Tasmania Tridents in second place in lawn bowls national league

by Rob McGuire

The Tasmania Tridents are the talk of the town at Club Pine Rivers in Queensland in the Bowls Premier league after two stunning days of performances.    After finishing in last position at the Bowls Premier League held at Moama in February 2022, the Tridents are sitting in second place with the top two teams all winning 5 games and losing just 2 games each.

The Bowls Premier League is the sport’s made-for-television, showpiece event.    Staged biannually, at Queensland’s Club Pine Rivers in November and New South Wales/Victoria border club Moama in February, the event was designed to change people’s perception of our sport.   (The current competition was not played in November due to COVID-19 restrictions.)    The Bowls Premier League is the Twenty20 of bowls – it is fast, it is loud, it attracts the world’s best bowlers, and it appeals to non-bowlers who once upon a time may have seen bowls in a different light.

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.

In a dream start to Day 2, the Tasmania Tridents won its opening game this morning against Gold Coast Hawks .The Tridents dropped an 8 on the first end of the first set and lost the set 4-11 before winning the second set 5-3 and the tiebreaker 1-0.

The Trident’s second game of the day was live streamed on Bowls Australia’s Facebook page against  the Brisbane Pirates.   A great display of class bowls from the great Alex Marshall enabled the Brisbane Pirates to inflict on the Trident’s its first loss of the competition with the Pirates winning in straight sets 7-6 and 9-2.

In the third game for the day, the Trident’s defeated the reigning premiers Sydney Lions in a tiebreaker.   In a very tight match, Tridents lost the first set 24 before winning the second set 6-5 and the tiebreaker 1-0. 

Game four for the day resulted in another win for the Tridents this time against the Adelaide Pioneers 5-4, 1-7 and 1-0 in the tiebreaker.   

The final game for Day 2 was the television game against Melbourne Pulse.  Pulse picked up4 shots on the second end of the first set, but Tridents won every other end to take out the first set 5-4.    Pulse won every end of the second set to win it convincingly 8-0.   In the tiebreaker, Pulse managed to get the shot to win 1-0 despite Tridents holding the shot almost to the end.  

In the last Bowls premier League in February, the Tridents played in 7 tiebreakers but could only win 1 of them.   To date, the Tridents have played in 5 tiebreakers and have won all but one of them.

Ladder after Day Two:

  1. Moama Steamers 15 points
  2. Tasmania Tridents 15 points
  3. Sydney Lions 12 points
  4. Brisbane Pirates 12 point
  5. Melbourne Pulse 12 points
  6. Melbourne Extreme 9 points
  7. Adelaide Pioneers 9 points
  8. Gold Coast Hawks 9 points
  9. Perth Suns 9 points
  10. Tweed Heads Ospreys 3 points

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