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Trans-tasman competition

Henselite Trophy 2019

New Zealand


Countdown to Trans-Tasman Test Match

By sporting standards indoor bowls may not be as high profile as some of the major sports but the 23rd Trans-Tasman international test match between New Zealand and Australia being held at the Southland Indoor Bowls Stadium, 50 Onslow Street, Invercargill from Thursday 16th May to Saturday 18th May will include all the intensity of a Bledisloe Cup encounter.

The International test match is held biennially in alternate countries.

For every player selected to represent their country this is the pinnacle of achievement and the highest honour that can be achieved in the sport and for rivalry and intensity it compares to any sporting encounter between the two countries.

Nothing is left to chance in preparation for the match either.

The "Mat Blacks" practice in their home districts for weeks before the test and had a training camp in Wellington recently and then have intense practice sessions three days prior to the test in a hall separate from the actual test venue in Invercargill.

The reason for this intense preparation is that the special conditions for the international mean that both teams play on terms they are not used to.

In a decision made in the early years of the competition, it was decided that the conditions varied so much between countries and the home team held such an advantage that a level playing field would be created. For New Zealanders that meant a slightly longer, thicker mat and heavier bowls.

New Zealand won the Henselite Trophy at Mount Pritchard, Australia in 2017 for the third year in a row.

New Zealand has won the Henselite Trophy 16 times including seven tests in a row between 1993 until 2005 while Australia has been successful on four occasions in 1976, 1979, 1991 and 2009 with two draws in 2007 and 2011.

There are three new caps in the Mat Blacks, Lisa Gould, Upper Hutt Valley who will lead in the women's fours and mixed (6-bowl) pairs, Michael Lawson, Ashburton, will lead in the men's fours and triples while Joy Archer, Waikato, is the lead in the mixed fours and women's pairs.

There are four new caps in the Australian team. Rhonda Aram, Tasmania makes her debut for Australia as the two in the women's fours and two in the women's triples, Lynda Charles, Tasmania will play lead in the mixed (8-bowl) pairs and two in the mixed fours, Shane Cashill, Victoria joins the team at two in the men's fours and two in the men's triples while Errol Weir, Queensland comes into the team as the three in the mixed fours and skip of the mixed (8-bowl) pairs.

The New Zealand team captain Grant l'Ami from North Taranaki who is making his ninth appearance will lead the Mat Blacks again for the fifth time while Julie Zaporozec, Tasmania who makes her fourth appearance and is an inspiration to her team is the Captain of Australia for the first time.

Eleven Australasian medals are up for grabs – men's and women's singles and pairs, mixed eight-bowl and mixed six-bowl pairs, men's and women's triples, men's, women's and mixed fours.

14 players – seven men and seven women – who each play in two events represent each country. They must beat their opposition in two of the three games to win the Australasian medal. They play one discipline in the morning and the other in the afternoon for three days, totaling six games. The overall winner wins the Henselite Trophy.

Test is a Cliff hanger 11-11 after Day 1

New Zealand and Australia are locked at 11-11 after the first day's play in the biennial Trans-Tasman International Indoor Bowls match at the Southland Indoor Bowls Stadium in Invercargill. New Zealand is defending the Henselite Trophy.

New Zealand led after the first session 6-4 with wins in the Women's Singles and Men's and Women's Fours. Australia won the Men's Singles and Mixed Fours.

In the afternoon session Australia fought back to win the session 7-5 to draw level 11-11 with wins in the Women's Pairs, Mixed 6-Bowl Pairs, Women's Triples and the Mixed 8-Bowl Pairs were drawn. New Zealand won the Men's Pairs and Men's Triples.

Before the commencement of play the players were piped into the venue and this was followed by the James Hargest High School Kapa Haka group putting on an outstanding display for the gathered players and members of the public. The introduction of the players was followed by the singing of the National Anthems of both countries by the extremely talented young local entertainer Kaya Wilcox.

The tournament was opened by the Mayor of Invercargill, Sir Tim Shadbolt.

The Women's Singles was the undoubted highlight of the first session with Teri Anderson snatching a last end victory over Anne Draffen. Three shots on the second end gave Draffen an early but narrow advantage which she held through until the thirteenth end when Anderson took the lead for the first time. Draffen bounced back however to lead 21-16 after nineteen of the twenty-five scheduled ends. Not to be out done Anderson fought back to 22-all on the penultimate end. Draffen killed the last end to gift Anderson a 1 shot penalty and on the replayed end it was nip and tuck, bowl for bowl, that finally had to be resolved with an umpire's measure. A drawn end gave Anderson the win with the penalty shot counting for the game.

In the Men's Singles it was Australia's Ian Ogilvie who dominated the early stages to lead 14-3 after just 12 ends, a position from which Gary Low was unable to recover. Ogilvie was playing some outstanding draw bowls and eventually coasted to a 22-15 victory despite a mini comeback by Low that allowed him to close the gap but three shots on the twentieth end sealed the final outcome.

Monika Korn Australia in her thirteenth event skipped her Women's Fours team to an early 5-nil lead but six shots to Dale Rayner's combination on the fifth end changed the momentum of the game. Shots were traded evenly over the remaining ends with Rayner controlling the game to win 17-12.

The Men's Fours was a one-sided affair with the New Zealand team of Simon Thomas, Daniel French, Paul Wright and Michael Lawson sealing an emphatic 25-15 victory scoring six shots on the fourteenth of the eighteen ends and a comfortable margin to defend.

The Mixed Fours was, despite dropping three shots on the first end to the Grant l'Ami combination, dominated by the Darren Voss skipped Australian team until seven shots in three ends levelled the scores at 12-all. A four on the next end to Voss, two to l'Ami on the next and Australia held a two shot lead into the final end. Alas l'Ami killed the end and needed to score six shots on the replay of this end to draw the game. Holding at least five shots l'Ami drew close and although Voss was narrow with his last was able to reduce the deficit to just three and the win 20-17.

However in the afternoon session Australia came out with all guns blazing to draw level.


Day 1 of 3

New Zealand 11, Australia 11

Men's Singles: Gary Low (NZ) lost Ian Ogilvie (AUS) 15-23;
Women's Singles: Teri Anderson (NZ) bt Anne Draffen (AUS) 23-22;
Men's Fours: Simon Thomas (skip), Daniel French, Paul Wright, Michael Lawson (NZ) bt Kyle French (skip), Simon Zaporozec, Shane Cashill, Haydn Weir (AUS) 25-15;
Women's Fours: Dale Rayner (skip), Suzanne Mackie, Denise Clarkson, Lisa Gould (NZ) bt Monica Korn (skip), Julie Zaporozec, Rhonda Aram, Barbara Hill (AUS) 17-12;
Mixed Fours: Grant l'Ami (skip), Paul Smith, Fiona Keegan, Joy Archer (NZ) lost Darren Voss (skip), Errol Weir, Lynda Charles, Fiona Pearson (AUS) 17-20;
Men's Pairs: Grant l'Ami (skip), Paul Wright (NZ) bt Kyle French (skip), Simon Zaporozec (TAS) 20-17;
Women's Pairs: Teri Anderson (skip), Joy Archer (NZ) lost Monica Korn (skip), Anne Draffen (NZ) 11-21;
Mixed 8 bowl Pairs: Paul Smith (skip), Fiona Keegan (NZ) drew Errol Weir (skip), Lynda Charles (AUS) 15-15;
Mixed 6 bowl Pairs: Gary Low (skip), Lisa Gould (NZ) lost Ian Ogilvie (skip), Fiona Pearson (AUS) 19-29;
Men's Triples: Simon Thomas (skip), Daniel French, Michael Lawson (NZ) bt Darren Voss (skip), Shane Cashill, Haydn Weir (AUS) 17-12;
Women's Triples: Dale Rayner (skip), Suzanne Mackie, Denise Clarkson (NZ) lost Julie Zaporozec (skip), Rhonda Aram, Barbara Hill (AUS) 15-16;

The draw is:

Women's Singles: NZ – Teri Anderson, Waikato v Aus – Anne Draffen, Victoria (23-22, )
Men's Singles: NZ – Gary Low, Southland v Aus – Ian Ogilvie, NSW (15-23, )
Women's Fours: NZ – Dale Rayner, North Wellington (skip), Suzanne Mackie, Southland, Denise Clarkson, Hutt Valley, Lisa Gould, Upper Hutt Valley v Aus – Monika Korn, NSW (skip), Julie Zaporozec, Tasmania, Rhonda Aram, Tasmania, Barbara Hill, NSW (17-12, )
Men's Fours: NZ – Simon Thomas, Canterbury, (skip), Daniel French, Otago, Paul Wright, Auckland, Michael Lawson, Ashburton v Aus – Kyle French, Queensland, Simon Zaporozec, Tasmania, Shane Cashill, Victoria, Haydn Weir, Queensland (25-15, )
Mixed Fours: NZ – Grant l'Ami, North Taranaki, (skip), Paul Smith, Tauranga, Fiona Keegan, Tauranga, Joy Archer, Waikato v Aus – Darren Voss, Tasmania (skip), Errol Weir, Queensland, Lynda Charles, Tasmania, Fiona Pearson, South Australia (17-20,

Women's (8-Bowl) Pairs: NZ – Teri Anderson (skip), Joy Archer v Aus – Monika Korn (skip) Anne Draffen (11-21, )
Men's (8-Bowl) Pairs: NZ – Grant l'Ami (skip), Paul Wright v Aus – Kyle French (skip), Simon Zaporozec (20-7, )
Mixed (8-Bowl) Pairs: NZ – Paul Smith (skip), Fiona Keegan v Aus – Errol Weir (skip), Lynda Charles (15-15, )
Mixed (6-Bowl) Pairs: NZ – Gary Low (skip), Lisa Gould v Aus – Ian Ogilvie (skip), Fiona Pearson (19-29, )
Women's Triples: NZ – Dale Rayner (skip), Suzanne Mackie, Denise Clarkson v Aus – Julie Zaporozec (skip), Rhonda Aram, Barbara Hill (15-16, )
Men's Triples: NZ – Simon Thomas (skip), Daniel French, Michael Lawson v Aus – Darren Voss (skip) Shane Cashill, Haydn Weir (17-12, )