The Bowls Premier League is one of the biggest and most exciting competitions with it’s lightning fast format and top Australian and New Zealand teams competing. BPL06 is just under two months away and the buzz is already starting to build across the country and within our local bowls community in anticipation of our calendars most colourful and exciting event.

Personally I’m so excited to be part of both another BPL event and our mighty Gold Coast Hawks franchise this year. I can’t wait to hit the greens with my great friends and two of the world’s best bowlers in Mark Casey and Brett Wilkie.

We’ve experienced success alongside each other at International, National, and State level, but are yet to team up together in the fun, fast paced BPL format. We have a unique bond, rivalled by no other franchise, which has been created over nearly 15 years of playing together in the Helensvale, Queensland, and Australian colours.

We know each others game styles really well, where our strengths lie, and what brings the best out in each other. I think we have such a great balance of consistency, flair, power, and presence that we will definitely be a force to be reckoned with this year.

We have such a great supporter base too, a sea of green and gold in the crowd, so that definitely helps when trying to get over the line in those crucially tight matches. It’s such a short sharp style of match play so every little advantage we can utilise will make a big impact when it comes to tasting ultimate success.

The competition is going to be fierce – the best of the best – but I believe 2017 really could be our best chance at obtaining that elusive BPL title.

Nathan Rice will be guiding us in the coach/mentor role, so no doubt we’ll be ready to roll – all guns blazing come opening day of play on the 14th November!

Author: Lynsey Clarke
Gold Coast Hawk,  Australian Team Captain, Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist

The mighty talented Broadbeach Bulls have claimed their maiden National $60,000 5 A Side title today in spectacular fashion defeating the international NZ , star-studded club side from Eastbourne – 3 matches to 1. Broadbeach had been the most consistent and in-form club of the competition, leading the field from Day 2 of play and all the way through the event. But on finals day it all begins again and it was anyone’s title for the taking.

After defeating Mt Lewis in the morning matches of their semi final encounter, Broadbeach were full of confidence riding in to the final. However newcomers to the event, Eastbourne, were also riding their own high after defeating last years runner up, St Johns Park in their semi final clash. As the crowd eagerly anticipated what was scripted to be an almighty classic grand final battle, they weren’t disappointed – witnessing some of the best bowls the Club Helensvale greens have ever seen. It was a blow for blow match up in the first of the disciplines with game points split after Eastbourne took the pairs encounter by 1 shot and Broadbeach winning the triples by 15.

However when it came down to the singles and fours discipline, it was the Ryan Bester show that put the final nail in the coffin for Eastbourne, after hewas clinical in his singles performance defeating David Ferguson 21- 10. The 11 shot singles victory left the overall margin of 25 shots too big of a mountain to climb for the Eagles fours – shaking hands after 10 ends with Broadbeach in front 12-4.

Congratulations to our eleventh and newest champions, Broadbeach, on your maiden title and claiming the $20,000 first prize winners cheque, to Eastbourne for being gallant in Grand Final defeat, and to the talented sides from Mt Lewis and St Johns Park on finishing equal third in one of the toughest and most prestigious events in the country.

(For those interested, our live streamed featured finals matches have been saved and are able to be viewed via our Club Helensvale Facebook page)

Author: Lynsey Clarke
Gold Coast Hawk,  Australian Team Captain, Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist