Sorry we didn’t complete the predictions but did get nearly half way through & surprise surprise, the table only has 2 minor positional changes so if teams wish to change spots they need the next 3 Rounds to starting pushing. Overall the predictions are just that, crazy guesses within the crystal ball but I would like to clarify that of course every few years some teams can go on a dreamy run post R9 break but the stats show that most teams that make Finals or grab a Pennant Flag certainly don't come from the back like some Ascot maiden. You're either there or thereabouts come R12 or commence the real conversation about the worst case scenario & plan accordingly.
WARNBRO v WARWICK
K Cousens, G Watts, M Rae, P Guelfi
W Baker, D Pattullo, L Kellow, J Maley
L Strange, Dr G Jackson, A Shone, D Phillips
S Mawdsley, K Bancroft, M McGloin, D Kitson IN: No change OUT:
G Smith, J Borkowski, M Golding, D Herbert
L Hill, B McNamara, R Loran, J Konig
B Ledingham, C Boyle, K Pearce, D Dunstan
G Hinge, A Hornby, A Henneker, I Sparrowhawk IN: No change OUT:
The Wizards would love if this game was last Sunday after the close R5 game but the 6 day break will only build the hunger to respond to winning ways. The Magpies have this chance & the next 4 weeks to define their season. Yes I could be wrong but looking at the R6 predictions for the season & the next 3 games it has Warwicks season well defined between here & R9. They have both top teams & yet some easier sides so 2 from 4 is the absolute minimum, whereas 3 from 4 is a huge bonus. If it's 1 from 4 or lower then its mission impossible.
Yes Warnbro have 2 of the top 5 skipper rinks at the moment but there's a gap to others which allows the 2 top rinks of Warwick to capitalise on the draws if it falls they're way.
Overall Warnbro & Warwick are running opposite 3&2's to R6, Warnbro are running 4 from 5 with 3 from 5 away from home against some strong opposition, whereas Warwick are 1 & 4 with 3 of 5 playing at home so the Wizards should have this one but the Magpies will be swooping for points.
Warnbro 7 - 1
KARDINYA v QUINNS ROCKS
S Vinci, D Wood, K Stower, M Holt
N Ball, J Rochford, R McNamara, W Lee
C Stokes, C Booth, R Knapp, G Knight
W Bezant, G Fewings, B Regan, J Edgar IN: S Back OUT: K Stower
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Tough game to call here as both teams are struggling to find form but they both had great wins last week so there is a lot to play for in this round.
Kats need to find a run at home to put together 4-5 home wins & this weekend seems like a good opportunity.
Kardinya 6 - 2
OSBORNE PARK v WANNEROO
J Carter, B Boyd, A Pasalich, R Clark
M Pasalich, P Allen, R Wemm, F Di Giuseppe
C Fleay, L Bell, J Minchin, R Herbert
M Dewson, S Pasalich, B Poggi, I Bryden IN: B Poggi OUT: R Stockton
D Turra, E Widermanski, B Nelson, B McMurdo
K Toster, D Griffin, R Humphryson, H Whitman
H Ward, M Nievelstein, G Sarich, B Bucowski
D Triffitt, N Palmer, L Bryson, G Jack IN: L Bryson OUT: J Tailor
The Saints got the season kick started last week but they’ll need a huge lift this Round to hold back the Roos. If the Roos come with any slight hangover from beating a very strong team last week to thinking they’re playing an easy game against the bottom side then Saints will surely capitalise.
This is the 2nd home game in a row for the Saints so if they grab 2 wins they’ll be delighted. The Roos should be putting this one away but I don’t think it’ll be 8-0 territory.
Wanneroo 6 - 2
GOSNELLS v BASSENDEAN
G Nicol, S Harris, N Tulett, D Bradbury
B Holland, G Lynch, T Auckland, M Rickard
E Gahan, P Gale, M Crabb, C Watters
F Carbone, P Deas, C Hickinbotham, I Farley IN: No change OUT:
E O'Sullivan, P Madigan, H Goddard, M Bessant
R Revell, A Smith, G Stokes, T Parravicini
T Lynch, W Davidson, B Tie, N Kirkup
M Erceg, R Ellis, T Alden, D Snelgar IN: M Bessant, W Davidson OUT: A Caccioppoli, G Needs
Huge game here for the mid table battle & possible 4th spot for finals. Basso have done very well on the road so far & the Kookaburra’s have had some tough home games dropping Agg’s so they really need to put this one away.
Fairly even contest across the board so I think the matchups will be critical, although I can’t see either side winning by more than 9shots for the Agg.
Gosnells 6 - 2
SAFETY BAY v MOSMAN PARK
C Owen, R Kennedy, P Daynes, Z Boddy
C Carruthers, J Radford, S Hide, S Foran
G Taylor, A Freeman, G Ogg, J Hanafee
R Hall, A Holmes, J Thorington, S McBriar IN: Z Boddy OUT: G Wilkes
S Edmonds, L Beurteaux, D Adams, M Van Bemmel
D Marsland, M Robertson, S Swanson, T Massang
S Jocelyn, A Gryta, W Tan, O Dawson
C Hoffman, M Cranswick, T Cranswick, P Fair IN: S Swanson, P Fair OUT: G Hagan, R Kershaw
The Bay are travelling well. Probably not getting the points on the board to reflect the battling style they put into most games but that’ll come over the Rounds. Yes they’ve only won 2 games from 5 but sitting 3rd with a healthy percentage helps. Other than last week their loss & draw form was franked by Wanneroo & Warnbro so there’s a lot of merit in those close games.
The Mossies have an ok run after this except for 1 tough game so if they got a result here it should have them well into the Top 4 by R12. They are making some games difficult for themselves so it’s a slight concern but they are finding a way to win. Tough one here but I think The Bay will score well at home & the Mossies just might struggle to keep up.