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 The playoffs for the World Bowls Tour events in the UK begin on Saturday afternoon with quarterfinals in all four events at 12.30pm. Matches are of 2 sets (9 ends in singles, 7 ends in pairs), and if required, a best of 3 end tiebreak. Shots are not counted in the tiebreak meaning players go all out to secure each end. Saturday culminates in the semifinals and finals of the Scottish and International Singles events.

The Sunday programme begins at 8.30am with the World Indoor Pairs semifinals in the morning, and the most prestigious World Indoor Singles semifinals and final in the afternoon. The NZ representative in the World Indoor Singles will play for the biggest prize in bowls at the Potter’s Leisure Resort in Norfolk, England where the victor pockets 55,000 pounds.

Naenae will host Wellington qualifiers for all events next winter starting at Queen’s Birthday Weekend.  

NZ PBA RACE TO OZ UPDATE

The NZ PBA Race to Oz has been updated since the last qualifying weekend with the Year End Number One trophy still up for grabs. Craig Merrilees (Southland) would need to win either the World Indoor Singles or the International Singles playoffs and come at least runner-up in the other and hope the 2-time reigning number one Murray Glassey (Hawkes Bay) loses his matches in the Scottish Singles and World Indoor Pairs.

Both Glassey and Merrilees, and third placed Andrew Kelly (Canterbury) have done enough to retain their places in the 2018 Scotty’s Meats NZ PBA team to play the Australian PBA. World Indoor Pairs finalist Bart Robertson (North Harbour) has slipped to 10th in the Race to Oz, but secured his second year in the team when he was the best kiwi performer in the recent series at the Deer Park Club in Melbourne last month. The last spot is currently occupied by 18-year old Bradley Down (Wellington) after two very consistent years in the PBA but he is sweating on the performance of 23-year old Dean Drummond (Hawkes Bay) this weekend who needs three wins to earn trips to the World Indoor Singles and to overtake Down for the last NZ team spot.

Rhonda Adams (Taranaki) has easily taken the Best Woman trophy from fellow Taranaki player Debbie Wilford having risen to 7th in the Race to Oz after winning two Ranking Singles events at the Paritutu Club in New Plymouth this winter.

Another young Wellington player impressing this winter is 27-year old Ray Martin who will be awarded the Best Rookie of the Year trophy. Competition will be fierce and fantastic for everyone’s skill levels in PBA qualifiers at the Naenae venue next winter.

NZ PBA RACE TO OZ UPDATE

(2016 rank)         Race to Oz           Name    (Centre)               Points

(1)          1              Murray Glassey (Hawkes Bay)                    427
(4)          2              Craig Merrilees (Southland)                        394
(2)          3              Andrew Kelly (Canterbury)                          342
(51=)     4              Bradley Down (Wellington)                           323
(12)        5              Paul King (Dunedin)                                     309
(19)        6              Dean Drummond (Hawkes Bay)                  296
(56=)     7              Rhonda Adams (Taranaki)                            295
(10=)     8              Oliver Mason (Dunedin)                               293
(5)          9              Rob Ashton (Wellington)                             285
(3)          10           Bart Robertson (North Harbour)                  283
(23)        11           Brent Thomson (Southland)                        281
(56=)     12           John Roberts (Taranaki)                               265
(8)          13=         Sheldon Bagrie-Howley (Southland)           256
(43)        13=         Richie Muir (Central Otago)                         256
(38)        15           Ross Stevens (Dunedin)                              254
(15)        16           Don Christensen (Taranaki)                         249
(30)        17           Ken Walker (Dunedin)                                  232
(88=)     18           Terry Johnson (Manawatu)                            228
(16)        19           Andrew McLean (Dunedin)                         227
(9)          20=         Richard Corry (Wellington)                           226
(18)        20=         Andrew McCallum (Dunedin)                     226

Rookie  73           Ray Martin (Wellington)                                 120

NZ PBA FINALS WEEKEND PROGRAMME at NAENAE BOWLING CLUB, WELLINGTON

Fri 8 Sep

3pm                       Practice
6pm                       Welcome
6.15pm                 Henselite Shanghai Singles Qualifier

Sat 9 Sep

9am                       Henselite Shanghai Singles Semifinals: (draw TBD) Rob Ashton (Auckland), Bruce Hall (Taranaki), Dean Drummond (Hawkes Bay), Wellington qualifier, Andrew Kelly (Canterbury), Lyall Spencer (Southland)
10.30am               Henselite Shanghai Singles Final
12noon                 Lunch in Chrissy’s Bistro
12.30pm               Scottish Singles Quarterfinal: Murray Glassey (Hawkes Bay) v Stephen Zino (Wellington)
12.30pm               International Singles Quarterfinal: Terry Johnson (Manawatu) v Ian Andrews (Taranaki)
12.30pm               World Indoor Pairs Quarterfinal: Kerri Rupene & Marty Kreft (Dunedin) v Steve Muller & Kevan Sellars (Taranaki)
12.30pm               World Indoor Singles Quarterfinal: Steve Hoeft (Auckland) v Dean Drummond (Hawkes Bay)
2.30pm                 Scottish Singles Semifinals: Quarterfinal winner v Russell Dawe (Dunedin); Sonny Tautari (Southland) v Colin Rogan (North Harbour)
2.30pm                 International Singles Semifinals: Quarterfinal winner v Craig Merrilees; Rob Ashton v Ken Walker
4.30pm                 Scottish Singles Final
4.30pm                 International Singles Final
6.30pm                 Dinner in Chrissy’s Bistro
7.30pm                 All Blacks v Argentina

Sun 10 Sep

8.30am                 World Indoor Pairs Semifinals: Quarterfinal winner v Darren Broome & Brad Allan (Southland); Murray Glassey & Paul Sorensen (Hawkes Bay) v Bart Robertson (North Harbour) & Steve Hoeft (Auckland)
8.30am                 Delegates Meeting
10.15am               World Indoor Pairs Final
12noon                 Lunch in Chrissy’s Bistro
12.30pm               World Indoor Singles Semifinals: Quarterfinal winner v Andrew Kelly (Canterbury); Craig Merrilees (Southland) v Stephen Zino (Wellington)
4pm                       Presentations
4.30pm                 Transport

NZ PBA FINALS WEEKEND PLAYER PROFILES

SCOTTISH SINGLES

Colin Rogan (North Harbour)

Joined PBA: 2000

Current Race to Oz Position: 63rd=

Career High Rank: 11th (2004)

2017 Singles Record: 13 wins 4 losses

Career Highlights: winner 2017 Pukekohe Scottish Singles Qualifier; winner 2014 Pukekohe Ranking Pairs & Ranking Singles

Career Head-to-head Record: 1-0 v Glassey


Stephen Zino (Wellington)
Joined PBA: 2002
Current Race to Oz Position: 35th
Career High Rank: 17th (2010)
2017 Singles Record: 11 wins 1 loss
Career Highlights: R32 2013/14 WBT Scottish Singles in Perth; winner 2010 Hastings Welsh Singles, 2016 & 2017 New Plymouth Scottish Singles & 2017 New Plymouth World Indoor Singles qualifiers
Career Head-to-head Record: 1-1 v Glassey

Murray Glassey (Hawkes Bay)
Joined PBA: 2000
Current Race to Oz Position: 1st
Career High Rank: 1st (2015)
2017 NZ Singles Record: 14 wins 3 losses
Career Highlights: R16 2015/16 WBT International Singles in Blackpool, and 2 other WBT appearances; Winner 2013 & 2014 Australia v NZ Challenges in Newcastle, and 5 other Challenge appearances.
Career Head-to-head Record: 0-1 v Rogan; 1-1 v Zino

Russell Dawe (Dunedin)
Joined PBA: 2011
Current Race to Oz Position: 25th=
Career High Rank: 11th= (2014)
2017 NZ Singles Record: 6 wins 4 losses
Career Highlights: Winner 2017 Dunedin Scottish Singles qualifier & 2016 Dunedin Ranking Singles
Career Head-to-head Record: Finals debut

Sonny Tautari (Southland)
Joined PBA: 2004
Current Race to Oz Position: 44th=
Career High Rank: 17th (2013)
2017 NZ Singles Record: 5 wins 4 losses
Career Highlights: Winner 2017 Invercargill Scottish Singles qualifier & 2013 Invercargill Ranking Pairs
Career Head-to-head Record: Finals debut

INTERNATIONAL SINGLES

Rob Ashton (Auckland)
Joined PBA: 2005
Current Race to Oz Position: 9th
Career High Rank: 3rd (2014)
2017 NZ Singles Record: 12 wins 3 losses
Career Highlights: R32 2014/15 WBT Scottish Singles in Perth & 2015/16 WBT World Indoor Singles in Norfolk; 4th 2016 Australia v NZ Challenge in Hastings & 1 other Challenge appearance
Career Head-to-head Record: 1-0 v Andrews; 1-0 v Johnson; 2-0 v Walker

Ian Andrews (Taranaki)
Joined PBA: 2006
Current Race to Oz Position: 44th=
Career High Rank: 25th= (2016)
2017 NZ Singles Record: 6 wins 3 losses
Career Highlights: Winner 2015 New Plymouth Ranking Singles, Runner-up 2017 New Plymouth International Singles qualifier
Career Head-to-head Record: 0-1 v Ashton

Terry Johnson (Manawatu)
Joined PBA: 2007
Current Race to Oz Position: 18th
Career High Rank: 20th= (2008)
2017 NZ Singles Record: 11 wins 4 losses
Career Highlights: R32 2007/08 WBT International Singles in Sheffield & World Indoor Singles in Norfolk
Career Head-to-head Record: 0-1 v Ashton

Ken Walker (Dunedin)
Joined PBA: 2003
Current Race to Oz Position: 17th
Career High Rank: 1st (2008)
2017 NZ Singles Record: 17 wins 4 losses
Career Highlights: 7 WBT appearances; Winner 2012 & 2015 Australia v NZ Challenges and 4 other Challenge appearances
Career Head-to-head Record: 0-2 v Ashton

Craig Merrilees (Southland)
Joined PBA: 2004
Current Race to Oz Position: 2nd
Career High Rank: 2nd (2013)
2017 NZ Singles Record: 18 wins 3 losses
Career Highlights: 3rd 2015 Australia v NZ Challenge in Sydney and 3 other Challenge appearances
Career Head-to-head Record: nil

WORLD INDOOR PAIRS

Bart Robertson (North Harbour)
Joined PBA: 2001
Current Race to Oz Position: 10th 
Career High Rank: 3rd (2016)
Career Highlights: R32 2013/14 WBT World Indoor Singles in Norfolk; Runner-up 2017 Australia v NZ Challenge in Melbourne
Career Pairs Head-to-head Record: nil

Steve Hoeft (Auckland)
as per World Indoor Singles
Career Pairs Head-to-head Record: Pairs Finals debut

Steve Muller (Taranaki)
Joined PBA: 2015
Current Race to Oz Position: 32nd=
Career High Rank: 40th (2016)
Career Highlights: Winner 2017 New Plymouth World Indoor Pairs qualifier, Runner-up 2015 New Plymouth World Indoor Singles qualifier
Career Pairs Head-to-head Record: Finals debut

Kevan Sellars (Taranaki)
Joined PBA: 2015
Current Race to Oz Position: 65th
Career High Rank: 67th= (2016)
Career Highlights: Winner 2017 New Plymouth World Indoor Pairs qualifier & 2015 New Plymouth Ranking Pairs
Career Pairs Head-to-head Record: Finals debut

Murray Glassey (Hawkes Bay)
as per Scottish Singles
Career Pairs Head-to-head Record: Pairs finals debut

Paul Sorensen (Hawkes Bay)
Joined PBA: 2006
Current Race to Oz Position: 24th
Career High Rank: 9th (2015)
Career Highlights: Winner 2014 Hastings World Indoor Singles & 2017 Hastings World Indoor Pairs qualifiers
Career Pairs Head-to-head Record: Pairs finals debut

Marty Kreft (Dunedin)
Joined PBA: 2013
Current Race to Oz Position: 32nd=
Career High Rank: 28th (2015)
Career Highlights: Winner 2017 Dunedin World Indoor Pairs qualifier
Career Head-to-head Record: Finals debut

Kerri Rupene (Dunedin)
Joined PBA: 2014
Current Race to Oz Position: 96th=
Career High Rank: 81st (2014)
Career Highlights: Winner 2017 Dunedin World Indoor Pairs qualifier
Career Pairs Head-to-head Record: Finals debut

Darren Broome (Southland)
Joined PBA: 2015
Current Race to Oz Position: 69th
Career High Rank: 94th= (2015)
Career Highlights: Winner 2017 Invercargill World Indoor Pairs qualifier, Runner-up 2017 Invercargill Ranking Singles
Career Head-to-head Record: Finals debut

Brad Allan (Southland)
Joined PBA: 2016
Current Race to Oz Position: 66th
Career High Rank: 108th= (2016)
Career Highlights: Winner 2016 Invercargill International Singles & 2017 World Indoor Pairs qualifiers
Career Head-to-head Record: Pairs finals debut

WORLD INDOOR SINGLES

Steve Hoeft (Auckland)
Joined PBA: 2014
Current Race to Oz Position: 25th=
Career High Rank: 32nd (2015)
2017 NZ Singles Record: 8 wins 4 losses
Career Highlights: Winner 2014 Pukekohe International Singles and 2017 Pukekohe World Indoor Singles & Pairs qualifiers
Career Head-to-head Record: 1-0 v Merrilees

Stephen Zino (Wellington)
as per Scottish Singles
Career Head-to-head Record: 2-0 v Merrilees

Dean Drummond (Hawkes Bay)
Joined PBA: 2014
Current Race to Oz Position: 6th
Career High Rank: 19th (2016)
2017 NZ Singles Record: 11 wins 4 losses
Career Highlights: Winner 2014 Hastings Scottish Singles & 2017 Hastings World Indoor Singles qualifiers
Career Head-to-head Record: nil

Andrew Kelly (Canterbury)
Joined PBA: 2006
Current Race to Oz Position: 3rd
Career High Rank: 2nd (2016)
2017 NZ Singles Record: 14 wins 4 losses
Career Highlights: R32 2008/09 WBT Welsh Singles in Swansea & 2015/16 WBT Scottish Singles in Perth, Pool play 2016/17 WBT World Indoor Pairs in Norfolk; 3rd 2017 Australia v NZ Challenge in Melbourne
Career Head-to-head Record: nil

Craig Merrilees (Southland)
as per International Singles
Career Head-to-head Record: 0-1 v Hoeft; 0-2 v Zino