Surprises and Disappointments

Wednesday 16 March, 2022

Rosanna Bowling Club went into last Saturday’s Sectional semi finals with high expectations for two of our three teams, and hopeful expectations for the third of our teams.

The No.1 side played at home against Alphington and gradually got the upper hand, running out comfortable winners.  That put them into the final against top side Kingsbury who won the other semi.  The teams faced off at Preston-Reservoir on Sunday, but Rosanna could not reproduce its Saturday form, and went down to the Kingsbury club.  All in all a good season for the No.1 team.

The No. 3 side hosted fourth placed Brunswick and had a miserable day.  They struggled to get into the game with any authority, and were beaten on the day which finished their chnces of a sectional premiership.  They had had a very good season, but fell at the last hurdle.

The No. 5 side were guests at Preston-Reservoir in their Sectional semi final, and, it would be fair to say, were not the odds on favourite against the top side of the Section, however, you could not convince the Rosanna people that was the case.  In a classic display of determined bowling they beat the opposition to go into Sunday’s final against Diamond Creek, played at Montmorency.  The Rosanna people were brilliant, and brought home the silverware with a great win over the Creekers.

They will now play in the Division quarter final against Blackburn North, at Doncaster, next Saturday.

An interesting sidelight is that Tony Canty, who has played in the fifth side all season, has never played in a final in his twenty years as a bowler.  He grew up in the West Heidelberg area and completed all his schoolin there.  He started his working life with Bruce Robinson’s Whitegoods in sales, where he stayed for 11 years before moving to F M Harrison Plumbing Supplies.  He travelled regularly for Harrisons going to places such as Mildura, and Broken Hill, with his job.  After many years of living in motels, Tony took early retirement, and was introduced to lawn bowls by well known member, the late Bruce Cuff.  He has loved the game and the camaraderie he has experienced at Rosanna.  Saturday was his first finals experience, and then he topped it off with a flag on the Sunday.  Well done Tony.

In the Midweek competition The Rosanna No.1 Side played an old foe in City of Heidelberg, in its semi final yesterday.  The team had a convincing win and will face off tomorrow against Bundoora RSL, at Montmorency.

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