Round 16 only had one surprise defeat, that of the Kalamunda Cougars beating the Leeming Lions away from home. But not too far away at Hilton, the bottom side Spearwood nearly produced a huge surprise, just falling to the Hilton Hawks by only 3 shots. All other games went as expected you might say.
Fremantle 87 (7) v South Perth 64 (1)
Tony Krajancic 26 v Denis Bandy 14
Barry Coote 14 v Michael McRae 12
Shaun McCormack 19 v Steve Kelly 23
Peter Wachmer 28 v Vincent Santostefano 15
The Mariners got their season back on track with a very solid win over the unsettled Millers. Rumours of unrest at South Perth probably didn’t help either. Wachmer in control all day against Santostefano, winning by 13 shots. The Krackerjack rink back in the winners circle with a handsome win over the Bandy foursome. Barry Coote would be well pleased with his win over the very strong Mick McRae rink. Steve Kelly picking up what could be a valuable point for the visitors, beating young McCormack. The Mariners now third, with the Millers slipping to seventh on the table.
Leeming 67 (2) v Kalamunda 73 (6)
Ian Ashworth 20 v Arthur Bartlett 13
Noel Bennetts 11 v William Brandsma 21
James Newton 23 v Ian Quayle 20
Karl Vandersluys 13 v Dwayne Wooltorton 19
A pulsating clash at the home of the Lions, saw the visitors haul in the home side and pip them at the finish by just six shots. Billy and his crew of Price, Trevaskis and Cooper won by ten shots over Noel Bennett’s rink to carry the day. As I have said many times, you don’t stop Brandsma, you don’t stop Kalamunda. The other good winner for the Cougars, was the Wooltorton foursome, who beat the strong Vandersluys rink by six shots.
The Cougars now with a great chance of finishing in the top three, well done.
The Lions slip right down to eighth on the ladder, who would have thought.
Cockburn 112 (7) v Rockingham 65 (1)
William Tepania 32 v Mark Devenny 10
Kenneth Wylie 11 v Bruce Edwards 27
Michael Simunovic 34 v John Lethlean 9
Josip (joe) Marevic 35 v Robert Costello 19
The Roosters annihilated the visiting Rams by some 47 shots on their tricky undercover surface, picking up another 7 points on the way. Simunovic and Tepania having big wins of 25 and 22 shots respectively. Joe Marevic also winning as he liked over the Costello rink. The veteran Bruce Edwards picking up a handy point for the Rams.
Congratulations to the Roosters who have nailed top spot and will be promoted to White next year.
Thornlie 85 (7) v Manning 1 62 (1)
Mark Separovich 21 v Alan Pryce 18
Paul Pohe 16 v Murray Piggott 17
Michael Yates 21 v Graham O'Brien 14
Jim Stean 27 v Michael Carey 13
The Ravens have been unstoppable of late, winning six of their last seven games. The addition of the noisy Michael Yates seems to have lifted them no end. They won this one against the 2nd placed team quite easily, picking up 7 points into the bargain. Paul Pohe losing at the line by one shot only to Murray Piggott, otherwise it would have been a whitewash to the impressive home team. Jim Stean the big winner for the Ravens, beating the strong Carey rink by 14 shots. Separovich accounted for Pryce, albeit narrowly, with Yates carrying on his winning ways with a solid 7 shot win over O’Brien. Manning hanging on to 2nd spot on the ladder with the Ravens now 5th.
Hilton Park 79 (6) v Spearwood 76 (2)
Travis Simpson 18 v Ivan Unkovich 24
Robert Foy 17 v Ken Nadilo 22
Craig Standley 26 v Ivan Perica 17
Hugh McKay 18 v Denis Tomasich 13
In a cliffhanger at Hilton on a heavy track, the home side were challenged all the way by the feisty Spearwood boys. Craig Standley, with Willis, Stone and Maxwell carrying the day for the Hawks with an easy nine shot win over Ivan Perica. Father McKay over Tomasich by six shots for the Hawks, with the Spearwood stalwarts in Unkovich and Nadilo nearly getting their team over the line. The Hawks once again failing to really fire up. Spearwood to their credit nearly pulling off a huge upset.