At the end of round 7, with the apparent mandatory major upset we have a new ladder leader in 1 Blue North, the ever consistent, thankfully for my tipping, Yokine who lead Swan by 1 1/2 points with the early pacesetter Quinns a further 4 1/2 shots adrift of Swan.
MT LAWLEY 90 (6) v DOUBLEVIEW 80 (2)
Anthony Einfeld 21 v Michael Mckeague 17
Laurence Kelly 22 v Edward Johnson 25
Mark Masel 27 v Guy Herriot 12
Paul Sinden 20 v Gary Nelson 26
A close game as expected saw the Masel led rink win by 15 to make aggregate all but safe. Masel is in wonderful form and leading from the front. His fellow top skipper in Einfeld led his rink to a 4 shot victory while the rinks of Kelly and Sinden has narrow losses to shore up aggregate. Mt Lawley after two good wins now sit fourth on the ladder and are looming as finals contenders. Doubleview have been inconsistent and sit sixth on the ladder with the same number of rink wins as Mt Lawley, should they find the form they are finals contenders.
MUNDARING 80 (2) v STIRLING 87 (6)
John Doncon 24 v Nick Yaksich 23
Rex Cox 20 v Mane (Mick) Marovic 28
Lindsay Pickles 14 v Sonny Franich 25
Geoffrey Bear 22 v Unplayed 11
Well, well, well the inconsistent Mundaring make accurate tipping a nightmare, After a great away win against Doubleview last week they fronted up at home to Stirling, the bottom side who were well beaten at home by fellow cellar dweller Wanneroo last week. Mundaring were going to win easily, well Stirling decided otherwise and played wonderful well to achieve victory in the toughest away game in 1 Blue. Congratulations Stirling, if the can play as they did perhaps maintaining 1 Blue may be achievable. They are just two points away from automatic relegation although a distant 10 1/2 away from the safety of sixth. Mundaring sit fifth but have won just 12 rinks this year, which puts them in the bottom 4 for rink wins.
WANNEROO 58 (0) v YOKINE 113 (8)
John Miller 12 v Anthony Kay 25
Martin Nievelstein 17 v Bradley Morrison 22
Kingsley Toster 19 v Trevor McGillivray 26
Rod Beazley 10 v Shane Shaw 40
A very strong performance by Yokine to defeat Wanneroo away by 55 points and claim top position on the ladder, is 1 White a possibility. The way they are playing, the rinks working well together and I was told of a possible new inclusion in the new year who will further strengthen the front end, it is possible. But then again form has been very inconsistent in Blue North, excepting Yokine, and Quinns, Swan and Doubleview have the names, if they play to potential, gee it is a very competitive Blue North. Wanneroo remain in 9th position, this was their worst loss and they are better than that.
NORTH BEACH 83 (6) v QUINNS ROCKS 81 (2)
Gary Gregson 19 v Barry Crawford 22
Peter Augustson 17 v John Berecz 27
Richard Aitken 22 v Martin Hinchcliffe 15
Gavin Crosthwaite 25 v Brian Axford 17
A bit of an upset here, though I did expect North Beach to play to their potential sooner rather than latter. New skipper Aitken led his rink to a 7 shot win over the strong Hinchcliffe rink while Crosthwaite in his second game skippering led his rink to another big win. Quinns seem to have dropped away with 3 losses in a row and next weeks home game against Kalamunda is not easy though they are at home, they need to regroup quickly. North Beach sit 8th and are 8 1/2 from safety, early days yet but there were one of my favourites at the start of the year and they may yet justify my thoughts .
KALAMUNDA 64 (1) v SWAN 88 (7)
Arthur Bartlett 17 v Ian Cornthwaite 21
Peter Townsend 7 v Alan Southern 31
Wayne Olive 17 v David Park 19
Rodney Cooper 23 v Phillip Park 17
Kalamunda have been pretty good this year however, the loss of two quality skippers from last year was always going to be an issue. When the Southern rink is on they are one of the best in Blue North and they were certainly on in beating the Townsend rink, who have been good this year with 3 out 6 before this, by 22 shots to put aggregate out of doubt. The other rinks were close with 2 going to Swan and Kalamunda just the 1 point. Kalamunda sit seventh on with 12 1/2 rink wins to trail Doubleview by 3 1/2. Swan are looking ominous with fours wins on the trot.