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BPL Cup National Finals televised on Fox Sports

Have you heard about the Bowls Premier League Cup? If not, here is a quick rundown on what you have missed. 

In 2017 the Bowls Premier League Cup was introduced as a pathway event which leads competitors from all over Australia to a National Finals Series conducted at Club Pine Rivers in conjunction with the Bowls Premier League, you know that fast-paced, 20-20 version of bowls you would have seen LIVE on Fox Sports or feature on SBS’ The Bowls Show. 

BPL Cup is a triples format; however you can nominate up to four players, all of whom need to be members of the same club; all four players can compete for your team in one games, its 2 sets of 5 ends with a tie-breaker if needed. 

Check out the format flyer here for more details. 

There were numerous qualifying events held at clubs across the country, with winners progressing to regional playoffs, then state playoffs and of course the big one, one team from each State and Territory qualified for the BPL Cup Finals in November.

In last year’s inaugural BPL Cup competition, the winners of the State and Territory Finals were provided return airfares, car hire, accommodation, supporter gear and corporate hospitality to compete at the National Finals.

The BPL Cup Final was contested by Far North Queensland’s Edge Hill combination of Jeff Hammond, Tyler Pettigrew, Ashley Hammond and Ashley White; they were defeated by the Club Merrylands trio of Michael Clarke, Neil Burkett and Sean Thompson from Sydney’s Western Suburbs. 

So what’s new for BPL Cup in 2018?

Well first thing you need to know is when? November 13-16 are the National Finals played alongside #BPL08 at Club Pine Rivers in Queensland. 

As the title of the this article indicates, finals of BPL Cup will be televised on Fox Sports in December 2018 across seven separate 90 minute episodes.

You asked for more bowls and we have delivered. Not only is this more bowls to be viewed on Fox Sports throughout the year, this is a huge opportunity for club bowlers to win their way through to National Finals televised across the country. 

Seven episodes means not just the grand-final will be televised but matches from as early as the quarter-final stages.  

In case you missed yesterday’s announcement, Bowls Australia and Club Pine Rivers confirmed the BPL Cup has expanded and in 2018, not just one State winner will progress to the National Finals, but in fact two teams from Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia, and the winners of the Territory Finals, in ACT and Northern Territory, will still continue to earn the expenses-paid trip and entry into the National Final.

Registration for a number of preliminary BPL Cup rounds that will be staged over the coming weeks are set to close at midnight tonight (Wednesday, July 25); visit the BPL Cup website page here to learn more about the upcoming events in every region.

Bowls Australia would like to acknowledge Club Pine Rivers’ board and staff for their invaluable contribution to the staging of the BPL Cup and Bowls Premier League events.

Click here to view the BPL Cup website and download your BPL Cup posters and information packs.

July 26, 2018 / by / in
BPL Cup Finals televised on Fox Sports

Have you heard about the Bowls Premier League Cup? If not, here is a quick rundown on what you have missed. 

In 2017 the Bowls Premier League Cup was introduced as a pathway event which leads competitors from all over Australia to a National Finals Series conducted at Club Pine Rivers in conjunction with the Bowls Premier League, you know that fast-paced, 20-20 version of bowls you would have seen LIVE on Fox Sports or feature on SBS’ The Bowls Show. 

BPL Cup is a triples format; however you can nominate up to four players, all of whom need to be members of the same club; all four players can compete for your team in one games, its 2 sets of 5 ends with a tie-breaker if needed. 

Check out the format flyer here for more details. 

There were numerous qualifying events held at clubs across the country, with winners progressing to regional playoffs, then state playoffs and of course the big one, one team from each State and Territory qualified for the BPL Cup Finals in November.

In last year’s inaugural BPL Cup competition, the winners of the State and Territory Finals were provided return airfares, car hire, accommodation, supporter gear and corporate hospitality to compete at the National Finals.

The BPL Cup Final was contested by Far North Queensland’s Edge Hill combination of Jeff Hammond, Tyler Pettigrew, Ashley Hammond and Ashley White; they were defeated by the Club Merrylands trio of Michael Clarke, Neil Burkett and Sean Thompson from Sydney’s Western Suburbs. 

So what’s new for BPL Cup in 2018?

Well first thing you need to know is when? November 13-16 are the National Finals played alongside #BPL08 at Club Pine Rivers in Queensland. 

As the title of the this article indicates, finals of BPL Cup will be televised on Fox Sports in December 2018 across seven separate 90 minute episodes.

You asked for more bowls and we have delivered. Not only is this more bowls to be viewed on Fox Sports throughout the year, this is a huge opportunity for club bowlers to win their way through to National Finals televised across the country. 

Seven episodes means not just the grand-final will be televised but matches from as early as the quarter-final stages.  

In case you missed yesterday’s announcement, Bowls Australia and Club Pine Rivers confirmed the BPL Cup has expanded and in 2018, not just one State winner will progress to the National Finals, but in fact two teams from Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia, and the winners of the Territory Finals, in ACT and Northern Territory, will still continue to earn the expenses-paid trip and entry into the National Final.

Registration for a number of preliminary BPL Cup rounds that will be staged over the coming weeks are set to close at midnight tonight (Wednesday, July 25); visit the BPL Cup website page here to learn more about the upcoming events in every region.

Bowls Australia would like to acknowledge Club Pine Rivers’ board and staff for their invaluable contribution to the staging of the BPL Cup and Bowls Premier League events.

Click here to view the BPL Cup website and download your BPL Cup posters and information packs.

July 26, 2018 / by / in
Kids rolling in school holidays fun

Junior participation is rapidly growing in the Western Sydney region of New South Wales with a growing number of school-aged children being introduced to Lawn Bowls thanks to the introduction of school holiday programs, rolling out more of Bowls Australia’s Jr. Jack Attack kits and the Australian Sports Commissions Sporting Schools Program. 

Sydney Regional Bowls Manager Brett Hughes has been working tirelessly to reinforce to Sydney Council’s the benefits and importance bowling clubs play in today’s society and to change those stereotypical notions the uninitiated have toward the sport of Lawn Bowls; Hughes has also worked closely with his regions bowling clubs to help them foster junior participation. 

Gone are the days of Lawn Bowls being purely an older demographic sport; now it is a sport that can be played by all ages, abilities and nationalities and is quickly becoming the new craze for kids in Western Sydney looking to try something new in the School Holidays.

During the recent school holiday period, Bowls Australia’s RBM Brett Hughes worked in conjunction with two Western Sydney Councils, Parramatta and the Cumberland Councils to successfully introduce Bowls Australia’s Junior Participation Program, Jr. Jack Attack to their community and the results were fantastic. 

On Wednesday July 11 and 12, NBC Sports Club and the Parramatta City Council held two successful Junior Participation Programs which saw 60 kids and their parents attending these initial events. 

Parramatta Council’s Recreational Development Officer Gary Brierley was delighted with the attendance and already has Bowl Australia’s RBM Brett Hughes searching for more venues within the Parramatta region to host future bowls days.

“This has turned out to be the most successful school holiday program within the Parramatta Council; the sessions filled so quickly and already we have over 100 kids on a waiting list for the next event,” said Mr Brierley. 

On Friday July 20 another school holiday program was conducted at Club Guildford through the newly formed Cumberland Council; this is the first time the Cumberland Council had run a Lawn Bowls program and they too were overwhelmed with the response. 

Once again there was a great turn-out with over 70 kids registering for the Jr. Jack Attack program; trying the sport of bowls for the first time and spreading the word to their friends.

The great news is the Cumberland Council, Canterbury Council and Parramatta Council can all see the potential for Lawn Bowls to grow in their regions and have all agreed to continue their involvement and put their resources into conducting more school holiday Lawn Bowls programs, whilst also pushing for more bowling clubs to be involved.

The pathway for kids to continue beyond their initial introduction to Lawn Bowls has already been established with Western Sydney’s Zone 10 Junior Bowls Coaching program working with the next generation of bowling champions.

This is held on the third Monday of each month on the new undercover green at Wentworthville Leagues Club; they have experienced coaches on hand with former National Coach Cameron Curtis, Zone 10 Junior Coach Mark Barton and Bowls Australian Regional Bowls Manager Brett Hughes leading the program.

This week another Jr. Jack Attack Program at Allambie Heights Primary School will get underway after they received a grant through the Australian Sports Commissions Sporting School Program to purchase a Jr. Jack Attack kit and run bowls sessions during school hours.

If you haven’t seen or heard about Jr. Jack Attack before, make sure you click on this link and check it out; the kits come with 32 light-weight rubber bowls and fun accessories which can be used on any surface.  

If any Sydney Primary Schools would like any information on the Sporting School Program, Jr. Jack Attack or how you can conduct your own junior recruitment drives, you can contact your Regional Bowls Manager Brett Hughes on 0417 714 161 or email [email protected]

Alternatively if you are outside of the Sydney region please click on this link to find your nearest Bowls Australia Regional Bowls Manager who will arrange a time to come and visit your club. 

Caption- Picture taken at Club Guildford during their school holiday bowls event

July 24, 2018 / by / in
More teams to earn expenses-paid trips to BPL Cup National Finals

The BPL Cup competition will boast added impetus this year, with two teams from each state now afforded the prize of a return trip to the National Finals at Queensland’s Club Pine Rivers.

Bowls Australia and Club Pine Rivers have confirmed an expanded partnership, in an exciting new development announced today, which will enable six additional teams to attend and compete at the 2018 BPL Cup National Finals; played alongside BPL08 from November 13 to 16.

In last year’s inaugural BPL Cup competition, the winners of the State and Territory Finals were provided return airfares, car hire, accommodation, supporter gear and corporate hospitality to compete at the National Finals.

This year, two teams each from NSW, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia and Tasmania will be awarded the same expenses-paid trip and berth in the National Finals.

As a result of bolstering the number of teams at the National Finals, the Grand Final matches of all six State Finals will no longer be contested, and instead both winners of the semi-final encounters will automatically book their ticket to the national-level of the event.

The winners of the Territory Finals, in ACT and Northern Territory, will still continue to earn the expenses-paid trip and entry into the National Final.

Earlier this year, it was confirmed that the BPL Cup National Finals would feature professional broadcast filming in 2018, with the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final matches produced as seven 90-minute episodes to be televised weekly on Fox Sports from December. 

The broadcast initiative paves the way for club bowlers from all corners of the country to ply their trade on a professional television broadcast alongside clubmates.

Registration for a number of preliminary BPL Cup rounds that will be staged over the coming weeks are set to close at midnight tomorrow (Wednesday, July 25); visit the BPL Cup website page here to learn more about the upcoming events in every region.

Bowls Australia would like to acknowledge Club Pine Rivers’ board and staff for their invaluable contribution to the staging of the BPL Cup and Bowls Premier League events.

Click here to learn more about the BPL Cup competition.

July 24, 2018 / by / in