2020 Zone Playoffs This Weekend

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18 August 2020, 14:35

NZ Mixed Pairs and Henselite Champion of Champion Singles

Get ready for the zones!

COVID-19 may have thrown a spanner in the works, but the Singles and Mixed Pairs Zone Finals are still full steam ahead for this weekend.  Auckland is the exception of course, but all going well, Zone 1 will be played at a later date.

This is the first year the Henselite Singles will have a zone play off, making the road to the National Final even tougher.  Whoever makes it there will have no doubt earned their spot, and what a competition it will be to see eight of NZ’s most in-form singles players go head to head in a round robin.

Names that stand out across the zones include Mark Ridley, Ashley Diamond, Marcus Trlin, Tim Veale, Ken Mackenzie and Daniel French, but each of them will have stiff competition to get past.

Similarly, the Mixed Pairs events will also be hard-fought.  There is a real mix of combinations, including couples, siblings, and young bowlers paired with experience, but as far as favourites go, most people would be eyeing up Mat Blacks Ashley Diamond and Sheree Holmes.  Together they won the first ever NZ Mixed Pairs event back in 2016 and have also proven themselves as a formidable duo on the international mats.

There are a number of bowlers who qualified for both events; Kyle Waldron, Ashley Diamond, Nathan Trowell, Ella Smailes, Lyn Martin, Marg Milne and Ken Mackenzie will all get a double shot at a national final.

Who will you be cheering for?  Who are your picks to win?  No matter which way you look at it, all eight zones are capable of producing the NZ Mixed Pairs and Henselite Singles champions.  See the zone finalists below and feel free to fill in the blanks:

 – Zone Winner


Zone 1 - to be confirmed

Zone 2:
Waikato - Lesley Monk
Thames Valley - Kevin Boothby
Bay of Plenty - Dylan Greyvenstein
Tauranga - Brian Pointon
Poverty Bay - Nathan Trowell 

Zone 3:
North Taranaki - Mark Ridley
Wanganui - Les Heywood 
Taranaki - Ella Smailes
King Country - Lyn Martin

Zone 4:
Bush Ruahine - Anthony Mason
Hawkes Bay - Bruce Dalton
Wairarapa - Donald Leighton
Manawatu - Tim Veale 

Zone 5:
Upper Hutt Valley - Ashley Diamond
Hutt Valley - Marcus Trlin
Horowhenua - Joy Hansen
North Wellington - Kyle Waldron 

Zone 6:
Golden Bay Motueka - Robin Hocking
Buller - Marg Milne
Nelson - Barry Beams
Marlborough - Brian Booker 

Zone 7:
Ashburton - Ken Mackenzie 
Canterbury - Dave Philpott
South Canterbury - Derek Cooper
North Otago -

Zone 8:
Central Otago - John Leyser
Otago - Daniel French 
South Otago - Robert Wilson
Southland - Peter Carnie


Zone 1 - still to be confirmed

Zone 2:
Waikato - Teri Anderson and Richard Caddy 
Thames Valley - Jeff Davies and Elizabeth Hopson
Bay of Plenty - Gavin Rennie and Christina Kingi
Tauranga - Anthony Oullett and Fiona Keegan
Poverty Bay - Nathan Trowell and Kayla Trowell

Zone 3:
North Taranaki - Alister Wilson and Bronnie Read 
Whanganui - Warren Freeman and Ros Freeman
Taranaki - Martin Harding and Ella Smailes
King Country - Lyn Martin and Peter Fisher

Zone 4:
Bush Ruahine - Karl Schroder and Marie Schroder
Hawkes Bay - Michael Brown and Tina Sinclair 
Wairarapa - Mathew Day and Dale Lloyd-Stanton
Manawatu - Bruce Meyer and Sarah Warrington

Zone 5:
Upper Hutt Valley - Ashley Diamond and Sheree Holmes
Hutt Valley - Jordan Keene and Lois Randall
Horowhenua – Bruce Pedley and Liz Gardiner
North Wellington - Kyle Waldron and Anjela Frost 

Zone 6:
Golden Bay Motueka - Greg and Fiona Edwards
Buller - Gavin Griffiths and Marg Milne 
Nelson - Nathan Dellabosca and Shirley Deerness
Marlborough - Steven Grant and Georgia Watt

Zone 7:
Ashburton - Ken Mackenzie and Rowena Mackenzie
South Canterbury - Alan Gibson and Christine Shand
Canterbury - Kylie Gould and Gary Ashby 
North Otago -

Zone 8:
Central Otago - Kevin Hurley and Janeen Wood
Otago - Hugh Bosman and Clare Stedman 
South Otago - Russell Copland and Lynne Copland
Southland - Christine Langley and Stephen Langley