An interesting round of fixture where several games could be decided either way.
We see 4th v 5th, 1st v 2nd, 7th v 8th. And perhaps a couple of upsets along the way.
DOUBLEVIEW v KARDINYA
R Moyle, B White, L Thorn, T Whitfield
C Slavich, G Nelson, A Tennant, A Wetzler
S Gosstray, S Cerff, G Faulkner, J Barry
J Slavich, S Scott, C McKenna, F Williamson INS: No change OUTS:
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: No change OUTS:
Doubleview coming off a loss at home will be looking to bounce back in what promises to be a close encounter with Kardinya.
For Doubleview, skippers John Slavich and Ryan Moyle are leading the way, and despite the hiccup at home last week, will be not too disappointed sitting at 4 and 3 a third of the way through the season.
Kardinya with the class of Dave Rankin, the reliable Steve Novak and Marc Abonnel, likewise would be ok sitting at 4 and 3 in what has turned into a really tight and condensed ladder at this point of the season.
Kardinya will be looking to consolidate their position in the top 4, however I think Doubleview, at home and coming off a loss, will bounce back and grab the big end of the points.
BASSENDEAN v ROSSMOYNE
B Manton, A Elmer, W Neilson, M Whitely
S Alden, D Rhodes, R Kenyon, G Needs
D Nicholls, N Smith, M Simpson, D Killisch Von Horn
S Davies, L Pike, L McKay, B Dinnison INS: D Rhodes OUTS: S Fewster
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: J Carter OUTS: B O'Brien
Rossmoyne, perhaps the surprise packet in the early part of the season travel to the Lion’s Den hoping to keep in touch with the top 4, whilst Bassendean, whilst being competitive are still looking for that elusive first win.
For Rossmoyne, Eddie Gollan and rink leading the way with 5 wins on the year with the other 3 rinks all pretty even as far as win loss is concerned.
For Bassendean, they have been close in a couple of games, including a draw, skippers Simon Alden and Stein Davies are leading the way with 3 wins a piece. Whilst the other 2 rinks are struggling for wins, they have some quality in there and it only takes one game for it all to turn around.
I think this is the week it starts for Bassendean as I predict they will break the winless start and cause an upset
SOUTH PERTH v SORRENTO
S Walker, M Biglin, P Holmes, T Reid
G Pauling, T Alberti, D Mortley, D Angell
J Opie, T Kinnane, N Griffin, K Pride
R Bresland, T Antonio, R Havercroft, F Anderson INS: No change OUTS:
C Lander, R Cunningham, M Hulbert, I Linford
S Rixom, A Barron, R Butler, G Taylor
D Brown, S Loftus, P Flack, L Oldham
K McIlroy, B Eagles, P Murray, P Morgan INS: R Butler, L Oldham OUTS: B Lucas, G Murray
South Perth flying along at this point of the season sitting comfortably on top come up against 2nd place Sorrento in perhaps the game of the round.
With quality skippers leading the way, ably supported by the rest of the 16, South Perth have taken all before them so far and are looking an almost certainty to at least play finals.
For Sorrento, they also have some quality at the back end in Kyle McIlroy and Daniel Brown, they too could be considered a surprise packet this season having only been promoted from 1 white last year, but a look at the players they have, a lot of PL experience and it is not hard to see why they are sitting second, albeit not much gap between 2nd and sitting outside the 4.
Having said all that, South Perth at home too strong and comfortable 7-1 winners for me.
South Perth 7-1
MANNING v OSBORNE PARK
B Butler, T Mitchell, S Patterson, G Quann
A Williams, N Jones, P Ker, M Ellis
L Grigg, A Heal, M Kemp, L Herbert
S Knott, L Such, M Allan, S O'Brien INS: L Grigg, M Ellis OUTS: M Ayres, P Herbert
N Stevens, T Weir, P Allen, G Smith
G Caffell, R Lawrence, A Pasalich, I Lilburne
C Packer, J East, E Martin, M Rollings
R Brown, K Pickering, S O'Neill, G King INS: P Allen OUTS: T Ingram
Another great game with one team doing most things right and sitting 3rd on the ladder and another team struggling to get wins on the board.
Manning, many would consider at the start of the year were on of the favourites for the flag, sitting in 9th place at 2-5 and would be starting to to hope tat they can string a few wins together and get themselves out of relegation zone. ShANE Knott leading the charge with a 4-2-1 record and Lee Such at 3-3-1 the quality at Manning is there and it is only a matter of time before they get on a run.
For Osbourne Park, a solid start to the year with a 4-2-1 record and sitting in 3rd place, they will want to keep winning as the group of teams behind them are chasing.
Cody Packer leading the way with a 6-1 record, and whilst the other 3 rinks are pretty even, they are doing enough each week to get them over the line.
However, this week I am predicting an upset and will take Manning at home 6-2.
CAMBRIDGE v NORTH BEACH
C Adams, R Bolton, N Bolton, W Manning
S Rushforth, S Buckley, A Foster, A Ness
B Nairn, D Jones, C Wooldridge, D Leeson
C Harris, N Lewis, P Potts, G Allen INS: No change OUTS:
B Gillingham, M Sear, P Retallack, M Buttel
P Walker, N Costello, J Post, G Yabuka
G Devenish, P Augustson, M McConnell, J Clayton
M Douthie, G Crosthwaite, J McGinlay, L Mola INS: OUTS:
7th versus 8th and what could be a great game. North Beach will be encouraged by their performance at home last week, however they need to find a way to take their home form with them on the road.
Paul Walker and Mark Douthie leading the way with 4 wins a piece on the year sitting at 3-4 all is not lost and they know they will have to produce some away wins.
Cambridge, on the other hand will be disappointed in their 2-5 record and coming off a couple of close losses, will be eager to get back on their home deck and start to turn the season around.
With Clive Adams 6-1 leading the charge I would not be counting Cambridge out of the finals hunt just yet.
With that being said, I believe Cambridge win this week 7-1