Round 10 Welcome to the return games, a couple of very important match ups this week. Game of the round is 1 v 2. Dolphins v Blues and the Doggies v Magpies in game of the round 2.0. It is 3 v 6 but they are only separated by 2 points and vital for either side to win to stay in touch with the ladder leaders if you’re hoping to play finals this year. There are a few other games of interest this week in 5 v 10. Swan v Lions where Rd 1 Basso won and Swan will be looking to stay in touch. 7 v 9 View smacked the wolves so the wolves will be looking for redemption. 8 v 4, Mavericks looking to square the ledger against the Saints. No matter what happens this week we will, definitely see ladder movement one way or the other.
Please note sides weren’t selected when I wrote this there could be changes.


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9 v 7. Based on the corresponding game the View flogged the Wolves and are 2 games clear of Stirling. On paper you would say that the View would win and that’s probably what the Blues thought last week before going to the Adriatic Den. Buyer BEWARE many teams have underestimated the Wolves this year at home, and I haven’t seen the squads yet but let’s hope they have solved the 4th rink. I think this is going to be a much closer affair and the Menacing Marovic will want to get back in the winners circle this week. I would like to see a Menacing M v Heta game and Martinovich is also playing good bowls. The other skips are quite evenly matched and Illijich lets see if he performs well this week. I think this will be a close game and visiting teams struggle a little at the Den. I am going the Wolves in an upset.
Stirling 6-2

W Mitchell, L Spinks, K Rouse, C Hamilton
V Orchard, T Dawson, B Driscoll, G Pinto
L Sanders, M Robinson, P Leyland, W Hinchcliffe
R Urquhart, K Nazareth, G Grieve, I Goldsmith
INS: P Leyland
OUTS: A Boorer

M Pasalich, K Price, F Mottolini, R Herbert
F Di Giuseppe, I Bryden, R Littlecott, M Swift
G Smith, W Davidson, B Boyd, J Minchin
L Farrell, C Fleay, M Carmichael, L Bell
INS: F DiGiuseppe
OUTS: M Woodward

8 v 4 Mavericks play the Saints, and the Saints are desperate to get back to the winner’s circle with 2 losses in a row. Mavericks played well last week against the dolphins except the one rink. Again, they cannot afford to have that bleeding rink this week or they may as well give the spoils to the Saints now. The Saints will be very driven this week to score as much as they can, and I think they will be too strong for the Mavericks even at home. Pasalich and his merry band of Thieves are in good form after the break and who ever matches up against them will need to play at their best. Supported by Di Guiseppe I think the Saints will be too strong across the 16, even though Orchard has been the backbone of the Mavericks this year.
Osborne Park 7-1


Wayne Neilson, J Hunter, Tom Vlahos, T Vellios
C Leggett, Wes Neilson, M Cheesman, J Groves
B Leggett, P Daley, P Kain, T Dangerfield
J Buchanan, M Korycin, S Draper, S Niven
INS: T Vlahos
OUTS: S Rixom

L Mitten, R Munday, D Anderson, S Stevenson
P Augustson, J Post, R Hunter, B Muntz
A Howe, T Jones, B Abrahamson, G Gregson
J Bartorillo, E Retallack, G Booker, A Zis
INS: J Post, A Zis
OUTS: G Barr, J Carlsen

Well, what can I say 1 v 2 Dolphins v Blues. Dolphins playing well at home and even though they have had a couple of close ones they are still unbeaten. Beach boys embarrassed last week at the home of the Wolves and will be looking to fire this week. There are some great players on both sides of the 16 and the Blues will have to contain Leggett to have a chance. If Howe or Auguston line up against him, they should keep it close. If Mitten plays, he will struggle. The Dolphin’s supporting cast has really turned a corner and are stringing good wins together. Rixom and Buchanan in good form and Neilson even though he is losing more than he wins has really tightened it up and is only just going down which makes a massive difference to the final score and securing that 4 extra points for the W. I think the Dolphins will get over the line in a tight tussle.
Joondalup 6-2


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G Cash, B Naughton, P Mac, C Barnes
M Wright, I Robertson, B Patterson, S Colegate
G Ekholm, L Fasolo, K Stoner, C Miller
A Britton, R Cummings, C Brown, A Keegan
INS: I Robertson
OUTS: M Garrett

In the last game of the round 5 v 10, Swan v Lions. The corresponding game the Lions beat the Swannies, since then Swan have played much better and have slowly gelled as they had quite a few changes this year and some lose of good players. The pick ups have fitted in well and Swan want to continue their winning ways and could move up the ladder based on this week’s game. But don’t underestimate the lions they play well on the grass and pushed the Doggies at home all the way last week. Basso must walk away with some points as a minimum this week to try and get out of the relegation zone or decrease the points to the Mavericks. Every rink win, every point matters from now to the end of the season if they are wanting to stay in One Blue. All four Swan skips sit above the best placed Basso skip. I guess that’s the problem of having 2 white teams sitting above you and are taking your best players when they are short. I think Swan has come a long way since round 1 and will win. Basso needs every point and must fight and scrap for every bone.
Swan 7-1

W Coffey, J West, J McGrath, G Turner
T McGillvray, P Hunter, K Humfrey, F Faigenbaum
M Sharp, M Lemos, B Morrison, J Matthews
S Shaw, B McGrechan, T Needs, G Robertson
INS: B Morrison
OUTS: N Ashkenazy

L Hill, M Golding, A Worthington, D Herbert
G Hinge, G Smith, A Henneker, J Ferguson
B Ledingham, A Hornby, B McNamara, S Wright
J Borkowski, R Loran, C Boyle, I Sparrowhawk
INS: No changes

6 v 3. Match of the round 2.0. The Doggies only went down marginally at the corresponding game and will definitely be looking to right the ship this week. This is really going to be an interesting game with some very interesting match ups. I would like to see the Golden Boy v the Game changer this week. Both rinks are quality across all 4 players. Magic v Borkowski would also be a great game to watch. I think the bottom placed skip for both sides in Sandman and Ledingham, you would have to swing in the Doggies favour. If one of the Doggies can get a hold of Ledingham then they will be in good shape. Hill had his first lose last week and wasn’t it massive, he will be looking to get back on track. On paper both these sides are very evenly matched, and the winner is going to come from a momentous effort from one rink. Whether it’s containing the Game changer or taking advantage of one of the weaker skips for either side. It will come down to the last few ends and if the Doggies do what they did to the Blues and win the last 8 ends or just about then it will be theirs for the taking, if they rollover and expose the soft underbelly then the Magpies will swoop in and take the points. Doggies in a close one.
Yokine 6-2