Fresh from stowing away the first ever Ultimate Bowls Championship (UBC) silverware from Warilla Bowls Club in April, the team from the Dandenong Club are gearing up to add another trophy to the cabinet at the Deer Park Club this week.
The inaugural staging of the UBC sees 24 teams from Australia, New Zealand & Asia roll into battle across three showpiece events on Australian soil in a unique and revitalised format of bowls, carrying a $500,000 total prize purse.
The trio representing The Dandenong Club are Aussies Barrie Lester & Wayne Turley and Northern Ireland’s Gary Kelly – and between them boast six Commonwealth Games medals including two silver medals from the Gold Coast Games in 2018, courtesy of Lester.
The Dandenong Club outfit cut a swathe through the draw during the first UBC instalment, losing just three of 11 encounters en-route to a 2nd-place finish in their section, just two wins adrift from South Australia’s Streaky Bay Sharks.
History will tell that these top two finishing teams from Section A may just have been the dominant forces in the new competition as they met each other in the first UBC Final, resulting in a Dandenong Club victory.
And the boys are hungry for more success, and keen to also add to the $60,000 winner’s cheque from Warilla.
Starting on Thursday, August 15, the Dandenong Club will play in 11 round robin matches across two days at the Deer Park Club in Melbourne’s west, including taking on the hosts, before Friday night’s feature, and televised, finals fixtures.
The Dandenong Club will take on the Deer Park Chargers at 1.30pm on Thursday.
Three-time Commonwealth Games medallist Barrie Lester says;
“The UBC is an incredibly fun event and is a fantastic spectacle for fans who are rinkside.
“The frenetic scoring format means games can be totally flipped on their head in the space of a few bowls with multiple points on offer for every bowl delivered and that is something that will draw people to the game – and the players are having a ball playing it and entertaining the crowds. It is dynamic.
“We want as many Dandenong Club members to come out and support the team as we strive to make it two from two and we think we can!”