Tasmania Tridents storm into Bowls Premier League finals

by Rob McGuire on February 23, 2024

Congratulations to the Tasmania Tridents who beat two of the top three teams today to climb into fourth position – their highest even finish – but unfortunately were beaten in a tiebreaker in the first elimination final to finish their run at Bowls Premier League#19 which finished at the Moama Bowling Club tonight.

The last two roster games were played this morning with the Tridents winning both.   In the first game they beat Moreton Bay Pirates in straight games winning 6-3 and 6-6.   In the second game, the Tridents came from behind to eliminate Tweed Head Osprey from the finals, losing the first set 2-5 before bouncing back to win the second set 8-6 and the tie breaker 1-0.

The ladder at the end of day five:

  1. Sydney Lions 33 points
  2. Melbourne Pulse   33 points
  3. Moreton Bay Pirates   30 points
  4. Tasmania Tridents   30 points
  5. Adelaide Pioneer   27 points
  6. Moama Steamers   27 points
  7. Tweed Head Osprey 27 points
  8. Perth Suns  24 points
  9. Gold Coast Hawks  21 points
  10. Melbourne Extreme  18 points

The first elimination final between Tasmania Tridents and Adelaide Pioneer went to a tie breaker.    Adelaide won a close first set 7-5 but the Tridents were too good in the second set winning 8-2 before Adelaide won the tie breaker 3-0.

The Tridents played some great bowls all week against many of the world’s best bowlers and finished strongly winning their last three games to finish in fourth position.   It was a massive improvement for the Tridents with their best ever finish in fourth place, compared to BPL#18 when they only won four games and finished in last position.     Congratulations and well done to the players – Rebecca Van Asch, Taelyn Male and Rob McMullen and their coach Mark Strochnetter.

Melbourne Pulse capped off an incredible week of bowls at the Bowls Premier League #19 winning its third BPL title in five years.   Moreton Bay Pirates defeated Adelaide Pioneer in straight sets 8-1 and 7-3 in the second elimination final.   Melbourne Pulse defeated ladder-leaders Sydney Lions 4-10, 15-12 and 1-0 in a record high score in the semi-final.   After finishing on top of the ladder, the Sydney Lions went out in straight sets, losing to the Moreton Bay Pirates 2-6 and 2-7 in the preliminary final.   The grand final was won by Melbourne Pulse in a tie breaker, losing the first set 1-10 before winning the second set 7-4 and then the tie breaker 1-0.