The BPL

Dandenong first joined signed onto the BPL in 2019 when we entered the competition as Melbourne’s second franchise , the Melbourne Pulse.

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 resumes at Club Pine Rivers November 10 to 13, 2020.

Our BPL Team

We have a team of three players;

Gary Kelly

The first to sign on was Gary Kelly. Gary is a 31 year old Irishman. He has Commonwealth and World Cup medals and is in red hot form. In 2019 he won the All Ireland Indoor Singles and Pairs titles and in March was undefeated in taking out the World Cup Singles Title at Warilla, NSW where he is currently living. Gary will likely play most games as skip. His UBC form was outstanding in 2019 where we his ability to pull off the big shot consistently came through.

Barrie Lester

Barrie is generally recognised as Australia’s best front-end player. He has a passion for the game that is unequalled. He’s lean, muscular, has a sharp haircut and an even sharper jaw.

If you saw him down the street you would think he was an elite athlete, and you’d be right.
Barrie won a bronze medal in the pairs with Nathan Rice at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.

In 2016 he was part of the triples team with Aron Sherriff and Mark Casey who won the silver medal at the 2016 World Outdoor Bowls Championship in Christchurch and won another silver medal in the fours.

Further success came as part of the Australian team for the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in Queensland where he won two silver medals in the Triples and the Fours.

Ellen Ryan

Ellen has proven to be an Aussie in a hurry. At just 24 years of age she has a string of national and International achievements to her name.

She made her international debut during the 2017 Australia versus England Test Series and the same year won the Australian Open singles and pairs titles. She was the first person to hold both the indoor and outdoor world under-25 singles titles simultaneously.

In 2019 she won the Australian National Bowls Championships fours. In 2020 she was selected for the 2020 World Outdoor Bowls Championship in Australia.

The Coach Mark Casey

Mark Casey will take over as coach in 2020. Casey is a Bowls Australia Hall of Famer who enjoyed an illustrious career as an Australian player, making his international debut in 2003 until his retirement in December 2016.

During his years representing Australia, Casey amassed 292 international caps, as well as a swag of titles, accomplishments and golden medallions including Commonwealth Games and World Championship Gold Medals.

He has an intimate knowledge of the BPL having begun there in 2013 when he helped steer the Brisbane Gold to the inaugural Bowls Premier League (then called Australian Premier League) title.

PlayerFirst playedGames PlayedWinsLosses
Gary Kelly2019462714
Barrie Lester2019462714
Natasha Van Eldik201930199
Rob Wilson (coach)201930199
Mark Casey Coach202116115
Ellen Ryan201916115