Live TV highlights the strengths of bowls
The most desirable aspects of the sport of bowls were showcased during the $100,000 Australian Premier League revolution tonight. The most desirable aspects of the sport of bowls were showcased during Fox Sports 2’s live coverage of the inaugural $100,000 Australian Premier League revolution tonight.
In front of a capacity crowd at the atmospheric Club Pine Rivers in Brisbane, the sport’s hotly anticipated new innovation delivered on its premise of fast paced, impactful matches where results could be decided based on the ability of teams to adopt tactics to an array of specifically crafted unique rules, like the fan-favourite power play ends where scores are doubled.
The opening encounter saw the Solargain Perth Suns lock horns in a showdown against the undefeated New Zealand Blackjacks, with the western warriors’ Brett Wilkie, Jeremy Henry and Clive Adams overcoming some early nerves to claim a 2-7, 9-4, 0-1 victory in just 50 minutes.
The Blundstone Melbourne Roys and Sydney Lions were the next up to the plate, with the highly-fancied but winless Lions blown apart by the Roy’s Australian Jackaroos duo Matthew Flapper and Dylan Fisher, and Scottish world champion Graeme Archer in straight sets, 14-3, 7-3.
In a testament to the fast-paced formula, the longest match went for 65 minutes, with home state Brisbane Gold demonstrating just how to utilise the tactics of the new competition, with a massive 6 shot power play end repeated in both sets, earning them a straight sets 6-5, 9-6 win despite winning only 3 of the 10 ends on offer.
The Australian Premier league continues tomorrow, with rounds 4 and 5 staged before the live television broadcast begins at 5.00pm till 9.30pm AEST.