the main event were dashed when he lost his first two games.
Full results. Go there.

Junior Inter-Zone Champs.
The Northern Zone has won the HGC McLaughlin Trophy at Titahi Bay in Wellington after beating the Southern Zone 10-2 tonight.
The North won all their games in the first round, to lead 6-0.
In the second round the Southern Zone won the pairs, but that was their only success.
The Northern Zone triples and fours won both their matches.
The two teams were named after the conclusion of the New Zealand Junior Singles, which was won by Jonty Horwell of Otago.
Full results.
Go there.

2014 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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