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Exec minutes from AGM & Annual Report

The minutes from the AGM & December meetings have been released, as well as the 2016 Annual Report. You can find all these documents here.

NZ Team named to play Australia in 2017

Two new caps have been named in the New Zealand Indoor Bowls team to defend the Henselite Trophy against Australia at the Mounties Club, 101 Meadows Rd, Mount Pritchard, Sydney next year.

The test will be played from Thursday 18 May to Saturday 20 May.

The new caps are Daniel French, Otago and Suzanne Mackie Southland.

Simon Thomas, Ashburton has been recalled to the Mat Blacks after being unavailable in 2015.

Eleven players from the 2015 successful Mat Blacks have retained their places. They are captain, Grant l'Ami (North Taranaki), Gary Low (Southland), Ashley Diamond (Upper Hutt Valley), Grant Rayner (North Wellington), Paul Smith and Fiona Wilson (Tauranga), Lois Randall and Denise Clarkson (Hutt Valley), Sheree Holmes (Upper Hutt Valley), Teri Anderson and Linda McCurdy (Waikato).

Those to miss out are John Zittersteijn (North Taranaki) Paul Wright (Auckland) and Maureen Pruden (Waikato).

Gina Owen (Bay of Plenty) who had to withdraw from the team last time because of an elbow injury following a fall on the eve of the test match has been named as the women's reserve and Michael Lawson, Ashburton, is the men's reserve for the fourth time.

Although the Mat Blacks won the test last time they lost all of the fours combinations, men's, women's and mixed and these have been changed.

Otago's Daniel French will be the lead in the men's four and triple and Southland's Suzanne Mackie will be the lead in the mixed four and women's pair.

French has come through the junior ranks and has represented the South Island eight times and he won the Inter-Island medal in the men's fours this year as the two.

Mackie has represented the South Island seventeen times and won the Inter-Island medal in the women's fours this year skipping the team.

Ashburton's Simon Thomas and a former captain has been recalled after being unavailable in 2015. He represents his country for the seventh time. He has nine Australasian titles. Men's Fours 2003, 2006, 2007; mixed (6-bowl) Pairs 2005, 2007, 2009, 2013 and Mixed Fours 2009, 2011. He will skip the men's four and triple.

His three is Gary Low with Grant Rayner as two and French leading in the fours and the triple combination is Thomas, Low and French. He skipped the successful South Island men's four this year.

Ashley Diamond, Upper Hutt Valley and Teri Anderson, Waikato will play the men's and women's singles again. Both won the Australasian medals in these events last time.

Diamond won the New Zealand Singles at the national championships this year, while Anderson won the Truth Cup which is awarded to the woman going the furthest.

Diamond will again combine with Upper Hutt Valley's Sheree Holmes in the mixed 8-bowl pairs and Anderson will lead for Grant Rayner, North Wellington in the mixed 6-bowl pairs.

Hutt Valley's Lois Randall will skip the women's four and triples again. This time she will combine with Waikato's Linda McCurdy as her three, Sheree Holmes as two and Denise Clarkson, Hutt Valley as the lead. The triples combination is Randall, McCurdy and Clarkson.

The team captain Grant l'Ami, North Taranaki will skip the mixed four and men's pair. His three is Paul Smith with Fiona Wilson as two and Suzanne Mackie leading. L'Ami and Smith combine to make up the men's pair and Wilson and Mackie the women's pair.

New Zealand, the defending titleholder, has won the Henselite Trophy sixteen times including eight tests in succession from 1993 to 2007 with the tests being held every two years alternating between each country. Australia has won on five occasions 1976, 1979, and 1991 and most recently in 2009 and 2011.

Fourteen players represent each country - seven men and seven women - who each play in two events each. The eleven events are the men's and women's singles, men's, women's and mixed fours, men's, women's, mixed 6-bowl and mixed 8-bowl pairs, and the men's and women's triples

The New Zealand team is:

Women: Teri Anderson (Waikato);
Men: Ashley Diamond (Upper Hutt Valley);

Women: Lois Randall (Hutt Valley), Linda McCurdy (Waikato), Sheree Holmes (Upper Hutt Valley), Denise Clarkson (Hutt Valley).
Men: Simon Thomas (Ashburton), Gary Low (Southland), Grant Rayner (North Wellington), Daniel French (Otago).
Mixed: Grant l'Ami (North Taranaki), Paul Smith (Tauranga), Fiona Wilson (Tauranga), Suzanne Mackie (Southland).

Women: Randall, McCurdy and Clarkson.
Men: Thomas, Low and French.

Women: Wilson and Mackie;
Men: l'Ami and Smith.
Mixed 6-bowl: Rayner and Anderson;
Mixed 8-bowl: Diamond and Holmes.

Reserves: Women: Gina Owen (Bay of Plenty); Michael Lawson (Ashburton).

Captain: Grant l'Ami, Vice Captain: Fiona Wilson.

Manager: Barry Chapman (Waikato).

Latest Exec documents available

The NZIB Executive has released the 2017 Calendar, as well as the minutes of their last meeting in October.

The calendar is available as PDF here

The executive minutes are available as PDF here

Tauranga wins Henselite Singles

Tauranga's Geoff Coughey has capped off a very fine season by winning the Henselite Champion of Champions Singles at North Wellington on Saturday.

In the final he defeated Nigel Warnes, Golden Bay-Motueka 15-6.

Coughey also won the national triples this year when he combined with Keith Setter and Paul Smith. He was third equal in the Champion of Champions Singles in 2014.

In the semifinals he defeated Chris Matthews, Canterbury 12-11 while Warnes defeated Matthew Ellis, Counties 11-10.

Ellis has featured in the Henselite Singles over the years finishing runner-up in 2006, 2007, third equal in 2005, 2012 and again this year.

Joseph Zino, Hutt Valley won the plate beating Alister Wilson, North Taranaki 11-8.

Go here for a full wrap of all the results

August / September Newsletter is online

Go here to view the latest news & views from our NZIB committee.

North Taranaki retains Welch Trophy for 2016

North Taranaki have retained the Welch Trophy in Christchurch Sunday afternoon - but only just.

The defending champions must have had some anxious moments in the final round of pairs, as they won only one game, giving them three points.

In contrast chasing sides Counties and Waikato won two games for six points while closest rivals Ashburton picked up a win and a draw for 4.5 points.

North Taranaki finished up with 105.5 points, Ashburton were second on 103.5, and Counties were third on 101.5 points. In order the other teams were Upper Hutt Valley, 85.5, Waikato, 81.5 and Otago 62.5 .

Upper Hutt Valley recorded three wins and a draw in the final pairs for 10.5 points to overhaul Waikato.

The most successful singles players were Alister Wilson (North Taranaki) with 5 wins, and Kath Arvidson (Counties ) with 4.5.

Overall Alister Wilson had 11.5 wins as also did Des Hawkins (Ashburton).

Final Point Standings:
NT 105.5, AS 103.5, CS 101.5, UV 85.5, WK 81.5, OT 62.5

Go here for a list of the teams and players, and final results.

Winners found in Secondary School Pairs

Caleb Hope and Hannah Wilson from James Hargest College have won the gold medal in the Pairs at the New Zealand Secondary Schools Indoor Bowls Championships at Titahi Bay in North Wellington.

They beat Seamus Curtin and Finbar McGuigan from Aotea College 11-4 in the final. Curtin and McGuigan received the silver medal.

The bronze medal was won by Liam McLean and Tyler Gullery from Hawera High School who beat Aidan Zittersteijn and Ryan Vincent 11-3 in the play-off for third and fourth.

In the plate final Todd Soothill and Nicole Bennett from Hawera High School beat Stacey James and Jayreeve Mose from Western Heights High School 11-4 .

The Player of the Tournament award went to Aidan Zittersteijn who won the singles and finished fourth in the pairs.

Go here to see the full list of competitors & full results

Winners found in Secondary School Singles

Aidan Zittersteijn of Spotswood College in North Taranaki has won the final of the Singles at the New Zealand Secondary Schools Indoor Bowls Championships at Titahi Bay in North Wellington.

He beat Leighton Shanks from Lytton High School in Poverty Bay 11-4.

Sixteen-year-old Zittersteijn won the North Island Secondary Schools singles title earlier in the year.

He is a member of North Taranaki's Paterson Trophy squad, and will line up with them in the Welch trophy final next weekend.

Shanks won the North Island Secondary School singles in 2013 and 2014.

Anthony Ouellet from Tauranga Boys College beat David Ellis from Timaru Boys High 11-1 in the play-off for third and fourth

Katie-Rae Botica from Villa Maria College in Canterbury took out the Plate final, beating Foden Petersen of Inglewood High School in Taranaki 13-3.

Go here to see full list of competitors and results

Winner found in National Junior Singles

Otago's Jonty Horwell has taken out the New Zealand Indoor Bowls Junior Singles in North Wellington Saturday afternoon.

He beat last year's winner, Aidan Zittersteijn of North Taranaki, 10-9 in a close final.

Seventeen-year-old Horwell also won the junior singles in 2014. He's from the Kaikorai Club in Dunedin.

On his way to the final Horwell put out Daniel Curtis of Manawatu 12-6 in one semi- final and Zittersteijn eliminated Leighton Shanks of Poverty Bay 13-8 in the other.

The final of the Plate was an all-Auckland affair, with Mereani Solomona of Roskill and Districts beating Jakeb White of Counties 14-6.

Solomona beat Kaleb Johnston of Nelson 13-8, in one semi-final and White beat Jamie Pretty of Taranaki 14-6 in the other.

Go here for a full list of competitors and results

North Island tour of the South

All the regional teams facing the North Island on their tour have been named. You can view the PDF here.

All the results for the week will be posted here, so you can see it all on one page.

You can also follow the results live, as posted in the Google Docs Spreadsheet. You can view that here.

Abridged Results:

Friday 5th August - North Island BEAT Central / South Otago 19 - 5
Saturday 6th August - North Island BEAT Southland 14 - 10
Sunday 7th August - North Island BEAT Otago 13.5 - 10.5
Sunday 7th August - North Island BEAT North Otago / South Canterbury Combined 18 - 6
Monday 8th August - North Island BEAT Ashburton 15 - 9
Tuesday 9th August - North Island BEAT West Coast 20 - 4
Wednesday 10th August - North Island BEAT Marlborough / Top of the South 14.5 - 9.5
Thursday 11th August - North Island BEAT Canterbury 18 - 6
Friday - Rest Day
Saturday 13th August - North Island BEAT South Island 15.5 - 8.5

The North Island indoor bowls team have retained the Kevin Eddy Memorial Trophy with a convincing 31 to 17 win over the South Island in Christchurch on Saturday.

The North have now held the trophy, the symbol of inter-Island supremacy for thirteen years in a row.
Throughout their tour of the South Island the North's singles players Denise Clarkson (Hutt Valley) and Avon Compton (North Wellington) have led the way. With three more wins today against Belinda Peard (Southland) Clarkson has finished with 22 wins and two draws from her 27 games.

Compton also won his three games against the South's James Sullivan (Canterbury) today.
The North Island women's triple of Lois Randall (Hutt Valley), Linda McCurdy (Waikato) and Lisa Gould (Upper Hutt Valley) also won their three games.

For the South Island the women's four of Suzanne Mackie (Southland), Marie-Therese Hooper (Canterbury), Deanne Osborne (Canterbury) and Alanna Preddy (South Otago), posted three wins as did the men's four of Simon Thomas (Ashburton), Michael Lawson (Ashburton), Daniel French (Otago) and Grant Wilson (Ashburton).

NZ Mixed Pairs results

Upper Hutt Valley have won the New Zealand Mixed Pairs title at Lower Hutt adding to the Mixed Fours they won the previous day.

The winning team, Ashley Diamond and Sheree Holmes, was half of the fours team on Saturday.

The title was decided even before the final round was played, as Southland defaulted from the series and they would have been Upper Hutt's opponents in the final round.

Second place in the Pairs went to the North Taranaki team of Grant and Tania l'Ami , and third went to the Ashburton pair of Simon and Julie Thomas.

Upper Hutt Valley finished on 12 points from five wins and two draws, North Taranaki had five wins and one draw and Ashburton had four wins.

Final Standings: UV 12, NT 11, AS 8, CS 8, WR 6, TG 5, NN 4, SL 0.

Full results and teams available here

North Island Secondary Schools


A team from Tauranga Boys High School has taken out the pairs at the North Island Secondary Schools Indoor Bowls Championships at Mount Maunganui on Saturday.

Anthony Ouellet, who was a losing finalist last year, teamed with Andre Dorofaeff to beat Jaimee Pretty and Brittany Simpson from Opunake High School in Taranaki.

Andre also competed last year, but Pretty and Simpson were making their first appearance at the championships.

Aidan Zittersteijn and Dylan Dolton from Spotswood College in North Taranaki finished third.

Fifteen teams competed in the pairs, with six teams qualifying for post-section play.

A large crowd of parents and other supporters were treated to some excellent bowls.

Entries were up on last year.


Spotswood College student Aidan Zittersteijn took out the singles at the North Island Secondary Schools Indoor Bowls Championships at Mount Maunganui on Sunday.

Zittersteijn, regarded as one of the up and coming players in the North Taranaki District, and son of top indoor bowler John Zittersteijn beat Bay of Plenty's Matthew Farquhar of Tauhara College in the final.

In the semi-finals Zittersteijn put out Mesha White of Waitakere College and Farquhar beat Andre Dorofaeff of Tauranga Boys College.

Dorofaeff teamed with fellow Tauranga Boys College student Anthony Ouellet to win the pairs on Saturday.

Thirty four students from 15 North Island schools entered the singles and twelve qualified for post-section play.

A number of them will now line up in the New Zealand Secondary Schools Indoor Bowls Championships in North Wellington on the 28th and 29th of August.

The Shield for the school winning the most points over the singles and pairs was awarded to Tauranga Boys College with Spotswood College a close second.

The overall weekend has been described as an example of excellent bowls, sportsmanship and gracious losers.

There was a lot of support from parents, managers and the Tauranga Association Members,

NZ Mixed Fours results

Upper Hutt Valley have won the New Zealand Mixed fours for 2016.
Their team of Ashley Diamond (skip), Brandon Fuge, Lisa White and Sheree Holmes went through the seven rounds unbeaten.

They finished three points ahead of Manawatu in a cliff-hanger final round. Upper Hutt went into it one point ahead of Manawatu and in a dream final-round draw, came up against Manawatu and beat them 8-7.

This was Ashley Diamond's second mixed fours title having previously won in 2011.

The Manawatu team was Tim Veale (skip), Bruce Meyer, Sarah Warrington and Anne-Marie Warrington.

Tauranga finished third. They were represented by Paul Smith, Mike Phipps, Fiona Wilson and Lorraine Smith. Eight districts took part in the Mixed Fours final play-off.

It will be a busy weekend team for Diamond and Holmes who team up again on Sunday in the inaugural Mixed Pairs final. Also playing again in the pairs are Mike and Lorraine Phipps from Tauranga.

Final Standings: UV 14, MN 11, TG 8, GB 6, CO 6, CY 5, NL 3, TA 3.

Full results and teams available here

Paterson Trophy final results

Here are the final Zone results from all over the country

Zone 1 - Final


Zone 2 - Final


Zone 3


Zone 4

Upper Hutt Valley 124.5
Hutt Valley 112
North Wellington 109.5
Bush Ruahine 81
Wairarapa 69
Horowhenua 44

Zone 5 - Final

NELSON 112.5

Zone 6 - Final



2016 North & South Island Teams

The North and South Island indoor bowls selectors have made a few changes to their teams to meet in the annual clash for the Kevin Eddy Memorial Trophy at Christchurch in August.

With no international match this year both sets of selectors were free to bring back New Zealand players.

This has seen the dropping of several of last year's teams, and the repositioning of others. For instance three of the four singles players did not appear in those positions last year.

The biggest upset is the dropping of the North Island captain last year, Grant Harvey from North Taranaki, who was the North's men's singles player last year.

For the South one interesting selection is the positioning of Ashley Diamond, the New Zealand singles player, and who has just picked up his second national singles title at Mount Maunganui on Sunday. He has been chosen to skip the men's pair.

Those who've missed out on Island selection this year can take heart in the knowledge that those players chosen for the New Zealand team to play Australia next year will not be eligible for the Island teams.

See here for a PDF outlining the teams

2016 National Open Championships Results


WON BY: Ashley Diamond (Upper Hutt School, UV)

Master's Singles: Andrew Brunton (Merrilands, NT)

Kath & S.E.N. Smith Trophy (Senior going the furtherest in the Open): Lloyd Bellis (Stoke, NN)
Truth Cup for Woman going the furtherest: Teri Anderson (St Andrews, WK)
Cliff Thompson Trophy for Junior going the furtherest: Matthew Heads (Timaru Town & Country Club, SC)

Go here for full list of qualifiers and post-section results


WON BY: Grant L'Ami & Mike Phipps (South City, Tauranga)

Masters Pairs: Roger & Maureen Bartosh (Papamoa Sports, Tauranga)

Bob Malcolm Memorial Tray: Tim & Peg Jones (Whangamata, Thames Valley)

Go here for full list of qualifiers and post-section results


WON BY: Paul Smith, Geoff Coughey, Keith Setter (South City, Tauranga)

Masters Triples: Brian Hardgrave, Bari Oliver, Maureen Dravitzki (Merrilands, North Taranaki)

Go here for full list of qualifiers and post-section results


WON BY: Lloyd Bellis, Kath Arvidson, Rhonda Bellis, Debbie Warren (Stoke, Nelson)

Masters Fours: Andrew Brunton, Brian Hardgrave, Bari Oliver, Maureen Dravitzki (Merrilands, North Taranaki)

Go here for full list of qualifiers and post-section results

Player of the Tournament: Mike Phipps (South City, Tauranga)

2016 Academy & Masters final results

Academy: North Island 28, South Island 20
Masters: Northern Zone 30, Southern Zone 18

View all the final results for each discipline here

2016 South Island Champs Winners

Johnstone Electrical Pairs: Maurice Berkeley and Jenny Eden (Woolston WMC, CY)

Fours: Mike King (s), David Philpott, Marilyn Paterson, Vanessa Tyson (Hornby WMC, Canterbury)

Balclutha Subway Triples: Michael Lawson (s), Ken Mackenzie, Stephen Preddy (Rakaia, Ashburton)

Player of the Tournament: Ken MacKenzie, Ashburton

Post section results can be found here

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

2016 Nationals

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. Go to the Executive page for the online documents.

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.

Download the full Laws of the Game here
Download the 2-page change outline document here

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.

Download the Discussion Document here


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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