2016 South Island Champs
While the major event at this time of year is the Nationals, the other big event is the Island Championships. These are held in the Island opposite to the Island that the Nationals are being held in, to allow those people who aren't able to to travel to the Nationals, to attend a major NZIB event.
This year is is being held in Balclutha. It will be the first chance for many bowlers to show their talent at the start of a busy season for the sport.
They have 115 teams entered in the Johnstone Electrical Pairs, 65 in the Balclutha Subway Triples, and 55 in the fours.
The winner of the pairs in both 2013 and 2014, Michael Lawson (Ashburton), is entered this year and is again teamed with his 2013 lead Stephen Preddy. One of the winning four in 2014, Kevin Anngow (Canterbury), is looking for another title, although with a different team.
The triples winners in 2014, Gary Low, Graham Low and Jan Low, from Southland are defending their title.
Some interesting match-ups have shown up in the draw for the three events.
In the pairs, one section has David and Kathryn Edgar (Tapanui, South Otago), and Grant Fortune and Brian Turner (Invercargill WMC, Southland). Another features Daniel French and Brent Sinclair (Green Island, Otago) and Alanna Preddy and Chris Moffitt (Paretai, South Otago).
Jan Low and Warwick Gray (Grasmere, Southland) are in the same section as Kevin and Caleb Anngow (St Pauls, Canterbury).
Section three in the fours is a real "pool of death", with teams led by Ann Cottrell (St Pauls, Canterbury), Suzanne Mackie (North Invercargill, Southland) and Daniel French (Green Island, Otago).
There's another cut-throat section in the triples involving teams led by Chris Moffitt (Paretai, South Otago), Gary Low (Grasmere, Southland) and Barry Chapman (Tapanui, South Otago).
Another section in the fours has Michael Lawson (Rakaia, Ashburton) and Grant Fortune (Invercargill WMC, Southland).
2016 Academy & Masters teams announced
The selectors have rung the changes for the North and South Island Academy Teams, and the Northern and Southern Zone Masters teams, to play off at the National Indoor bowls Championships at Mount Maunganui next month.
With entries for this year's Nationals well up on Timaru last year, the selectors for the four teams have had a lot more players to choose from for the Academy and Masters fixtures.
Sweeping changes have been made from singles events right through to the fours. In fact all four singles players are new to the position this year.
A number of players have been recalled from past years, and all four teams look very different.
In Timaru in 2015 the North Island Academy team had a clear-cut 37-11 win over the South.
It was much close in the Masters competition with the Northern Zone pushed hard all the way before running out the winners 29-19.
The National Indoor Bowls Championships will be played at the ASB Arena at Mount Maunganui from the 11th to the 18th of June, with the Masters and Academy fixtures to be played during the week.
2016 Catholic Nationals Draw available
While this isn't an NZIB event, we still like to support other major tournaments, so we will provide a link to anybody wanting to know about the Catholic Nationals, being held in Napier on Queens Birthday weekend.
No results or anything will be posted here, but you can go to the following link, for anything you want to know.
2016 Nationals Draws available
All the draws for this years Nationals are now available to be viewed. The link to the online chart is:
Please be aware though, that the first three sheets are actually from the South Island Champs, since this event is being held the weekend before, so it comes first in the chart.
The other way you can view the draws, are with the following PDF's, which cover each session for all events - Open & Masters. You can download and print these out if you want to.
Open Singles Session 1
Open Singles Session 2
Open Pairs Session 1
Open Pairs Session 2
All entries (by Centre, alphabetical)
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.
Some information has been made available for this years Nationals, which is being held in Mt Maunganui.
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2015 AGM Minutes and Documents available
The minutes and other documents from the recent NZIB are available online here. They are all in PDF format, so easily readable PDF Reader
Latest Code of Conduct available
The latest Code of Conduct has been released by the NZIB committee. It is intended to be abided by all participants in NZIB-run events. These events include NZ Championships, Island Championships, NZ Mixed Fours, Henselite Champion Singles, Junior Singles. As teams competing for the Welch Trophy have a District manager, it is strongly recommended that Districts adopt this policy to at least cover this event. This policy is also intended to apply to members of New Zealand and Island representative teams.
Anybody affected by this is strongly urged to read the CoC, and make sure they abide by it.
NZIB News - 2015 Law changes documents available online
The new law change documents have been released by the NZIB, which are available as an online PDF download.
The first document is the full Laws of the Game, and the second document is a 2 page document outlining the main changes.
New deal announced - Apex Car Rentals
The NZIB Committee has secured an ongoing deal with Apex Car Rentals, which will apply for all rentals from 1 April 2015. There are also special deals available for 4 specific cars, during the period of the 2015 Nationals. Click the image in the 'Special Discounts' area on the left hand side for a window to open with the exact details
NZIB Structure Discussion Document
The NZIB Committee has released a document that is intended to be viewed & discussed by all bowlers at all levels. You can bring this up at your local association level, or send your concerns directly to the NZIB committee. If you are a member of Facebook, there will also be a discussion held on the NZ Indoor Bowls page, where the document will also be available.
2015 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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