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.
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.