The 1st Round of home and away fixtures is now complete, with the strong Manning Eagles 🦅 sitting at the top of the ladder, followed closely by the South Perth Millers, the Kalamunda Cougars and the Kardinya1 Kats, only five points seperate 1st from 4th.
At the rear end of the table sit Hollywood Subiaco, who would need a near miracle to avoid relegation, Hilton and Kardinya2 struggling also.
The Lions, Mariners and the Ravens occupy the middle of the table, so they would obviously hope to rise up the ladder in the 2nd Round.
Wooltorton from the Cougars is the leading skip, followed by Ford from the Lions, Separovich from the Ravens and Cornthwaite, also from the Cougars.
The Manning Eagles for the top spot at seasons end with automatic promotion.
But let’s analyse this week’s batch of games.


R Butler, G Dodd, S Farrell, R Fortini
T Simpson, S Ivory, S Cargill, M Glynn
T Maxwell, Dave Newton, J Jobey, P Harber
C Standley, B Smith, G Saint, R Horsman
INS: C Standley, R Butler, T Maxwell
OUTS: D Newton, D Van de Ven, J Mitchell

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Both of these teams suffered narrow heart breaking losses last week, so they will be pleased to get back on a winning track. Maxwell, Standley and Butler back for the Hawks, but no Daniel Newton again.
The Millers have a couple of changes, courtesy of their top side alterations.
They would be keen to fight back after their surprise loss at home last week, but I am not sure that they will, but I will still pick them to win narrowly.
South Perth 6-2


M Separovich, G Vaughan, J Thorn, D Jones
J Stean, R Carruthers, J Walker, P De Meuse
E Gollan, C Penaluna, D Cooper, J Mitchell
P Pohe, D Innes, P Riggio, A Williams
INS: J Walker
OUTS: S Ocello

A Bartlett, G Trevaskis, I Quayle, V Hughes
D Wooltorton, M Potente, B Farrant, M Thomas
B Brandsma, R Pringle, C West, R Chalmers
I Cornthwaite, R Cooper, P Townsend, M Clancy
INS: C West
OUTS: C Archer

The Ravens big winners last week at home, but it was against the bottom side, whilst the Cougars lost away from home, but narrowly at that. The addition of Eddie Gollan as Skip has strengthened the home side somewhat, with the Separovich, Vaughan combination proving very hard to beat. Countering that is the all round playing strength of the Cougars, with Wooltorton and Cornthwaite both skipping their rinks well, with the Bartlett, Trevaskis combination also doing well.
Where is Billy? Will it be this week? The home side for me in a close one.
Thornlie 6-2


W Heldt, S Adams, J Andrew, M Hughes
M Carey, G Hogg, K Jolly, N Rees
M Piggott, L Herbert, P Herbert, M Hoskin
G O'Brien, A Pryce, B Hogg, S Lambert
INS: B Hogg
OUTS: D McIlhenny

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Sorry Freo, but I definitely reckon you are going to get a bit of a hiding on Saturday at the fortress at Manning.
I know that the Mariners had a great win last week against the Millers, but the Eagles will be far too strong at home.
The Eagles virtually unchanged, while the Mariners have replaced young McCormack with the evergreen Johnny Smith in the Skip position, a couple of other changes for Freo as well.
The Eagles just exude experience and ability on all Four rinks, should win by a very healthy margin to boost their shot difference percentage significantly.
Manning 7-1


R Hunter, G Sweetman, B Regan, S Garner
D Regan, P Larard, M Ayres, J Carlino
D Flintoff, S Back, K McNamara, J Hampson
R Jones, L Phillips, S Maule, P Smith
INS: D Flintoff, L Phillips, S Maule, P Smith
OUTS: H Vriezen, S Vassallo, A Regan, R Sweet

A Byrne, V Jones, K Jefferis, J West
R Campbell, G Strepini, R Middleton, P Hiatt
Daniel Byrne, G Morey, J Hamilton, D Lindsay
David Byrne, M Hatch, M Hughes, J Hall
INS: J Hamilton
OUTS: W Ford

The Kats second side in the division have been strengthened this week with the addition of two very experienced players in Flintoff and Phillips, with the visitors virtually unchanged. It would appear that Hollywood just don’t have the cattle to make any significant changes, as they seem to pick the same players, week in, week out.
The Kats2 boys to pick up some valuable points in the quest to avoid automatic relegation.
Kardinya2 7-1


P Dobie, B Eather, W Blake, R Bellis
K Vandersluys, P Boys, D Johnson, W Birrell
G Ford, J Bowden, A Andersson, T Higham
J Newton, G Burgess, P Hickey, S Dobie
INS: No changes

R Knapp, K Stower, G Knight, W Lee
I Barrie, W Bezant, R McNamara, M Monteiro
G White, D Wood, J Terrell, J Edgar
G Fewings, N Ball, A McCullagh, H Vriezen
INS: H Vriezen
OUTS: R Lipple

Game of the Round
No top of the table clashes this week, but this game will fill the bill as an intriguing battle at the home of the 🦁, who had a good win last week. 5th versus 4th at least, so if the Lions do win 8 -0 they will leapfrog the Kats, but that won’t happen. The Gary Ford rink could hold the key, as he has only lost two out of nine, a great record indeed.
The Kats had a narrow win last week away from home on grass. Can they repeat this effort? I don’t think so, the home green advantage to help the Lions.