Dunedin's Aidan Lusby was beaten but not disgraced at his
first Professional Bowls Association final in the United
Lusby (30), a sales representative, lost his first-round game
against the fifth-ranked bowler in the world, Andy Thomson
(England), 9-6, 5-5 in the UK international open singles in
Lusby won as many ends as Thomson but was unable to pull back
two big counts against him.
Lusby, a member of the Anderson's Bay Bowling Club, led the
second set 5-4 before the final end. But Thomson drew a shot
on the backhand within 5cm of the jack to draw the set and
win the game.
It was an impressive international debut for Lusby against
Thomson, who was last year's world indoor singles champion.
Lusby, who has been playing bowls for only five years, is
ranked 11th on the New Zealand PBA list.
He won his spot in the Blackpool event by beating New Zealand
No 2 Murray Glassey (Hawkes Bay) 11-2, 9-1 in the national
final in Dunedin in September.
Dunedin will host the transtasman PBA challenge from
September 11 to 13 this year. It has been held at Tweed Heads
on the Gold Coast for the last three years.
The New Zealand PBA programme starts at Queen's Birthday
Weekend with tournaments in Hamilton, Hastings, Dunedin and
The finals weekend has been allocated to the Waverley Bowling
Club in Invercargill for the first time. The club became a
PBA venue last year.
The four international-class stadiums that hold national PBA
events in New Zealand are Frankton Railway Bowling Club
(Hamilton), Heretaunga Club (Hastings), Westpac Bowls Stadium
(Dunedin) and Waverley Bowling Club.
June 1-3: Scottish international singles qualifying in
Hamilton, Hastings, Dunedin and Invercargill.
June 15-16: World indoor singles qualifying, four
August 10-11: UK open singles qualifying, four
September 6-8: Finals weekend, Invercargill.
September 11-13: Transtasman challenge, Dunedin.