So our first game of the reverse draw commences this weekend. It's a long road for Bassendean from here and they need results to go there way, including winning some aggregates. Manning also been slow out of the gates and while not impossible for these sides to stave off relegation, they have made the going tough. I'm banking on 50 points this year will be good enough to not get demoted. You could write those 2 off for finals, but the other 8 sides can aim for a finals berth with a good run in the next 9 games. Best positionally is South Perth who sit comfortably on top by 6 points but they have the same amount of wins as the top 4 sides, so rinks are all important in the run to the finals. I reckon 10 wins will get you to finals action.
Onto this weeks games...
MANNING v SOUTH PERTH
A Williams, T Mitchell, S Patterson, G Quann
L Such, M Kemp, P Ker, M Ellis
L Grigg, N Jones, A Heal, P Herbert
S Knott, B Butler, M Allan, S O'Brien INS: No change OUTS:
S Walker, M Biglin, P Holmes, T Reid
G Pauling, T Alberti, D Mortley, D Angell
J Opie, T Kinnane, N Griffin, K Pride
R Bresland, T Antonio, R Havercroft, J Galipo INS: No change OUTS:
9th placed Manning play host to the top side in South Perth and a win to either side has dramatic effect on the fortunes of those sides. Manning need to win to start their climb up the ladder and they are at home where they don't have a good recent record against South Perth, and they were in years where Manning have been in the top 4. South Perth also looking to win to keep that margin with the pack of teams behind him at bay, and with a good record at Manning they would start this game as favourites.
More shuffling of teams from Manning as they try to find that combination to start winning games. Blake Butlers time as skipper is over, the 1 game hiatus for Anthony Williams ends as he returns to lead the charges with many other rinks shuffling. No change from South Perth as the top team has the luxury of remaining with a settled line up. There form leading up to Xmas was not good so they will be keen to get back on the winners stall.
South Perth 6-2
ROSSMOYNE v KARDINYA
J Carter, C Edson, R Halse, B O'Brien
E Gollan, R Vind, D Haddow, A Herbert
R Lang, M Barrett, L Jervies, B Cranswick
A Petchell, W Harvey, T Churcher, H Slowiak INS: H Slowiak, B O'Brien, L Jervies OUTS: D Price, S Bartlett, G Maesepp
M Abonnel, G White, T Leahy, J Terrell
S Novak, B Henley, D Flintoff, R Bates
B Ball, S Perica, T Cocodis, C Vinci
D Rankin, P Davies, D Comrie, S West INS: B Ball OUTS: D Radford
This is an enticing game to see the result of. 8th placed Rossmoyne at home to 5th placed Kardinya, and it's a bit of a danger game for Rossmoyne. A loss here and the 2 teams behind them will start to lick their lips about potentially catching them. Rossmoyne have had a great start and a good home ground record this season 3 wins from 5 start nut it means they only have 4 home games left, including this one. A loss here means only 3 home games from their last 8 games, so this game vital. Kardinya won't be put off by the synthetic surface and were in some good form prior to xmas winnning 4 of their last 5 games.
Teams wise and Kardinya have recruited from the country and brought in Brad Ball and he immediately comes in to skipper a rink. His inclusion adds some real x-factor the back end and Ball can play some gutsy drive shots at times. With Dave Rankin and Steve Novak with a positive skipper record, it presents a tough nut for Rossmoyne to crack. They have made 3 changes, some guys I'm not aware of and potentially some making their first PL game. Hard to go past Kardinya
SORRENTO v CAMBRIDGE
C Lander, R Cunningham, M Hulbert, I Linford
S Rixom, A Barron, R Butler, M Burton
D Brown, S Loftus, P Flack, L Oldham
K McIlroy, B Eagles, P Murray, P Morgan INS: M Burton OUTS: G Taylor
C Adams, R Bolton, N Bolton, W Manning
S Rushforth, S Buckley, A Foster, A Ness
B Nairn, D Opie, C Wooldridge, D Leeson
C Harris, N Lewis, L Strahan, M Bolton INS: A Foster, D Opie, L Strahan OUTS: H Christensen, B Jones, P Potts
The mini surprise packet of the year has been Sorrento, we thought they'd be competitive but they sit at 3rd spot at 6 wins and progressing nicely. They would fancy there chances to against the 7th placed Cambridge but it is a mis-leading position for Cambridge on the ladder. A percentage that sits 4th and they have more shots for than Sorrento, equally Cambridge would fancy their chances. Cambridge have lost 3 games already by 1 shot and another by 2, so they have put themselves in winning positions without taking the chocolates. 2 years ago when Sorrento last in the PL and it was a 1 point difference at Sorrento, that time Cambridge winning the game.
Personnel wise Cambridge have rung the changes, all 3 going out are unavailable for whatever reasons and in comes the guns - Lance Strahan, Andrew Foster and David Opie. Opie all quality but you'd think rusty playing his first game for the season. It may only be a fill in role but if he gets the bug it might be for the rest of the year. Greg Taylor out for Sorrento, after being the State Pairs champ you would think this is also through unavailability. 3 of his Sorrento teammates also playing in the recent State Pairs final an indication how well this squad is going. Gonna be a close game again I think.
OSBORNE PARK v BASSENDEAN
N Stevens, T Weir, T Ingram, G Smith
G Caffell, C Biddle, R Lawrence, I Lilburne
C Packer, J East, E Martin, M Rollings
R Brown, K Pickering, S O'Neill, G King INS: No change OUTS:
B Manton, A Elmer, W Neilson, M Whitely
S Alden, S Fewster, R Kenyon, G Needs
D Nicholls, D Rhodes, A Smith, D Killisch Von Horn
S Davies, L Pike, L McKay, B Dinnison INS: D Rhodes, A Smith OUTS: M Simpson, N Smith
Not the end of the world if Bassendean lose this game, a game people will not be expecting them to win, but if they can sneak an aggregate against 2nd placed Osborne Park away from home it will be the filip they need for the remaining 8 games. Osborne Park have been solid so far but they need to get more out of the 3 rinks not including Cody Packer. All 3 showing a negative shots record which is a positive considering the team is 2nd on the ladder. One or 2 of those rinks lifts and gets a 75% win record for the rest of the season and this team is a real shot at the flag. A great mix of youth and experience and with Kaleb Walding and Segan Pasalich sitting in the wings, they look to be a dominant team for many years.
No change at Ossy Park, they are happy with the 16 at the moment, no need to change. 2 moves all from the 1 rink at Bassendean trying to assist Dan Nicholls to get him on the board this year and they are some good ins as well, so it presents a good squad at Osborne Park. I'm confident we can get our season rolling in the attempt to hold PL with this game
Bassendean of course!
NORTH BEACH v DOUBLEVIEW
B Gillingham, M Sear, P Retallack, M Buttel
P Walker, N Costello, J Post, G Yabuka
G Devenish, P Augustson, M McConnell, J Clayton
M Douthie, G Crosthwaite, J McGinlay, L Mola INS: No changes OUTS:
R Moyle, B White, L Thorn, T Whitfield
C Slavich, G Nelson, A Tennant, A Wetzler
J Slavich, S Scott, R Haring, F Williamson
S Gosstray, G Faulkner, S Deering, J Barry INS: S Deering OUTS: S Cerff
Our final game sees Doubleview travel to the fast and windy North Beach club as they try and crack the nut that is The Beach. Doubleview have travelled their past 2 games at 2 venues considered tough to win at and they ticked the Rossmoyne box and will be looking to tick this off the list. North Beach have a 4-1 record at home, only losing that night game so day games they sit 4-0. They need to keep winning at home, they have some tough road trips coming up so if they can finish the season 8-0 at home it almost ensures they won't be demoted. Any drop off and their place becomes jeopardised. They sit 6th, but only 11 points out of relegation to highlight that point. Doubleview 4th with 6 wins have also surprised this year with the class that left the club but the character of the club was tested and they have passed with flying colours.
Only the 1 change with Steve Cerff not playing, the recent BPL Cup qualifying member Simon Deering gets his chance, always good to see another Simon playing Premier League. Stewart Gosstray had a worrying leg injury sustained at the Bassendean Xmas carnival which saw him pull out of the state pairs but he is good to go. Won't be surprised to see Doubleview win but going the home team