Round 13 as usual had its surprises with the biggest one being the 2nd placed Manning Eagles losing to the Rockingham Rams down on the carpet in Rockingham. The Rams home ground proving a graveyard for visiting teams, watch out visitors. The Kalamunda Cougars also providing a surprise by beating the South Perth Millers at South Perth.
A nail biting finish at the home of the Leeming Lions, saw the Hilton Hawks snatch a draw at the death knock. The Cockburn Roosters and the Fremantle Mariners having comfortable wins at home.
Fremantle 86 (7) v Thornlie 57 (1)
Tony Krajancic 23 v Mark Separovich 8
Barry Coote 16 v Michael Yates 18
Shaun McCormack 24 v Murray White 15
Peter Wachmer 23 v Paul Pohe 16
The Mariners bounced back to form with a resounding victory against the visiting Ravens, picking up a valuable 7 points into the bargain. My informant tells me that if it hadn’t been for the brilliance of the vociferous Michael Yates, then the Mariners would have got the full count. Apparently he was able to quell the steadiness of the Coote rink, single handily. The Krajancic foursome winning by 16, with Wachmer and McCormack victorious by 7 & 9 shots respectively.
Leeming 86 (4) v Hilton Park 86 (4)
James Newton 23 v Robert Foy 25
Karl Vandersluys 16 v Robert Hunter 23
Gary Ford 21 v Hugh McKay 18
Noel Bennetts 26 v Craig Standley 20
A thriller out at Leeming Park on Saturday where the visiting Hawks wouldn’t give up and were eventually able to snatch a draw. I have been told that Robbie Hunter was at his best, and played some brilliant bowls, ably assisted by his lead Robert Fortini. They were able to beat the strong Vandersluys ring by some 7 shots. Robbie Foy and Gary Dodd accounted for the Newton rink by 2 shots, which proved valuable for the Hawks. On the Lions side, the unheralded Bennett’s foursome accounted for the Standley foursome by 6 shots, with Ford beating Hughie McKay by 3 shots. The watching crowd on the upstairs balcony were loudly cheering for the home side of course, but they couldn’t quite get them across the line. Credit to all bowlers I have been told.
Cockburn 99 (7.5) v Spearwood 51 (0.5)
Kenneth Wylie 19 v Ivan Unkovich 19
Josip (joe) Marevic 25 v Denis Tomasich 10
William Tepania 23 v Ivan Perica 12
Michael Simunovic 32 v Ken Nadilo 10
The Roosters nearly scoring 100 points and coming very close to beating their near neighbours by 50 shots. But they would have certainly been happy with Seven and One Half points for sure. Unfortunately for the the visiting Spearwood sixteen, they are still on the bottom of the table, with little or no chance of avoiding relegation. The big winner for Cockburn was the combination of Dobb, Gurr, Musulin and Skip Mick Simunovic, they thrashed the Nadilo foursome by 22 shots. The rinks skipped by Tepania and Marevic having good victories also. Ivan Unkovich snuck in a half point for the visitors.
Rockingham 84 (7) v Manning 1 72 (1)
Robert Costello 21 v Graham O'Brien 12
John Lethlean 25 v David McIlhenney 18
Bruce Edwards 11 v Michael Carey 26
Mark Devenny 27 v Murray Piggott 16
The Rams would be delighted with their victory on Saturday, when they won by 12 shots and picked up 7 points along the way. The 2nd placed 🦅, just couldn’t get a handle on the carpet down at Rockingham and had a long painful journey home to Manning. Rob Costello I have been informed, played a great game to lead his rink to victory over the well credentialed O’Brien four. Other winners for the home side were Lethlean and Devenney, who won by 7 and 11 over McIlwhenney and Piggott. Mick Carey skipped his rink to a good win over Bruce Edwards, former teammates at Manning.
South Perth 69 (2) v Kalamunda 77 (6)
Vincent Santostefano 26 v Peter Townsend 17
Denis Bandy 20 v Arthur Bartlett 11
Michael McRae 16 v Dwayne Wooltorton 22
Dean Calvo 7 v William Brandsma 27
The Cougars travelled down near the river on Saturday and went home with 6 valuable points, a good afternoons work indeed. I said in my Preview, “Tame Billy and you tame the Cougars “. That certainly didn’t happen, as Brandsma, Cooper, Price and Mountford showed a clean pair of heels to the rink of Calvo, Reagan, Percival and Hughes. They won by a whopping 19 shots to carry the day for the visitors. Wooltorton picking up the other point for the visiting sixteen from the hills. Santostefano and Bandy both having good solid wins for the home side. The changes at the Millers certainly didn’t work on Saturday, some homework needed.