ON A HIGH: Greg Caletti, Robert Hammond and William (Bill) Taylor Jr went to the Australian Open in June.
ON A HIGH: Greg Caletti, Robert Hammond and William (Bill) Taylor Jr went to the Australian Open in June. Sarah Dionysius

Roma crackerjack trio have success at the Bowls Australian Open

AN IMPRESSIVE trio have just competed in the 2016 Bowls Australian Open in Gold Coast this June.

Roma bowls players William Taylor JNR, Robert Hammond and Greg Caletti were all selected to play in the tournament, with Mr Hammond coming 64th place out of over 800 players.

“The Australian Opens are, as far as open competitions, the hardest competition to compete in,” Mr Hammond said.

“There were 864 players in the singles tournament and I made it to the knock out round of 64,

“So I won five games to get to where I did.”

Both Mr Taylor and Mr Caletti played in the singles tournament as well as competing in the pairs and the trio and with another player competed in the fours together.

Overall Mr Hammond was the top performing player from Roma at the tournament.

“It was a great competition,” he said.

“We have already booked in to do it again next year!”

The Australian Opens were closer to home this year for the players, as they are normally held in Melbourne.

“This is the third time I’ve played in the Australian Open and it’s the first time it’s been in Queensland,” Mr Hammond said.

“It’s now at the Gold Coast for another three years and it’s a lot easier financially to play when it is in your own state.”

Mr Caletti said he thought they all played well and is looking forward to competing again next year.

“We didn’t disgrace ourselves, we did pretty well I think,” he said.

“We were beaten by the Malaysian Commonwealth team and the Australian representatives in the fours tournament and only lost by four shots in each game.”

Mr Hammond has also recently taken out the Roma Club Championship and then went on to also win the Maranoa Championship.

On the 16 July he will compete at the Maranoa Warrego Division Championship and will the go on to the Zone tournament if he wins.

Roma bowls player Melissa Caletti also took out first place in both the Roma Club and Maranoa Championships and is keen to play at the next level of the competition at Surat next weekend.

“Bowls is a really good game to play because you can play it from the age of eight right up until the age of eighty,” she said.

“It really is the game of life.”


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