I hope that everyone had a good time over the break, and I that you are now fired up for the last game to complete the first round.
As usual we have a number of very intriguing matches lined up, so I will do my best to do an accurate preview for you. But as I have mentioned previously, it would be marvellous if someone from Armadale, Spearwood and Victoria Park would kindly post their teams to Bowls 360. (they can email me at info@bowls360.com.au)
The Ravens versus the Kookaburras will be a great tussle between two high flying birds. We will either have someone crowing or someone laughing come Saturday evening.
The Hawks taking on the Lions out at Leeming could also be a cracker of a game.
And the game at Manning, who will be hosting the guys from Spearwood could also prove to be interesting

THORNLIE v GOSNELLS

THORNLIE
G Beckwith, M White, I Rewell, P Riggio
N Holden, P Pohe, J Thorn, T Williams
G Vaughan, T Churcher, J Stean, M Separovich
G Sewell, G Collier, J Walker Jnr, J Mitchell
INS: J Walker jnr
OUTS: D Dobb

GOSNELLS
F Carbone, D Innes, E McCurdy, R McKay
M Crabb, G Lynch, C Watters, P McElvie
B Holland, C Hickinbotham, N Tulett, M Rickard
G Nicol, T Auckland, D Bradbury, J Hoskin
INS: T Auckland
OUTS: T Close

First playing third here, with only one half point separating them on the ladder at the moment, so first spot potentially up for grabs on Saturday.
Both sides have very even sixteens, with solid front ends and some good skips and thirds littered throughout the four rinks.
It would be fantastic if Nicol was to play Vaughan, as here you have two of the better draw bowlers in our entire state, both with great records over the years. This pennant year Vaughan with six out of eight to date, and Nicol with five wins, a draw and two losses.
But the best performed rink, has been that skipped by the Ravens Gary Beckwith, who has a great front two in Pas Riggio and Buddha Rewell, hard to beat at any time.
So the Gosnells rink that draws the Beckwith four will need to be on their mettle, to give the visitors any chance.
At home, Thornlie for me.
Thornlie. 6-2

MANNING v SPEARWOOD

MANNING
A Pryce, D Mcllheney, N Rees, S Lambert
S Adams, B Adams, S Salamon, A Lill
G O'Brien, M Piggott, M Ellis, J Evans
S Hughes, G Hogg, B Connell, P Barrow
INS: M Piggott, S Salamon
OUTS: J Andrew, K Jolly

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The home side just a measly half point in front of the visitors at the moment, having won four games each, thus far. The Eagles have a much better percentage though, but they have lost their last two games, and surprisingly they have lost two of their home games this year.
When the Eagles are at full strength they are hard to beat but of course that quite often depends on their top side pinching the odd player or two.
I think the front end bowlers from Manning might just carry the day, with the visitors struggling on the slick Manning grass.
I note though that a couple of the Eagles bowlers are missing, so that may even things up a bit.
Manning 7-1

FREMANTLE v ARMADALE

FREMANTLE
S McCormack, J Stewart, A Hocken, R Ireland
W Heldt, B Coote, K Manton, J Chessell
M Gill, D Bacich, K Bowden, M Gittins
P Wachmer, M Ngui, B McCarthy, M Holt
INS: K Manton, B McCarthy
OUTS: D Holt, D Gibson

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The Storm travel down to the port of Fremantle to try and win their first aggregate of the year against the very disappointing Mariners.
So far it has been a struggle for both sides in the first round, so each sixteen will be keen to atone for this slow start.
The Mariners have some good back end players, but their front end has struggled it appears, so for the home side to win well, they will need to get off to a better start.
I note that Keith Manton from Mossies has joined the Mariners, so the many years of Premier League experience that he has, should definitely help the home side.
The Wachmer rink, which looks completely changed from last year, will need to lift, as Wachmer on his day can be a match winner.
Fremantle. 7-1

LEEMING v HILTON PARK

LEEMING
K Vandersluys, P Boys, D Johnson, W Birrell
A Anderson, N Shannon, J Bowden, D Cleal
G Ford, G Burgess, G Sims, R Lipple
J Newton, S Dobie, P Hickey, A Andersson
INS: G Sims
OUTS: G Freeman

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

The game of the round for me, with the surging home side of the Lions playing host to the very consistent Hawks. The visitors have surprised most of the pundits this year, and will be very keen to take it right up to the Lions on Saturday.
The Lions are currently lying in fifth position, some ten points behind the Hawks, now in second spot on the ladder. So an aggregate win here, will see the home side narrow that gap considerably.
The skips on both sides are very good on their day, with Karl Vandersluys of the Lions having another very good year, and Robbie Hunter from the Hawks also beating most of his opponents handsomely.
Birrell, Boys and Johnson ably assisting Karl on most occasions. Dave Newton is a big out for the Hawks.
The home side on their synthetic may just carry the day.
Leeming. 7-1

SAFETY BAY v VICTORIA PARK CARLISLE

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

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Fourth versus Ninth in what should be a one sided game down south at The Bay. The Reds have shown glimpses of form on occasions, but will lack the firepower of the home side.
Carruthers, Hall, Owen are some of the better skips going around, and are normally extremely hard to beat on their favourite synthetic green.
The Reds still have a sprinkling of fine stalwarts, such as Staude, Fruend, Eastcott and Florance to name a few, but the class of the home side will prevail quite easily on Saturday.
Safety Bay. 8-0