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:


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 little.
The Eagles look the stronger side, but I will go with the Ravens in a close one.
Thornlie 6-2


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

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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.
Fremantle 6-2


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.
Leeming 6-2


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

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

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.
Cockburn 8-0


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.
Hilton 8-0