NEW NAMES TO THE FORE FOR WORLD INDOOR BOWLS
2017 NZ PBA Rookie of the Year Ray Martin (Wellington) continued his rise on the Professional Bowls Association scene by winning entry into the World Indoor Singles to be played at the Potter’s Leisure Resort in Norfolk, England in January. Playing with Classic II bowls to ensure a good draw on the indoor carpet, Martin was too steady overcoming local favourite Dean Drummond in the semifinal and Dunedin’s Duane White in the final 9-7, 9-1. Martin will line up for the richest prize in bowls with the victor in January earning GBP50,000.
Drummond will also venture to Potter’s as NZ’s first ever invite into the World Under 25 Singles. The 24-year old Drummond is now 4th in the NZ rankings and has also guaranteed himself a position in the NZ PBA team to play the Australian PBA in 2019.
The World Indoor Pairs threw up a lot of surprise results around the country in assembling the field for finals weekend and the surprises continued in Hastings today. Little heralded South African-born Mario Sopp moved up to Dunedin from Invercargill for this season’s PBA and had not won a pairs match in his three previous seasons but was teamed up with former NZ Orienteerer Helen Carman by the local coordinator and the rest was history. Carman in her second year of PBA was very steady off the front with Sopp pulling out some big counting bowls when they were most needed to take out more fancied combinations Richard Corry and Laurie Guy (Wellington) in the semifinal and Neil Fisher and Steve Cox (North Harbour) in the final 4-10, 11-5, 2-0.
With the pairs win, Carman has also landed invites to the Ladies Invitation Singles and World Mixed Pairs all to be played at Potter’s over a two week period.
Sunday 9 September
World Pairs Quarterfinals – Steve Cox & Neil Fisher (North Harbour) bt Wayne Hawkes & Bruce Hall (Taranaki) 8-5, 2-9, 2-0; Simon Swale & Kerry Heffer (Southland) bt Peter Davies & Peter McGirr (Waikato) 5-5, 9-6; Mario Sopp & Helen Carman (Dunedin) bt John McLaughlin & Aaron Bryant (Hawkes Bay) 10-4, 7-6.
Semifinals – Cox & Fisher bt Swale & Heffer 8-4, 9-4; Sopp & Carman bt Laurie Guy & Richard Corry (Wellington) 10-7, 3-9, 2-1.
Final – Mario Sopp & Helen Carman (Dunedin) bt Steve Cox & Neil Fisher (North Harbour) 4-10, 11-5, 2-0.
Mario Sopp & Helen Carman will represent NZ in the World Indoor Pairs in Norfolk, England in January.
Helen Carman will represent NZ in the Ladies Invitation Singles and World Mixed Pairs in Norfolk, England in January.
World Singles Quarterfinals – Chris Lourie (Waikato) bt Craig Johns (Taranaki) 12-10, 6-7, 2-0; Duane White (Dunedin) bt Linda Ralph (Auckland) 9-6, 6-8, 2-1; Dean Drummond (Hawkes Bay) bt Shane Elliott (Southland) 6-6, 9-3.
Semifinals – White bt Lourie 7-2, 8-7; Ray Martin (Wellington) bt Drummond 7-6, 3-12, 2-1.
Final – Ray Martin (Wellington) bt Duane White (Dunedin) 9-7, 9-1.
Ray Martin will represent NZ in the World Indoor Singles in Norfolk, England.
Dean Drummond will represent NZ in the World Under-25 Singles in Norfolk, England.