Change is the theme for the second week of the Bowls3Five televised league season.
Seven of the eight teams have made personnel changes for this week’s eight games at the New Lynn Bowling Club in Auckland, with three to field completely new-look line-ups.
Two of the top three finishers from the inaugural season will open night four of the new campaign tonight (October 29), with the Stoke Thunder to square-off against last year’s beaten finalists the Gore Rams.
The Thunder have made two changes to their triple, with former national singles champion Peter Hodson and Blackjack Selina Goddard replacing James Pugh and Kirsten Edwards.
Hodson will make his first appearance of the season, while Goddard will make her debut in the televised league.
World champion Shannon McIlroy will again skip Stoke, fresh from winning the North East Valley invitational men’s singles in Dunedin for an unprecedented fourth time.
The game against the Rams, who are unchanged, will be the first of three in week two for the Thunder, with meetings with the Parajacks and Pt Chevalier Pirates to follow tomorrow night (October 30).
The Royal Oak Rockets and Elmwood Park Saints will make their only appearances of the week in the second match of night four.
The Rockets have brought back Tere Tuaiti and Martin Dixon to join Mike Galloway, following last week’s defeat to the Hinuera Heat, while Stephen Ditfort has replaced Kelvin Scott in the Saints’ triple.
Elmwood Park, skipped by 13-time national champion Gary Lawson, is the only team with an unbeaten record, after tiebreaker end wins over the Stokes Valley Vipers and Pirates.
The Parajacks have made one change to their triple, with Graham Skellern replacing Bruce Wakefield, for their games against the Thunder and Vipers on Wednesday and Thursday, while Stokes Valley and Pt Chev will field new-look line-ups.
Euan Wong, James-Cameron Powell and Lisa White will turn out for the Vipers, replacing Nicole Toomey, Finbar McGuigan and Seamus Curtin.
Like Stoke, Stokes Valley will play three times in week two, with games against the Gore Rams and Hinuera Heat before their meeting with the Parajacks.
The Pirates have also completely changed their trio, with the reigning champions’ regular triple of Jenny Stockford, Alex Reed and Aiden Takarua sitting out their games against the Thunder and Heat.
Jenny Jones will lead for Pt Chev with Nick Thompson and Kevin Morris to make their televised league debuts.
Bowls3Five national interclub champions the Hinuera Heat will field five new players in their games against the Vipers and Pirates on Thursday night (October 31).
Bev Corbett, Paul Casey Jnr and Stu Settle have been selected for their game against Stokes Valley, while Sue Crockett and Gerard Slattery will join Casey Jnr for the final match of the week against Pt Chev.
All matches are broadcast live on Sky Sport 9.
Bowls3Five – week two:
Tuesday, October 29
Stoke Thunder vs Gore Rams – 7:10pm
Royal Oak Rockets vs Elmwood Park Saints – 8:15pm
Wednesday, October 30
Stoke Thunder vs Parajacks – 6pm
Stokes Valley Vipers vs Gore Rams – 7:10pm
Pt Chevalier Pirates vs Stoke Thunder – 8:15pm
Thursday, October 31
Stokes Valley Vipers vs Hinuera Heat – 6pm
Stokes Valley Vipers vs Parajacks – 7:10pm
Hinuera Heat vs Pt Chevalier Pirates – 8:15pm