L Strahan, B Nairn, N Bolton, M Bolton
S Perica, N Lewis, D Jones, H Christensen
R Bolton, C Harris, A Foster, L Bolton
P Harris, S Rushforth, C Wooldridge, D Leeson INS: D Leeson OUTS: C Adams
L Beurteaux, T Cranswick, S Swanson, M Barrett
P Daley, C Edson, D Adams, P Collins
C Hoffman, A Hoffman, K Manton, M Robertson
D Marsland, A Gryta, O Dawson, A Daley INS: A Hoffman OUTS: G White
On paper and despite the absence of Clive Adams who will be calling the Champion of Champions games this weekend in Adelaide, Cambridge still stack up well. In a surprise move Ross Bolton will temporarily take over the rink while Adams is away, he will miss the 3 games in the first 7 so expect this stop gap for future games.
Mosman Park have also made the 1 change with the brother of Cameron Hoffman, Andrew I think it is, comes in to play 3rd, out goes Geoff White who must be unavailable
Cambridge playing their first game at home this year should win and win well, I expect the full complement of points to go the Knights way
BASSENDEAN v NORTH BEACH
D Nicholls, C Margin, D Killisch von Horn, A Elmer
B Manton, S Fewster, R Kenyon, L McKay
D Rhodes, L Pike, M Simpson, W Neilson
S Alden, S Davies, R Ellis, M Whitely INS: No change
M Douthie, R Dempsey, R Hutchinson, R Aitken
R Kuziela, M Sear, G Crosthwaite, L Mola
J McGinlay, B Gillingham, P Retallack, M Buttel
P Walker, G Devenish, M McConnell, J Clayton INS: B Palfrey OUTS: J Clayton
Our second game features 2 winning teams of last week, so one team will remain undefeated and be very happy with their start to the season. Bassendean at home see no changes to the side that beat South Perth away last week, North Beach sees it get a bit stronger, Jerome Clayton comes in for Brent Palfrey who probably did nothing wrong but that happens sometimes in bowls.
The home deck of Basso can be a scary proposition for visiting teams, but with the rain this week and the usage of a new green for this season, the home ground is not so much of an advantage yet, and North Beach strike them at their most vulnerable. The key will be who finds the line and length early as both teams look on paper. Of course I think we can win, but it won't be an easy task
Bassendean of course!
DOUBLEVIEW v OSBORNE PARK
R Moyle, B White, G Faulkner, T Whitfield
C Slavich, C Bessant, A Tennant, L Thorn
K McIlroy, S Gosstray, S Cerff, E Galipeau
J Slavich, B Brandsma, R Haring, J Barry INS: No change OUTS:
G Caffell, P Quinlan, R Lawrence, I Lilburne
N Stevens, D Rowland, T Ingram, G King
K Pickering, E Martin, R Brown, P Potts
C Packer, J East, M Rollings, M Kitto INS: M Kitto OUTS: S O'Neil
This looks an intriguing game on paper. Osborne Park easily beaten last week have made the 1 change, Max Kitto in for Steve O'Neill but positionally they have made heaps of moves. Gary Caffell now skippering, Patrick Quinlan moves up to be his 3rd and this is a developing team looking to the future. With young Segan Pasalich also waiting in the wings, next year or the year after may be their season.
Doubleview, the reigning champs, did as expected last week with 7 points and we think it might be a similar scoreline here. No changes either as they look to settle into a team that can take them to finals.
Doubleview at home look too strong for this contest
WARNBRO v MANNING
W Baker, D Pattullo, I Gibson, J Maley
B Kalinowsky, W Tan, M Wilson, D Kitson
L Strange, C Biddle, A Shone, D Phillips
K Cousens, Dr G Jackson, L Kellow, S Christie INS: W Baker, D Kitson, S Christie OUTS: A deBrouwer, P Guelfi, W Starling
A Williams, S Withers, G O'Brien, S O'Brien
L Such, A Heal, N Jones, P Herbert
T Mitchell, S Patterson, M Kemp, K Jolly
S Knott, P Ker, M Allan, L Herbert INS: P Herbert OUTS: L Grigg
I think this game will be where we see how Warnbro are going to fair this year in the Premier League. Manning didn't travel well last year and didn't win at Warnbro, but Warnbro are now weaker and Manning stronger, despite losing Grigg for this game. Warnbro decimated with injuries are still re-jigging the side, 3 ins and some positional changes as well which sees Pattullo drop back to play as 3rd to friend Bill Baker.
Really hard to see Warnbro winning this game, despite the 21 shot win last year, I think they have lost more than that in the off season. Manning to win and get their season underway
KARDINYA v SOUTH PERTH
D Brown, D Golem, B Henley, S West
K McKay, R Foy, D Flintoff, J Galipo
S Novak, M Abonnel, D Radford, D Wood
D Rankin, P Davies, D Comrie, C Vinci INS: D Rankin OUTS: C Stokes
S Walker, D Mortley, S Kelly, T Reid
G Pauling, A Sharp, T Alberti, D Angell
J Opie, T Antonio, T Kinnane, K Pride
N Griffin, R Bresland, M Biglin, F Anderson INS: S Kelly OUTS: N Reagan
Our final game is my match of the day. Kardy at home are very strong, 8 wins from 9 last year including the 40 shot win on all 8 rinks. With Dave Rankin returning out goes Craig Stokes, while for the Millers, Nick Reagan with a prior engagement sees Steve Kelly come in to the fold.
Horror start last week for South Perth, and this contest doesn't bode well for them either but they will be very keen to bounce back and will throw everything at the Kats. Kardy stronger than the team that went to Mosman Park and won on grass last week and it's hard to see how South Perth can find the 40 shots they lost by last year. They would hopeful of 2 rinks, another loss 0-8 would be a horror start for them while Kardinya won't be fussed but to win 7-1 or 8-0 they will take and build up towards top spot.