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Osmetti singles title victory one for the ages

The final of the Goldfields Bowling League’s singles championship at the weekend produced one of the best contests seen for many years.

In a thrilling finish, Kalgoorlie’s Brian Osmetti won 25-24 from Boulder’s Jamie Hooper.

The result could have gone either way and came down to the last bowl.

For Osmetti it was a dream come true and has him joining his late father Joe as a league singles champion — and the manner of his win was even more special.

The final started as a tight contest but Hooper then dominated with short ends and skipped away to be within one shot of the championship when he led 24-11.

At that stage even staunch Kalgoorlie members had conceded their president had little chance but once he got the mat to determine the length of the ends, Osmetti turned the final around.

He gradually whittled away the lead to reach 24-all and when Hooper narrowly missed with his last bowl the dream became a reality.

“Even though I was way behind I felt that if I could get the mat and play long ends I was half a chance.

“Mum was also a bowler so I was virtually raised at the Boulder Bowling Club but when dad died when I was 16 I was too busy with my own sports to take up bowls and didn’t do so until eight years ago,” Osmetti said.

Six months after joining the Kalgoorlie club in 2014 he became president — a position he still holds — and despite being a regular in combined Goldfields teams has never won a club or league event that would see his name on the honour boards alongside his father.

The eight-year drought ended on Sunday afternoon when he thrust his fists in the air upon realising the amazing fightback was complete, with family and friends rushing on to the green to congratulate him.

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