They are back ... The MLT Gore Rams are ready to compete in the second year of the televised Bowls3Five competition. the main team (from left) Sheldon Bagrie-Howley, Ashleigh Jeffcoat and Caleb Hope is the same one that finished runner up last year. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

MLT Gore Rams skipper Sheldon Bagrie-Howley is determined to take his side one step further in the Bowls3Five competition this season.

The Rams lost the final of the inaugural televised competition in a tie-breaker to Point Chevalier Pirates last year.

Bagrie-Howley said he looked forward to linking up with fellow players Caleb Hope and Ashleigh Jeffcoat to try their luck again.

“We’re trying to go better than last year after we were pipped in the final last year.

“We want to try and get that trophy,” Bagrie Howley said.

The Bowls3Five format involved three members in a mixed team playing five ends, and can be completed in under an hour.

Bagrie-Howley, Hope and Jeffcoat would be joined by a few new faces in the squad this season.

Craig Tinker, Kerry Heffer, and Craig Merrilees, all of Invercargill, would join the side while Elliot Mason, of Dunedin, and Wynette McLachlan were returning squad members.

All players were associated with the Gore Bowling Club, he said.

The main three played every match last season, but other players would be called upon this year.

“This year the competition clashes with the transtasman test series and some other competitions.

“If any of us get picked for those then there will be some changes and others will step in,” Bagrie-Howley said.

“At this point most players should get a go this year but we’ll wait and see.”

The team would link up and train as more bowling greens opened in the coming months, but for now it was preparation for the competition.

“There is a heck of a lot of work going on behind the scenes and getting sorted – there’s a lot more organisation.

“We’ve been working on it pretty much since we finished up last year.”

Bagrie-Howley was grateful to the MLT for coming on board and supporting the team for the second year in a row.

  • MLT Gore Rams will play in the first match of the competition against the Royal Oak Rockets on October 22 at 7.10pm. The game will be televised on SKY Sport.

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