Bowls Premier League


Upcoming Events

BPL 15 at Pine Rivers - May 24 t0 27 2022 at Club Pine Rivers, Brisbane, Queensland.

The Bowls Premier League (BPL) is the sport’s made-for-television, showpiece event. The BPL is the Twenty20 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.

• Day Sessions: From ~9am AEST (stream live via: Bowls Australia Facebook)
• Night Sessions: From 4pm AEST (Watch live via Fox Sports, Kayo Sports & Sky Sport NZ)

Teams (#BPL15)

Adelaide Pioneers: Scott Thulborn, Wayne Ruediger, Katelyn Inch (Coach – Les Carter)
Brisbane Pirates: Alex Marshall MBE, Chris Rosanes, Jo Edwards MNZM (Coach – Michael Breen)
Gold Coast Hawks: Shannon McIlroy, Nathan Rice, Kelsey Cottrell (Coach – Steven Tong)
Melbourne eXtreme: Ali Forsyth, Matt Flapper, Carla Krizanic (Coach – Kelvin Kerkow OAM)
Melbourne Pulse: Barrie Lester, Gary Kelly, Ellen Ryan (Coach – Jeremy Henry and Scottie DeJongh)
Moama Steamers: Ryan Bester, Aron Sherriff, Natasha Van Eldik (Coach – Ryan Burnett)
Perth Suns: Cody Packer, Dawn Hayman, Kristina Krstic (Coach – Pieter Harris)
Sydney Lions: Ben Twist, Aaron Wilson, Karen Murphy AM (Coach – Steve Glasson OAM)
Tasmania Tridents: Taelyn Male, Mark Nitz, Rebecca Van Asch (Coach – Mark Strochnetter)
Tweed Heads Ospreys: Aaron Teys, Corey Wedlock, Chloe Stewart (Coach – Wayne Turley OAM)

Event Format & Rules

Each of the 10 BPL teams will play each other twice over 18 rounds during the competition. At the end of the 18 qualifying rounds, the top five teams will play off in Friday night’s finals series.

The top five 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 is 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 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.