Warnbro spring the surprise win on Cambridge to win a tight game to give their chances of staying in the PL no harm at all, Cambridge yes they did lose but still remain in touch with finals. South Perth go to the top of the table, Bassendean lose and go to the precarious 9th position, Sorrento a massive and very helpful 8 points and they look fairly safe now from relegation, a couple more wins and who knows, they might make finals! And Osborne Park seem to be imploding as visiting Manning take 7 points home with them. Sets up another intriguing round ahead.
DOUBLEVIEW 87 (7) v BASSENDEAN 67 (1)
Moyle, Ryan 12 v Margin, Chris 20
Slavich, John 28 v Alden, Simon 13
Slavich, Charles 26 v Rhodes, David 14
Edmonds, Scott 21 v Nicholls, Dan 20
One of the few games where Bassendean were able to jump our opposition this year, we came to play. After 8 ends I was 9-5 before a horrible 6 to John Slavich and they were never headed after that. Kyle McIlroy played awesome after this 6 and Slvich also drew extremely well to belt us in the end. David Rhodes up early and Charlie Slavich pulled it back to be about 11 all and in a similar story to the Alden rink they kicked another gear and pulled away to win well. Dan Nicholls was 7-0 after 5 before Scott Edmonds got on the board but Nicholls was able to maintain his hold on the lead before dropping a 5 on the w2nd last end which cost them the lead. Despite grasping a 2 on the last end, Edmonds was able to win by 1. Bassendeans only highlight was Chris Margin, at once stage 10-2 after 11 ends before Ryan Moyle picked up 7 shots in 3 ends to really narrow the scoreline. At this stage across the board, Doubleview were probably only a handful in front but despite Margin re-grouping his team and lifting them across the line, the bleeding of shots on the Alden and Rhodes rink meant Doubleview scored a comprehensivre victory. At one point Bassendean about 20 up, to lose by 20 is a big turnaround, but mainly due to the class of the Doubleview backend.
SORRENTO 104 (8) v MORLEY 48 (0)
Lander, Christopher 23 v Apps, Ewen 14
Loftus, Shane 33 v Ingram, Travis 9
Butler, Rhett 26 v Sanders, Lindsay 10
Eagles, Bruce 22 v Aungier, Scott 15
Sometimes we have seen Morley stick with a team for 50 %, 75% of the game and in the case of Manning 95% but in this match it was a whitewash early on, Morley having no answers at Sorrento in their worst defeat for the year. Getting 8 points is always handy and Sorrento now sit 5th on 7 wins and with their away record this year might be a sneaky chance to make the finals.
SOUTH PERTH 93 (7) v KARDINYA 65 (1)
Walker, Scott 21 v Rankin, David 16
Opie, Justin 29 v Foy, Robert 9
Griffin, Neale 18 v Brown, Daniel 25
Pauling, Glenn 25 v McKay, Kevin 15
The top of the table clash and it was a bit one sided in the end, South Perth winning on 3 rinks and by 28 shots. Rob foy having a horror weekend, a bit like mine, 20 shot loss here and also Masters Pairs wasn't overly nice for him either, but a 10 shot loss to McKay and 5 shots to Rankin meant that despite the win by6 Daniel Brown they were always going to lose. Some slight rink shuffles for South Perth has proven the trick so far with Justin Opie enjoying the 20 shot win, Glenn Pauling was the 10 shot winner and Scott Walker saluting by 5. Only Neale Griffin falling short by 7, and my condolences to him and his family at this sad time. But South Perth rising, 9 wins is 2 more than anyone else, but their rink wins of 25.5 would see them sit 5th on the ladder on that stat alone. They need to keep winning as a loss despite having more wins will see them drop down the ladder.
WARNBRO 77 (6) v CAMBRIDGE 75 (2)
Novak, Steven 21 v Adams, Clive 17
Trewhella, John 20 v Perica, Slavko 20
Cole, Bradley 19 v Strahan, Lance 19
Strange, Lindsay 17 v Opie, David 19
Thanks to my Warnbro writer some sort of story is below from a Warnbro perspective, but it was a nail biter with Sam Perica trying his best to get the aggregate points without losing his rink, sometimes that can be a tricky thing. He was able to do either, and his rink was drawn as well as the Lance Strahan v Brad Cole rink. On the rink win ladder Cambridge sit 2nd so they can quite rightly feel confident and with a big change expected this week watch for them to climb the ladder and into the finals. Warnbro a very useful 6 points see them claw out of relegation spot, a huge game against Bassendean next weekend. A win might see them see off that relegation spot, a loss and it is still anyones game.
The Wizards hosted the Knights knowing how important winning the remaining home games will be to their survival in Premier League. Little separated the Clubs for the first third of the game, before the Knights started to gain the ascendancy in mid-game. The margin was about 15 shots with 8 ends remaining and then the Wizards showed a great deal of fighting spirit in those last ends to pull off a close, tense win. It was a welcome 6 points for the Wizards in a nail-biting 77-75 aggregate win. Here is a rundown on the four rinks:
Steve Novak, Barry Kalinowsky, Willy Tan, Darryl Wagstaff 21
Clive Adams, Ross Bolton, Cliff Wooldridge, Luke Bolton 17
This was an absorbing contest with the Knights in control for much of the game but the Wizards came home strongly to help win the aggregate. Steve Novak and Killer Kalinowsky continued their good form, supported by Willy Tan and Darryl Wagstaff.
Brad Cole, Peter Cole, Connor Biddle, Paul Guelfi 19
Lance Strahan, Cameron Harris, Neil Bolton, Ashley Byres 19
The Wizard rink flew out of the blocks to lead 11-2 after only 7 ends and it looked like a repeat of their performance from the previous week against the Mavericks. However two bad ends from the Wizards saw the Knights right back in the game and, from then on, it was a tight affair. It was a good team effort from the Wizards but they were disappointed to see lose what should have been a win.
John Trewhella, Dennis Pattullo, Dennis Nagle, Matt Trewhella 20
Sam Perica, Nick Lewis, David Jones, Harold Christensen 20
There was little in this encounter for much of the game until a drive from Sam Perica late in the game saw the Knights drop 4 shots and give the Wizards a sniff of victory. On the final end John Trewhella played a great bowl to tie the scores on the rink and it remained that way for the final 3 bowls. It was another excellent all-round performance by the Wizard crew.
Lindsay Strange, Kieran Cousens, George Jackson, Dave Phillips 17
David Opie, Steve Rushforth, Andrew Foster, Don Leeson 19
The Knights were in charge of this game for 19 of the 21 ends, but the Wizards never let them pull ahead by more than 6 shots. The Wizards kept chipping away and reduced the margin to 2 shots by game’s end which was important in the context of the overall aggregate. The Wizards were good up front and Lindsay played a very good game.
The Wizards travel to Basso land next week to face their slick grass greens in what is a vital game to both Clubs who are desperately attempting to avoid the big drop from Premier League.
OSBORNE PARK 75 (1) v MANNING 82 (7)
Grigg, Lewis 11 v Marsland, Dale 24
Packer, Cody 22 v Williams, Anthony 24
Caffell, Gary 17 v Knott, Shane 22
Stevens, Neville 25 v Mitchell, Thomas 12
A bit of a surprising loss I suppose being at Osborne Park and all, Manning are starting to roll with 2 wins in a row now and have the number 1 skipper in Dale Marsland who hasn't lost for 5 weeks now and that can be a good platform for any team to build upon. It was only 7 shots so Osborne Park can rightly feel they were in the contest but they need to regroup and get back on the winners list this weekend against Morley and put those relegation bogies behind them. Manning in a huge game against Doubleview travelling away again, that will be a cracker contest!