Hot on the heels of the Scotty’s Meats NZ PBA team winning their Challenge against the Australian PBA in Perth, Dean Drummond from Hastings and Elliot Mason from Dunedin won the Victorian Open Men’s Pairs in Shepparton last week, beating a Glenroy team from Melbourne Sam Rogers and Glenn Johnston 13-8 in the final.
Drummond and the impressive third-year player Rogers had a very good tussle up front but the conversion shots from Mason proved decisive in several ends as the Kiwis came back from 1-6 down to wear the Victorians down.
The final was played at 8.30am under cover to avoid the searing 40 degree heat forecast for later in the day.
It capped off a very steady week for Drummond, who also reached the last 16 of the Men’s Singles and the quarterfinals of the Mixed Pairs. Mason starred in the PBA Challenge in the previous week as it was his playoff match that went to the third tiebreak end to decide whether Australia or New Zealand would win the Challenge.
The rest of the Scotty’s Meats NZ PBA team all qualified in various events held throughout the Greater Shepparton area with Duane White also reaching the last 16 of the Men’s Singles and Mixed Pairs, Craig Merrilees reaching the last 32 of the Men’s Singles, beating Brent Thomson along the way, before losing to Drummond and last 32 of the Mixed Pairs, and Craig Tinker qualified in the Men’s Singles.
PBA action now returns to the northern hemisphere with plenty of kiwis in action in the World Indoor Champs at the Potter’s Leisure Resort in Norfolk in January.
After Tim Toomey, for the birth of his second child, and Ray Martin pulled out of the World Indoor Pairs, New Zealand will now be represented by Hastings’ Mike Isaacson and Tony Terry.
Tinker and Mason are back in action in the World Indoor Singles, NZ Chairman Richard Corry will also feature in the World Indoor Singles having won a PBA qualifier in Toronto, Canada, and Jesse Russell plays in the World Under 25 Invitation Singles.