#BPL12: Day 3
As is often the case at the Bowls Premier League, day three of #BPL12 was moving day as finals places become harder and harder to get.
Going into the day undefeated, the Melbourne Pulse could only extend their winning streak to nine wins early in the day, suffering three consecutive losses but still one match clear at the top.
The Tweed Heads Ospreys and Adelaide Pioneers were the big movers, winning four and three games respectively to firm their finals aspirations.
Birthday-boy Scott Thulborn was pivotal for the Pioneers, with the team closing in on its first finals appearance in franchise history.
It looks as if Sydney Lions, Perth Suns and Brisbane Pirates will be vying for the last spot in the finals, with Perth and Sydney to meet in a crucial contest on Friday morning.
The Lions have bounced back superbly after a winless first day of play. Aron Sherriff put on a masterclass on the TV rink on Thursday night, putting some top-shelf bowls on display.
Murray Steamers’ hopes of back-to-back titles were dashed, now mathematically impossible to play finals with two games remaining.
The other BPL11 grand finalist, Melbourne Roys, will also miss finals, with just four wins going into the final day not enough to crack into the top four.
Play will resume from 11am AEDT at Moama on Friday.
Progress results from #BPL12 below:
Round 9 –
Sydney Lions def by Melbourne Roys 3-4, 3-7
Adelaide Pioneers def Murray Steamers 7-4, 4-3
Brisbane Pirates def by Melbourne Pulse 3-11, 9-4, 0-1
Perth Suns def by Tweed Heads Ospreys 2-8, 3-8
Round 10 –
Brisbane Pirates def by Murray Steamers 10-2, 1-6, 0-1
Melbourne Pulse def by Perth Suns 6-5, 1-12, 0-1
Melbourne Roys def by Tweed Heads Ospreys 1-11, 1-9
Sydney Lions def Adelaide Pioneers 16-4, 6-1
Round 11 –
Sydney Lions def Melbourne Pulse 6-11, 10-1, 1-0
Murray Steamers def by Tweed Heads Ospreys 7-7, 2-5
Brisbane Pirates def by Perth Suns 1-6, 4-5
Adelaide Pioneers def Melbourne Roys 2-8, 8-7, 2-0
Round 12 –
Brisbane Pirates def by Tweed Heads Ospreys 2-7, 1-12
Melbourne Pulse def by Adelaide Pioneers 5-9, 8-3, 0-1
Sydney Lions def Murray Steamers 6-3, 5-3
Perth Suns def Melbourne Roys 10-2, 4-3
Bowls Premier League 12 – #BPL12
February 23-26, 2021
Moama Bowling Club, NSW
Day Sessions: From 11am AEDT (Stream via Bowls Australia Facebook)
Night Sessions: From 5pm AEDT (Watch live via Fox Sports, Kayo Sports & Sky Sport NZ)
Adelaide Pioneers: Wayne Ruediger, Scott Thulborn, Bec Van Asch (Coach – Les Carter)
Brisbane Pirates: Jeremy Henry, Aaron Hewson, Kira Bourke (Michael Breen)
Melbourne Pulse: Gary Kelly, Barrie Lester, Ellen Ryan (Mark Casey)
Melbourne Roys: Aaron Wilson, Matt Flapper, Carla Krizanic (Ian Ewing)
Murray Steamers: Ryan Bester, Michael Walker, Katelyn Inch (Kevin Anderson)
Perth Suns: Lee Schraner, Ray Pearse, Genevieve Delves (Josh Thornton)
Sydney Lions: Aron Sherriff, Ben Twist, Karen Murphy (Steve Glasson)
Tweed Heads Ospreys: Aaron Teys, Corey Wedlock, Chloe Stewart (Wayne Turley)