Bowls Premier League: Teams confirmed for #BPL10

by Domenic Favata

All systems are go for the tenth instalment of the Bowls Premier League (BPL), with all players and coaches now confirmed by the licenses ahead of the Club Pine Rivers event.

Headlining the impressive roster of stars set to grace the competition from November 12-15 is Aron Sherriff’s return to the Sydney Lions, whom the BCiB Australian Jackaroo has previously enjoyed unprecedented success with, including a three-peat of trophies from BPL04-06.

Sherriff returns to the Lions after spending two events with the Gold Coast Hawks (no longer part of the competition), renewing ties with the in-form Karen Murphy on the back of her run to the 2019 Australian Indoor Championships Final, as well as compatriot Ben Twist and Steve Glasson in the coaches’ chair.

Elsewhere, Alex Marshall is a confirmed starter for the Brisbane Pirates, with the Scotsman, who needs no introduction, a clear fan-favourite among the local Club Pine Rivers crowd following his heroics when the event was last held there at BPL08. He joins Michael Breen and Kelsey Cottrell in an unchanged line-up.

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Aaron Wilson and Carla Krizanic will welcome another returning son to the Melbourne Roys in former Commonwealth Games bronze medalist Matthew Flapper, replacing the departing Barrie Lester who has joined newcomers Dandenong, as previously announced.

David Ferguson will make his BPL debut for the Murray Steamers, with the 2018 Male Bowler of the Year replacing Michael Walker in the only change to the team’s line-up, while there has been a reshuffle of the deck chairs at the Perth Suns, with Lee Schraner and local Cody Packer joining Kristina Krstic in the re-jigged team.

Meanwhile, as previously announced, Adelaide and Tweed Heads have both named formidable trios for their entry into the competition, with the South Australian duo of Wayne Ruediger and Scott Thulborn joining BPL debutant Rebecca Van Asch in a strong Adelaide team, while Tweed Heads have secured the services of former Illawarra Gorillas (no longer part of the competition) star Aaron Teys, who joins Tweed locals Kurt Brown and Chloe Stewart in their inaugural line-up.

#BPL10 Teams – 

Adelaide*: Wayne Ruediger, Scott Thulborn, Rebecca Van Asch (Coach – Les Carter)
Brisbane Pirates: Alex Marshall, Michael Breen, Kelsey Cottrell (Coach – Dave Edwards)
Dandenong*: Gary Kelly, Barrie Lester, Natasha Scott (Coach – Rob Wilson)
Melbourne Roys: Aaron Wilson, Matt Flapper, Carla Krizanic (Coach – Ian Ewing)
Murray Steamers: Ryan Bester, David Ferguson, Ellen Ryan (Coach – Barry Brennan)
Perth Suns: Lee Schraner, Cody Packer, Kristina Krstic (Coach – Pieter Harris)
Sydney Lions: Aron Sherriff, Ben Twist, Karen Murphy (Coach – Steve Glasson)
Tweed Heads*: Aaron Teys, Kurt Brown, Chloe Stewart (Coach – Wayne Turley)

Further details surrounding official team names, colours and uniforms for new licenses will be made in due course.

November 12-15, 2019
Club Pine Rivers, Brisbane, Queensland
Day Sessions: From 10:30am AEST
Night Sessions: From 5pm AEST (Finals – Friday night)