Most results went as expected except for the Mossies pulling off a mighty performance to put Gosnells to the sword in a huge away win to get their season back on track. The worry again was the score differentials across the board with the average winning margin of 23 shots which again shows some early signs that not all teams are equally across this division. There are factors we could dig into for this Round but I'm hesitant to get into much given the weather & shocking conditions most had to endure. The only true results last weekend was probably from games under cover which may be only covered 1 game from the 5. I think most will agree that form or results last weekend were not necessarily a true reflection of the skill factor so let's move forward & hopefully that's the last of that miserable weather.
Warnbro push ahead at the top of the ladder with everyone contributing across the 4 rinks & don't they look solid. The interesting section is 2nd to 4th with 3 teams only separated by 2pts then the gaps starts to open to the Mossies & further to Gosnells. Again 7th to 9th is incredibly tight with only 0.5pt separating all 3 sides, so every point will matter over the coming weeks.
Safety Bay 101 (7) v Warwick 72 (1)
Christopher Owen 24 v Jon Borkowski 15
Chris Carruthers 33 v Lindsay Hill 17
Grant Taylor 20 v Brian Ledingham 26
Alan Holmes 24 v Geoffrey Hinge 14
The Bay had this one in the bag early as they never really had to get out of 2nd gear to put over 100shots on the Magpies. Again the >100 shot oman is not a good sign for Warwick but they were in the game for much of the day. Owen got the Bay off to a flyer by lowering Borkowski's colours & that's not an easy task which gave them some understanding that the other 3 rinks shouldn't be blowouts if Warwick best rink was contained. Carruthers pilled on the pressure for Hill all day & it told in the end with Carruthers rink cruising to a 16 shot win. Ledingham continued their fine form by grabbing 1pt back for the Magpies with a gutsy 6 shot win over Taylor.Holmes put it away for the Bay after knocking Hinge over for 10 shots to give Safety Bay 7 big points & another high scoring home win to help the percentage. 1pt could be important for Warwick but it's a long drive back up the Kwinana after dropping 7 by nearly 30 shots & you're still soaked to the bone.
What's not to like about how the Bay are going about their business? Just like last year they are putting up some big scores & defending very well. They have the highest scoring so far & that's after losing 1 & drawing 1. With some solid defence they are not giving much away either & they have the best percentage of all sides at 122%, that's pretty good for only winning 2 games. Like last year, they finished 2nd to Gosnells but had the highest scoring & best percentage yet they dropped 6 games. Let the other teams take something away from that as the Bay will come at you hard looking for big scores so teams need to be sharp when travelling down the Kwinana this year.
Result: Safety Bay 7 - 1
Prediction: Safety Bay 7 - 1
Bassendean 74 (6) v Quinns Rocks 58 (2)
Michael Erceg 19 v John Berecz 20
Travis Lynch 24 v Martin Hinchcliffe 7
Rodney Revell 18 v Rohan Cantrill 14
Eugene O'Sullivan 13 v Christopher Parr 17
We did think that this might come down to 1 blow out rink & that was very close to the mark where surprisingly Lynch knocked Hinchcliffe over for 17 shots. The remaining 3 games were all within 4 shots so it was tight across the board but the Agg was put to bed early enough in the 2nd half as the Lions controlled the game well. Berecz did get Quinns off to a great start by nabbing the minimum off Erceg for a valuable 1pt. Lynch bounced back & rolled Hinchcliffe 17 shots which probably made the difference in the end. Rocket took Cantrill by 4 shots in an even contest. And O'Sullivan dropped some late scores to Parr to let Quinns away with 2pts which will certainly help them later in the season.
Stephen Vinci 15 v Echo Widermanski 18
Craig Stokes 20 v David Triffitt 24
Norm Ball 11 v Kingsley Toster 24
Wayne Bezant 25 v Hugh Ward 18
The Kats needed a home win & fought hard for most of the day but the class of the Roo's couldn't be tamed in the end as Wanneroo grabbed a huge 7pts on the road.
Echo flew Turra's flag very well as they beat Vinci by 3 shots. Triffitt also played very well to take Stokes by 4 shots. Ball got bounced by Toster as they carried the Roo's Agg, winning by a big 13 shots, which was the difference on the day. Bezant did manage to grab 1pt with a strong 7 shot win over Ward to give the Kats something in the bank but probably not enough for the Kats after their 2 home games. Grabbing 3pts from 16 at home will hurt but those games were against 2 of the best sides in the comp so plenty of upside from here.
The Roo's get that momentum ticking forward & are only 2.5pts behind Warnbro after their drawn game which is the real difference in the end. Bring on next week for a right battle royal.
Result: Wanneroo 7 - 1
Prediction: Wanneroo 7 - 1
Warnbro 89 (7) v Osborne Park 60 (1)
Sean Mawdsley 23 v Michael Dewson 12
Dennis Pattullo 25 v Lionel Bell 14
Lindsay Strange 14 v John Carter 20
Kieran Cousens 27 v Mark Pasalich 14
There was some merit in this defeat for the Saints as they held the Wizards to under 90 shots at home which is a solid effort.
Mawdsley had Dewson wrapped up from half way as they won by 11 shots in the end. Pattullo had Bell in the bag for most of the day as they also won by 11 shots. But Cousens wanted the cans & got them with a good 13 shot win over Pasalich. Carter did grab the consolation 1pt with a very good 6 shot win over Strange who found it tough to get scores on the board all day. Warnbro have only dropped 6 ends over the first 4 Rounds which is solid but probably not unbeatable stats but a good start for the season. In comparison to last year Sorrento went 6 Rounds dropping 4pts so Warnbro have a nice target to aim for if they are looking for automatic promotion.
Result: Warnbro 7 - 1
Prediction: Warnbro 8 - 0
Gosnells 68 (1) v Mosman Park 95 (7)
Brett Holland 21 v Cameron Hoffman 17
Frank Carbone 21 v Scott Edmonds 25
Eoghan Gahan 12 v Dale Marsland 26
Grant Nicol 14 v Stephen Jocelyn 27
Not a lot of commentary from Gosnells after this Round so maybe it was just the weather that let them down but I doubt many teams could maximise home ground advantage in that shocking weather. Still there was 8pts on offer & I did think it would be very close in the end but the Mossies finished very well with some high scoring in the 2nd half as the pressure built.
Holland took Hoffman by 4 shots to grab the Kookaburra's only point of the day. Edmonds had Carbone & pushed past by 4 shots to get the Mossies on the board. Marsland was the big winner of the day over Gahan by a big 14 shot victory. Jocelyn was not to be out done & nearly matched the Edmonds rink but still got 13 shots over Nicol in a huge win for the Mossies. I was happy enough to write off the Mossies from auto promotion if they dropped this one but they are back on board & sneak into 5th spot. Being 3 Agg's back from top spot after 4 Rounds would make it very difficult to get back into PL but now only 2 Agg's back makes a big difference & they do have 2 easier games from the next 3 so they'll really need 3 from 3 before they meet the Wizards in a 16pt'er.