What a fascinating round awaits us on Saturday, when the final games of the home and away rounds will take place.
The results of every single game will have a bearing on either the top three teams, or indeed, the bottom four.
It is mathematically possible for Fremantle, Manning, Kalamunda, South Perth, Thornlie and Hilton to join Cockburn in the top three. It is also possible that Rockingham, Leeming, Hilton, Thornlie, South Perth or Kalamunda could end up in the relegation playoffs.
An unbelievably tight and intense competition, that will put a lot of players on the Internet on Saturday evening. There will undoubtedly be some hard luck stories, and there will some success stories.
But, on to the games.
FREMANTLE v COCKBURN
T Krajancic, D Golem, J Trigwell, B Ciccotosto
B Coote, J Stewart, M Starcevich, J Chessell
S McCormack, M Lindsay, B Wright, B Sumich
P Wachmer, M Gill, K Bowden, A Hocken INS: M Starcevich OUTS: M Ngui
M Simunovic, M Musulin, D Gurr, D Dobb
J Marevic, I Mateljak, D Rayner, A Edwards
W Tepania, D Ravlich, B Blagaich, D Topine
J Ricci, K Wylie, M Sokol, M Zusman INS: M Simunovich OUTS: J McElroy
2nd versus 1st, in what promises to be a fascinating game down at the port of Fremantle. Some stand out skips playing, Simunovic, Marevic and Tepania for the Roosters. Wachmer and Krajancic for the Mariners. Some outstanding and experienced players for both sides, with Ravlich, Zusman, Sokol, Musulin,Mateljak pulling on the boots for the Roosters. While the Mariners have Dinko Golem, young Josh Trigwell, Starcevich, Stewart and Gill, to name a few. Wouldn’t it be a great game if Simunovic was to draw Krackerjack. Only one game separates them on the skip ladder, with Billy breathing down their throats.
It’s a pity a pre game “ calling “ of the cards couldn’t take place, a bit of hype to spice things up a bit. The Roosters look the stronger team on paper, but at the home of the Mariners, on their well prepared Jeff Hall turf, who knows.
I will go for the underdogs, the Mariners.
LEEMING v ROCKINGHAM
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: D Anderson OUTS: L Bertei
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: J Laukkanen OUTS: I Wright
The Lions should be able to right the ailing ship on Saturday, with a home game against the stumbling Rams. No doubt big Karl will be keen to get his season back on track after a drubbing last week. He is certainly one of the better bowlers/skips in this division. Can Newton, Ashworth, Vandersluys and Bennett’s carry the day for the Lions, I think so. The Rams certainly still in the hunt to escape from the bottom two, but a very hard ask up at the home of the Lions.
SPEARWOOD v KALAMUNDA
I Perica, I D'Ascenzo, M Krajancic Jnr, J Silich
I Unkovich, D Tomasich, J Galipo, N Sokol
K Nadilo, B Vidovich, J Stojan, T Fiamengo
T Mathein, I Dragicevich, B Yakas, B Bavcevic INS: I Unkovich, J Stojan, B Yakas OUTS: A Perica, B Dropulich, A Stojan
I Quayle, P Townsend, B Solly, 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 Mountford INS: B Solly OUTS: T Price
The Cougars have been firing of late, mainly due to the Brandsma rink, quite incredible really. If they happen to draw the Unkovich rink, they just may give them a run for their money. As we know, Spearwood are last, and come Saturday night, they will still be last unfortunately. But the Cougars are sitting just outside the top three at the moment, and still have a lot to play for. Even though it is away from home, I will go for the visitors, just.
THORNLIE v SOUTH PERTH
M White, G Collier, C Penaluna, A Williams
M Yates, G Beckwith, H Collins, J Walker Jnr
J Stean, D Innes, P Pohe, J Mitchell
M Separovich, G Vaughan, J Thorn, P Riggio INS: P Pohe OUTS: M White
S Kelly, F Anderson, D Calvo, B Owen
M McRae, G Reagan, T Percival, M Hughes
D Bandy, I Rennie Jnr, B Roelefs, L Moretti
V Santostefano, M Petrich, J Cook, J Percival INS: No changes OUTS:
6th play 5th here, with both of these sides in with a chance of finishing in the top three, come Saturday evening. The loser could quite conceivably finish in the relegation playoffs unfortunately. 6th versus 5th in this vital clash at the home of the Ravens. Some fine skips in McRae, Kelly, Bandy, Yates, Separovich, could clash, so some fine battles on offer. To me the Millers look the stronger sixteen, but at home I will go for the Ravens.
HILTON PARK v MANNING
K McKay, R Hunter, C McMahon, S Farrell
H McKay, Daniel Newton, K Willis, R Fortini
R Foy, G Dodd, L Onley Jnr, R Butler
C Standley, Dave Newton, B Smith, T Maxwell INS: R Hunter OUTS: T Simpson
M Piggott, L Herbert, 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: S Salamon, L Herbert OUTS: P Bowden, J Angel
Once again, a monumentally important clash here for both sides. The Hawks with all their imports playing, but missing Simpson, they do regain Hunter though.
It appears to me that Manning go in unchanged here, they look pretty strong.
The Manning Eagles are clinging on to 3rd spot, so a loss could see them slip out of the top three, and a chance for promotion goes too. The Hilton Hawks are now 7th, but a full count of points could catapult them into the top three. They would need other results to go their way for this to happen though. Both teams possess very good back ends, but the home ground advantage might help the Hawks.