Well done South Perth, North Beach and Bowls WA for providing the rink draw in advance. Hopefully more clubs be ameniable to it and we can see some every week. no changes for either side, a Friday night fixture at North Beach. It's 1st vs 8th and it would seem a mismatch but I give the home side an outside chance, it will be interesting to see what advantage they have at night and with the wet weather forecast how that plays out as well. Although we have known about this for 2 weeks, perhaps they should have called it off....

B Gillingham, T Jones, M Sear, M Buttel
G Pauling, T Alberti, D Mortley, D Angell
Ok our first match, Glenn Pauling undefeated taking on Brad Gillingham yet to chalk up a win. I rate Gillingham very highly, the 2nd best left handed Hawthorn supporter north of the river and unusual to see him without a win, they have had a slight rink change with Marcus Sear dropping back to a twi and Terry Jones swapping around. Will this be the catalyst they need? I don't think so, will have to give this rink win to Pauling who is in great form and such a solid rink.

P Walker, N Costello, J Post, G Yabuka
S Walker, M Biglin, P Holmes, T Reid
The battle of the Walker's, both with 2 wins but North Beach Walker with a draw so technically undefeated. This is an interesting match up, Paul very determined bowler and if he gets the support from his team can certainly win this. Scott always a great opponent and him and Mitch Biglin forging a strong back end combination. Hard to see the front end of Scott struggle again like last week but going to plonk for Paul to win this game

G Devenish, P Augustson, M McConnell, J Clayton
J Opie, N Griffin, T Kinnane, K Pride
I think it will be this week which will win it for South Perth. Justin Opie all class and has a top line rink to back him up. Geoff Devenish is a very solid player and will keep it tight but I suspect Opie will wear their opposition down with multiple end wins to win by a good margin.

M Douthie, G Crosthwaite, R Hunter, L Mola
R Bresland, T Antonio, R Havercroft, F Anderson
i think this will be the rink to watch for the night. Mark Douthie can play his home deck better than anyone, Ross Bresland I'm hearing back to some high level form that got him selected for the state side all those years ago. Both front ends very strong, and the skippers have both got thirds who are strong draw bowlers should the front end fail with some sneaky shots in the kit bag if required. 10 ends to 11 I reckon, it's probably going to be 1 end with a big count that will win the rink. I'm going to go for Douthie in a close one.

South Perth 6-2


C Lander, R Cunningham, B Lucas, L Oldham
S Rixom, A Barron, M Hulbert, G Taylor
D Brown, S Loftus, P Flack, G Murray
K McIlroy, B Eagles, P Murray, P Morgan
INS: No change

M Abonnel, G White, T Leahy, J Terrell
S Novak, B Henley, D Flintoff, R Bates
S Perica, D Radford, T Cocodis, C Vinci
D Rankin, P Davies, D Comrie, S West
INS: C Vinci
OUTS: D Wood

Another ex-player against old teammates, Daniel Brown will be keen to not only win but be part of the team to return to form. Sorrento surprising losers and this not any easier although they are back on their home deck. Kardinya also shock losers last week, so they will also be keen to win. so who to pick? On paper they seem evenly balanced, slightly in favour of Kardinya but I think that is offset being at the home of Sorrento. The likely wet weather will alleviate the wind but also create slow conditions. Who will adapt first?
Sorrento 6-2


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 changes

J Carter, C Edson, D Price, M Barrett
E Gollan, R Vind, D Haddow, A Herbert
R Lang, R Halse, S Bartlett, B Cranswick
A Petchell, W Harvey, T Churcher, G Maesepp
INS: A Herbert
OUTS: B O'Brien

This could be horrible, the saving grace is the wet greens will even out the players somewhat. Osborne Park is super form and looking to start the year undefeated, Rossmoyne with a good win at home and they would dearly love to win away during the season. I don't think this will be the game however
Osborne Park 8-0


S Knott, N Jones, T Mitchell, L Herbert
A Williams, S Patterson, B Butler, S O'Brien
L Grigg, A Heal, M Allan, G Quann
L Such, P Ker, M Kemp, P Herbert
INS: T Mitchell
OUTS: M Ayres

R Moyle, B White, L Thorn, T Whitfield
C Slavich, A Tennant, G Nelson, A Wetzler
S Gosstray, S Cerff, G Faulkner, J Barry
J Slavich, S Scott, R Haring, F Williamson
INS: No change

I'll nominate this as my match of the day, although I will be tipping a solid Manning win. With Tom Mitchell returning from injury albeit at the expense of Matty Ayres last week who was superb, they are now close to full strength and striking some good form. This will certainly be a game that Doubleview can really announce themselves, it was certainly a confidence building last game win but it was at home, away wins have so much more cred and a decisive win against Manning will announce themselves that they are still a force to be reckoned with. I will be siding with Manning, but won't be at all surprised to see the View go home with the points.
Manning 6-2


C Adams, R Bolton, N Bolton, W Manning
L Strahan, S Rushforth, A Foster, L Bolton
B Nairn, D Jones, C Wooldridge, D Leeson
C Harris, N Lewis, P Potts, G Allen
INS: L Bolton
OUTS: M Bolton

B Manton, L Pike, A Elmer, M Whitely
S Alden, S Fewster, N Smith, M Bessant
D Nicholls, J Krstic, L McKay, D Killisch Von Horn
S Davies, R Kenyon, M Simpson, B Dinnison

Our final game and what a crunch game for Bassendean. Winless with only 3 rink wins and they really need to get on their bike to keep their season alive, and what a tough game to do it. The first leg of the Patterson Cup and the two teams are 1 all from the game at Cambridge but the overcast conditions will favour hugely the home side who will be able to practice on it tonight. I tipped Cambridge to finish top of the ladder this year, so if they win it means my side will be 0-4, if they lose then Cambridge will be 1-3 and making it difficult to get the coveted top spot. Of course I think Bassendean will win, but I fear there might only be 15 others who feel that way
Basso of course!