Well we are back this Saturday, the completion of the first half of the competition and some good games lined up. I am feeling really refreshed after the 3 week break, my batteries are re-charged and ready to go. Hopefully all the readers to the website can say the same and hope they all had a great Xmas and New Year break and feel ready to take on this year.
It's always an interesting game this one, first game back from a spell and as we saw with the Ladies on Tuesday there might be an upset in the Men as well. The first 8 games have set the season up for some but with 10 games to go it is still a wide open season.
WARNBRO v BASSENDEAN

WARNBRO
L Strange, C Biddle, L Kellow, D Phillips
B Kalinowsky, J Hudson, M Wilson, D Kitson
K Cousens, Dr G Jackson, D Wagstaff, P Guelfi
W Baker, D Pattullo, I Gibson, J Maley
INS: L Strange, D Phillips
OUTS: M Miller, S Christie

BASSENDEAN
D Nicholls, N Smith, D Killisch Von Horn, A Elmer
B Manton, S Fewster, L Pike, R Kenyon
D Rhodes, C Margin, M Simpson, W Neilson
S Alden, S Davies, R Ellis, M Whitely
INS: No change
OUTS:

This looms as a danger game for mine, my club Bassendean could not have scripted their first 8 games better and currently sit on top while Warnbro are sitting in 10th, but players can be rusty after the holidays, we travel down to Warnbro which is still a significant home ground advantage for them and they did win their last game at home against Cambridge, so a danger game. No change for Bassendean while Warnbro have made 2 changes, Lindsay Strange available again and takes up his skippering duties while Dave Phillips also returns, he is a solid leader and a good in for them. Miller and Christie drop back
It's gonna be a long year for Warnbro, we knew that before the season had started with the outs that they had, but this is an opportunity to make something of the season, string 2 wins at home and get some confidence going. I've also been impressed with Connor Biddle, his name has shown up now a couple of times in recent events, of course a semi finalist with Cameron Harris in the State Pairs. The Strange rink looks a strong one and the rink that Bassendean will want to beat as I think that rink will hold the key for a Warnbro win.
Basso of course!

DOUBLEVIEW v NORTH BEACH

DOUBLEVIEW
R Moyle, S Edmonds, B White, G Faulkner
C Slavich, C Bessant, A Tennant, T Whitfield
K McIlroy, S Gosstray, S Cerff, E Galipeau
J Slavich, B Brandsma, R Haring, J Barry
INS: T Whitfield
OUTS: A Wetzler

NORTH BEACH
J McGinlay, R Kuziela, G Crosthwaite, L Mola
B Gillingham, M Sear, P Retallack, M Buttel
G Devenish, P Walker, M McConnell, G Yabuka
M Douthie, N Costello, R Hutchinson, J Clayton
INS: J McGinlay, N Costello, M McConnell
OUTS: R Hunter, R Dempsey, L Mitten

2nd placed Doubleview host 6th placed North Beach, both teams coming off wins in their last game but it was so long ago it almost seems inconsequential what they did last game, another mini-season starts, could this be the upset I alluded to earlier? Tom Whitfield returns and he was very very good in the State Pairs final, Addy Wetzler unavailable this week while for North Beach, new recruit Neville Costello comes straight in, Mick McConnell and Joe McGinlay return. Dropping out is Hunter, Dempsey and Mitten.
It's a strong North Beach team, outside of Ross Dempsey, this is the best they can select so it will be interesting how they take the fight up to Doubleview who were all class against us in the game prior to Christmas, just too good in the end and they are favourites to again win the flag this year. I give North Beach a battlers chance here, but will be selecting Doubleview to win but I don't think they will get it all their own way
Doubleview 7-1

KARDINYA v OSBORNE PARK

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Match of the day here for mine as Osborne Park travel to Kardinya, and with both teams unknown at the time of writing, let's assume they have unchanged line ups.
Kardy have been the under performers of the season so far as the side they have on paper is so strong, the xmas break could not have come at a better time for them. Time to re-group, rest, and hit the second half of the year strong. They are the sleeping giant, a team that no-one really wants to face, especially at home as they have so many match winners on the list.
Osborne Park started the year slowly but hit their straps with 3 wins in a row before some hiccups leading in to the break. They boast the State Pairs winner Cody Packer, well done to him (and Matt Mitchell) but this is a stern test for them. They sit 5th on the ladder, but 6 behind 4th and a loss here (if Manning win) puts that space between them and the four, so they will be driving hard for a win. The Saints travelled to the Kattery last year for a 14 shot loss with similar line ups. History may repeat itself
Kardinya 7-1

CAMBRIDGE v MANNING

CAMBRIDGE
L Strahan, C Harris, W Manning, R Bolton
S Perica, N Lewis, D Jones, D Leeson
C Adams, B Nairn, A Foster, L Bolton
P Harris, S Rushforth, C Wooldridge, M Bolton
INS: W Manning
OUTS: G Allen

MANNING
A Williams, S Withers, M Allan, S O'Brien
L Such, P Ker, N Jones, P Herbert
T Mitchell, S Patterson, L Grigg, K Jolly
S Knott, A Heal, B Butler, L Herbert
INS: L Grigg, K Jolly
OUTS: M Kemp, G Quann

Another cracking game lined up here, 4th placed Manning travelling to 8th placed Cambridge, another side that hasn't really hit their straps this year compared to the line up they have on paper, but Clive Adams has missed as couple of games, I think he is back now for hte rest of the year which will give their backend some stability. Changes, and we see Manning come in for Cambridge, as well as Foster. Allen and N Bolton drop out while for Manning Lewis Grigg, is in which strengthens them and Ken Jolly returns, but out is Miles Kemp and Greg Quann, so probably about even ins and outs.
Hmmm, so who wins, Kardy/Osborne Park might be match of the day but this is a tough game to choose. Cambridge have slightly switched their thirds, Blake Nairn comes across to be Adams' third while Cam Harris joins Lance Strahan. Manning backend has nearly been the same all year and their form has been steadily improving. The corresponding fixture last year saw Cambridge win by 6 shots and 6-2, they will take that again this year. I'm going for the upset here, without a lot of confidence
Manning 6-2

MOSMAN PARK v SOUTH PERTH

MOSMAN PARK
L Beurteaux, A Gryta, W Tan, M Barrett
P Daley, C Edson, O Dawson, M Van Bemmel
C Hoffman, T Cranswick, B Hoffman, M Robertson
D Marsland, A Daley, S Swanson, M Bigg
INS: P Collins
OUTS: D Adams

SOUTH PERTH
S Walker, N Reagan, A Sharp, T Reid
G Pauling, T Alberti, M Biglin, D Angell
J Opie, T Antonio, T Kinnane, K Pride
R Bresland, N Griffin, D Mortley, F Anderson
INS: No change
OUTS:

Our final game and another difficult game as the synthetic South Perth in 3rd spot travel to the grass of Mosman Park in 9th spot. It's a must win game for Mosman Park to survive the season, they are already 7 behind 8th placed Cambridge who might win, so a loss to Mozzies will see them slip further behind and while there are plenty of games left, it might be a wall to high to climb, so winning here is essential. For South Perth, they are 8 behind 2nd placed Doubleview and 10 in front of 5th placed, Osborne Park. While a win or loss won't change much for them this game, a win will almost shore up a finals berth and keep them in touch with the top 2 sides. So a game here with lots of permutations.
For Mosman Park, Collins is in for Adams and some positional changes as well. Drew Daley gets his shot as a 3rd to Dale Marsland and he will learn heaps from Marsland. South Perth have made no changes, but they will lose Scott Walker potentially next week as he travels to England to play in the PBA on Wednesday night. We wish him all the best, I have my $5 on you!
South Perth should win but like others it won't be easy. Mosman Park have taken some scalps this year and will be looking for more. Tough game but South Perth should win
South Perth 7-1