Only three games to go to complete the home and away season now, with most teams still either, trying to make the top three, or avoid relegation, and its zone.
Realistically speaking, it is a battle between Safety Bay, Manning and Hilton to join Gosnells in the top three. The Kookaburras looking a good bet for top spot and promotion, but the other three sides mentioned, will no doubt have other ideas about that.
At the bottom of the table, it is a right royal battle between Vic Park and Fremantle to avoid ninth spot, and automatic relegation. The Storm destined for Second Division unfortunately.
This round though, throws up at least three great contests.

VICTORIA PARK CARLISLE v ARMADALE

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It is just a matter of how many points that the Reds can win by, in their battle to stay in First Blue South. I would like to give the Storm some hope, but with only seven rink wins to show for fifteen games, you would have to be a brave person to give the visitors any chance here.
Vic Park. 7-1

HILTON PARK v SAFETY BAY

HILTON PARK
C Standley, L Garbutt, B Smith, R Butler
R Hunter, C McMahon, G Saint, S Farrell
T Simpson, Daniel Newton, J Bajic, R Fortini
G Dodd, Dave Newton, K Willis, F Kuhnl
INS: Daniel Newton
OUTS: P Stone

SAFETY BAY
C Owen, R Kennedy, S Gallon, Z Boddy
R Hall, A Holmes, H Wilson, S McBriar
C Carruthers, J Radford, S Hide, S Foran
A Daddow, S Adams, P Daynes, G Ogg
INS: P Daynes
OUTS: P Beaumont

The fourth placed Hawks take on the second placed side Safety Bay, in what promises to be a great battle at Hilton on Saturday. I note that Paul Beaumont is an out for The Bay, while young Dan Newton is a great addition for the home side. The Hawks are really flying at the moment, and playing at home on their favoured grass surface, I predict they will pick up the majority of the points. Some of the best rinks in this division, will be playing on Saturday, Carruthers, Owen, Hall, for The Bay. Hunter, Simpson and Dodd, for the Hawks. A season defining clash for the Hawks who have two winnable games to come.
Hilton. 6-2

THORNLIE v MANNING

THORNLIE
G Beckwith, M White, I Rewell, P Riggio
P Pohe, J Stean, J Thorn, T Williams
G Vaughan, G Collier, C Penaluna, M Separovich
G Sewell, D Slade, J Walker Jnr, J Mitchell
INS: No change
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MANNING
S Hughes, J Andrew, A Lill, J Evans
A Pryce, G Hogg, N Rees, S Lambert
S Adams, B Adams, B Connell, P Barrow
G O'Brien, D Mcllheney, M Ellis, M Hughes
INS: G Hogg
OUTS: S Salamon

The Ravens have suffered a couple of surprise losses lately, while the Eagles 🦅 have been soaring to some great heights recently. Both sides battling for a top three spot, with the visitors in the best position to do so as we stand at the moment. I am not sure that a sluggish green will suit some of the touch draw bowlers that the Eagles have in their front end positions, which just might swing the match in favour of the Ravens. The Beckwith rink suffering a surprise hiding last week, expect them to bounce back at home.
Manning. 6-2

SPEARWOOD v FREMANTLE

SPEARWOOD
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FREMANTLE
S McCormack, M Gill, P Claussen, R Ireland
B Coote, W Heldt, D Regan, J Chessell
K Manton, J Stewart, K Bowden, A Hocken
P Wachmer, M Ngui, K Gavranich, M Holt
INS: D Regan, A Hocken
OUTS: M Starcevich, P Kelly

The Mariners and their near neighbours will play out a fairly innocuous game at Spearwood on Saturday. The locals are normally well led by the Ivan Unkovich rink, with this foursome the barometer for their chances. This will probably also happen in this game. Even though the Wachmer rink has not been firing lately, I rate Pete very highly, so it would be a good clash if these two drew each other.
Spearwood s home ground advantage should help them win this encounter.
Spearwood 7-1

GOSNELLS v LEEMING

GOSNELLS
F Carbone, I Farley, E McCurdy, R McKay
M Crabb, G Lynch, C Watters, P McElvie
B Holland, C Hickinbotham, N Tulett, M Rickard
G Nicol, D Bradbury, T Auckland, J Hoskin
INS: No change
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LEEMING
K Vandersluys, P Boys, D Johnson, W Birrell
A Anderson, N Shannon, M Hosking, D Cleal
G Ford, G Burgess, G Sims, R Lipple
J Newton, S Dobie, P Hickey, A Andersson
INS: No change
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Both of these sides are unchanged this week, as they prepare for a crucial clash out at the home of the Kookaburras. The home side will need to play better than last week, when they were handed a “ get out of jail “ card by the Mariners. The Lions finally had a morale boosting win last week, and they will travel out to Gosnells knowing that on their day, they can match it with the best. A hard one to predict, but maybe the home side on their synthetic surface. Although the Lions also possess a similar surface to Gosnells.
Holland and Vandersluys would be a fantastic clash to be involved in. Two top teams skipped by two quality bowlers.
Both teams with a lot to play for.
Gosnells 6-2