Round twelve is now upon us, which will mean that come Saturday night, there will be just six games to go to complete the home and away season. A couple of tantalising clashes await us on Saturday, when the second and third teams clash at the home of the Eagles, who will host the Cougars from Kalamunda. If the Eagles win this one, then the Cougars will find it mighty difficult to make the top two.
The other very interesting game will be played at Thornlie, where they host the Millers from South Perth.
LEEMING v HILTON PARK
J Newton, G Burgess, P Hickey, S Dobie
G Ford, J Bowden, A Andersson, T Higham
K Vandersluys, P Boys, D Johnson, W Birrell
P Dobie, B Eather, W Blake, R Bellis INS: No changes OUTS:
C Standley, B Smith, R MacKay, G Saint
Daniel Newton, T Simpson, S Cargill, S Ivory
R Butler, G Dodd, S Farrell, R Fortini
T Maxwell, Dave Newton, J Jobey, P Harber INS: R Mackay, Dan Newton OUTS: J Mitchell, M Glynn
The hungry Lions will play host to the battling, low flying Hawks on Saturday, in what should be a good feed for the home side. I notice young Dan Newton is back, he takes Simpson’s rink, who will be a valuable third. The other rinks look very much the same as last week, but I don’t think that the visitors will put up too much of a fight, especially on the tricky synthetic at Leeming. Like the Cougars, the Lions basically have the same players available, week after week.
Big Karl versus Newton would be a good match up.
Leeming to win convincingly.
HOLLYWOOD SUBIACO v FREMANTLE
R Campbell, G Sterpini, R Middleton, P Hiatt
David Byrne, M Hatch, W Ford, J Hall
Daniel Byrne, G Morey, J Hamilton, D Lindsay
A Byrne, K Jefferis, V Jones, J West INS: W Ford OUTS: M Hughes
M Gill, M Starcevich, J Chessell, M Ngui
P Wachmer, B Wright, B Jeppesen, J Trigwell
J Smith, B McCarthy, J F Stewart, E Lacy
P Clausen, K Bowden, B Sumich, N Gaspar INS: M Starcevich, B Jeppeson OUTS: J Brannen, M Lindsay
The last placed team versus the sixth placed team, to be played over at Hollywood, on what will be a very hot day indeed.
The home side have shown some fight lately, with basically the same players every single week. The Mariners meanwhile have two of their better players in Brannan and Lindsay out, Starcevich picked though, a big in.
I would like to say more about this game, but, apart from the possibility of Campbell playing Wachmer, I can’t think of too much at the moment.
Could be a close one I think.
THORNLIE v SOUTH PERTH
J Stean, D Innes, J Walker, P De Meuse
P Pohe, P Riggio, S Ocello, I Rewell
E Gollan, C Penaluna, D Cooper, J Mitchell
M Separovich, G Vaughan, J Thorn, D Jones INS: S Ocello, I Rewell OUTS: R Carruthers, A Williams
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Could there be an upset here, I reckon so, as the Ravens have been fairly consistent of late, whilst the Millers have been just a tad inconsistent. But the Millers are still second on the ladder, so we must take that into account, they didn’t get to that spot by losing many. But, I just think on a hot day at the home of the Ravens, then, it could be a close contest indeed.
A good tussle would occur if either Separovich or Gollen drew Johnny Carter.
Whilst the Millers look stronger on paper, I will punt on the home side in a close one.
MANNING v KALAMUNDA
G O'Brien, M Ellis, K Godfrey, S Lambert
M Carey, G Hogg, K Jolly, N Rees
L Herbert, P Bowden, P Herbert, M Hoskin
W Heldt, M Kemp, J Andrew, P Gatti INS: M Ellis, K Godfrey, P Bowden, P Gatti OUTS: D McIlhenney, S Patterson, M Piggott, M Hughes
A Bartlett, G Trevaskis, I Quayle, V Hughes
I Cornthwaite, R Cooper, P Townsend, M Clancy
D Wooltorton, M Potente, B Farrant, M Thomas
B Brandsma, R Pringle, T Price, R Chalmers INS: T Price OUTS: C Archer
Can the depleted Eagles beat a full strength Cougars sixteen?
The Eagles missing at least four of their top line bowlers in Piggott, Hughes, Adams and Pryce, one quarter of their team. Not sure whether they are COVID related or not, but there is certainly some classy players that haven’t been named. The visiting Cougars outfit with basically the same team, week in, week out, a Selectors dream to be sure.
Some fantastic skippers from the hills, in Wooltorton, Cornthwaite, Bartlett and Billy Brandsma, complemented by players such as Townsend, Pringle, Potente to name just few.
The Eagles have some potent players also, which is why they sit first on the ladder. Carey, Rees, Ellis, Greg Hogg, the Herbert boys amongst others.
Who will win? Maybe the visitors, with the Eagles so depleted.
KARDINYA 2 v KARDINYA 1
R Jones, K McNamara, R Lipple, P Smith
S Vassallo, G Sweetman, W Lee, J Hampson
R Hunter, S Back, B Regan, S Garner
D Regan, P Larard, M Ayres, J Carlino INS: R Lipple, W Lee, P Smith OUTS: S Maule, A Regan, J Anderson
I Barrie, W Bezant, R McNamara, M Monteiro
G Fewings, N Ball, A McCullagh, H Vriezen
D Flintoff, D Wood, G Knight, J Edgar
C Vinci, R Knapp, K Stower, J Terrell INS: C Vinci OUTS: P Smith
This game will result in an easy win for the Kats1 boys, who will just have too much experience, ability and nous for their normal mates. But the Kats2 guys, led by Hunter, Vassallo and Back will be trying there utmost, for sure. The Kats1 team can gain some valuable ground on Saturday, as I predict both the top two teams to possibly lose, so a lot to play for here.
The Kats2 guys have a lot to play for as well, as they desperately want to keep away from the bottom two spots on the ladder.
Conn Vinci, Knapp, Fewings, Flintoff and Normie Ball will help get the job done For the Kats1 side, i am sure.