Tasmania Tridents slip out of top five in lawn bowls national league

by Rob McGuire

In a day to forget, despite playing very well luck was not with the Tasmania Tridents on Day 3, losing 4 of 5 games played including two decided on tiebreakers which resulted in the Tridents being tumbled out of the top five of the Bowls Premier League.

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.

In another dream start to the day, the Tasmania Tridents won its opening game this morning against Tweed Heads Ospreys. The Tridents easily won the first set 7-1 and came from behind to draw the second set 5-5 to take out the win.

The Trident’s second game of the day was live streamed on Bowls Australia’s Facebook page against the third placed Sydney Lions. A slow start by the Tridents enabled the Lions to race out to a 5-0 lead after two ends and they held that lead to win the first set 8-3. The Lions showed why they are the reigning premiers when they raced out to a 5-0 lead after three ends in the second set and ended up winning the second set 6-2.

In the third game for the day, the Trident’s were defeated by Melbourne Extreme in a tiebreaker 6-5, 0-8 and 0-1.

Game four for the day resulted in another loss for the Tridents this time against the Moama Steamers 4-4 and 2-6 to see them tumble to sixth position on the ladder.

The final game for Day 3 was the television game against Adelaide Pioneers. Pioneers picked up 4 shots on the last end to win the first set 6-3. Several big drives from Taelyn Male turned the second set on its end with the Tridents winning easily 12-0. In a heartbreaking tiebreaker, the Pioneers got over the line 1-0 to end a disappointing day result wise for the Tridents who now must win four of their final six games to be sure of a place in the finals.

Ladder after Day Three:

1. Brisbane Pirates 24 points

2. Melbourne Pulse 24 points

3. Melbourne Extreme 21 points

4. Sydney Lions 21 points

5. Moama Steamers 21 points

6. Tasmania Tridents 18 points

7. Adelaide Pioneers 18 points

8. Perth Suns 12 points

9. Gold Coast Hawks 12 points

10. Tweed Heads Ospreys 9 points

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