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 20/20 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.
First held in 2013, the BPL is set to enter its 12th instalment when competition arrives at Club Pine Rivers later in 2020.
Bowls Premier League 11 – #BPL11 (Previous)
Adelaide Pioneers: Wayne Ruediger, Scott Thulborn, Bec Van Asch (Coach – Les Carter)
Brisbane Pirates: Alex Marshall, Michael Breen, Kelsey Cottrell (Dave Edwards)
Melbourne Pulse: Gary Kelly, Barrie Lester, Natasha Scott (Rob Wilson)
Melbourne Roys: Aaron Wilson, Matt Flapper, Carla Krizanic (Ian Ewing)
Murray Steamers: Ryan Bester, Michael Walker*, Jo Edwards* (David Ferguson*)
Perth Suns: Lee Schraner, Cody Packer, Kristina Krstic (Ross Dempsey*)
Sydney Lions: Aron Sherriff, Ben Twist, Karen Murphy (Steve Glasson)
Tweed Heads Ospreys: Aaron Teys, Kurt Brown, Chloe Stewart (Wayne Turley)
Event Format & Rules
Each of the eight BPL teams will play each other twice over 14 rounds during the competition. At the end of the 14 qualifying rounds, the top four teams will play off in Friday night’s finals series.
The top four 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 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 with 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.
|2013||APL01||Brisbane||Brisbane Gold||7-4, 8-2||Adelaide Endurance||Scott Thulborn (Adelaide Endurance)|
|2014||APL02||Murray Steamers||6-2, 5-3||Adelaide Endurance||Alex Marshall (Murray Steamers)|
|2015||APL03||New Zealand Blackjacks||6-3, 0-8, 1-0||Adelaide Endurance||Mark Casey (Gold Coast Hawks)|
|2016||BPL04||Sydney Lions||6-4, 10-6||Murray Steamers||Ryan Bester (Murray Steamers)|
|2017||BPL05||Auckland (NZ)||Sydney Lions||3-2, 6-3||New Zealand Blackjacks||Shannon McIlroy (New Zealand Blackjacks)|
|BPL06||Brisbane||Sydney Lions||10-0, 8-1||Illawarra Gorillas||Aron Sherriff (Sydney Lions)|
|2018||BPL07||Lower Hutt (NZ)||Gold Coast Hawks||5-3, 7-7||Brisbane Pirates||Aron Sherriff (Gold Coast Hawks)|
|BPL08||Brisbane||Brisbane Pirates||9-2, 6-2||Murray Steamers||Ryan Bester (Murray Steamers)|
|2019||BPL09||Lower Hutt (NZ)||Illawarra Gorillas||6-9, 7-1, 1-0||Brisbane Pirates||Alex Marshall (Brisbane Pirates)|
|BPL10||Brisbane||Tweed Heads Ospreys||9-0, 8-1||Sydney Lions||Aaron Teys (Tweed Heads Ospreys)|
|2020||BPL11||Moama||Murray Steamers||6-1, 3-11, 1-0||Melbourne Roys||
Aron Sherriff (Sydney Lions) &
Aaron Wilson (Melbourne Roys)
* BPL was formerly known as the APL – Australian Premier League