Well, even I correctly picked the Five winners this week, with all games fairly predictable, I must add. Twelve shots was the closest margin at Fremantle, Thirteen at Leeming, with all of the other games resulting in big wins to the home sides.
I guess one of the advantages of synthetic was shown on Saturday, with four of the five games played on this surface.
Home ground advantage was certainly to the fore.
Cockburn 92 (7) v Manning 1 67 (1)
Michael Simunovic 23 v Alan Pryce 15
Josip (joe) Marevic 23 v Shane Adams 15
William Tepania 26 v Graham O'Brien 12
Kenneth Wylie 20 v Michael Carey 25
The Eagles came crashing down to earth out at Beeliar with the Roosters really putting the claws in to their visitors and winning by twenty five shots, taking seven points into the bargain.
The big winner for the home side was the rink of Tepania, Ravlich, Srhoy and Blagaich, who thrashed the previously unbeaten team skipped by Graham O’Brien, winning by fourteen shots.
Willy and team carrying the day for the Roosters, and having a fine season, still undefeated at this early stage.
The sole winners for the wounded Eagles 🦅 was the undefeated rink of Mike Carey.
Rockingham 97 (7) v Kalamunda 60 (1)
Steve Hutchinson 21 v Wayne Olive 15
Bruce Edwards 22 v William Brandsma 17
Mark Devenny 17 v Arthur Bartlett 19
Robert Costello 37 v Dwayne Wooltorton 9
I predicted a long and arduous journey home for the Cougars, and it certainly must have been that. But they did take one point with them courtesy of veteran Arthur Bartlett and his rink. An absolutely massive win to the rink of Costello, Lethlean, Wilson and Rubery, who won by twenty eight shots over the Wooltorton four.
The Hutchinson and Edwards rinks picking up the other points for the Rams.
The home side with a fine start to the season, three out of four.
Fremantle 81 (7) v Spearwood 69 (1)
Tony Krajancic 21 v Ivan Unkovich 13
Barry Coote 18 v Ivan Perica 21
Shaun McCormack 20 v Nikola Silich 15
Mark Gill 22 v Ken Nadilo 20
The Mariners, playing at the port city were too good for the fighting visitors from just up the hill at Spearwood. Crackerjack, ably assisted by Golem, Ciccotosto and the promising Trigwell winning by eight shots over the Unkovich rink, was basically the difference on the day.
I would imagine that the wind would have been pretty difficult down at Freo to say the least. Gill and young McCormack getting the other two valuable points for the Mariners. Ivan Perica gaining the solitary point for the winless visitors.
Leeming 82 (7) v Thornlie 69 (1)
James Newton 26 v Norman Holden 12
Gary Ford 18 v Gary Beckwith 13
Karl Vandersluys 21 v Glyn Vaughan 20
Alexander Anderson 17 v Paul Pohe 24
The Lions got the majority of the “ kill “ at home, where they won the aggregate and picked up a valuable seven points into the bargain.
The Kiwi, Paul Pohe and his rink grabbing one point for the winless Ravens, who better start sharpening their claws fairly quickly, or it will be a long hot summer for them. Newton, Burgess, Hickey and a dominant lead in Andersson thrashing the Holden rink by fourteen shots, and carrying the day for the home side. Glynn Vaughan giving Karl Vandersluys a fight, to lose by only one shot.
The Lions very hard to beat on their home patch.
Hilton Park 95 (7) v South Perth 63 (1)
Robert Hunter 16 v Bill Roelofs 25
Travis Simpson 22 v Vincent Santostefano 10
Robert Foy 18 v Steve Kelly 16
Craig Standley 39 v Michael McRae 12
Thirty two shots the difference here, with the Hawks grabbing seven points as well, to add salt to the wounds of the Millers from South Perth. I gather that the surface at Hilton was very slow, and certainly would not have suited the visiting sixteen at all. The well performed skip in Craig Standley, ably assisted by Peter Stone, Brian Smith and Tony Maxwell, really getting hold of the McRae four. They ultimately won by a massive twenty seven shots, to carry the day for the threatening Hawks..