Noble Doubles Up at NZ Disabled Championships


New Zealand Paralympic medallist Mark Noble completed the double at the National Disabled Championships, claiming the singles and pairs and rounding out an impressive week on the Naenae greens.

Hosted at the Naenae Bowling Club in Lower Hutt, Wellington, more than 30 competitors converged on the capital to contest the silverware in the singles, pairs and triples disciplines in a mixed format.

With the sun beaming down and the greens running slick, the competition was closely fought throughout and played in good spirit over four days.

Noble, a back-to-back Commonwealth Games silver medallist, showed why he is at the top of his game defeating former national representative Snow Reardon to take the title, while Lynda Bennett and Barry Helm ran third equal in an equally impressive performance.

Continuing his form, Noble combined with P Huwyler to take out the pairs, defeating Southland/Waikato composite Helm and Bennett, while M Reynolds and R Abbott took bronze, finishing ahead of C Pratt and C Naude who ran fourth.

The triples action saw local favourite Peter “Hooks” Horne guide his side of John MacNeil and Graham Shaw to victory, claiming a Gold medal after three wins and a draw – just half a point ahead of runner-up trio Pam Walker, Gary Taylor and Jeremy Smithies.

Composite trio Steve Walker, Bryan Gibson and Julie O’Connell ran third, agonisingly close to the silver medal, separated only by three shots differential after scoring the same number of ends as Pam Walker, both sides tallying 26 ends.

Horne, also the event organiser, praised the efforts of the support crew and volunteers throughout the week, pointing out everything was set to go for the 2019 Nationals to be held at Kaiapoi.

The week was concluded with medal presentations and an impromptu karaoke session – proven by all accounts to be a big hit with all.


Results at a Glance
NZ Disabled National Championships, Naenae B.C, Wellington

Singles: Mark Noble (Manawatu)
Pairs: M Noble, P Huwyler (Composite)
Triples: Peter Horne, John MacNeil, Graham Shaw (Composite)