What a horrible round for bowls, even the Friday night match was plagued with rain but South Perth dominated that game away from to hold top spot and this week take on the bottom of the ladder Bassendean so should remain on top. We are starting to see some divisions forming, the top 3 three looking very solid with the next 3 teams very close for that vital 4th spot. The bottom 4 sides starting to lose touch but it is only 4 games in out of 18 and anything can happen from here.
Sorrento 81 (7) v Kardinya 63 (1)
Christopher Lander 14 v Marc Abonnel 24
Shane Ernest Rixom 21 v Slavko Perica 16
Daniel Brown 30 v David Rankin 10
Kyle McIlroy 16 v Steven Novak 13
The big win by Daniel Brown over ex-teammate David Rankin was pivotal in the result here and Sorrento continue on their merry way.
Osborne Park 84 (6) v Rossmoyne 78 (2)
Neville Stevens 24 v Rawley Lang 26
Gary Caffell 14 v Eddie Gollan 21
Cody Packer 28 v Allan Petchell 16
Ryan Brown 18 v John Carter 15
At one stage I am hearing that Rossmoyne were 20 shots up but Osborne Park fought it out like a good team to win by 6 and remain undefeated. It shows all 10 sides are competitive this year. The big win was of course Cody Packer by 12 but have a look at the Neville Stevens/Rawley Lang match, a total of 50 shots resembling a Twenty20 match.
Manning 77 (6) v Doubleview 75 (2)
Lewis Grigg 17 v Charles Slavich 16
Shane Knott 22 v Stewart Gosstray 11
Lee Such 19 v Ryan Moyle 22
Anthony Williams 19 v John Slavich 26
Manning hang on here in a potentially amazing finish. Doubleview 8 down with an end to play, Ryan Moyle holding 6 and with a bowl in hand had an opportunity to push their bowl that was out of the count into it and then roll in with his to draw the aggregate. He hits his target but the bowl gets locked in and it remained at 6 for the end. Enough to win the rink but agonisingly close to a drawn aggregate. The return of Tom Mitchell into Shane Knotts rink and that 11 shot win critical for the Eagles.
Cambridge 91 (7) v Bassendean 57 (1)
Clive Adams 29 v Simon Alden 12
Lance Strahan 26 v Beau Manton 10
Blake Nairn 23 v Dan Nicholls 12
Cameron Harris 13 v Stein Davies 23
In our game Cambridge flew out of the gates and when the rain hit at about the 12th end it was only Stein Davies for Bassendean who had scored for them, Cambridge up by about 15 already and they continued that form when play resumed. Clive Adams showing why he is still one of the best in the state with some sublime draw shots to dominate and he remains undefeated for the year and sits on top of the skippers table. Lance Strahan also a big winner and the aggregate was never in doubt.
North Beach 66 (0) v South Perth 112 (8)
Mark Douthie 16 v Ross Bresland 30
Geoffrey Devenish 15 v Justin Opie 26
Brad Gillingham 14 v Glenn Pauling 31
Paul Walker 21 v Scott Walker 25
South Perth have really started the year well, with 28 points out of a possible 32 they can't do much better. An amazing scoreline, while picking South Perth I did think North Beach would be competitive at home but the super fast greens proved to be their achilles heel and they were blown away. It was a team win but the rink skippered by Glenn Pauling took the cake with their 17 shot win over Brad Gillingham.