Bowls Premier League (BPL)


The Bowls Premier League (BPL) is the sport’s made-for-television, showpiece event.
Staged biannually, at Queensland’s Club Pine Rivers in November and New South Wales/Victoria border club Moama in February, the event was designed to change people’s perception of our sport.
The BPL is the Twenty20 of bowls – it’s fast, it’s loud, it attracts the world’s best bowlers and it appeals to non-bowlers who once upon a time may have seen bowls in a different light.
The players have embraced the BPL format and done a terrific job entertaining the crowds at the host venues and back at home tuning into the live broadcast on Fox Sports, Kayo Sports and Sky Sport NZ.

Sydney Saints and Geelong Jets inclusion sees expansion of Bowls Premier League to 12 franchises.

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Bowls Premier League 20 – #BPL20

November 11-15, 2024 at Club Pine Rivers, Brisbane, QLD
• Day Sessions: From ~9am AEST (Stream live via the Bowls Australia Facebook page & YouTube channel)
• Night Sessions: From 4pm AEST (Watch live via Fox Sports, Kayo Sports, Sky Sport NZ and on Bowls Australia’s Facebook page for international viewers)

BPL20 – Schedule and Results (coming soon)

Draw and Results
Schedule
Conditions of Play

Teams (#BPL19)

Event Format & Rules

Each of the 10 BPL teams will play each other twice over 18 rounds during the competition. At the end of the 18 qualifying rounds, the top five teams will play off in Friday night’s finals series.
The top five teams are decided by points. If teams are equal on points they will be split on net total shots (shots for minus shots against).
Each match consists of two five-end sets, with a one-end tie-break played if required. The game format is pairs, with three bowls for each player per end. BPL matches take just over one hour from start to finish and deciding the winner is simple. The team that wins both sets or one set and then the tie-break is the winner.
Instead of spending time rolling the jack, as per normal competitions, BPL players place the mat and advise the marker the length of the jack they would like to play to.
To keep games progressing, players will have 30 seconds to deliver their bowl from the time the jack is placed at the start of an end, or once their opposition bowl has come to a rest, ensuring the next suspenseful result is only moments away.
BPL teams will also be able to nominate one Power Play end per set, enabling teams to earn double the shots scored in that end.
Some days players just aren’t on top of their game, maybe its only for a few ends, maybe its for a whole match, in order to get the best players the sport has to offer out on the green, a team coach can replace a player with a substitute during the game, but only immediately preceding the delivery of a bowl by their team player.
If a tie-break is required to decide the winner, all players on both teams will take to the green, with the format changing to two-bowl-triples for that end.

Honour Roll

EditionYearLocationWinnerScoreR/UMVP
BPL192024MoamaMelbourne Pulse1-10, 7-4, 1-0Moreton Bay PiratesGary Kelly (Melbourne Pulse)
BPL182023BrisbaneTweed Heads Ospreys4-6, 6-5, 1-0Melbourne eXtremeAaron Teys
(Tweed Heads Ospreys)
BPL172023MoamaMoama Steamers5-2,
6-2
Sydney LionsAron Sherriff
(Moama Steamers)
BPL162022BrisbaneMelbourne Pulse6-3,
10-1
Adelaide PioneersCorey Wedlock
(Tweed Heads Ospreys)
BPL152022 (April)BrisbaneMelbourne Pulse5-3,
3-8,
1-0
Melbourne eXtremeAron Sherriff
(Moama Steamers)
BPL142022MoamaSydney Lions5-11,
7-4,
1-0
Moama SteamersAron Sherriff
(Gold Coast Hawks)
BPL132021 (April)BrisbaneTweed Heads Ospreys12-2,
7-1
Murray SteamersAaron Teys
(Tweed Heads Ospreys)
BPL122021MoamaTweed Heads Ospreys4-1,
6-0
Adelaide PioneersScott Thulborn
(Adelaide Pioneers)
BPL112020MoamaMurray Steamers6-1,
3-11,
1-0
Melbourne RoysAron Sherriff (Sydney Lions) & Aaron Wilson (Melbourne Roys)
BPL102019BrisbaneTweed Heads Ospreys9-0,
8-1
Sydney LionsAaron Teys
(Tweed Heads Ospreys)
BPL092019Lower Hutt (NZ)Illawarra Gorillas6-9,
7-1,
1-0
Brisbane PiratesAlex Marshall
(Brisbane Pirates)
BPL082018BrisbaneBrisbane Pirates9-2,
6-2
Murray SteamersRyan Bester
(Murray Steamers)
BPL072018Lower Hutt (NZ)Gold Coast Hawks5-3,
7-7
Brisbane PiratesAron Sherriff
(Gold Coast Hawks)
BPL062017BrisbaneSydney Lions10-0,
8-1
Illawarra GorillasAron Sherriff
(Sydney Lions)
BPL052017Auckland (NZ)Sydney Lions3-2,
6-3
New Zealand BlackjacksShannon McIlroy (New Zealand Blackjacks)
BPL042016BrisbaneSydney Lions6-4,
10-6
Murray SteamersRyan Bester
(Murray Steamers)
APL032015BrisbaneNew Zealand Blackjacks6-3,
0-8,
1-0
Adelaide EnduranceMark Casey
(Gold Coast Hawks)
APL022014BrisbaneMurray Steamers6-2,
5-3
Adelaide EnduranceAlex Marshall
(Murray Steamers)
APL012013BrisbaneBrisbane Gold4-4,
8-2
Adelaide EnduranceScott Thulborn
(Adelaide Endurance)
* BPL was formerly known as the APL – Australian Premier League

MVP record

PlayerMVP eventsTotal
Aron SherriffBPL06, BPL07, BPL11*, BPL14, BPL15, BPL176
Aaron TeysBPL10, BPL13, BPL183
Scott ThulbornAPL01, BPL122
Alex MarshallAPL02, BPL092
Ryan BesterBPL04, BPL082
Mark CaseyAPL031
Shannon McIlroyBPL051
Aaron WilsonBPL11*1
Corey WedlockBPL161
Gary KellyBPL191
*Sherriff and Wilson tied for MVP at BPL11.

BPL All Stars

All Star (MVP)All StarAll StarCoach
BPL19Gary Kelly
(Melbourne Pulse)
Aaron Wilson (Sydney Lions)Dawn Hayman (Moreton Bay Pirates)Jeremy Henry/Andrew Breeden-Walton
(Melbourne Pulse)
BPL18Aaron Teys
(Tweed Heads Ospreys)
Aron Sherriff
(Moama Steamers)
Kylie Whitehead
(Melbourne eXtreme)
Wayne Turley
(Tweed Heads Ospreys)
BPL17Aron Sherriff
(Moama Steamers)
Aaron Wilson (Sydney Lions)Jo Edwards
(Moreton Bay Pirates)
Kevin Anderson
(Moama Steamers)
BPL16Corey Wedlock (Tweed Heads Ospreys)Gary Kelly (Melbourne Pulse)Rebecca Van Asch (Tasmania Tridents)Jeremy Henry (Melbourne Pulse)
BPL15Aron Sherriff
(Moama Steamers)
Matt Flapper (Melbourne eXtreme)Rebecca Van Asch (Tasmania Tridents)Jeremy Henry/
Scott De Jongh
(Melbourne Pulse)
BPL14Aron Sherriff
(Gold Coast Hawks)
Ben Twist
(Sydney Lions)
Kelsey Cottrell
(Gold Coast Hawks)
Steve Glasson
(Sydney Lions)