Back on board here after some work commitments over the last week & haven't we seen some massive results with the underdogs taking some serious scalps & opening the table right up. It's really a 3 horse race to PL & I can't see that changing too much over the home run but with so many sides taking points off each other, who knows what the back 9 will produce. After R9 there is no team running better than 2 in a row which is indicative of how competitive each Round has become. We might look to update the prediction tracker for R10 to see how everyone may fare on the home stretch.
May all players & their families have a wonderful Christmas & New Year and we look forward to another huge 9 Rounds after the holidays. Enjoy the well deserved break.
Safety Bay 72 (7) v Kardinya 66 (1)
Christopher Owen 18 v Norm Ball 11
Chris Carruthers 23 v Wayne Bezant 17
Grant Taylor 13 v Stephen Vinci 23
Ron Hall 18 v Craig Stokes 15
Didn't the Bay need something here to stem the free fall as they did not want to lose 5 in a row going into the break. The Kats are back to 1 from 4 as they struggle to get some consistency going which seem to be difficult for most teams at the moment.
Owen took Ball by 7 shots in a low scoring contest. Carruthers took Bezant by 6 shots & Hall edged Stokes by 3. Vinci did grab a valuable point with a nice 10 shot win over Taylor to make it interesting but the ship had sailed at that stage.
The Bay are back into the winners circle & the Kats will take some time off to regroup for R10.
Bassendean 64 (1) v Warnbro 81 (7)
Jovan Krstic 18 v Lindsay Strange 11
Eugene O'Sullivan 16 v William Baker 17
Michael Erceg 12 v Kieran Cousens 29
Rodney Revell 18 v Sean Mawdsley 24
As much as the Roo's were shouting for the Lions, the Wizards had other ideas. Seeing what happened the week before the Wizards were keen on pouncing on the opportunity & had Basso under the pump from the first few ends.
Krstic grabbed Basso only point with 7 over Strange in a very good win. O'Sullivan dropped by the minimum to Baker in a very close contest all day. Erceg side continued to struggle as Cousens rink cruised past by 17 shots with little resistance. Rocket couldn't control Mawdsley as the Wizards grabbed a big 7 points away from home & now sit 2.5pts ahead at the top of the table.
Warnbro are exactly where they wanted to be, top of the bus & 50pts banked.
Quinns Rocks 83 (6) v Wanneroo 74 (2)
John Berecz 29 v David Triffitt 14
Rohan Cantrill 18 v Kingsley Toster 22
Christopher Parr 12 v Darren Turra 16
Martin Hinchcliffe 24 v Hugh Ward 22
Take a bow Quinns, after another huge upset & makes them the only side to beat the top 2 on the ladder. Quinns are now running a huge 4 from 5 so they'll be delighted given they played some of the top sides. The only head scratcher was the loss where they got touched up by the bottom side allowing the Saints to 104shots but a game either side of that they beat agurable 2 PL quality sides??! If that doesn't explain 2020, then I'm lost for a better example!
Berecz was the rock again as he put 15 shots on Triffitt to set up the dream result. Cantrill dropped to Toster by 4 shots in a close contest. Parr found it difficult to get anything off the Turra rink as they fell short by 4 shots but Hinchcliffe added to the Berecz win by taking Ward by 2 shots & with it a massive 6 pts sending the Roo's into a spin, losing the top spot & now dropping 2 in a row. Quinns keep pushing for a Finals spot as they are now only 0.5pt off 4th with a huge opportunity on the run home to get themselves on contention.
Mosman Park 91 (7) v Osborne Park 62 (1)
Cameron Hoffman 25 v John Carter 11
Dale Marsland 14 v Michael Dewson 22
Louie Beurteaux 28 v Mark Pasalich 15
Stephen Jocelyn 24 v Colin Fleay 14
Mosman Park were travelling well up the R8 when they put together a nice 4 in a row but they bounced back well here against the bottom side to get back into the winners circle.
Hoffman started the winning run off by cruising past Carter by 14 shots. Beurteaux did similar against Pasalich by 13 shots & Jocelyn continued their great form by easing past Fleay by 10 shots. The Saints did manage to grab a point courtesy of a great Dewson win over Marsland by 6 shots.
This win gets the Mossies onto a very solid 5 from 6 & they are really starting to roll well coming into the important end of the season. The Saints again stayed competitive but just not close enough to mount a real challenge for the Agg. They'll need a minimum of 6 from 9 on the run home to stay in 1 White so the first few Rounds next year will be very important for them.
Warwick 65 (1) v Gosnells 80 (7)
Graeme Smith 10 v Grant Nicol 20
Lindsay Hill 23 v Frank Carbone 26
Brian Ledingham 14 v Brett Holland 18
Jon Borkowski 18 v Eoghan Gahan 16
The Magpies win 2 on the trot, beating the mighty Roo's away to add to the performances, then drop this easier one at home in a critical fight for survival. A win here would have grabbed them 7th & possibly 6th spot which would be a massive turnaround from R6. Still sitting 8th gives them a chance of bouncing back to safety on the home run.
Gosnells needed a run of form after only winning 1 from 5 but remedied that well over the last 2 Rounds with a nice back to back to bring them right into Finals contention, sitting 4th on the ladder.
Smith couldn't get much off Nicol's side as they lost by 10 shots. Hill got edged out by Carbone in a very high scoring game with nearly 50 shots scored over the 21 ends. Ledingham couldn't repeat the heroics of last week as they lost by 4 shots to a good Holland side. Borkowski flew the Magpies flag again to grab a valuable 1pt against Gahan but the Kookaburras had flown at that stage & were not for catching. Gosnells have put together a nice run of wins with 3 from 4. The Mapies will need to start R10 with a focus on getting some big wins in early so it's not left too late.