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Auckland Indoor Bowls representatives have won the 68th Welch Trophy, the symbol of supremacy in New Zealand Indoor Bowls at the Pukekohe Cosmopolitan Club at the weekend.

After an exciting and close competition over five sessions Auckland emerged the winners for the ninth time in their history. Auckland previously won in 1963, 1964, 1975, 1982, 1984, 1992, 2007 and 2017.

Final Standings were Auckland 103.5, North Taranaki 100, Otago 96, Hutt Valley 86.5, Canterbury 82.5 and Tauranga 71.5.

The winning team was captained by Simon Poppleton. The player of the tournament was Rodney Mills, Auckland who won eleven games.

Go to the Welch Trophy page here see the full round-by-round results

Thames Valley wins Inaugural Summerset Masters Fours

Well known Thames Valley bowler Kevin Boothby skipped his team of Alex Steel, Marilyn Steel and Basil Johnstone to win the inaugural Summerset Masters Fours Championship Title at the Roskill and Districts Hall, New Lynn on Sunday to win the title.

In a different format to other national finals the teams were drawn prior to the commencement of play, into two sections of four. The first and second teams in each section after the sectional round-robin, contested the semi-finals - the winner of section one played the runner-up in section two and vice-versa. The winners of the respective semi-finals then played off to determine the winner.

Southland (Graham Low, Brian Hotton, Alan Clark and Jan Low) won section one with Thames Valley second.

Marlborough (Kevin Wills, Kath Gilchrist, Betty Schofield and Ken Jones) won section two with Upper Hutt Valley (Roger Jones, Rob Fuge, Ivan Barr and Mary Holmes) second.

The round robin was played over three rounds.

In the semifinals Thames Valley bt Marlborough 8-4 and Upper Hutt Valley bt Southland 11-10.

The final saw Thames Valley beat Upper Hutt Valley 10-5.

NZ Junior Singles

Kaleb Johnston aged 18 from the Stoke Club, Nelson won the national final of the 42nd New Zealand Indoor Bowls Junior Singles held on Saturday, at North Wellington Indoor Bowls Association Hall, Onepoto Domain, Titahi Bay, Wellington for the second year in a row.

Kaleb made history last year when he followed in his father Mike's footsteps to win the title. Mike won the title 40 years ago in 1978. Kaleb is the third player to have won the title two years in a row. Wayne Eichler, Manawatu won in 1981 and 1982 and Willie Comer, North Otago won in 1992 and 1993.

Kaleb Johnston has stamped his record as the best junior singles player in the country currently as he also won the Cliff Thompson Trophy that is awarded to the junior player that goes the farthest in the Open Singles at the National Championships.

In the final over 12 ends he defeated Nikita Blair, Canterbury 9-8 in a close final.

In the semifinals Johnston defeated Dylan Greyvenstein, Bay of Plenty 14-10 while Blair beat Anthony Ouellet, Tauranga 12-9.

The Morrison Plate for non-qualifiers was won by Jordan Keene, Hutt Valley who defeated Lilly Paterson, South Otago 19-6 in the plate final.

20 districts entered the championship and 7 players qualified for post section play. Go here for all the results.

Junior Inter-Zone Event

Northern Zone won by 12 pts to 4

Jordan Keene wins NZ Secondary Schools Singles

Jordan Keene from Onslow College 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.

In the final he defeated Whakatane High School's Dylan Greyvenstein 12-8 who won the Silver Medal.

The bronze medal winner this year was Matthew Tosh, Verdon College.

Whakatane High School's Damon Forster won the plate for non-qualifiers in the main event. He defeated Summit Redpath, Western Heights high School, Rotorua 8-5 in the plate final.

Inaugural 1-5 Year Pairs won by Gisborne Teenagers

Poverty Bay's teenage cousins Nathan Trowell and Matthew Foster have won the inaugural 1-5 year Development Pairs at the Warnes Indoor bowls Stadium, Stoke, Nelson on Saturday.

Trowell celebrated his birthday his 15th birthday yesterday and Foster is also 15.

They won five games drew one and lost one game to come out on top.

Click here to see all the round results

2020 Masters Games

Are you up for a challenge! Do you long for a few days of good company and laughter? Come, play indoor bowls in the Otago Indoor Bowls Stadium, 105 Victoria Rd, Dunedin, from Thursday 6 February to Sunday 9 February 2020.

Click here for a PDF that covers all the details or contact Ruth Porteous via email or Ph 03 4822849

2019 South Island Tour of the North Island

The North Island Indoor Bowls Team have come from behind to win the 39th Inter-Island test match for the Kevin Eddy Memorial Trophy against the South Island 25-23 at the Pukekohe Cosmopolitan Club on Saturday. Go to the Inter-Island page for all the detailed results & scores.

FRIDAY v Northland - SOUTH ISLAND 28, Northland 20
SATURDAY AM v North Harbour / Roskill & Districts - South Island 23, NH / R&D 25
SATURDAY PM v Auckland - SOUTH ISLAND 28, Auckland 20
SUNDAY PM v Waikato / King Country Combined - South Island 22, WK / KC COMBINED 26
MONDAY v Taranaki / North Taranaki Combined - SOUTH ISLAND 32, TA / NT Combined 16
TUESDAY v Tauranga - SOUTH ISLAND 25, Tauranga 23
WEDNESDAY v Thames Valley - SOUTH ISLAND 32, Thames Valley 16
THURSDAY v Counties - SOUTH ISLAND 28, Counties 20

Ladies Singles Medal to North - Jessie Moffat, North Wellington
Ladies Pairs Medal to South on countback of ends - Ann Graham, Canterbury; Joanne Hill, Canterbury
Ladies Triples Medal to North - Shelley Jacombs, Hutt Valley, Sarah Warrington, Manawatu, Lorraine Phipps, Tauranga
Ladies Fours Medal to South - Kylie Gould, Canterbury; Christine Shand, South Canterbury; Tracey van Tuel, Otago; Colleen Fenton, South Otago

Mens Singles Medal to North - Steve Fisher, Auckland
Mens Pairs Medal to South - Hayden Warnes, Nelson; Brandon Williams, Otago
Mens Triples Medal to North - Grant Rayner, North Wellington, Alex Reed, Auckland, Richard Caddy, Waikato
Mens Fours Medal to South - David Webb, Otago; Derek Cooper, South Canterbury; Nicholas Sinclair, Otago; Mathew Bassett, Ashburton

2019 North Island Secondary Schools

Results of this event are:


1st - Matthew Foster (Gisborne Boys High School); 2nd - Nathan Trowell (Gisborne Boys High School); 3rd - Damon Forster (Whakatane High School); 4th - Deon Hawe (Western Heights High School)


1st - Damon Forster & Bailey Irwin (Whakatane High School); 2nd - Anthony Ouellet & Simon Wagstaff (Tauranga Boys College); 3rd - Nathan Trowell & Matthew Foster (Gisborne Boys High School); 4th - Sarah Burke & Beth Simpson (Mount Maunganui College)

2019 Paterson Trophy weekend

The six Paterson Trophy Indoor Bowls winners were found this weekend 19-21 July to go forward to the 68th Welch Trophy inter-district final at the Pukekohe Cosmopolitan Club from Friday 6th – Sunday 8th September.

The successful districts were Auckland, Tauranga, North Taranaki, Hutt Valley, Canterbury and Otago.

Go here to view all the round results for all the zones.

2019 Summerset Masters Open Fours


June Newsletter available

Go to the Newsletters page to download the latest newsletter from the NZIB.

2019 Summerset Nationals

Results are available on the Nationals Championships page

Open Singles Winner: Tim Veale - Ashhurst, Manawatu beating Paul Smith - Papamoa Sports, Tauranga 9-8

Kath & S.E.N. Smith Trophy (Senior going the furtherest in the Open): Graham Low - Southland
Truth Cup for Woman going the furtherest: Mary-Anne Tanfield - Waikato
Cliff Thompson Trophy for Junior going the furtherest: Kaleb Johnston - Nelson

Masters Singles Winner: Dora Warren - Pirimai, Hawkes Bay bt Val Hagan - Papamoa Sports, Tauranga 10-4

Open Pairs Winners: Grant l'Ami and Mike Phipps - South City Club, Tauranga bt Gary Low and Graham Low from the Grasmere Club, Southland 7-6

Bob Malcolm Memorial Tropy: Matthew and Delwyn Ellis from Counties

Masters Pairs Winners: Bronnie Read and Colleen Riddock - Club 2000 North Taranaki bt Mark Sheard and Helen Rennie - Ashburton MSA, Ashburton 10-9

Open Triples Winners: Grant l'Ami, Mike Phipps, Lorraine Phipps - South City, Tauranga bt Avon Compton, Kyle Waldron, Sam Anderson - Newlands, North Wellington 13-5

Masters Triples Winners: Barry Chapman, Selwyn Hale, Dennis Hale - St Andrews, Waikato bt Bruce Dalton, Ron Searancke, Rod West - Pirimai, Hawkes Bay 10-3

Open Fours Winners: Matthew Ellis, Jason Parker, Anthony McQuoid, Delwyn Ellis - St Pats, Counties bt Shaun Blackbourn, James Sullivan, Jeremy Markham, Bronwyn McNally - St Pauls, Canterbury 12-4

Masters Fours Winners: Gordon Lang, Carol Lovell, Yvonne Collins, Tricia Lang - Otorohanga, King Country bt Craig Whiteside, Barry Black, Helen Black, Robyn Whiteside - Papamoa Sports, Tauranga

Robertson Cup (Open Player of the Tournament) won by: Mike Phipps - Tauranga
Rayner Cup (Masters Player of the Tournament)
won by: Bronnie Read - North Taranaki
Patrons Cup
won by: Tauranga

Nationals Forum

Notes and information from the Forum that was held at the Nationals, are available for download from the Nationals page here

Island Teams announced

Congratulations to all players announced in the North & South Island teams.

Download the PDF here to view the teams

Click here to view the Tour Itinerary

May Newsletter available

Go to the Newsletters page to download the latest newsletter from the NZIB.

Waikato Triple win South Island Championship Triples

The Waikato Triple of David Archer, Shaun Blackbourn and Joy Archer from the St Andrews Club, Hamilton won the South Island Championship Triples at the CIBA Hall on Monday.

This was Blackbourn and Joy Archer's second Island Title in a row having won the North Island Pairs last year. It was David Archer's first.
In the final they defeated Daniel French, Alex Reed and Colin Williams, Wakari Club, Otago 10-9.

To reach the final Archer beat Chris Matthews, Rob Osborne, Shaun Osborne, Woolston Club Canterbury 8-7 while French beat Steve Fisher, Avon Compton, Nicole Singer, Hornby, Canterbury 12-4.

The Badgemakers Trophy for the player of the tournament was a three way tie between Shaun Blackbourn, Joy Archer and Daniel French. French also won this Trophy last year at the North Island Championships.

South Island Championship Fours to Hornby

Mat Black Simon Thomas from the Hornby Workingmen's Club, Canterbury combined with three North Islanders Steve Fisher, Avon Compton and Nicole Singer to win the South Island Indoor Bowls Championship Fours at the CIBA Hall, Kearneys Road, Christchurch on Sunday.

In the final they defeated Daniel French, Alex Reed, Colin Williams and Keri Te Tamaki from the Wakari Club, Otago 10-8. French and Te Tamaki were in the winning team at the North Island Championship Fours last year in Rotorua and Reed and Williams are from Auckland.

Waikato Pair wins SI Championship Pairs

Shaun Blackbourn and Joy Archer from the St Andrews Club, Waikato won the South Island Indoor Bowls Championship Pairs at the CIBA Hall, Kearneys Road, Christchurch on Saturday. This was an historic achievement as they won the North Island Pairs in Rotorua last year to go back to back.

Trans-Tasman Test Match

New Zealand retains Henselite Trophy.

In a titanic struggle the New Zealand Mat Blacks Indoor Bowls Team fought off a very strong challenge by Australia to retain the Henselite Trophy by just one game 34-32 at the Southland Indoor Bowls Stadium, Invercargill on Saturday.

The International played over three days was an outstanding success with both teams giving their utmost for their countries. Australia made the best start but New Zealand fought back to finally clinch the victory in the final session.

Click here to go to the full International page including Media write up by Delwyn, and the draw.

2019 Secondary Schools Entry Forms

Here are the two entry forms for the 2 major Secondary Schools competitions:

North Island Secondary Schools at Mt Maunganui
NZ Secondary Schools held at North Wellington

Forms available in PDF format, entry details are on each form

Umpires Training Video

A training video for Umpires has been under direction of the NZIB, which is available for viewing from the NZIB Youtube Channel. You can access the NZIB channel here, or the training video directly here

2 new National events added

2 new National events have been added for the 2019 year - a 1-5 Year Pairs and a Masters Fours. Details on these two events are available for download here

National Event rules available

Go to the Rules page to download a PDF outlining the rules for all the National Events

February Executive minutes available

Go to the Executive page to download the minutes from the NZIB meeting held in February

2019 Calendars updated

Go to the National Calendar page to download the 2019 NZIB & National Events Calendars in PDF format.

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


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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