Only 1 Round to go after this weekend before we break & then we flip the fixtures to do battle on the back 9 when it's all won or lost. Will we have another Round of Home team domination after last week where every home side won in all very close encounters? The score difference last Round was 14, 3, 14, 11 & 12 which shows how tough it was out there that even 1 or 2 shots per rink would have made a difference to the overall Agg. For the sides down the bottom I'm struggling to guess that true survival number but I'm somewhere around 58pts. Yes Basso had 60.5pts last year & still had to front up in September to their 'please explain' playoff but the year before 55pts would have got you safety so it's hard to call but outside the top 3 they are stealing points off each other left right & center so it looks like the bottom 6 will be very tight.
WANNEROO v WARWICK
D Turra, E Widermanski, B Nelson, B McMurdo
K Toster, D Griffin, R Humphryson, H Whitman
H Ward, M Nievelstein, S Boyd, B Bucowski
D Triffitt, N Palmer, L Bryson, G Jack IN: S Boyd OUT: G Sarich
G Smith, G Hinge, M Golding, D Herbert
L Hill, B McNamara, R Loran, J Konig
B Ledingham, C Boyle, K Pearce, D Dunstan
J Borkowski, A Hornby, A Henneker, A Dixon IN: A Dixon OUT: I Sparrowhawk
This one could get ugly for the Magpies if they don't come with the A game against the top side in fine form. Warwick did break their losing streak last Round which will help with the confidence as they are not a million miles away from putting some good form together.
Wanneroo are at that stage where last year will be playing on them coming into & coming out of Xmas where they were travelling great until R7 where they lost 3 from 4 which left them chasing hard on the run home, surely they'll have learnt from that & will be more focused this time around so they ensure the pack are chasing them not the other way around.
Wanneroo 8 - 0
OSBORNE PARK v QUINNS ROCKS
J Carter, R Clark, B Boyd, T Evans
M Pasalich, F Di Giuseppe, M Carmichael, L Bell
C Fleay, B Poggi, J Minchin, R Herbert
M Dewson, S Pasalich, I Bryden, F Mottolini IN: P Allen, A Garlick OUT: F Mottolini, T Evans
D Rogers, W Fairjones, C Bartle, S Newbey
R Cantrill, A Barker, T Hines, R Thomas
M Hinchcliffe, P Wernicke, L Johnson, S Cavanagh
J Berecz, B Crawford, J Gibson, S Smith IN: C Parr OUT: D Rogers
After what Quinns did last weekend it's very hard to go against them here against the bottom side who are in real trouble after dropping another winnable game last Round.
This should be a straightforward win for the seasiders here but if the Saints get marching early they'll look to make it difficult. Quinns win this & they'll be surely 4th & sitting in the right spot for a good tilt at Finals. The Saints have made 2 changes to freshen up things while Quinns seem to have lost Parr this Round which is a big loss for them as he's their 2nd best performing skipper after Berecz. If you asked before R6 and as my predictor, I said Osborne Park but after last week's performance I just find it very difficult to go against Quinns. This should genuinely be a tight contest and if Quinns think the table positions count for something playing the Saints at home they might get a shock here.
Quinns Rocks 7 - 1
GOSNELLS v SAFETY BAY
G Nicol, S Harris, N Tulett, D Bradbury
B Holland, G Lynch, T Auckland, M Rickard
E Gahan, M Crabb, R Wiringi, C Watters
F Carbone, P Deas, C Hickinbotham, I Farley IN: R Wiringi OUT: P Gale
C Owen, R Kennedy, P Daynes, Z Boddy
C Carruthers, G Taylor, S Foran, G Wilkes
J Radford, S Hide, G Ogg, J Hanafee
R Hall, A Holmes, J Thorington, S McBriar IN: G Wilkes OUT: A Freeman
The winner here will either create a 1 game gap or they'll swap places between 6th & 7th, and nobody wants to be sitting 7th or 8th fighting for their life in Playoffs at the end of March. The Kookaburra's are 1 from the last 5 which isn't ideal at all but they have been competitive most weeks & playing at home makes a difference. They'll need to curtail the high scoring Bay where they can but both teams are pretty evenly matched across the 16 which should provide a very entertaining & close contest. The Bay have also lost the last 3 on the trot which has derailed their Finals push but they are good enough to bounce back & if they get a result here I'm happy to change my predictions as I have them running hot from here with 4 of the next 6 at home & those 2 away games are against the bottom sides. Yes some of the home games are against the top sides but I'd expect a purple patch or it'll be very difficult after R14 to create momentum.
Gosnells 6 - 2
KARDINYA v BASSENDEAN
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E O'Sullivan, P Madigan, H Goddard, M Bessant
R Revell, A Smith, J Morss, G Stokes
J Krstic, T Lynch, W Davidson, N Kirkup
M Erceg, A Caccioppoli, R Ellis, D Snelgar IN: No changes OUT:
I find it slightly difficult to tip the Kats here but surely they can't go lose 4 in a row at home?! If they drop 4 in a row I'll find it very difficult to see them anything close to safe this year. Winning 2 away games isn't a bad start to the season but they were against the bottom sides. The positive is they are not getting smashed against the better sides so they can hold their own but do need 1 or 2 rinks to put up some big scores to carry the Agg. The Lions are travelling great whilst probably still not playing to their full potential which is a superb position to be in. They have got some tricky away ventures out of the way & even a loss here is not too much of a concern as they have some good home fixtures coming soon, so I would expect them to be right in the Finals chat if they can grab the big W here & create some breathing space to 5th spot.
Kardinya 6 - 2
WARNBRO v MOSMAN PARK
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, T deBrouwer, D Kitson IN: T deBrouwer, P Guelfi OUT: M McGloin, T Lutey
S Edmonds, L Beurteaux, D Adams, M Van Bemmel
D Marsland, T Cranswick, S Swanson, A O'Sullivan
S Jocelyn, A Gryta, W Tan, O Dawson
C Hoffman, M Cranswick, M Robertson, R Kershaw IN: A O'Sullivan, S Edmonds OUT: G Hagan, T Massang
Game of the Round by a margin here where 2nd takes on joint 2nd in a game that will be a fine barometer for the back end of the season. The Wizards will be flying at the gate here after their long drive back down the Mitchell after last weeks shock result. Losing 2 from 3 is not helping Warnbro maximise their chances of a PL return but they have a nice run ahead if they can get a result from this.
The Mossies have Edmonds back which should help but Beurteaux held his own quite well in his absence. Although they might need more blokes firing this weekend to get over the wounded Wizards. This should be a battle royal against 2 very good sides. Yes there's chinks in the armour of both sides but they are narrowing as the Rounds progress. On form the Mossies are building nicely & departs aside they don't want to be that team bouncing between 1White & PL. Warnbro are similar in a way but we are given them an edge over the Mossies due to their consistency and good start but the reality is Mossies finished 7pts ahead of the Wizards in PL & had a stronger attacking & conceding percentage which carries a fair amount of weight in my book. Let me say it another way, if the Wizards lose this it's 1 from 4, where if Mossies win its 6 in a row! I'm a sucker for form & won't be surprised in the slightest to read 6pm Sat that Mossies took the biscuits but I will side with the home team, although if I asked Wanneroo, they'll love the draw which I wouldn't rule out.