Bowls Premier League: Dandenong Club confirm inaugural playing trio

by Domenic Favata

Following the recent announcement of Dandenong Club’s inclusion in the Bowls Premier League (BPL), the competition’s newest licensee has confirmed their inaugural trio of players.

Set to enter the competition in BPL10 from November 12-15 at Club Pine Rivers, QLD, Dandenong Club has confirmed the third and final member of their team as BCiB Australian Jackaroo Natasha Scott, with the previously-announced Barrie Lester and Gary Kelly to complete the trio.

Scott, 28, is no stranger to the BPL, having competed for the Brisbane Pirates in BPL04 and BPL05, while she is also Australia’s current number one ranked female bowler on the back of her second Australian Open Women’s Singles crown last month.

Lester, 37, joins from cross-town rivals the Melbourne Roys, with his affiliation with Dandenong Club also residing in the Ultimate Bowls Championship (UBC).

Rob Wilson, Club Coach and also the confirmed tactician for the team at BPL10, is confident of an immediate impact for Dandenong Club in the BPL following their signing announcements this week.

“We are delighted to be able to secure the services of both Natasha Scott and Barrie Lester,” he said.

“They are both brilliant players and importantly for us, have proven themselves when the big shots have needed to be played. Together with Gary Kelly, we are hopeful of being competitive in our first attempt in this terrific Bowls Australia (BA) competition.

“Frankly, we can’t wait to get to Club Pine Rivers this November.”

Dandenong Club has recently opened a new undercover facility and has quickly established a presence nationally by taking out the inaugural UBC competition at Warilla in April.

Meanwhile, the Blooms The Chemist Perth Suns have confirmed the new signings of recently-retired Australian international Lee Schraner and local addition Cody Packer, to join Kristina Krstic in completing the revamped Suns line-up for BPL10.

Details surrounding further new additions to the BPL, team selection, as well as Dandenong Club’s team name, colours and uniform will be made in the coming weeks.

Since its inception in 2013, the BPL has distributed more than $900,000 in prize-money to the participating teams.

#BPL10 will be staged from November 12 to 15 at Queensland’s Club Pine Rivers, with 20 hours of live broadcast coverage on Fox Sports Australia, Kayo Sports and Sky Sport NZ.