The Sixth round is already upon us, with some mighty interesting games this coming Saturday. The game that catches my eye is that encounter between the Cockburn Roosters and the visiting South Perth Millers, should be a ripper of a game. The other game that promises to offer us some insight into the season ahead, is that clash between the Leeming Lions and the Manning Eagles. In actual fact you can put up a case for all games this weekend to be interesting.
LEEMING v MANNING
N Shannon, A Anderson, D Clayton, D Cleal
K Vandersluys, P Boys, D Johnson, W Birrell
G Ford, J Bowden, B Eather, R Bellis
J Newton, G Burgess, P Hickey, A Andersson INS: No change OUTS:
S Adams, B Griffiths, A Taylor, P Barrow
A Pryce, D Mcllheney, M Ellis, J Evans
M Carey, G Hogg, A Lill, S Lambert
G O'Brien, W Heldt, N Rees, M Hoskin INS: D Mcllheney OUTS: S Salamon
Both teams had solid wins last week, which should have tuned them up
for this clash to be played on the tricky synthetic surface at Leeming.
Have the Lions finally found their fourth skipper in Norm Shannon? Since the departure of Tyrone Alberti they have experimented with a few bowlers to fill this gap.
Manning are boosted for this encounter by the inclusion of McIilhenny a big inclusion.
As usual the Lions have basically the same sixteen, they certainly possess some dedicated bowlers, available every week it seems.
Karl Vandersluys and his boys suffered a rare defeat last week, so expect them to bounce back here. If this rink draws the Carey or O’Brien teams, it promises to be a game worth watching.
The home team for me.
FREMANTLE v KALAMUNDA
T Krajancic, D Golem, B Ciccotosto, J Trigwell
B Coote, M Lindsay, M Gill, A Hocken
S McCormack, J Stewart, J Townsend, B Sumich
P Wachmer, M Ngui, K Bowden, J Chessell INS: J Trigwell, J Townsend OUTS: N Gaspar, A Judge
W Olive, R Pringle, H Clifford, M Thomas
B Brandsma, R Cooper, T Price, T Mountford
D Wooltorton, A Burt, I Quayle, M Clancy
A Bartlett, P Townsend, B Farrant, V Hughes INS: I Quayle OUTS: G McDonald
Both of these sides suffered reasonably narrow losses last week, so obviously they will both be very keen to atone down at windy Freo.
The visiting Cougars will need to win this encounter or they can kiss their top four chances goodbye I reckon. Conversely, the Mariners need to win here to keep in touch with the leaders in this tight division. The Cougars keeping basically the same sixteen, while the Mariners will welcome the inclusion of one of their better players in Mathew Ngui, back from overseas I believe. Can the rink of Krackerjack remain undefeated? Brandsma might have something to say about that, should they clash.
THORNLIE v SPEARWOOD
J Stean, D Innes, N Holden, J Mitchell
G Beckwith, D Slade, I Rewell, M White
G Vaughan, G Collier, C Penaluna, A Williams
P Pohe, M Separovich, J Thorn, P Riggio INS: M White OUTS: H Collins
I Unkovich, N Silich, B Yakas, B Bavcevic
N Sokol, K Nadilo, B Dropulic, T Fiamengo
D Tomasich, T Mathein, T Gimblett, M Krajancic
I Perica, B Vidovich, J Stojan, I Dragicevich INS: No change OUTS:
The hungry Ravens will certainly be confident of a good feed in this game against the winless Spearwood group.
I would say that by now that the Ravens are getting quite familiar with their new synthetic green, which really makes a huge difference in my humble opinion. Home ground advantage can sometimes be quite telling, and Spearwood traditionally don’t travel well also.
Vaughan, Beckwith, Riggio, Revell, are all good Raven stalwarts, solid and steady, sometimes better.
Spearwood seem to rely on a few bowlers, such as Nadilo, Unkovich, Silich, Sokol, not enough contributors to carry the day.
HILTON PARK v ROCKINGHAM
C Standley, K Willis, B Smith, T Maxwell
T Simpson, Daniel Newton, Dave Newton, R Fortini
R Foy, G Dodd, L Onley Jnr, R Butler
R Hunter, H McKay, C McMahon, S Farrell INS: T Simpson OUTS: K McKay
S Hutchinson, K Tremlett, L Atkins, D Poole
B Edwards, M Peters, T Threlfall, F Smith
M Devenny, P Villa, S Wales, J Laukkanen
R Costello, J Lethlean, M Wilson, T Rubery INS: F Smith OUTS: G Roberts
The Rams from down the coast, travel again this Saturday, this time to play the wounded Hawks. Simpson back for the home side, with Kevin McKay out, not too much lost there.
I have heard that the grass surface at Hilton is still fairly slow, so this will not suit the visiting 🐑, who may need a faster surface to catch their possible victims.
The Rams are sticking with the same skips, but I can’t see that helping them on Saturday.
Hilton do play their green well for sure. The Hunter rink due for a big one. The Rams have some good back end players, but they will have too much work to do.
COCKBURN v SOUTH PERTH
M Simunovic, M Musulin, D Gurr, D Dobb
J Marevic, I Mateljak, M Krajancic, A Edwards
W Tepania, D Ravlich, S Srhoy, B Blagaich
K Wylie, J Ricci, M Zusman, D Topine INS: D Ravlich OUTS: M Sokol
B Roelefs, D Bandy, T Percival, J Percival
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: No change OUTS:
1st versus 6th here, in this mouth watering contest, played undercover at Beeliar. The Roosters play their home surface extremely well, and this may just be a telling encounter for the visiting sixteen. A wealth of quality players in both sixteens. The Roosters have Zusman, Srhoy, Tepania, Marevic, Marko Krajancic, Simunovic to name a very few. From the Millers we have Hughes, McRae, Petrich, Kelly, Roelofs.
The Millers are capable of beating anybody on their home green, but not here.