With only four games to go till the end of this tumultuous pennant season, there is an almighty log jam between 3rd and 8th place on the ladder. Fremantle now occupy 3rd spot on 60 points, with the 8th spot occupied by Leeming on 51.5 points. This all means that there are six teams fighting to finish in 3rd spot, or trying desperately hard not to finish in 7th spot or below.
Cockburn should finish atop the ladder, which is the position they have held for most of the year, while Manning have a good chance of keeping 2nd spot.
Spearwood, despite their heroics last week, will be relegated.
But let’s get on to this Saturday’s exciting round of fixtures.
MANNING v LEEMING
M Piggott, L Herbert, N Rees, P Barrow
A Pryce, D Mcllheney, S Salamon, B Connell
M Carey, G Hogg, A Lill, S Lambert
G O'Brien, W Heldt, B Griffiths, M Hoskin INS: No changes OUTS:
N Bennetts, G Freeman, N Shannon, D Anderson
I Ashworth, L Bertei, D Johnson, W Birrell
G Ford, J Bowden, B Eather, R Bellis
J Newton, G Burgess, A Andersson, P Hickey INS: G Ford, I Ashworth OUTS: K Vanderluys, P Boys
The Eagles can clinch a chance to finish in the top three, with this game at home on their favoured grass surface.
They won their first encounter away from home, so they should keep the Lions down near the bottom of the table with a win here.
Both teams have very stable line up, but the home side has a strong front end, with four very good skips and thirds.
Keep the Vandersluys rink covered and you win the aggregate. That should be accomplished here.
KALAMUNDA v FREMANTLE
I Quayle, P Townsend, H Clifford, M Thomas
A Bartlett, W Olive, V Hughes, B Farrant
D Wooltorton, R Pringle, G McDonald, M Clancy
B Brandsma, R Cooper, T Price, T Mountford INS: No changes OUTS:
T Krajancic, D Golem, B Ciccotosto, J Trigwell
B Coote, J Stewart, M Starcevich, J Chessell
S McCormack, M Lindsay, B Sumich, B Wright
P Wachmer, M Gill, K Bowden, A Hocken INS: M Starcevich OUTS: M Ngui
An intriguing clash to be played up in the hills of Perth, between two fairly good sixteens.
The Cougars rely heavily on the Brandsma rink, who have only lost four games all year. While the Mariners certainly rely too heavily on the Krackerjack rink, who have just lost the two games so far. It would make a fascinating clash if these two teams drew each other.
Both teams certainly still in the hunt for the top three, so they have a lot to play for.
The first game between these two sides resulted in a one shot win the the Mariners. I pick them again here.
SPEARWOOD v THORNLIE
D Tomasich, B Yakas, P Kelly, J Stojan
K Nadilo, B Vidovich, B Dropulic, T Fiamengo
I Unkovich, T Mathein, I Dragicevich, B Bavcevic
N Sokol, M Ward, M Krajancic Jnr, I D'Ascenzo INS: M Krajancic jnr, P Kelly OUTS: I Perica, J Galipo
P Pohe, G Collier, C Penaluna, A Williams
M Yates, G Beckwith, H Collins, J Walker Jnr
M White, D Innes, J Stean, J Mitchell
M Separovich, G Vaughan, J Thorn, P Riggio INS: No changes OUTS:
Can the Ravens keep up the momentum from last week down at Spearwood?
They appear to be on the right track at the moment, so I reckon they can keep climbing the ladder with another win here.
They have some good skips and some very good thirds like Vaughan and Beckwith, just to name two. Not too sure how their front end will go down at Spearwood though.
I notice a couple of changes to the Spearwood sixteen, with Ward playing as a third, I haven’t seen his name before.
ROCKINGHAM v HILTON PARK
J Lethlean, P Villa, L Atkins, J Laukkanen
B Edwards, S Wales, T Threlfall, G Roberts
M Devenny, K Tremlett, V Arriagada, D Poole
R Costello, S Hutchinson, M Wilson, T Rubery INS: No changes OUTS:
K McKay, H McKay, B Smith, S Farrell
R Hunter, Daniel Newton, Dave Newton, R Fortini
R Foy, G Dodd, L Onley Jnr, R Butler
C Standley, K Willis, C McMahon, S Ivory INS: K McKay, S Ivory OUTS: T Simpson, T Maxwell
The Rams badly need a win here, as do the visiting Hawks, after their losses last week.
I note that the Hawks have loaded up this week, with all their imports playing. Kev McKay returns after a long absence, which will help the visitors immensely. The Hawks were badly beaten at home last week, actually by some 27 shots, a big loss indeed. The Rams were also losers last week, at home also.
I just think that the Hawks back end players might carry the day, narrowly.
SOUTH PERTH v COCKBURN
S Kelly, G Reagan, T Percival, M Hughes
M McRae, M Petrich, F Anderson, J Percival
D Bandy, I Rennie Jnr, D Calvo, L Moretti
V Santostefano, B Roelefs, J Cook, B Owen INS: D Calvo OUTS: W Skuza
M Simunovic, M Musulin, D Gurr, D Dobb
J Marevic, I Mateljak, D Rayner, A Edwards
W Tepania, D Ravlich, B Blagaich, D Topine
K Wylie, J Ricci, M Sokol, M Zusman INS: No changes OUTS:
Undoubtably the game of the day down by the river, with 4th playing 1st here, what a treat.
Some fantastic clashes will occur, between some very good bowlers. I believe that the Millers just might have the edge up front, with the likes of Hughes, Owen, Anderson, Calvo to name just a few. Calvo playing as a 2nd is certainly a luxury for Skip Bandy. The Roosters have some mighty fine skips though in Wylie, Marevic, Simunovic and Tepania.
At home I predict an upset here.