Two of New Zealand’s up and coming bowlers have got Gore on TV.
East Southland locals Sheldon Bagrie-Howley, 23 and Caleb Hope, 19 will lead the Gore Rams in the inaugural Bowls3Five league on SKY Sport, starting this month.
“We were quite shocked we did get in but we were told which boxes to tick and we focused on those,” Bagrie-Howley said.
Both medalled at the 2017/18 nationals, in the fours and singles respectively, and are looking to push their case for Blackjacks selection.
“Doing well and performing at this level on television and showing composure will definitely help,” Bagrie-Howley said.
The Rams faced one major stumbling block prior to submitting a bid. Up until this season none of the female members of the Gore Bowling Club played competitively.
“We had no choice but to bring someone in,” Sheldon Bagrie-Howley said.
Another of the sport’s rising stars, Ashleigh Jeffcoat, has joined the Rams from Waikato, while they are also able to call on the experienced Wynette McLachlan, who lives in Gore, despite remaining staunchly loyal to her South Otago roots.
Dunedin’s Elliot Mason, 24 and Gore stalwart Tony Cockerill complete the Rams’ line-up.
Cockerill was named Bowls Southland’s personality of the year in May and has played a major role in Bagrie-Howley’s development.
“Tony is the one that got me to where I am today,” he said.
“When I was 10, he ditched his pairs partner and took me on, and I grew from there.
“He started off as my coach, now he’s a bit of a mentor and is slowly learning a few things off me!”
Tony Cockerill and Wynette McLachlan are both retired, while Sheldon Bagrie-Howley and Caleb Hope are thankful their employers have given them time off work to make the long trip from Gore to Auckland to play each Tuesday and Wednesday night for six weeks.
“My boss [at the Croydon Aircraft Company] has always been very lenient and supportive,” Bagrie-Howley said.
“Caleb’s boss plays bowls as well so there’s that understanding of the commitment and how high profile this tournament is going to be.”
And what about the name, the Gore Rams?
“There’s a giant white ram statue in the middle of Gore and there’s also the big brown trout,” Bagrie-Howley said.
“The Gore Brown Trouts didn’t really seem to fit so we went with the Rams and went from
What is Bowls3Five?
Bowls3Five is a new fast format of the game which aims to provide a competition where everyone interested can get involved. Depending on the competition you play in, you can face a set number of ends, a shot clock, double points, and a tiebreaker end. Bowls3Five aims to fit into busy lifestyles of those finding themselves short on time but still wish to compete in sport and those who are stepping up to accept the challenge of the shorter format.
Bowls3Five offers three levels of competition – a social format for twilight competitions, a nationwide interclub competition and the inaugural Bowls3Five televised six-team league. It will be broadcast live on SKY Sport on Tuesday and Wednesday nights for six weeks From October 23 to November 28, 2018 at the New Lynn Bowling Club in Auckland. 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
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