Boonah Rathdowney to come back next year in Cunningham Pennants

WE"LL BE BACK: Boonah Rathdowney were knocked out of the Cunningham District Pennants at the end of the regular season on Saturday but players have vowed to come back next season.

WE"LL BE BACK: Boonah Rathdowney were knocked out of the Cunningham District Pennants at the end of the regular season on Saturday but players have vowed to come back next season.

The Boonah Rathdowney bowls team has bowed out of the Cunningham District Pennants after mixed results in Saturday’s doubleheader at Corinda.

The joint side came agonisingly close to making the top three and contesting the playoffs in its debut season but fell short at the final hurdle.

Having entered the final two rounds sitting fourth on the ladder, the squad needed to upset the second placed Yeronga and first placed Souths Acacia outfits to secure a finals berth.

It was looking good for Boonah Rathdowney at the halfway mark after they overcame Yeronga 68-45 to jump into second place.

With Souths Acacia assured of finishing first, the victory over Yeronga meant Boonah Rathdowney were locked in a tree-way tussle for the remaining two grand final positions.

A win over the competition leaders would see them comfortably qualify, but it wasn’t to be.

The experienced Souths’ lineup was too good, bowling its way to a convincing 74-50 triumph.

Boonah Rathdowney representative Barry Cooke said the side would obviously have loved a crack at the final.

“That’s what we set out to do but we just couldn’t get there,” he said.

Mr Cooke said the maiden season served as an education in competitive lawn bowls for team members, many of whom previously played on a social basis only.

“The big thing was, for all of the people who did play across the season, it was a hell of a learning curve, which will only benefit the side in the future,” he said.

“We’re already looking forward to next year.

“We’ll be back bigger and stronger.

“We’re going to be playing a lot more competitive bowls to prepare.”