Round 16 sees some mouth watering clashes taking place at the
different venues around the southern suburbs. The Eagles will
be flying down the road a little to take on the hungry Ravens.
To my mind this game highlights Round 16, as the Eagles are stalling
slightly, just as the Ravens are soaring. Other important games at
Fremantle, who do battle with South Perth, and Leeming versus
Kalamunda at Leeming.
But, let’s look at:
THORNLIE v MANNING
P Pohe, G Collier, A Williams, A Smyth
M Yates, G Beckwith, H Collins, J Walker Jnr
J Stean, D Innes, J Mitchell, C Edgley
M Separovich, G Vaughan, J Thorn, P Riggio INS: A Smyth, C Edgley OUTS: C Penaluna, M White
M Piggott, A Taylor, N Rees, P Barrow
A Pryce, D Mcllheney, S Salamon, B Connell
M Carey, G Hogg, A Lill, S Lambert
G O'Brien, W Heldt, B Griffiths, M Hoskin INS: A Taylor OUTS: L Herbert
Match of the Day.
What a game we should have here, 6th versus 2nd at the coop of the
Ravens. The Ravens have been soaring high lately, winning 5 out of
their last 6 games, with the inclusion of Michael Yates a telling
factor. Yates has won 9 out of 10 games since joining Thornlie. On
the flip side, the Eagles have been spluttering along a little lately,
but they are still running second on the ladder.
As this game is to be held at the nest of the Ravens, you would
have to think that this might favour them a little. There is no
doubt that the surface that you play on can play on your mind a
The Eagles look the stronger side, but I will go with the
Ravens in a close one.
FREMANTLE v SOUTH PERTH
T Krajancic, D Golem, B Ciccotosto, J Trigwell
B Coote, J Stewart, M Starcevich, J Chessell
S McCormack, M Lindsay, B Sumich, B Wright
P Wachmer, M Gill, K Bowden, A Hocken INS: No changes OUTS:
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This clash should also be a cracker, 4th versus
5th down at the port city. Both sides have been quite inconsistent this
year to say the least. The Mariners won the first encounter, played
at the home of the Millers. A win by either side, can put them in a
strong position to challenge for the top three, but a loss can see
them down in relegation territory. The Millers will be playing away
from home, probably on grass, but they do look a fairly talented lot
on paper. Whilst the Mariners can be terribly inconsistent, but at
home should win.
LEEMING v KALAMUNDA
N Bennetts, G Freeman, N Shannon, D Anderson
K Vandersluys, P Boys, D Johnson, W Birrell
I Ashworth, J Bowden, B Eather, R Bellis
J Newton, G Burgess, A Andersson, P Hickey INS: K Vandersluys, P Boys OUTS: L Bertei, E Banner
I Quayle, P Townsend, C West, M Thomas
A Bartlett, W Olive, V Hughes, B Farrant
D Wooltorton, R Pringle, G McDonald, M Clancy
B Brandsma, R Cooper, G Trevaskis, T Price INS: C West, G Trevaskis OUTS: H Clifford, T Mountford
Another cracker of a game at the home of the
Lions at Leeming, when the Cougars come down from the hills again.
This game could be a close one, as the surface shouldn’t be a problem
for the visitors. The Cougars play on a fairly similar synthetic, so
that could make this game a close one. No Ford for the Lions, a big
out still, but replacement skip Ian Ashworth is a very tough competitor
and he is a very worthy player and leader of men.
As I have said many times, if the Billy machine can be subdued,
then the Lions might win in a close one though.
COCKBURN v ROCKINGHAM
M Simunovic, M Musulin, D Gurr, D Dobb
J Marevic, I Mateljak, D Rayner, A Edwards
W Tepania, D Ravlich, B Blagaich, D Topine
K Wylie, J Ricci, M Sokol, M Zusman INS: No changes OUTS:
J Lethlean, P Villa, L Atkins, J Laukkanen
B Edwards, S Wales, G Roberts, T Threlfall
M Devenny, K Tremlett, V Arriagada, D Poole
R Costello, S Hutchinson, M Wilson, T Rubery INS: No changes OUTS:
If the Roosters are fair dinkum and I reckon
they will be, then they should give the Rams a good old belting.
The surface alone will make it nearly impossible for the visitors
to give the locals a run for their money. The Roosters skips, Marevic,
Simunovic, Tepania and Wylie who are all having good years, will want
to continue on their winning ways, A win here, depending on other
results, will see the Roosters a monty to finish on top of the ladder,
and thereby gain promotion.
HILTON PARK v SPEARWOOD
H McKay, C McMahon, B Smith, S Farrell
T Simpson, R Hunter, Dave Newton, R Fortini
R Foy, G Dodd, L Onley Jnr, R Butler
C Standley, K Willis, P Stone, T Maxwell INS: T Simpson, P Stone, T Maxwell OUTS: Daniel Newton, K McKay, S Ivory
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The Hawks will get their season back on track
with a solid win at Hilton on Saturday. Kev McKay and Daniel Newton both
out again, but that shouldn’t make any difference to the result for the
Hawks. The tricky grass might suit the visitors though, as they
are very adept at playing up into the head. But that will not be
enough to save them from a certain defeat.
Having said all of the above though, the Rams still have a
lot to play for here.