As usual, we had our share of what you would have thought were surprises last Saturday, but would you believe I picked 5 from 5, rare for me.
It just goes to show what a home ground advantage there can be in this competition.
Bottom of the table sides in Spearwood and Thornlie both had great wins. Spearwood toppling the Roosters and Spearwood demolishing the Rams. The Manning Eagles soundly beating the South Perth Millers, to consolidate their second spot on the ladder.
Manning 1 98 (8) v South Perth 69 (0)
Michael Carey 26 v Vincent Santostefano 17
Graham O'Brien 22 v Denis Bandy 17
Murray Piggott 22 v Michael McRae 21
David McIlhenney 28 v Dean Calvo 14
The Eagles not really giving the Millers a sniff on Saturday, sending them down the road with not a point to carry surprisingly.
The big winners for the Eagles were skip McIlhenney, Pryce, Salamon and the veteran Bob Connell. They beat Dean Calvo and his rink by 14 shots to help carry the Aggregate. Carey having a good win also, beating Santostefano by nine shots. All in all, a very good afternoons work for the 2nd placed home side.
Leeming 80 (6) v Fremantle 72 (2)
James Newton 13 v Shaun McCormack 17
Karl Vandersluys 21 v Barry Coote 19
Gary Ford 19 v Peter Wachmer 21
Noel Bennetts 27 v Tony Krajancic 15
The Lions getting over the line, mainly through the great win of the unheralded rink of Dennis Anderson, Norm Shannon, Greg Freeman and skip Noel Bennetts. They beat the more fancied rink of Tony Krajancic by twelve shots. It just goes to show that your next defeat may be just round the corner. The Lions best skip, Karl Vandersluys also grabbed a narrow win for the home side, beating Coote by two shots. Wachmer and McCormack picked up two valuable points for the visitors.
Spearwood 101 (8) v Rockingham 61 (0)
Denis Tomasich 20 v Robert Costello 17
Ken Nadilo 33 v Kim Tremlett 12
Ivan Unkovich 26 v Bruce Edwards 13
Ivan Perica 22 v Mark Devenny 19
The Spearwood clan finally hit some winning form to absolutely thrashing the visiting Rams outfit by a demoralising 40 shots. Is there still hope for the home side, after a disappointing year before this game? Great to see the affable Ken Nadilo Skip his rink of Flamengo. Dropulic and Vidovich, to a resounding victory of 21 shots over the Tremlett foursome. Ivan( The Great) Unkovich winning by 13 shots over the evergreen Bruce Edwards.
Thornlie 88 (7) v Cockburn 72 (1)
Michael Yates 25 v Kenneth Wylie 9
Mark Separovich 19 v Josip (joe) Marevic 18
Paul Pohe 19 v William Tepania 25
Murray White 25 v Michael Simunovic 20
A Sixteen shot victory to the second last side in Thornlie, over the top of the table Cockburn Roosters and seven points to put in the piggy bank. I picked this upset to occur, but I didn’t think the home side would win by sixteen shots. Michael Yates, who has proved to be a great pick up, was the big winner. He thrashed the Ken Wyllie rink by sixteen shots, to carry the aggregate. Separovich and White picking up the other points for the Ravens.The Ravens showing that they are no easy beats.
Hilton Park 77 (7) v Kalamunda 74 (1)
Hugh McKay 24 v Arthur Bartlett 14
Craig Standley 19 v Peter Townsend 18
Robert Hunter 22 v Dwayne Wooltorton 21
Travis Simpson 12 v William Brandsma 21
This game had it all, great draw bowling and some solid drives, finally got the Hawks across the line over the valiant Cougars. The home side snatching victory in the last couple of ends. The Saint helped his skip Hugh McKay to a good win over Arthur Bartlett, winning by 10 shots. This win proved to be the main difference between these two sides. Billy Brandsma was simply magnificent for the Cougars, in his rinks win over the normally reliable Simpson four. Brandsma and his team nearly causing a major away 😠.