Round 5 is a quite interesting Round as it seems quite straight forward from the initial look but I don't see it as clear when you dig a little deeper. Some of the weaker teams have home ground advantage against higher sides & we have a few mid table clashes that either side could probably win without seeing it as a major upset. Although other than the Roo's game we could easily make a case for an upset in all 4 remaining games & would expect to see at least 1 or 2.
WANNEROO v MORLEY
C Buchholz, D Griffin, R Humphryson, H Whitman
D Turra, E Widermanski, B Nelson, B McMurdo
N Costello, D Anderson, N Palmer, L Bryson
H Ward, S Denny, G Sarich, B Bucowski IN: R Humphryson, D Turra, L Bryson OUT: D Burns, K Toster, G Jack
W Mitchell, K Nazareth, B Driscoll, C Hamilton
T Dawson, G Grieve, B Geilke, P Leyland
L Sanders, W Barker, J Engelen, W Hinchcliffe
J Thomas, V Princi, T Vlahos, R Dunstan IN: W Hinchcliffe OUT: G Pinto
The Roos will be looking to take advantage this week & pickup some extra shots to make up for last week to keep the momentum going. The got a few names back on board this week & have very solid home form.
The Mavericks will need to bring the A game to get something of value from this Round. They got a valuable point last week, 2 the week before & 1 each to start with. The value could be seen that they played some top teams so far over the first few Rounds & did run the Kats to 1 point in R3 so clearly there’s wins available.
Sorrento showed that Wanneroo can be edged at home every now & then but wanneroo will be looking to lock down a very impressive home form this week & put some points on the board.
With Turra back & Ward wanting to erase a 30pt loss it could be a long day for Morley but all eyes on Buchholzs rink this Round as they're quietly going about their business is very workmanlike fashion.
Wanneroo 8 - 0
SOUTH PERTH v SORRENTO
D Bandy, M McRae, P Holmes, S Frosh
B Roelefs, M Petrich, R Negus, J McDonnell
D Calvo, J Percival, W Skuza, L Moretti
G Reagan, L Bandy, E Munnelly, J Cunningham IN: W Skuza, L Bandy OUT: R Havercroft, S Kelly
C Lander, R Cunningham, B Lucas, F Tyson
R Butler, M Burton, L Oldham, B Gunson
S Loftus, P Flack, G Taylor, P Morgan
S Rixom, M Hulbert, B Kiely, G Murray IN: I Linford OUT: M Burton
Home or Away, Sorrento are the team to beat & that target won’t get any smaller for the rest of the season on current form. South Perth are normally strong at home & will need a huge performance here to get the biscuits.
Looks like they have lost 2 players up due to some absentees on the PL side so that mightn’t help when it’s all hands on deck. Still a good selection for both sides so should be a very good game.
The Millers desperately need the win to build on last weeks first win to maintain hope of crawling out of the basement. Some mixed results for all rinks across the first few rounds so nobody particularly running hot other than possibly the Bandy rink. It certainly would be entertaining to see a Bandy v Landers matchup as both should figure quite high in the skippers table this year.
Sorrento haven’t changed much except for the Taylor switch which looked ok running 2 from 4 but maybe the freshener might work. The 3 other rinks are pretty close to unbeaten over their collective 16 games so far so unless Sorrento don’t handle the carpet they’ll be very tough to contain.
Sorrento 7 - 1
ROSSMOYNE v OSBORNE PARK
L Jervies, R Halse, M Hughes, V Andrews
E Gollan, R Vind, D Green, B O'Brien
R Lang, D Haddow, D Price, B Cranswick
A Petchell, W Harvey, R Mitchell, P Lees IN: P Lees OUT: P McSherry
J Thorn, J Carter, G Smith, I Bryden
M Dewson, M Pasalich, A Garlick, P Potts
T Weir, C Fleay, R Clark, A McCullagh
F Di Giuseppe, M Carmichael, B Boyd, P Allen IN: No change OUT:
The River Rats will be full of confidence coming back onto the home track after a mixed trip to Sorrento that had some positives. They will be ‘odds on’ to put the Saints to the sword this week but the way the Saints are travelling, especially on carpet over the first few weeks it's close to impossible to rule them out here.
Rossmoyne have had an easier start than most but proved they can handle the big guns last week. Other than minor amendments on Petchell front end it’s pretty much same same & they play those longer ends very well at home.
The Saints are settling well as a unit & it’s showing in the collective scoring as there’s no real obvious weak link. DiGuiseppe’s rink is running pretty hot at the moment & would expect that form to continue here. For the Saints to win I think DiGuiseppe would need a winning matchup with Petchell or Golem. Not containing both of them will cause the Saints headaches & with both losing last week they’ll be keen to perform this week.
Definitely a game flagged for an upset but the River Rats should just get over in a very tight contest.
Rossmoyne 6 - 2
COCKBURN v KARDINYA
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G Fewings, W Bezant, J Galipo, R Hawke
R Knapp, T Cocodis, R McNamara, L Phillips
M Yates, S Vinci, C Booth, C Vinci
C Stokes, I Barrie, J Rochford, G Knight IN: M Yates, J Galipo, C Vinci OUT: D Wood, B Henley, W Lee
Cockburn will be wiping off the ‘what if’s’ pretty early this week after last weeks very tight loss & look to lock down this fortress at home. Normally it would be pretty easy to slide into the Roosters winning camp to predict another home win. However the Kats could be back after a big win last week against a top side. The won’t mind the surface at all which gives them every chance this Round.
TePania is travelling very well so far, only losing 1 game by the minimum 1 shot & then picking up 3 on a row with 2 of them on the road. TePania seems to be carrying the load over the initial few Rounds for Cockburn so they'll need a lift from across the board to keep the Kats at bay.
Quite a close game predicted, which could swing eitherway but Kats might just edge this late on to cause an upset.
Kardinya 6 - 2
BASSENDEAN v WARWICK
J Krstic, T Lynch, W Davidson, N Kirkup
E O'Sullivan, A Smith, T Alden, P Harber
R Revell, B Dinnison, R D'Souza, J Holman
M Erceg, P Madigan, J Morss, D Snelgar IN: R D'Souza OUT: M Cook
J Post, M Golding, I Sparrowhawk, R Newstead
G Hinge, G Smith, V Giuffre, R Loran
J Borkowski, A Hornby, C Boyle, D Herbert
B Ledingham, P Marinovich, D Dunstan, B McNamara IN: C Boyle OUT: L Hill
Another super tight game predicted & another tough Round for the Lions. Surely it’ll get easier on the back stretch to to Christmas but they’ll need something out of this to build the momentum.
Warwick are travelling very nicely. Losing only 1 game from 4, they’re sitting pretty in 3rd spot & deserve it on merit. The percentage is ticking along well, Hinge is unbeaten & Post is knocking together big scores when he wins so Basso will need probably a Rocket v Post matchup to keep all options open near the end of the game. Newstead returns to show up Hinge as the only player to win every game so far so plenty to like about the front end. The backends are chockers with talent so great bowls expected all around.
On paper Warwick get the nod but it’s quite hard to convince oneself that’ll the Lions will go 1 from 5 & lose 3 in a row at home to start the season off after such a great season last year. Another possible upset but definitely another tight hard fought game to look forward to.