Early days yet in this division, but even at this stage it appears that there could be at least seven or so teams in the hunt for the finals.
At the other end of the table, Armadale have certainly been outclassed, but the Vic Park Guys have shown some fight and spirit in their losses.
Undoubtedly the match of this third round is the clash between two of the heavyweights in Safety Bay and Manning, could be a ripper game.
Once again, all of the other games are shaping up as intriguing clashes, except for Armadale versus Thornlie.
FREMANTLE v LEEMING
P Wachmer, M Ngui, B McCarthy, R Ireland
B Coote, M Gill, K Gavranich, M Gittins
D Bacich, J Stewart, K Bowden, M Holt
W Heldt, G Gibson, C Moore, J Chessell INS: No change OUTS:
K Vandersluys, P Boys, D Johnson, W Birrell
A Anderson, N Bennetts, M Hosking, D Cleal
G Ford, G Burgess, A Green, R Lipple
J Newton, S Dobie, A Andersson, R Bellis INS: D Cleal OUTS: D Anderson
This game will be a real test for the home side, coming up against one of the divisions top sides in Leeming.
The Mariners had a fairly comfortable victory against Vic Park last weekend, but this game will tell us a lot more about their ability when we have the result, come Saturday night.
The Lions will be smarting after their home ground loss in their last match so they will be determined to beat one of the newly promoted sides in the Mariners.
I am still not sure of the capability of the Mariners, who will be still trying to jell as a unit, with their host of new players.
Vandersluys versus Wachmer would be worth viewing, two good players.
If the Lions are at full strength I favour them to win narrowly.
SAFETY BAY v MANNING
C Owen, R Kennedy, R Parr, Z Boddy
R Hall, A Holmes, H Wilson, S McBriar
C Carruthers, B McVicar, J Radford, S Foran
A Daddow, P Beaumont, G Ogg, A Creyk INS: H Wilson, R Parr OUTS: T Dellar, M Jaworski
A Pryce, D Mcllheney, J Andrew, M Hughes
S Adams, B Adams, N Rees, A Lill
G Quann, M Ellis, B Wright, J Evans
S Hughes, G Hogg, B Connell, S Lambert INS: J Andrew OUTS: P Bowden
What a game this could be down at The Bay, with the visiting Eagles bringing down with them some very talented players.
But will they be able to handle the tricky synthetic surface that really favours the home side on its day. Not sure how the heat will affect the green on Saturday, may not help the Eagles.
As I have said before the home side have very good skips backed up by some very experienced players in all positions. But, the Eagles do as well, many ex Premier League players are sprinkled about their rinks. But will the visiting skips be up to the task?
The home green advantage may win the day.
Safety Bay 7-1
ARMADALE v THORNLIE
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G Beckwith, M White, I Rewell, P Riggio
N Holden, G Sewell, D Dobb, J Thorn
G Vaughan, P Pohe, J Stean, M Separovich
T Churcher, G Collier, J Walker Jnr, J Mitchell INS: M White, G Sewell OUTS: D Slade, I Quayle
As we never know the composition of the Storm it is never easy to predict what may happen on a Saturday.
However, unless the Storm have been able to bolster their ranks, I cannot see them challenging the solid Ravens outfit.
Glynn Vaughan skipping again this year, which is where he should be.
A couple of outs for the Ravens, one being Rewell, who is a good player on his day, but this shouldn’t affect the result.
Not often I predict a visiting side, but I will here.
VICTORIA PARK CARLISLE v SPEARWOOD
VICTORIA PARK CARLISLE
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I Unkovich, I D'Ascenzo, M Hodzic, B Bavcevic
K Nadilo, I Dragicevich, F Petkovich, A Stojan
V Pesich, D Tomasich, J Stojan, I Petkovich
N Silich, N Sokol, B Vidovich, I Perica INS: I Perica OUTS: B Yakas
The Reds have been disappointing so far, but it is still early days, so playing at home against a side that favours synthetic, just may help them challenge the visitors.
Spearwood have been about the mark in both of their games, but are yet to “ bring home the bacon “. Will this week set them on the the right track?
I will go for the visitors again. Unkovich and Nadilo to set the win up for the visitors, who have kept the sides fairly stable this year.
HILTON PARK v GOSNELLS
R Hunter, C McMahon, G Saint, S Farrell
T Simpson, Dave Newton, R Turner, R Fortini
G Dodd, K Willis, J Bajic, F Kuhnl
C Standley, L Garbutt, B Smith, R Butler INS: R Fortini OUTS: Dan Newton
F Carbone, G Lynch, T Close, R McKay
M Crabb, D Innes, S Harris, M Beauchamp
B Holland, C Hickinbotham, N Tulett, M Rickard
G Nicol, T Auckland, D Vaulters, D Bradbury INS: M Rickard, T Close OUTS: G Strachan, J Hoskin
Gosnells are on top after only two games, but it is early days yet, with another sixteen games to go. The Kookaburras have made a couple of changes, not privy to why, but they are both recognised bowlers of note coming in.
I think the fact that the Hawks are playing at home, just may sway the result in their favour, providing they are fielding a similar sixteen to last week.
Good skips on both sides with experienced bowlers up front should make this contest close and exciting. Can the General win three on the trot?