If Sportsbet could offer terms on 1 White this year they would have cleaned up & retired for life. Is there anything else that can possibly happen in this Division this season?? Does anyone want it or is it the opposite that the bottom teams are suddenly playing better than the top sides?! It goes to show, whatever team wants it the most, will generally prevail.
We have 3 games to go & the top side has only 75pts, has lost 5 games & go top after only winning 5 of the last 8....pretty incredible capitulation from the top sides to allow that to happen. You would have to feel for Warnbro after only winning 2 from 6 now & poor Wanneroo, travelling great & now 1 from 4 at such a critical stage of the season.
The reality is very clear for the Mossies, they win the next 3 games & they are likely back in the PL irrespective of the Roo's scoring, unless the Roo's go 8-0 for 3 games which is very unlikely.
You have got to love the drama this year because with every big upset comes a story or prevalence & dogged determination to change their course & fight for survival. Some wonderful stories from Warwick and Osborne Park as they bounce out of the ashes like a phoenix.
Warwick 80 (7) v Warnbro 56 (1)
Lindsay Hill 21 v William Baker 11
Geoffrey Hinge 17 v Lindsay Strange 12
Brian Ledingham 18 v Sean Mawdsley 19
Jon Borkowski 24 v Kieran Cousens 14
Who could of called this one, maybe Magies but I doubt they would have called it by a huge 24 shots over one of the favs for a return to the PL. It goes to show everyone can win on their day & wasn't it the Magpies day of days. Warwick just dominated Warnbro from the start as they jumped out of the blocks & never looked back.
Hill started the procession with a 10 shots win over Baker. Hinge knocked Strange over for 5 shots which really gave the Magpies a big lift. Ledingham did his job superbly. Yes they didn't win but only lost for the minimum margin but the big result from that game was keeping Mawdsley's side from running away. So to keep the top rink in the division to 1 shot was as good as a win for Warwick. Although imagine if Ledingham got over on the last end & they won 8-0, won't that look even better?! Borkowski rolled back the form by putting 10 shots over Cousens which was another big scalp.
Over the Magpies were just fantastic across the board & played for their lives. They now are only 0.5pt from compete safety & worst case they play playoffs against probably Manning or Yokine. However, if they win 2 of the next 3 games I think they'll be safe for another year. Could it be like last year when they stayed up solely on score differential??
Where to now for the Wizards, probably back to Hogwarts for some new wands?! They will need to pick up the scoring as the last 2 losses they only scored 51 (rain affected) & 56 shots (this game). You would think shooting 56 shots is probably the lowest score from any team this season. Well done Magpies.
Result: Warwick 7 - 1
Prediction: Warnbro 7 - 1
Quinns Rocks 86 (6) v Kardinya 64 (2)
Martin Hinchcliffe 31 v Wayne Bezant 9
Rohan Cantrill 18 v Stephen Vinci 20
John Berecz 17 v Craig Stokes 23
Christopher Parr 20 v John Rochford 12
Quinns desperately needed the Agg here & grabbed it quite easily as they cruised past the troubled Kats by 22 shots. What might have surprised Quinns was the win actually dropped them down the ladder & not up as expected. If they did not win they would be in a world of trouble considering what happened around the bottom of the ladder. There is only 3pts between 5th & 8th so every single point is huge from here for all teams struck in the middle of the ladder.
The big winner for Quinns was Hinchcliffe crew as they destroyed Bezant by 22 shots to basically single handedly carry the Quinns Agg. Cantrill lost by 2 to Vinci & so did Berecz to Stokes by 5 shots. Parr picked up the slack on the back end by beating Rochford by 8 shots.
The Kats are now officially gone & will resume life in 1 Blue next year for a rebuilding year. Quinns have every chance of survival but they have the lost score differential and have 2 of the next 3 games away, which isn't their forte & what makes it worse is the top opposition but then again after the last few weeks they are probably the easiest sides so it's maybe the best time to play them.
Kingsley Toster 21 v Fernando Di Giuseppe 12
Darren Turra 13 v John Carter 11
Hugh Ward 8 v Mark Pasalich 22
David Triffitt 20 v Travis Ingram 22
Oh my, oh my.....what might the Roo's be thinking this week....sleepless nights a plenty. Only scoring 62 shots at home will never get you the biscuits but the Saints put up a fierce defense wall that the Roo's could not penetrate. Who would've thought that the Saints would be running 3 from 4 with 2 of those games against the top sides?! Huge performance & turnaround by the Saints & if Quinns & Warwick did not pick up good Aggs they would have been within 1 game of getting out of trouble. Although not officially down, they will be a tough side for any 1 Blue side next year & you would expect them to bounce right back.
Toster was great against a good DiGiuseppe side by winning by 9 shots. Turra did their job as usual but only by 2 shots in a very tight game that only yielded 24 shots over 21 ends!! Ward's side will be having nightmares on their result as Pasalich gave them a good licking by 14 shots, which was the difference all day. Triffitt couldn't get hold of Ingram where they also lost by 2 shots.
Poor Roo's are running a 1 from 4 and even worse they are 3 from 8, so this result is no surprise considering their recent form. They will be disappointed in the result but when losing to bottom sides they just don't score enough with 56 against Warwick & 62 against the Saints. All of which are at home, which is the head scratcher as they haven't scored that low on any Away game even the ones they lost. They have now won the same amount of games Away than at Home which they'll be disappointed with as they only lost 2 home games all season last season. Its a pretty simple equation from here, win every game & hope Warnbro do their job against Mosman Park & they might still grab top spot by maybe 1-2pts after R18. Either way it's going to the very last few ends of R18 which is very exciting.
Rodney Revell 16 v Frank Carbone 16
Travis Lynch 20 v Grant Nicol 18
Nathan Smith 31 v Eoghan Gahan 16
Aidan Caccioppoli 20 v Brett Holland 11
The Lions showed up in good form against the Kookaburrah's where they very nearly grabbed the full 8 ball to give them a huge boost & maintain their mid-table position. They might of thought this would have provided some element of safety but after the shocks elsewhere, everyone below came up with them. They are now still only 3pts off playoff relegation which is very surprising as I really thought 60pts would definitely have you safe for the season but alias this is no regular season.
For context, 53pts dropped Spearwood in 2019 into 7th spot & they lost the playoff's. In 2020 Basso themselves dropped into that spot with 60.5 but had played more games than where they are at presently & they currently have 60pts. You would have to think 69pts in now the Safe number which seems quite high & translate to winning nearly 50% of all games just to survive in 1 White, tough going!!
Gosnells are right in this very same conversation & situation as Basso jump them on the ladder & leave the Kooka's 0.5pt off the playoff's in a very precarious position. We have 4 teams neck & neck but 2 of them will be pulled into the playoffs soon but I'm lost to pick the 2 as it's too hard to call.
Stephen Jocelyn 29 v Grant Taylor 18
Louie Beurteaux 17 v Chris Carruthers 22
Cameron Hoffman 31 v Ron Hall 17
Dale Marsland 13 v Christopher Owen 26
Massive win for the Mossies here with a huge 6pts & proudly sitting aloft on the ladder by 3.5pts with superior score difference to boot. They are probably a little in shock on how or what happened to allow them to sneak under the radar to dethrone the incumbents. It's pretty simply, they continued to grind out the wins & everyone else fell apart.
Jocelyn continued their good form against Taylor by 11 shots. Beurteaux dropped to Carruthers by 5. Hoffman rolled Hall by 14 shots & Marsland backed that up by rolling Owen by 13 shots. All big wins which was surprising but obviously the Mossies were laser focused & they delivered but only by 7 shots in the end. With a 173 shots across the board it was one of the highest scoring games all season so it must have been very exciting to watch.
Mossies just need 3 wins from here so it's entirely in their own hands so they are in a great position. Safety Bay will play Finals, I'm fairly confident & yes they are only 8pts off top spot but with their away form still of serious concern I can't see them troubling the top 2.
So the way it may finish is The Bay win 2 of the last 3, finish in 4th spot & more than likely play Warnbro (if they lose to Mossies). Still lots to play for with 3 games left.
Result: Mosman Park 6 - 2
Prediction: Mosman Park 6 - 2