Unlucky start for Tasmania Tridents

by Rob McGuire on February 20, 2023

The Tasmania Tridents lined up today in lawn bowls’ showpiece television event, the Bowls Premier League, which will be held at the Moama Bowling Club from Monday to Friday this week.

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.

The Bowls Tasmania-owned Tridents were established in 2021, through funding contributed by the Tasmanian Government.   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.

The Tasmania Tridents has an all-Tasmanian line-up headlined by dual Commonwealth Games gold medallist and world champion Rebecca Van Asch, alongside the 2021 Tasmanian Fours Championship winner Taelyn Male, and they have been joined by Michael Sims,  the 2014 Bowls Australia Under-18 Male Bowler of the Year who was also a member of the winning Tasmanian BPL Cup team in 2022, with one-time Australian Jackaroo Mark Strochnetter once again assuming the coaching duties.

Lady luck was not shining brightly on the Tasmania Tridents as it took to the Moama green on day one of the Bowls Premier League today.

The Tasmania Tridents started well in its opening game this afternoon against the home team, the Moama Steamers winning the first set 7-4 before dropping the second set  6-14 and losing the tie-breaker 0-1.

The Trident’s second game of the day was live streamed on Bowls Australia’s Facebook page against  Melbourne Pulse with a similar result.   Pulse narrowly won the first set 7-5 before the Tridents bounced back easily winning the second set 10-1 but again fell over in the tiebreaker losing 0-1.

A slow start in the third game against the Adelaide Pioneers resulted in the Tridents losing the first set 10-1 and had a chance to force the match to another tie-breaker before succumbing on the final end of the second set 6-12 after scores were locked at 6 all with one end to play.

Ladder after Day One:

  1. Sydney Lions 9 points
  2. Moama Steamers 9 points
  3. Adelaide Pioneers 9 points
  4. Tweed Head Ospreys 9 points
  5. Moreton Bay Pirates 3 Points
  6. Melbourne Pulse 3 points
  7. Melbourne Extreme 3 points
  8. Tasmania Tridents 0 points
  9. Gold Coast Hawks 0 points
  10. Perth Suns 0 points.

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 the Bowls Australia Facebook page during the daytime rounds.

For all the results click HERE.