Earlier today boccia’s South Island Championships wrapped up at the Graham Condon Recreation and Sport Centre in Christchurch, New Zealand with Jeremy Morriss, Henk Dijkstra and Andrew Hocken being crowned champions of their respective classes.
Morriss won the BC1 & BC2 combined group in a field that was four deep. Dijkstra won the BC3 event that was two deep. BC1, BC2 and B3 players all played each other in round robin play, with Morriss went undefeated with scores of 6 – 2, 9 – 2, 10 – 0, 5 – 2 and 8 – 3. Dijkstra lost two games in pool play, with scores of 13 – 0, 2 – 5, 1 – 7, 4 – 1 and 14 – 0. His losses in pool play came against Morriss and BC1/BC2 player Gary Williams. In the semis, Morris defeated Matthew Whiting 5- 0, while Dijkstra defeated Williams 4 – 0. Dijkstra defeated Morris 4 – 3 in the final. The groups only woman, Karen Menzies, finished last in group play and in the placement match, and was second in the BC3 group.
Hocken won the Kiwi / Open group that was seven deep. He went undefeated in group play with scores of 3 – 2, 4 – 1 and 5 – 4. He met and defeated Thomas Chin 3 -2 in the semifinals, before going on to beat Craig Gadsby 6 -2 in the final.
In the most recently updated national rankings, Morriss is fourth in BC1, 2 & 4 Combined group. Dijkstra is ranked sixth in the BC3 class. Hocken is ranked fifteenth in the Kiwi & Open Combined group.
There are regular social and competitive bowls events taking place around New Zealand on a weekly basis. Paritutu Bowls Club is having a social or league boccia event from 6pm to 7pm in New Zealand. Dunedein Boccia Club meets at the South Dunedin Presbyterian Church Hall on Wednesdays from 5:00 PM to 6:30pm. Paul Coffey is the local contact.