Welcome back after another involuntary weather break in the season as we all gather ourselves for the run home. The Away sides are looking good this week & it would be close to impossible to see all Home sides win. There's probably even merit to think that all the away sides have an excellent chance of grabbing the Agg this Round. Yes after this Round we only have 5 Rounds left so anyone caught asleep at the start of the games this week will find it hard to recover but the reality is up to Friday 11 Feb'22 we have only played 3 Rounds since 18 Dec'21, so that's only 3 games over the last 56 days. Surely this is an advantage to those out practicing & playing regularly away from pennants as surely 3 games in nearly 2 months can't be good for your momentum. With only 5 games left after this Round it will soon become a catch me if you can from Mt Lawley. If they can get 4 games to go with 2.5 games ahead then it's curtains for the chasing pack, so you'd think it'll all be decided within the next 8 days. I was going to do the annual R12 predictions but the week has got away from me so I'll run the predictor after this Round for some fun.
Please be careful out there this weekend as the scare at North Beach really brings this impending situation very close to home. It might be worthwhile asking your opposition at the start whether they feel comfortable with shaking hands, being close on the rink & crowding the bowls head. Please respect all players, the game & club rules as we head into a difficult period knowing that there's a probability of us all losing a fellow bowler, friend or clubmate. It's only a game at the end of the day so please take care of each other out there & stay safe.
WANNEROO v QUINNS ROCKS
K Toster, B Bucowski, G Jack, J Tailor
N Costello, D Anderson, N Palmer, H Whitman
C Parr, M Nievelstein, S Denny, B McMurdo
C Bucholz, L Bryson, B Nelson, R Burns IN: B Nelson OUT: B Jefferies
H Ward, D Rogers, C Bartle, C Taboni
S O'Neill, B Crawford, A Barker, M Humphrey
J Berecz, M Hinchcliffe, P Geenacker, L Johnson
S Smith, R Cantrill, T Burrows, S Cavanagh IN: D Rogers OUT: L Oldham
The Roo's are sitting 4th with a nice margin to 5th so they are in full control of their own destiny from here. They are 3 on the trot & running 6 of the last 8 (excluding R12 split pts), only Mt Lawley are running the same. They got a right trashing in the middle of that run & most of their games were very tight but they are finding a way to win & that's all that matters. When winning at home they are only averaging grabbing the Agg by about 10 shots per win so Quinns will certainly get a look at the Agg late in the game if they stay competitive.
Well Quinns were looking at the R12 & R13 as their trickiest section from here to R18 as both games were away against good opposition. However, the weather Gods have intervened & they already have 4pts in the bag so anything here will surely be a bonus. Quinns are flying since their little reshuffle as they pull themselves off the bottom of the ladder & give themselves a huge look at playoffs instead of automatic demotion. If Quinns win here they’ll get themselves out of the bottom 2. We certainly haven’t allowed for such a massive bounce back from Quinns so if they can grab a few more wins they’ll leapfrog both Basso & Warnbro, leaving them to no longer be fighting for that 8th & they’ll be gone straight to 1 Blue.
The Roo's are one of the few unbeaten teams at Home this year & it would be hard to see Quinns winning 3 in a row & 2 of them away to very strong sides but they certainly have the momentum so the Roo's better be expecting a tight fight.
Wanneroo 6 - 2
GOSNELLS v SORRENTO
F Carbone, C Hickinbotham, P Deas, A Hodge
B Holland, G Lynch, M Rickard, R McKay
G Nicol, T Close, N Tulett, M Byrne
R Foy, E Gahan, P Gale, D Bradbury IN: P McKelvie OUT: M Byrne
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Gosnells had a tricky game last week so getting the free 4pts might have helped them instead of a possible 2 considering their away record to date. So this game will come at them nicely as they'll look to cement that impressive home form. Kookaburra's are with only a small group of sides that still are unbeaten at home & it's hard to see this changing here.
The Swans might have dropped 2-3pts last week as they were due to host Wanrbro so they certainly would have fancied the Agg there. They are only 1pt behind Cockburn so every point here will count especially with Cockburn playing away.
Hard to go past the home track bullies here but the Swans have won 2 away games this season so they can put a score together on the road.
Gosnells 7 - 1
ROSSMOYNE v COCKBURN
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J Marevic, I Mateljak, K Wylie, B Vidovich
W Tepania, D Bandy, B McMillan, J Kop
M Simunovic, M Musulin, L Onley Jnr, G Reale
M Abonnel, J Ricci, B Blagaich, B Dropulic IN: L Onley jnr, G Reale, K Wylie OUT: D Gurr, D Gibson, V Dropulich
The River Rats might have wanted to avenge their defeat at Home to the Mounters in the last Round but the reality is getting a free 4pts probably helps them more than it hinders them. They get back home this Round & host the Waterboys sponsored by Total Eden, WA's No1 name in sprinklers. Rossmoyne have only lost 2 home games all season & they were against some very good sides so you'd think they should have the measure of the worst performing team in the comp at the moment & Rossmoyne normally score well at home even if many of the games are close ones.
There's no doubt that Cockburn need this win as they are a shocking 1 from 5 over the last few months & giving Quinns 4pts will certainly not help their cause as they were screaming at for those home games. If they wish to play Finals they need to win here because if they don't & the Roo's win then it's a 2 game gap to that Finals spot & only 5 games left for the season. Equally Rossmoyne desperately need the win to get out of trouble & hope Sorrento don't get too many points. You would not think they'll be many points between Rossmoyne & Sorrento coming into R18 so every point will help here. The key here will be the matchups as both sides are struggling with that 3rd & 4th rink so watch out for a blowout rink. Should be less than 10shots in this one.
Rossmoyne 6 - 2
WARNBRO v BASSENDEAN 1
K Cousens, T Dellar, B O'Neill, D Sudden
B Kalinowsky, W Baker, C Foster, P Hartnett
Dr G Jackson, K Bancroft, I Gibson, A De Brouwer
L Strange, D Pattullo, A Shone, D Wagstaff IN: B O'Neill, L Strange OUT: S Ryan, T Lutey
J Krstic, T Lynch, M Whitely, N Kirkup
R Ellis, L McKay, M Watson, G Stokes
S Alden, R Kenyon, D Snelgar, B Tie
S Davies, L Pike, D Killisch Von Horn, J Carrigan IN: No changes OUT:
You would think Basso just need to show up as the poor Wizards can't get the mojo going & are now running the risk of Quinns pulling a full game ahead & leaving them rooted to the bottom. It will be a tough fight for that 8th spot but you'd have to think that the other 2 have the advantage at this stage. Warnbro have not really put anyone to the sword at home so you'd think they'll get one good game this season but it's hard to see it being this Round.
Basso will be gutted about last week as they surely feel they dropped 3 or maybe even 4 pts but such is the luck of the weather. Now they need some really big wins to maintain the pressure on the top side but also to finish 2nd as they won't mind having 2 cracks at the Mounters in the Finals but only 2nd spot will help them. R10 & R11 were the first time in months they put together back to back wins so they'll need to go back to back all the way to R18 if they want the ticket to the big dance. Basso are 70 shots off the Mounters & they lost one of the key games to get 30-40 of those shots back in the last Round so they'll need to push hard here & go for everything.
Bassendean 7 - 1
BASSENDEAN 2 v MT LAWLEY
B Dinnison, D Blight, G Foti-Cuzzola, R Sheppard
E O'Sullivan, T Alden, S Bermingham, C Barnes
N Strachan, N Hall, R D'Souza, K Durward
M Cook, P Hutchinson, R Maynard, J Holman IN: D Blight OUT: P Madigan
C Bessant, G Herriot, J Bessant, K Cornell
A Einfeld, D Rhodes, A Graham, M Bessant
A Jones, L Kelly, P Sinden, C Green
M Masel, T Ingram, J Cottier, K Scott IN: No changes OUT:
The Mounters have done the hard work now so it’s cruise control from here to see them through. Pretty standard game to knock out for them with no massive predicted surprises. Mt Lawley beat Basso 2 by about 30+ shots last time so you might think that Basso could maybe grab 1 or 2 pts here if they play very very well. Basso are 3 losses in a row but did get all 3 of their wins to date at home so they need to grab at least 1pt on their home track.
Mounters are dropping rinks but not dropping Aggs which is the most important aspect & probably shows a good team spirit if they can find a way to win each week. They are 3 from the last 5 as they tasted defeat for the first few times but they have won as many away games as home games & have knocked together some massive away scores with 2 of them topping 100+shots. If they start getting into a free flowing high scoring game then it's trouble for Basso & this could get ugly. Basso are certainly out to help their other top side & grab as many points off the Mounters as possible but that's something many teams have tried & failed to do this season, so they'll need to play their best bowls. Mt Lawley need to put away the next 2 easier games & grab max points, if so they will be over 2 games ahead with 4 to play & the rest will be running out of games pretty quickly & both 2nd & 3rd need to play the Mounters which means no team can go unbeaten from here to R18 in the top 3.
Mounters should have this with a cherry on top & Basso just need to hope that Quinns & Warnbro don't get many points either.