After a weeks break, round 12 kicks off on Saturday with some interesting games on offer at all venues. The top three teams in Cockburn, Manning and Hilton opening up a little break at the top of the table. At the other end, both Spearwood and Thornlie had good wins last week to still be in the hunt to avoid automatic demotion. Thornlie with a chance still to play finals. Hilton and Cockburn can consolidate their positions this week though, both with winnable games. At the bottom of the table, unfortunately for Spearwood, they play top of the table Roosters away, so that could spell the end of the season for them.
FREMANTLE v THORNLIE
T Krajancic, D Golem, B Ciccotosto, J Trigwell
B Coote, J Stewart, J Chessell, M Ngui
S McCormack, M Lindsay, B Sumich, B Wright
P Wachmer, M Gill, K Bowden, N Gaspar INS: No changes OUTS:
M Yates, G Beckwith, N Holden, J Walker Jnr
M Separovich, G Collier, C Penaluna, A Williams
P Pohe, G Vaughan, J Thorn, P Riggio
M White, D Innes, J Stean, J Mitchell INS: N Holden OUTS: D Slade
Can the Mariners arrest their sliding form? They will need to, if they are going to have any hope of making the top three on the ladder. The Ravens succumbed to the Mariners at home in the first round, but the inclusion of Michael Yates has certainly given them some fire power. The one good thing from the Mariners loss last week, was that their so called weaker rinks nearly carried the aggregate for them. I think if the Mariners can quell the Yates rink, they will win comfortably.
Will the Krajancic rink fight back after their last big loss?
LEEMING v HILTON PARK
N Bennetts, G Freeman, N Shannon, D Anderson
K Vandersluys, P Boys, D Johnson, W Birrell
G Ford, J Bowden, B Eather, R Bellis
J Newton, G Burgess, A Andersson, P Hickey INS: No changes OUTS:
C Standley, K Willis, B Smith, T Maxwell
T Simpson, R Hunter, Dave Newton, R Fortini
R Foy, G Dodd, L Onley Jnr, R Butler
H McKay, C McMahon, G Saint, S Farrell INS: R Fortini, R Foy, R Butler OUTS: Daniel Newton, S Ivory, R Turner
5th versus 3rd here, in this intriguing clash at the normally wind swept venue at Leeming. Have the Lions solved their fourth rink problem? We will know come Saturday evening if Bennett’s, Freeman and co are the answer.
The other three rinks at the Lions are basically the same from week to week, even year to year nearly. Robbie Foy is a big in for the Hawks, he is good Skip and player to boot. Daniel Newton out, as is Kevin McKay again.
Vandersluys versus Foy would be worth watching, as Karl is the heart and soul of his beloved Leeming.
I will go for the Hawks on the toss of a coin.
COCKBURN v SPEARWOOD
M Simunovic, M Musulin, D Gurr, D Dobb
J Marevic, I Mateljak, M Krajancic, A Edwards
W Tepania, D Ravlich, B Blagaich, D Topine
K Wylie, J Ricci, N Foster, M Zusman INS: No changes OUTS:
, , ,
, , ,
, , ,
, , , INS: OUTS:
Can the near neighbours of the Roosters keep their slim chances of survival alive on Saturday? They don’t have to travel too far, but I reckon it will be a long journey home for the Spearwood guys. They had a very good win in their last game, but away from home and against the ladder leaders, I think not. The Roosters have four fairly settled rinks this year, which is certainly helping their cause a lot. Although I do notice some changes up front. Tepania, Wyllie, Marevic and Simunovic are four very good skips, backed up by a host of experienced players. Mateljak, Musulin, Zusman, Krajancic to name a few.
No Steve Srhoy, bit of a surprise, a true Legend for Cockburn and WA.
ROCKINGHAM v MANNING
J Lethlean, K Tremlett, L Atkins, D Poole
B Edwards, S Wales, T Threlfall, G Roberts
M Devenny, V Arriagada, P Villa, J Laukkanen
R Costello, S Hutchinson, M Wilson, T Rubery INS: T Threlfall OUTS: I Wright
M Piggott, L Herbert, B Griffiths, P Barrow
D Mcllheney, A Pryce, S Salamon, B Connell
M Carey, G Hogg, A Lill, S Lambert
G O'Brien, W Heldt, N Rees, M Hoskin INS: No changes OUTS:
The Eagles will fly down to the home of the Rams on Saturday, hoping to consolidate their 2nd spot on the ladder. They will be playing on a very different surface to their grass green at Manning. The Rams certainly copped a good hiding at Spearwood last week, which certainly surprised most pundits. So they will obviously be keen to atone for that hiccup and keep their slim finals chances alive. On paper Manning look quite a lot stronger, but as we know, games of bowls are not won on paper. Mcilwhenny, O’Brien, Carey and Piggott are four good skips, backed up by some good front end players. The Rams also possess some very good skips in Edwards, Devenny, Costello and Lethlean
Risky, but I am going to pick the visiting 🦅, based on the vast experience they have.
SOUTH PERTH v KALAMUNDA
D Calvo, G Reagan, T Percival, M Hughes
M McRae, S Kelly, F Anderson, J Percival
D Bandy, M Petrich, R Negus, L Moretti
V Santostefano, B Roelefs, J Cook, B Owen INS: T Percival, R Negus OUTS: C Alberti, I Rennie
P Townsend, W Olive, H Clifford, M Thomas
B Brandsma, R Cooper, T Price, T Mountford
D Wooltorton, I Quayle, G McDonald, M Clancy
A Bartlett, R Pringle, B Farrant, V Hughes INS: No changes OUTS:
These teams are currently only one place apart on the congested ladder 6th and 7th respectively, so a win to either side will be crucial to their finals aspirations. Whilst Billy Brandsma is certainly the Cougars star player, he has been getting tons of support from the likes of Clancy, Wooltorton, Bartlett, Pringle and company.
Having said that Brandsma is the catalyst for the success of the Cougars, so tame Billy, you tame the Cougars. The Millers have a good spread of very experienced players though, and this could be the difference on their home surface. Seems to be quite a lot of changes this week for the Millers, surprisingly.