Twisty’s Travels – BPL15

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Bowls Premier League (BPL15)

It’s great to be back at Club Pine Rivers for the 15th instalment of the Bowls Premier League. I always love coming back to Club Pine Rivers where 18 years ago, I started my bowls career. The spiritual home of the BPL; there is no event quite like it.

I’m very happy to once again join the Sydney Lions alongside Aaron Wilson, Karen Murphy and Coach Steve Glasson. Hoping we can go back-to-back after our win in BPL14 at Moama in February.

This event sees some player movement amongst teams:

  • Aron Sherriff joins the Murray Steamers.
  • Jo Edwards MNZM returns to the BPL for the Brisbane Pirates.
  • Shannon Mcllroy joins the Gold Coast Hawks.
  • and Kristina Kristic returns to the Perth Suns.

As always it will be a very closely contested BPL. However, if I had to pick a favourite it would be the Murray Steamers; the inclusion of 4 time winner Aron Sherriff into the team changes their dynamic and I think they will be there at the pointy end of the competition. He joins two of the best; our St Johns Park Pennant Marquee Ryan Bester and Jackaroo Natasha Van Eldik.

I caught up with Ryan Bester earlier today and this is what he had to say:

“It’s amazing to have Aron Sherriff join the Murray Steamers for BPL15. He is a 4-time MVP of the event, I’m very happy to be playing with him rather than against. We are now clubmates at Broadbeach Bowling Club and are great friends. Combined with Natasha Van Eldik; I’m surrounded by class. It’s a big year ahead for me; including the Commonwealth Games later in the year and the birth of my child expected on the 11th June. Thank you to my St Johns clubmates for their ongoing support, I look forward to getting back in St Johns colours soon. My two favourites for the BPL15 are Tweed and Sydney.”

– Ryan Bester, Murray Steamers.

Another team to watch out for will be the Perth Suns, after two strong wins in the opening rounds. St Johns Park’s Dawn Hayman will once again don the Perth’s tradition orange strip alongside Jackaroos Cody Packer and Kristina Kristic. A darkhorse and ones to watch.  

My predictions for the top 5 are:

  • Murray Steamers
  • Brisbane Pirates
  • Adelaide Pioneers
  • Perth Suns
  • Sydney Lions

For those wishing to catch the action; Foxtel, Sky Sports NZ, and Kayo will be showing live games from 4pm AEST Tuesday 24th May to Friday 27th May. Bowls Australia will also be livestreaming a game each round on their Facebook page.

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