NZ JUNIOR SINGLES - JOHNSTON FOLLOWS IN HIS FATHERS FOOTSTEPS
Kaleb Johnston aged 17 from the Stoke Club, Nelson won the national final of the 41st New Zealand Indoor Bowls Junior Singles held on Saturday, at North Wellington Indoor Bowls Association Hall, Onepoto Domain, Titahi Bay, Wellington.
Kaleb made history when he followed in his father Mike's footsteps to win the title. Mike won the title 40 years ago in 1978.
Kaleb was third equal in the NZ Junior singles in 2015 and 2016 and has finally broken through to win. He also won the bronze medal in the NZ Secondary School Singles last year and has been a Southern Zone Junior representative the last three years.
In the final over 12 ends he defeated Anthony Ouellet, Tauranga in an outstanding display of draw bowls 13-3.
In the semifinals Johnston defeated Jakeb White, Counties 15-8 while Ouellet defeated Jordan Keene, Hutt Valley 12-5.
The defending champion Matthew Farquhar was eliminated by Ryan Vincent, North Taranaki in the first round of post section.
The Morrison Plate for non-qualifiers was won by Bradyn Popow, Manawatu who defeated Matthew Tosh, Southland 17-8 in the final.
23 districts entered the championship and 11 players qualified for post section play. Full results can be viewed here
MATTHEW FARQUHAR WINS NZ SECONDARY SCHOOLS SINGLES
Matthew Farquhar (17) from the Tauhara College, Taupo 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.
Last year he won the Silver Medal in this event as well as the New Zealand Junior Singles national title. He has had a marvelous season winning his Bay of Plenty Gold Star and will also represent his district at the Henselite Singles.
In the final he defeated yesterday's New Zealand Singles champion Kaleb Johnston, Waimea College (17) 9-5 who won the silver medal. Johnston won the bronze medal last year.
The bronze medal winner this year was Blair Gowan, Feilding High School.
James Cameron Powell won the plate for non-qualifiers in the main event. He was runner-up for this trophy last year.
64 players from secondary schools throughout the country entered the singles competition and 36 pairs will compete in the pairs championship tomorrow. Full results can be viewed here
KINGS HIGH SCHOOL, DUNEDIN WINS PAIRS GOLD MEDALS
Jack Oaten and Beckham Wheeler-Greenall Kings High School, Dunedin won the Gold Medals in the pairs in the New Zealand Secondary Schools Indoor Bowls Championships held at the North Wellington Indoor Bowls Hall, Onepoto, Titahi Bay, North Wellington on Monday.
Both the winners are members of the Kings High School's Cricket first eleven.
In the final they defeated Dylan Greyvenstein and Vincent Beard, Whakatane High School who received the Silver Medals 10-7.
In the semifinals Jack Oaten and Beckham Wheeler-Greenall Kings High School beat Blair Gowan, AJ Bond Feilding High School 11-3 while Dylan Greyvenstein and Vincent Beard, Whakatane High School beat James Cameron Powell and Karan Sharma Aotea College 12-10. Full results can be viewed here