Round Eleven kicks off again this Saturday after a week’s break for the State Singles.
There are two stand out games, one at S. Perth, where the home side face the improved Leeming Lions 🦁 sixteen, the other at the Kattery, where the Kats1 side host the surging Thornlie Ravens.
Another very interesting game down at Freo, where the Mariners square off against their near neighbours in the Hilton Hawks, both sides trying to escape the relegation zone.


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

A must win game for these two struggling sides, 7th versus 9th, a lot depends on this game in the battle of two of the bottom half sides of the competition.
A number of changes for this game, with the Mariners finally losing patience with McCormack by the looks of it, as he is named in their 2nd side I note. A number of rink changes too at Hilton, who lose Daniel Newton for this away clash, a significant loss. Gary Dodd not skipping for the Hawks now, a little hard to understand, for mine.
Wachmer, Stewart, Trigwell, Gill, Bowden are good players on their day for the Mariners, but so are Simpson, Dodd, Standley and Newton for the Hawks.
Wachmer versus Simpson would be an almighty clash.
I reckon both sixteens will give it their very best shot on a very hot and windy day at Freo.
A toss of the coin and the home ground advantage tip me towards Freo.
Fremantle 6-2


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

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Last versus first in this game out in the leafy suburb of Hollywood which will end up in a very one sided scoreboard I am positive. In racing terms you would have the 🦅 at 20/1 on at least, with odds of 70/1 about the home side, sorry Hollywood.
I will say it again, the Eagles possess about twelve players with Premier League experience and what is more, most of them would walk into some current Premier League sides.
The Hollywood boys have been putting up a fight lately though, so that is encouraging.
How about that, the Byrne family are skipping three rinks for the home side, some record I would think.
The 🦅 by 40 points, eight to zip.
Manning 8-0


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

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

I expect the Cougars to get back on the winning track at home on this scorching day in the hills, but the heat might just save the visitors with a top temperature of 39 degrees predicted at the moment.
The Cougars narrowly beaten away from home last week, with the Kardy2 side having a much needed win over last placed Hollywood.
The Cougars possess four very accomplished skips in Bartlett, Wooltorton, Cornthwaite and of course Billy Brandsma, whose rink need to support him a lot more. Three of their skips in the top ten, with Wooltorton and Cornthwaite, 1st and 3rd respectively, a great effort, no easy games against these guys. Robbie Hunter is still a very accomplished bowler though at Kardinya, so he will give some curry I am sure. Daryl Flintoff not playing is a big loss for the Kats2 side.
Kalamunda 7-1


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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

Game of the Round 2nd versus 5th in this clash to be held near the Zoo in South Perth.
The Lions have won their last three games and have an extremely settled squad, these guys know each other very well indeed. They have some good back end players and some front end players who just simply do their job, week in, week out. As I just mentioned, no super stars apart from Karl Vandersluys, just very good reliable bowlers. None of their players feature high in the standings, but they possess a good team spirit, which helps them enormously.
The Millers on the other hand, have a good mixture of young ( Callum Alberti ), and the older ( Maxie Petrich ), sorry 😐 Max. Skips like Carter, McRae, Kelly are stand out performers, who can win some games themselves.
Big Karl and his rink against the might of Carter would be worth seeing, Santostefano now third to Carter.
The home ground advantage maybe, makes me lean slightly to the home side.
South Perth 6-2


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

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: No changes

4th versus 6th here at the home of the Kats, probably to be played on their slippery top green, which will prove very hard to handle for some of the Raven boys i believe.
Even though there is not much separating them on the ladder, come Saturday night the Kats1 boys will be victorious, quite comfortably at that. Eddie Gollan, who sensationally walked out on Kardinya, returning to try and haunt them, but the Kats boys will do everything in their power to stop that happening. White promoted to Premier League, with Flintoff a very handy replacement.
The quick green at the Kattery, plus the experience and ability of the home side, will see them victorious
Kardinya1 7-1