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Bowls New Zealand Bowls3Five TELEVISED League
What is the competition? Bowls3Five televised league is a fast format of the game of Lawn Bowls. This looks to showcase the diversity of the sport. The end aim of Bowls3Five is to make bowls visible to a new demographic and grow the sport. The televised league will be showcased alongside social and club leagues with the winners given the opportunity to progress into the televised league.
The prize? The finalists (Top 6) will compete for a share of a NZD $28,000 prize pool.
What is the Bowls3Five format? Bowls3Five in all versions of the game is mixed two-bowl triples. For those non-bowlers out there, this is two bowls delivered per person, female and male players per team and three in a team. Teams play two sets of five ends, if teams win a set each or each set is drawn teams will play a single end tie-break to decide the winner. Strategy comes into play by with the 'powerplay' featuring in all formats. The powerplay is where you can earn double points for your win.
This summer we will have THREE seperate leagues running for Bowls3Five.
- Bowls3Five LIVE! This is the televised league that is broadcast live on SKY Sport for six weeks From October 23 to November 28 2018. Specifically for television the games will be played in one direction with two sets of five ends. If each team has won a set or both sets are drawn there will be a tie-break end to decide the winner of the game. The televised league starts with a double round robin draw, all teams playing each other twice over the first five weeks. The six teams will then be ranked heading into the finals which are played in week six. For more information on the format of Bowls3Five televised league click here for conditions of play*.
- Bowls3Five INTERCLUB. This is a national interclub competition that is FREE for clubs to enter. Centres will organise a round robin competition during a week night for those clubs taking part. The clubs that have won their centre round will then take part in the post section play to find a national champion.
Download conditions of play here
Bowls3Five TWILIGHT. This is for the casual bowler or for people looking to get into the sport but have limited time due to work, family or other sporting commitments. This will be run by clubs on a week night so get in touch with a club if you and your mates are interested.
*Please note the conditions of play differ for the Bowls3Five LIVE, INTERCLUB and TWILIGHT leagues, click here to read more information on the Interclub and Twilight versions on the Bowls New Zealand website.
When & where? Games are played consecutively on Tuesday and Wednesday night from the 23rd of October to the 28th of November, 2018. Three games will be played each night at New Lynn Bowling Club (Auckland). The sixth week is post section play (finals) and will have two games played on Tuesday and Wednesday night. All games of the competition will be televised LIVE on SKY Sport, so if you are outside Auckland head down to your club and make your own crowd!
What time? The three games each night are played consecutively at 7, 8 and 9 pm.
Can I come and watch live? Yes, please express your interest by filling out our online expression of interest (available closer to event start).
What is the difference between Bowls3Five televised league and the social or twilight version of the game? The televised league aims to promote a shorter format of traditional bowls to New Zealanders who would like to be involved with our sport but can't find the time for the longer format of the game. Unlike the Twilight version, the televised league is played in one direction and under timed conditions to keep the game to under one hour (event though the twilight version is not played against a timer, it is still able to be played under an hour).
What is the difference between Bowls3Five televised league and the Interclub competition? The televised league will showcase the new format to a wider audience. Interclub competition will play both directions and does not have timed conditions.
How do I get involved? Click here to find a club near you. If you are new to the sport and want to 'test the waters' then sign up for a twilight session at a participating club. If you are competitive and interested in the National Interclub check with your club for the selection process is for the club team.