29 January, 2023
Saturday Results Twelfth Round
Two weeks running the Rosanna Bowling Club has managed to get all five sides up in Saturday pennant. The Prez was so excited he opened the bar again for a brief spell, much to the chagrin of his Finance Director. It is good to see the teams having such success, and as the finals approach, we trust that the momentum will continue and that we will maintain the rage.
The First side went to Epping for a two up, two down result. Ben Mantynen, Ian Crawford, Peter Burke and Mark Files tussled it out falling nine shots short, and Rod Kerrison, Carl Fernandez, Marcus Hadley and Emilio Crea met a better opposition on the day, succumbing by fourteen shots. Matty Ferguson, Robbie Boxshall, John Head and Warren Williams put the shoe on the other foot and clawed back sixteen shots, whilst Aaron Van Haaften, Steve Kostov, Chris Ball and Steve Kovac put the question beyond doubt with an impressive display in gaining a thirty shot win. The result keeps Rosanna second on the ladder, thirteen points behind Lalor, and three ahead of Eltham with two games to go – Whittlesea (a) and Thornbury (h).
Rosanna 91, Epping 68. 23 shots up
The Second side hosted Kingsbury in a danger game, as often is the case that a lower side can have the wood over a higher side. Such is the game of bowls. However, in a tight, see-sawing game Rosanna prevailed, replicating the Ones with two up and two down. John Aldridge, Kevin Meade, Veronika Crea and Graeme Bravo fought hard, but fell four short. Jim Gregory, Graham Howard, Barry Grennan and Paul Gregory also fought hard, missing out by three shots. Damian Crea, Graham Bright, Simon Matthews and Robin Doherty left it to the last moment to sneak in by one shot. Jeff Cook, Don Casey, Colin Watson and Gwenda Bail made sure of a good Rosanna win, with a nineteen shot margin over their opponents. Interesting to observe that after eleven ends the rink was 9 – 8 down. They won the remaining ten ends, keeping Kingsbury scoreless while toting up twenty shots themselves. Great win for the Twos who sit fourth on the ladder, two points behind third placed East Ivanhoe, and four points behind second placed Fitzroy-Victoria. The last two rounds see Rosanna come up against Fitzroy-Victoria (h) and Brunswick (a).
Rosanna 90, Kingsbury 77. 13 shots up.
The Third side played at home with an early start because of impending weather which, however, did not eventuate. For those who went to the club early, they would have seen Gary Veale, John Couling, Bob Dunbar and Alan Phillips grab a four on the first end, drop one on the second end, then achieve the ultimate in team bowls, by getting all eight bowls in on the third end. They went on to blitz their opponents, scoring 43 shots to six. A massive thirty-seven shot win. Leo Bosso, Kay Plain, Gerry Sheean and Jack Dunbar inflicted a bit more grief on Lalor, winning their game by seventeen shots. Glenn Lyons, Ralph Moulden, Ed Sheean and Rob Barclay must have come up against Lalor’s big guns because they went down by five, whilst Jane (First Time Skipper) Edgcumbe, Denis Swift, Bob Graham and Paul Bassett in a reshuffled rink, did very well to hang in for a tie. The side won by a mind boggling forty-nine shots and remain in top spot on the ladder. They are twenty-three points ahead of Club Sunbury, with games against Epping (h) and Club Sunbury (a) remaining.
Rosanna 103, Lalor 54. 49 shots up.
The Fourth side travelled to Donvale to do battle and had a very tight encounter. The two sides are neck and neck in the race for second possie on the ladder. If you looked at the results on Bowlslink on Sunday morning, you would have noted that Donvale won the game by five shots, however, we think they may have entered a score incorrectly to the tune of seven shots. If this is the case, the adjusted reading would give the game to Rosanna by two shots, which is what our scorecards add up to. We would also receive an extra ten points, thus widening the gap between Donvale and us, making our position a little safer. The Prez has been alerted to this anomaly, and I am reliably informed that he has already advised Bowls Victoria, asking for a review of the situation. Anyway, going by Rosanna’s scorecards we see that once more it was a two up, two down finish. Bruce McDonald, Bob Langdon, Kale Files and Russell Hyde found the opposition hardest and went down by twelve shots. Luke Roche, Bec Merrick, Sally Quilliam and Lorraine Campbell also had a hiccup and went down by five shots. Reversing the trend Brian Tipping, and his all star girls, Gae Messina, Terrye Meade and Fotini Hughes, won by four shots. The other McDonald, Colin, and his team of James Inifer, John Tannock and Noel Broadhurst, put the icing on the cake to win by fifteen shots for the side to sneak in by two shots. It keeps them in second spot on the ladder, and they face up to Doncaster (a) and Eltham (h) in the remaining draw.
Rosanna 76, Donvale 74. Two shots up.
The Fifth side gained an extra sixteen points courtesy Broadmeadows, who have forfieted their games for the season. It is a little disappointing for the Go-annas, as vital match play is missed. The result sees the side retaining fifth position on the ladder sixteen points adrift of Heidelberg Golf. It makes the task of getting into fourth spot a little difficult with only two games to play, however, it isn’t over until it’s over, and results against Bundoora (h) and Eltham (a) in the next two weeks will have a big bearing on the final composition of the ladder.
Best winning rink this week went to Gary Veale, John Couling, Bob Dunbar and Alan Phillips with 37 shots up. Well done indeed.
And only one Milestone recorded this weekend with Gae Messina achieving 100 Saturday games. Congratulations Gae. Hope there are many more to come.
So, there you go folks, another week done, and before I go, remember – never confuse education with intelligence.
Keep smilin’ and good bowling.