Bowls3Five will return to New Zealand television screens this year, but it will take on a new look.
Bowls New Zealand is thrilled to announce it has signed a new deal with SKY Sport for the competition to be broadcast in 2019, 2020 and 2021.
“We’re indebted to SKY Sport for their support,” Bowls NZ chief executive Mark Cameron said.
“It’s huge. They took a punt on us in 2018…and it worked, it delivered the ratings.
“We’re very appreciative. It worked for both of us.”
The new fast format, with a shot clock and powerplay ends, was also warmly received by the bowls community and has been adopted by clubs around the country.
The Point Chevalier Pirates from Auckland won the inaugural six-team competition, beating the Gore Rams in a dramatic final.
This year they will have seven clubs vying for their crown, with Bowls3Five expanding to an eight-team event.
“Eight teams will give us a greater representation across the country,” Cameron said.
“The more clubs, the more the bowls community buys into this competition.”
The Pirates, Rams, Stoke Thunder, Royal Oak Rockets and Stokes Valley Vipers will be invited to join the winner of the Bowls3Five national interclub competition, which will be found at the Naenae Bowling Club on April 28.
The national interclub champions will replace the Woodend Jets, who were relegated after finishing last in the 2018 event.
The final two teams will be confirmed in the following months.
“There are areas of the country that it’s important we have representation from so we’ll wait to see who that sixth side is and then we’ll determine geographically what our needs are,” Cameron said.
Bowls3Five is also expanding from a six-week to an eight-week competition and matches will be broadcast live three nights a week (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday), rather than two.
There will be two matches each night, culminating in the final on December 11.
For more information contact Brenton Vannisselroy on 021 039 0471
PLAYING DAYS AND DATES BOWLS3FIVE 2019
Tuesday 22 October
Wednesday 23 October
Thursday 24 October
Tuesday 29 October
Wednesday 30 October
Thursday 31 October
Tuesday 5 November
Wednesday 6 November
Thursday 8 November
Tuesday 12 November
Wednesday 13 November
Thursday 14 November
Tuesday 19 November
Wednesday 20 November
Thursday 21 November
Tuesday 26 November
Wednesday 27 November
Thursday 28 November
Tuesday 10 December
2 v 3 (winner to grand final)
6 v 7 (loser to relegation final)
Wednesday 11 December
8 v (loser 6v7) relegation final
1 v (winner 2v 3) grand final