Playing for national glory

July 08, 2017

Preparing to launch: Shepparton Park's Norm Allen.

Shepparton Park will host Bowls Premier League Cup qualifying rounds to be played in the region.

Moama Bowling Club will host an event today, while the Kialla greens will provide bowlers with another avenue to stake their claim for national glory on July 22.

Regional bowls manager Josh Thornton was excited for the new initiative to be tested at a local level.

‘‘I think it’s a brilliant concept,’’ he said.

‘‘There’s going to be some good teams entered, but the format is short, sharp and fast.

‘‘I think it allows anyone to win it.’’

Five teams will play today at Moama, and Thornton hoped Shepparton Park’s event would draw close to quadruple the number. ‘‘Obviously it’s early days, but from what I know there’s going to be really good numbers,’’ Thornton said.

‘‘Hypothetically, the teams that lose at Moama can then enter again at Shepparton as long as they pay their entry fees again, so I think you’ll see some bigger numbers at the later qualifiers.’’

Thornton will enter a side and, with the winner of each qualifying round fast-tracked straight to the state finals, chances are high a squad from the region could go all the way.

The format will pit teams of up to six against each other in knockout two-bowl triples matches comprised two sets of five ends.

A one-end tiebreaker will be played if sides win a set apiece, with powerplays, where shots garnered on that specific end are worth double, also available.

The inaugural National BPL Cup champions will be crowned in November at Club Pine Rivers in Brisbane during BPL06, with one team from each state to be flown to the event by Bowls Australia.

Victoria’s state final will be held at Fitzroy Bowling Club on September 24.

Bowlers can find more at Entries close for Park’s event on July 19.

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