Round Two kicks off on Saturday, with some great contests on offer, to put it mildly.
The highlight for me is the South Perth Millers versus the Manning Eagles game, played at South Perth on their synthetic.
Another fascinating contest is to be held in the hills, that clash featuring the Kalamunda Cougars and the Hilton Hawks, both sides seeking there first win.
SOUTH PERTH v MANNING
B Roelefs, D Bandy, T Percival, P Brown
M McRae, M Petrich, G Reagan, M Hughes
S Kelly, D Calvo, R Negus, L Moretti
V Santostefano, I Rennie, J Galipo, B Owen INS: J Galipo, B Owen OUTS: J Percival, J Cunningham
M Carey, G Hogg, A Lill, S Lambert
A Pryce, A Taylor, M Ellis, J Evans
S Adams, B Adams, B Connell, P Barrow
G O'Brien, W Heldt, N Rees, M Hoskin INS: M Ellis, W Heldt OUTS: J Andrew, D McIlhenny
Definitely the game of the round, with the recently demoted Millers up against their near and fierce rivals, the Eagles.
Two really experienced sixteens, chock full of ex Premier League players, many of them very capable of being able to “ pull on the boots “ for the top grade. Merv Hughes, Mick McCrae, Joe Santostefano, Max Petrich, Nigel Rees, Andy Lill, Alan Pryce, Bob Connell, to name just a few. I see that Wayne Heldt collects yet another shirt and has been named for Manning.
South Perth Millers will win comfortably I think.
The Millers 7-1
FREMANTLE v LEEMING
T Krajancic, D Golem, M Lindsay, J Trigwell
D Bacich, B Coote, K Bowden, A Hocken
M Gill, J Stewart, M Starcevich, B Sumich
P Wachmer, G Hill, B Ciccotosto, N Gaspar INS: S McCormack, B Ciccotosto OUTS: M Starcevich, P Clausen
K Vandersluys, P Boys, D Johnson, W Birrell
A Anderson, N Shannon, S Dobie, D Cleal
G Ford, J Bowden, B Eather, R Bellis
J Newton, G Burgess, P Hickey, A Andersson INS: No change OUTS:
Both of these teams won in the first round and will be keen to win again here. The sixteens from both clubs are full of quality players. The Mariners fielding Krajancic, Golem, Wachmer, Bacich and the veteran Jim Stewart amongst many others.
Whilst the Lions are well led by Vandersluys, Newton, Ford, Boys, Anderson, Birrell to name a few.
If you look back at last year’s games, you can see that the Lions won them both, albeit narrowly.
Wouldn’t it be great to see the Krajancic and Vandersluys rinks clash, eight very good players by the looks of it.
Can Wachmer bounce back?
Fremantle narrowly 6-2
ROCKINGHAM v SPEARWOOD
S Hutchinson, K Tremlett, L Atkins, D Poole
B Edwards, M Peters, P Villa, G Roberts
M Devenny, S Wales, T Threlfall, J Laukkanen
R Costello, J Lethlean, M Wilson, T Rubery INS: P Villa OUTS: J Sullivan
I Unkovich, B Yakas, I Dragicevich, B Bavcevic
N Silich, D Tomasich, B Dropulich, I D'Ascenzo
T Mathein, I Perica, M Krajancic, I Petkovich
N Sokol, K Nadilo, B Vidovich, T Fiamengo INS: I Perica OUTS: T Gimblett
Will the Rams make it two out of two down south at Rockingham?
If last week’s game is anything to go by, then they just might, but in a close one.
The Rams have four very experienced and capable skips, backed up by some good steady and capable front end players. Hutchinson, Edwards, Lethlean, Devenny are solid skips.
Spearwood need players to step up to help the Unkovich rink urgently.
The Rams quite easily I believe.
COCKBURN v THORNLIE
K Wylie, J Ricci, M Zusman, J Salmeri
W Tepania, D Ravlich, S Srhoy, B Blagaich
J Marevich, I Mateljak, M Krajancic, J Wray
M Simunovich, M Musulin, D Gurr, A Edwards INS: J Salmeri OUTS: D Topine
G Beckwith, D Slade, I Rewell, H Collins
P Pohe, M Separovich, C Penaluna, J Thorn
G Collier, G Vaughan, J Walker Jnr, P Riggio
D Innes, N Holden, J Stean, J Mitchell INS: N Holden, D Slade OUTS: S Ocella, J Lawrence
Both of these sides suffered disappointing losses last week, with the Roosters putting up a reasonable fight at Leeming. They have some very experienced players, just need to gel together on the day to make it all happen though. The Ravens would be bitterly disappointed in losing at home last week, and it could be another loss this Saturday I think. There are a lot of wily bowlers at Cockburn, they need to work together though to be a good unit.
I notice Glynn Vaughan is not skipping already, and that new skip Innes after a loss last week gets another chance.
KALAMUNDA v HILTON PARK
B Brandsma, I Quayle, G McDonald, D Russell
A Bartlett, B Farrant, P Townsend, V Hughes
W Olive, R Pringle, P Pringle, M Thomas
D Wooltorton, R Cooper, T Mountford, M Clancy INS: T Mountford OUTS: T Price
R Hunter, H McKay, C McMahon, S Farrell
T Simpson, Daniel Newton, Dave Newton, R Fortini
K McKay, G Dodd, K Willis, R Butler
C Standley, L Onley Jnr, B Smith, T Maxwell INS: T Simpson, Dan Newton, K McKay OUTS: R Turner, P Stone, J Bajic
Three big inclusions for the Hawks this week, as they travel up the hill to play the Cougars.
Both sides lost last week, so they will be keen to open their account in this round.
Kevin McKay makes his debut, and Daniel Newton and Travis Simpson return after missing last week’s game. This could be a very intriguing game of Bowls, with the Hawks fielding some big guns. But, will they be able to handle the tricky synthetic surface at Kalamunda? It’s a toss of the coin for me, but i will stick with the home side narrowly.