METROPOLITAN PENNANT

Metropolitan Pennant encompasses five Bowls Regions within the city of Melbourne and is administered by Bowls Victoria. The season runs between October to March yearly, comprising of midweek and weekend competitions.

Season 2022/23

Season Information

This season we are trialling a promotional permit, available to all clubs across the state, once per season, only prior to Christmas. Click below for full information and to apply.


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Updated September 14, 2022:
Div 8 Sec 1
Updated September 14, 2022:

Div 2 Sec 6, Div 3 Sec 6, Div 5 Sec 4, Div 6 Sec 6 & Div 8 Sec 5
Updated September 16, 2022:
Div 7 Sec 5
Updated September 28, 2022:
Div 7 Sec 1, Div 9 Sec 1 & Div 9 Sec 2
Updated September 29, 2022
Friday Night 6’s Sec 3

Updated September 30, 2022:
Div 7 Sec 8

Updated October 4, 2022:
Div 7 Sec 5, Div 7 Sec 8, Div 8 Sec 2, Div 8 Sec 7, Div 9 Sec 2 & Div 9 Sec 3
Updated October 7, 2022:
Div 8 Sec 6 & Div 9 Sec 1
Updated October 10, 2022:

Div 7 Sec 5 & Div 7 Sec 6
Updated October 11, 2022:

Div 7 Sec 2 & Div 9 Sec 1
Updated October 21, 2022:
Div 8 Sec 3, Div 8 Sec 4 & Div 9 Sec 1
Updated October 26, 2022:
Div 8 Sec 2

Please note: All affected clubs are informed via email.


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Updated September 16, 2022:
6-a-side Sec 1
Updated September 26, 2022:
Div 1 Sec 2, Div 2 Sec 3, Div 4 Sec 3, Div 4 Sec 5, Div 5 Sec 1, Div 5 Sec 5, Div 6 Sec 4, 6-a-side Sec 3 & 6-a-side Sec 4
Updated September 28, 2022:
Div 5 Sec 5, Div 6 Sec 2, 6-a-side Sec 2 & 6-a-side Sec 3

Updated September 30, 2022:
7-a-side Div 1 Sec 11
Updated October 3, 2022:
7-a-side Div 1 Sec 11
Updated October 13, 2022:
Div 5 Sec 6
Updated October 28, 2022:
7-a-side Div 1 Sec 3

Please note: All affected clubs are informed via email.

Weekend & Midweek

WEEKEND

Premier – 18 rounds (played over 16 weeks). 1 Section x 10. 16 players. 

Division 1 – 18 rounds (played over 16 weeks). 4 x Sections x 10. 16 players. 

Divisions 2 to 6 – 14 rounds (played over 14 weeks). 8 Sections x 8. 16 players. 
(Breakdown of Division numbers will be dependent upon number of entries received). 

Divisions 7 to 8 – 14 rounds (played over 14 weeks). 8 Sections x 8. 12 players. 
(Breakdown of Division numbers will be dependent upon the number of entries received). 

MIDWEEK

Divisions 1 to 6 – 14 rounds (played over 14 weeks). 8 Section x 8. 12 players. 
(Breakdown of Division numbers will be dependent upon the number of entries received). 

6-a-Side – 14 rounds (played over 14 weeks). 8 in a Section. 6 players. 
(Number of Sections will be dependent upon the number of entries received).

7-a-side – Summer

Played on Thursdays. 7 players. 6 rounds over 6 weeks (plus 2 weeks of finals).

4 in a section (number of sections will be dependent upon the number of entries received).

Friday Night 6’s – New Competition

The new Friday night ‘Super 6’s’ competition format is 2 rinks of triples, playing 2 x games of 9 ends, with a 7.00pm start time.

The competition will be split into Spring (pre-Christmas) and Summer (post-Christmas) seasons, with 6 rounds (plus finals) played during each season (dependant on entries). The competition will be separate to the Weekend Pennant Competition, meaning players can play in both if desired, however all other Weekend Pennant Conditions of Play apply.


Premier & Division 1 Restructure for 2022/23 & 2023/24

To align Prem & Division 1 with the rest of the Metropolitan competition, both divisions will move to a 14-week season, from the 2023/24 season.

From the 2023/24 season, the Metropolitan Premier League will consist of eight (8) teams. A new ‘Metropolitan Premier 2’ section will be created, also consisting of eight (8) teams. Division 1 will consist of four (4) sections of eight (8) teams. This change will enable two levels of open competition across the Metropolitan area, showcasing some of the best talent in the state. Divisions will consist of Localised Draws.

For the 2022/23 season, Division 1 is an Open Draw. This is to allow all clubs equal opportunity to qualify for the restructured Premier Divisions in 2023/24.

2022/23 PROMOTION & RELEGATION
Premier LeagueDivision 1
The two (2) sides finishing 9th and 10th will be relegated into the new Metropolitan Premier 2 section for the 2023/24 season.

The side finishing 8th will play off against the Division 1 Grand Final winner for the final spot in Metropolitan Premier League for the 2023/24 season.

The runner-up of the play-off will be placed in Metropolitan Premier 2 for the 2023/24 season.
The Division 1 Grand Final winner will play off against the 8th place Metropolitan Premier League side for a spot in Metropolitan Premier League for the 2023/24 season. The runner-up of the play-off will be placed in Metropolitan Premier 2 for the 2023/24 season.

The Division 1 runner up, plus the two (2) Division 1 losing Semi-Finalists will be placed in Metropolitan Premier 2 for the 2023/24 season.

The four (4) section Semi-Finalists will play off for 2 spots in Metropolitan Premier 2 section for the 2023/24 season.

The bottom two (2) sides in each section, plus the next two (2) least performing sides across all sections will be relegated into Division 2 for the 2023/24 season.

The eight (8) section winners from Division 2 will be promoted to Division 1 for the 2023/24 season.
2023/24 PROMOTION & RELEGATION
Premier LeaguePremier 2Division 1
Bottom side in Premier relegated to Premier 2.

7th Place Premier side will play off against the runner-up of Premier 2 for a spot in Premier the following season. Runner-up plays in Premier 2 the following season.
Premier 2 winner promoted to Premier League.

Premier 2 runner-up will play off against 7th place Premier team for spot in Premier the following season. Runner-up plays in Premier 2 the following season.

8th and 7th place Premier 2 sides relegated to Division 1.
The two Division 1 Grand Finalists promoted to Premier 2.

* No club can have more than 1 side in Premier/Premier 2 combined.

Promotion & Relegation
Weekend Division 2 & below, & Midweek for 2022/23 & beyond

WEEKEND
Division 2Division 3 – 6Division 7 – 8
8 Section winners promoted to Division 1.

Bottom 2 in each Section relegated to Division 3.

Plus the next two (2) worst performing sides across all sections will be relegated (2022/23 season only).
Section Winners and Runners Up promoted.

Bottom 2 in each section relegated (No relegation in Division 6).

Plus the next two (2) worst performing sides across all sections will be relegated (2022/23 season only).
No promotion from Division 7 due to different number of players (12-a-side v 16-a-side).

Bottom 2 in each section relegated from Division 7.

Section winners and runners-up promoted from Division 8.
MIDWEEK
Division 1Division 2Division 3 & below
Bottom 2 in each section relegated to Division 2.Section winners promoted.

Bottom 2 in each section relegated.
Section winners and runners-up promoted.

Bottom 2 in each section relegated.

Season Dates

Premier Division & Division 1

Round 1October 15
Round 2October 22
Round 3October 29
Round 4November 5
Round 5November 12
Henselite Victorian OpenNovember 18 – 25
Round 6November 26
Round 7December 3
Round 8December 4
Round 9December 10
Round 10December 17
Holiday Break
Round 11January 14
Round 12January 21
Round 13January 28
Round 14February 4
Round 15February 5
Round 16February 11
Round 17February 18
Round 18February 25
Finals Game 1March 4
Finals Game 2March 5 (Sunday)
Division 1 Semi-FinalMarch 11
Grand FinalMarch 12 (Sunday)
Premier League Play-off
(Winner of Div 1 GF v 8th Place Premier Div)
March 17

Weekend Divisions 2 & below

Round 1October 15
Round 2October 22
Round 3October 29
Round 4November 5
Round 5November 12
Henselite Victorian OpenNovember 18 – 25
Round 6November 26
Round 7December 3
Round 8December 10
Round 9December 17
Holiday Break
Round 10January 14
Round 11January 21
Round 12January 28
Round 13February 4
Round 14February 11
Finals Week 1February 18 & 19
Finals Week 2February 25 & 26
Finals Week 3March 4 & 5

Midweek Divisions

Round 1October 11
Round 2October 18
Round 3October 25
Round 4November 2
Round 5November 8
Round 6November 15
Henselite Victorian OpenNovember 18 – 25
Round 7November 29
Round 8December 6
Round 9December 13
Holiday Break
Round 10January 17
Round 11January 24
Round 12January 31
Round 13February 7
Round 14February 14
Finals Week 1February 21 & 23
Finals Week 2February 28 & March 2
Finals Week 3March 7 & 9

Thursday 7-a-side – Summer

Round 1January 12
Round 2January 19
Round 3January 27 (Friday in lieu of public holiday)
Round 4February 2
Round 5February 9
Round 6February 16
Semi FinalsMarch 9
Grand FinalsMarch 16

Friday Night 6’s

Round 1January 20
Round 2January 27
Round 3February 3
Round 4February 10
Round 5February 17
Round 6February 24
Semi FinalsMarch 3
Grand FinalsMarch 10

Pre-season 9’s

Weekend (Saturdays)Midweek (Tuesdays)
Round 1September 3September 6
Round 2September 10September 13
Round 3September 17September 20

Livestreaming Schedule

RdDateHomevsAwayTime
11Friday 13th JanuaryFitzroy VictoriavsClayton7:00pm
12Friday 20th JanuaryRichmond UnionvsMentone7:00pm
13Friday 27th JanuaryMCCvsDeer Park7:00pm
14Friday 3rd FebruaryYarraville FootscrayvsFitzroy Victoria6:00pm
15Sunday 5th FebruaryBundoora RSLvsDeer Park1:00pm
16Friday 10th FebruaryYarraville FootscrayvsMentone7:00pm
17Friday 17th FebruaryAltonavsMCC7:00pm

Livestream matches for Round 18 & the Finals Series will be announced once future ladder positions are set.

📡 BVTV GAMEDAY livestreaming and replays can be found on Bowls Victoria’s Facebook and YouTube channels.

Season Timeline

July 1 – July 31Pennant entries open
(inc. pre-season 9’s).
August 15Draft Draw and Draft Conditions of Play released.
August 15 – 28Draft Draw & Draft Conditions of Play open for feedback from clubs.
August 22Pre-Season 9’s Final Draw released.
September 12Final Pennant Draw and Conditions of Play released.

Need further assistance?

If you have any questions or need assistance with the Metropolitan Pennant competition, please email metropennant@bowlsvic.org.au or phone the Competitions & Events department on (03) 9861 7100 > Ext. 1 – Pennant, Events & Competitions.