A massive round of action in the Premier League this week, 4 of the 5 games could be season defining for wins or losses. It all starts tonight in a super game. I'll be waiting the results of that one with interest.
DOUBLEVIEW v SOUTH PERTH 6.30pm Friday (rink draws are below)
R Moyle, B White, L Thorn, T Whitfield
J Opie, T Antonio, T Kinnane, K Pride
C Slavich, C Bessant, A Tennant, A Wetzler
G Pauling, T Alberti, M Biglin, D Angell
K McIlroy, S Gosstray, S Cerff, G Faulkner
R Bresland, N Griffin, S Kelly, F Anderson
J Slavich, B Brandsma, R Haring, J Barry
S Walker, N Reagan, D Mortley, T Reid
DOUBLEVIEW INS: No change OUTS: SOUTH PERTH INS: S Kelly OUTS: A Sharp
Our Friday night game is a cracker! Last years grand finalists, sitting 1st and 2nd on the ladder, a balmy evening weather wise at a great venue with cheap beer. Why not head to Doubleview tonight to watch the game. But who's going to win? Ash Sharp unavailable again through work committments, it was this corresponding fixture where we saw the Sharpie gate incident occur, Sharp playing against Osborne Park again on Saturday which should make it an interesting dasy. But back on to this game, no change for Doubleview.
Match of the round obviously. Doubleview sit 4 clear of South Perth, a win to them will see them a game clear of the pack, and with 3 games left after this weekend, that is a good lead to have at this stage. For South Perth, they have the superior percentage so even a 6-2 win will see them go to the top of the ladder and the remaining 3 games will be so interesting. For the competition, wouldn't that be good to see! I'm sure Doubleview won't agree, and I will be selecting them to win as I think they have shown they are the team to beat this year. It is interesting though their best winning run is 3 games, South Perth has managed a 7 game winning streak. Still Doubleview to win a top class game tonight
MOSMAN PARK v NORTH BEACH
P Daley, C Edson, D Adams, N Edson
C Hoffman, A Gryta, P Fair, M Robertson
D Marsland, T Cranswick, S Swanson, O Dawson
L Beurteaux, W Tan, B Hoffman, M Van Bemmel INS: P Fair, S Swanson OUTS: R Kershaw, R Moran
B Gillingham, M Sear, P Retallack, M Buttel
P Walker, R Kuziela, M McConnell, G Yabuka
G Devenish, P Augustson, G Crosthwaite, L Mola
M Douthie, R Dempsey, R Hutchinson, J Clayton INS: P Augustson OUTS: J McGinlay
Another intriguing game here as 8th plays 9th, changes for the teams sees Kershaw and Moran out for Mosman Park, in comes Fair and Swanson. For North Beach Augustson comes in as McGinlay must be unavailable. Paul Walker back skippering as he takes the McGinlay rink. I really rate Walker as a skipper as I feel this is his best spot.
So the 2 promoted sides from last year battle it out again. This is the last chance for Mosman Park to have any chance of retaining Premier League (assuming 2 sides come up from White). Mosman Park sit 11.5 behind, a big 8-0 is required here for them to keep in touch. Any win by North Beach will see them hold PL, which is huge really. I'm tipping Mosman Park to win at home, I don't think it will be the 8-0 win they would like.
Mosman Park 6-2
KARDINYA v BASSENDEAN
D Brown, B Henley, D Wood, S West
K McKay, R Foy, D Flintoff, C Vinci
S Novak, M Abonnel, D Radford, J Terrell
D Rankin, P Davies, D Golem, D Comrie INS: No change OUTS:
D Nicholls, A Smith, D Killisch Von Horn, A Elmer
S Davies, L Pike, L McKay, W Neilson
D Rhodes, C Margin, M Simpson, B Manton
S Alden, S Fewster, R Kenyon, M Whitely INS: No change OUTS:
And yet another interesting contest with ramifications for the season see Kardinya hosting Bassendean, 3rd vs 5th. No change to either side as we see a settled line up approaching the finals. I think the final spot in the 4 will be one of these teams, so this match is pivotal. Could be wrong, sometimes it happens and both of these teams make it, but I think Doubleview, South Perth and Manning going well enough to hold their spot.
Being at Kardinya put favouritism squarely with them. Also their recent form is exceptional, last 6 games have been wins and they are the in form team of the comp. In fact they have not lost yet in 2020, is it the year of the Kat? Bassendean started the year in the best possible way but lost it briefly in the middle losing 4 of 5 played but have addressed that and won their last 2. There is no tougher road trip than Kardinya at home and they will find this tough. Historically Bassendean have a decent record at Kardy but I think that doesn't apply here. Ladder wise, Kardy sit 3.5 behind 4th but 7 behind Bassendean in 3rd. So even a 6-2 win will not see them overtake the Lions. Kardinya have Manning to come, Bassendean have Doubleview. If Bassendean can win this game then that may see them with enough points to hold the 4. As you can see a huge game with lots of possibilities
Basso of course!
OSBORNE PARK v MANNING
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A Williams, L Grigg, K Jolly, S O'Brien
L Such, P Ker, M Kemp, P Herbert
T Mitchell, S Patterson, B Butler, G Quann
S Knott, A Heal, M Allen, L Herbert INS: L Grigg, B Butler OUTS: S Withers, N Jones
You would think Manning will win this one but I don't think it's as clear cut as that. Osborne Park are dangerous, with our number 1 ranked played Cody Packer and also the class of Caffell, Stevens, Pickering and team, Manning would not want to take this lightly. Especially on the Osborne Park deck, they did lose 2 games ago and won't want that to happen again. They need to win this to retain any slight chance of making finals, they are 11.5 points behind Manning and like Mosman Park, a 8-0 result really is required for them to keep in touch. A loss and they are out.
Not sure of the changes at Osborne Park, some good ins and outs for Manning though. Grigg and Butler are in for Withers and Jones. I think Manning can win this in a close game, their last 5 weeks have been really good and are driving nicely for a finals spot. They should win a close game
CAMBRIDGE v WARNBRO
B Nairn, C Harris, A Foster, R Bolton
S Perica, N Lewis, D Jones, D Leeson
C Adams, L Strahan, N Bolton, L Bolton
P Harris, S Rushforth, C Wooldridge, M Bolton INS: No change OUTS:
L Strange, L Kellow, D Kitson, D Phillips
C Biddle, J Hudson, M Wilson, T Lutey
K Cousens, Dr G Jackson, P Guelfi, D Wagstaff
W Baker, D Pattullo, I Gibson, J Maley INS: L Strange, T Lutey OUTS: B Kalinowsky, D Kitson
Our final game is probably the easiest of the week to select. Cambridge at home to Warnbro, both teams almost with nothing to play for but pride and enjoying the game. Cambridge are 21 points shy of 4th and whilst a mathematical possibility, it is in all likelihood not going to happen and Warnbro sit 10th and 17 shy of 8th, also mathematically possible but it seems unlikely to turn around their seasons form around and bridge that gap.
No change at the Knights, Warnbro see Strange back from work duties and Lutey playing in I think his first game in PL, Kalinowsky and Kitson out. With Kalinowsky out it sees Biddle retaining his skippers job and I think it's a good thing, keep him in that role and into next year, he is the future of the club and needs to be exposed constantly at the highest level. Especially if Warnbro have plans to bounce back into the top flight. Cambridge should win this easily