The Dandenong Club Board this week committed to a new franchise opportunity from Ultimate Bowls Australia Pty Ltd. (UBC) and will fight it out for a share of $500,000 in prize money annually.
UBC has developed a breakaway bowls competition that is Fun, Fast and Fresh. This competition promises to be to bowls, what EPL 20/20 was to cricket. Teams competing come from Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Only Deer Park and Dandenong Club have committed as Melbourne based teams.
The season will be made up of three pairs competitions, each conducted over two days. The venues
chosen for the competition being Warilla NSW (March ), Deer Park,(August), and Moama (December) $500,000 in prizemoney is available each year of the tournament with the eight top teams receiving cash prizes ranging from $7K to $60K at each event The overall season winner receives a bonus prize of $50K, with 30% of all prizemoney won by the team being paid to players.
Competitions are structured to be fast, fun, high scoring and highly engaging to fans.
Points are scored as follows:
10 points for closest
5 points for second closest
3 points for third closest
3 points per toucher
3 points to the team who holds shot after the leads’ bowls are played:
Two players will be recruited to represent Dandenong Club with a third player taken via a draft system that helps to control the balance in the strength between the teams. A new draft occurs each year as does the signing of nominated players.
We have already signaled our intentions with the signing of Northern Ireland whizkid, Gary Kelly and another high profile Australian International is clearly in our sights.
The UBC target for teams is 24, of which 16 have now committed. Nine are in discussion with UBC.
To find out more about the UBC check their website at http://ultimatebowlschampionship.com.au/#home
Australian Media coverage
Free to air TV on Seven Two
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8 X one hour episodes and two repeats (54 hours of TV over 18 weeks)
More about Gary Kelly:
Gary Kelly is a Northern Irish international lawn bowler. He won a bronze medal in the Men’s singles at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. He won a silver medal for a combined Irish team with bowls pairs partner Ian McClure in the pairs at the 2016 World Outdoor Bowls Championship.Wikipedia
Born: 10 May 1989 (age 29 years), Ballymoney
Club: Ballybrakes Community (indoors); Ballymoney BC (outdoors)