Michael Sims joins Tasmania Tridents

by Rob McGuire on December 11, 2022

Bowls Tasmania has announced a changed line up for the Tasmanian Tridents when they compete in Bowls Australia’s Bowls Premier League (BPL#17) at the Moama Bowling Club on the New South Wales / Victoria border from 20 -24 February 2022.

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 has been designed to change people’s perception of the sport.   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.

It is Bowls Tasmania policy that Tasmania Tridents players must be resident and playing pennant in Tasmania.   As part of its rotation policy to expose the top Tasmanian players to one of the highest profile competitions in Australia, Trevallyn’s Michael Sims will join  dual Commonwealth Games gold medallist and world champion Rebecca Van Asch, alongside current Tasmanian Fours Championship winner Taelyn Male, with one-time Australian Jackaroo Mark Strochnetter assuming the coaching duties for BPL#17.   Burnie’s Mark Nitz is the unlucky player to miss selection in BPL#17.

Sims will make Tridents history as the first player to be brought in to the team following the team’s inception into the BPL at the commencement of BPL14 earlier this year.    The 26-year-old brings a wealth of state experience to the tournament having been a state representative since 2013 and representing the state on 97 occasions.   In addition, he is a multiple winner of Bowls Tasmania’s Male Bowler of the Year award and the 2014 the Bowls Australia Under-18 Male Bowler of the Year.   He was part of the winning Tasmanian BPL Cup team in 2022.

BPL17 teams announced – Bowls Australia