Tasmania Tridents on show in lawn bowls national league

by Rob McGuire

Another Tasmanian team will be on show nationally when the Tasmania Tridents take part in lawn bowls’ showpiece television event, the Bowls Premier League, which will be held at Club Pine Rivers in Queensland from Monday to Friday this week.

The Bowls Tasmania-owned Tridents is one of three new licences granted in 2021 in an expanded ten-team competition, through funding contributed by the Tasmanian Government.   The other new teams in 2022 are the Gold Coast Hawks and Melbourne Extreme.

The Tasmania Tridents has an all-Tasmanian line-up headlined by dual Commonwealth Games gold medallist and world champion Rebecca Van Asch who will guide the Tridents’ maiden journey, alongside the experienced hand of former Australian Indoor Championships runner-up and current Tasmanian Champion of Champions winner Mark Nitz and current Tasmanian Fours Championship winner and Taelyn Male, with one-time Australian Jackaroo Mark Strochnetter assuming the coaching duties.

The three-pronged Tridents moniker was chosen to represent the three regions of Tasmania and the three Tasmanian players that will carry the state’s hopes on the national stage.

Bowls Tasmania Chief Executive Officer Rob McGuire said that Tasmania had long wanted to be part of the BPL competition to promote themselves on the sport’s biggest stage and was appreciative of the Tasmanian Government’s assistance.

“With considerable assistance from the State Government, Bowls Tasmania has been able to work with Bowls Australia to ensure the establishment of a Tasmanian team in Bowls Australia’s top-level event, the Bowls Premier League,” McGuire said.

“The provision of a pathway for bowlers in the state to progress their bowls and aspire for greater rewards has been limited in the past.   The Bowls Premier League now provides that vehicle for which we can now showcase the tremendous talent that we have in our state.   While many teams in the Bowls Premier League include overseas international players and players from other states, Bowls Tasmania is committed to only playing local Tasmanian players in its team.

“Success of the program will not be measured in prize-money won, but players drafted to national squads and the greater community awareness and participation rates in the sport here in Tasmania.”

The event will be shown live on Fox Sports, Kayo and Sky Sport NZ from 4pm-10pm AEST each night from Tuesday to Friday, with additional live-streaming through Facebook during the daytime rounds commencing with the Tasmania Tridents v’s Moama Steamers game on Monday at 5pm.

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