Dandenong Club’s Melbourne Pulse have claimed their first Bowls Premier League title after a thrilling finals night at Club Pine Rivers.
The Pulse took out the BPL15 title in a hard-fought tiebreak final win over Victorian rivals Melbourne eXtreme.
The win is a historic one for the Pulse, giving them their first BPL title on their sixth attempt. It also marks the first BPL titles for players Barrie Lester, Gary Kelly and Ellen Ryan. For Jeremy Henry’s win was his first title as a coach.
The Pulse set the pace during the week in the lead up to finals, finishing on top of the table after the 18 rounds to give themselves a double-chance finals opportunity.
Taking on the eXtreme in a qualifying semi-final, the Pulse snuck through in a tight contest to lock away a grand final berth.
The Pulse appeared to be the stronger side in the final, but Flapper continued his strong form to force a tiebreak.
Down a set and 3-2 on the fourth end and with the Pulse holding three shots, the eXtreme looked dead and buried before more Flapper magic saved the match, picking up two shots doubled on their powerplay to advance to a deciding end.
The Pulse got the job done in the tiebreak end to record its first BPL championship and end the tournament with a 4 wins to nil record over a very good Extreme team.
The Pulse will have a chance to defend their title in November, when the Bowls Premier League returns to Club Pine Rivers from November 7-11 for BPL16.