After a nice Saturday off bowls and a trip to the Avon Valley for me, we are now ready for some big action in round Sixteen.
None bigger than the game at the home of the Cougars where they await the Millers, 3rd versus 2nd here, 😮.
A couple of other interesting games, with the Eagles 1st versus the Lions in 5th spot. Can the Kats2 side beat the visiting Ravens?, who don’t always travel that well.
KALAMUNDA v SOUTH PERTH
A Bartlett, R Pringle, I Quayle, V Hughes
I Cornthwaite, R Cooper, P Townsend, M Clancy
D Wooltorton, M Potente, B Farrant, M Thomas
B Brandsma, G Trevaskis, T Price, C Archer INS: No changes OUTS:
J Carter, O Dawson, T Percival, J Percival
R Havercroft, M Petrich, D Mortley, K Pride
M McRae, P Holmes, G Reagan, C Alberti
S Kelly, F Anderson, B Heldt, L Moretti INS: O Dawson OUTS: B Manton
Game of the Round
There will be some fantastic bowls played up in the hills come Saturday, when the South Perth Millers travel up the road to take on the might of the Cougars. Look at the skips who will be showing off the skills that they are well know for. Brandsma, Bartlett, Cornthwaite, Wooltorton for the Cougars, McRae, Kelly, Carter and young Havercroft for the visitors.
These guys are backed up by some of our divisions best bowlers. Trevaskis, Clancy, Townsend, Potente ( a real find indeed ), Hughes etc for the hosts. The Millers have some stars as well, none more so than young Callum Alberti, who has been setting the world on 🔥 with his leading, Doc Mortley, Percival by 2, to name just a few.
Who is going to win? As I predicted Beau Manson has been promoted to Premier League, a big out for the visitors.
The home green advantage could be the deciding factor I think.
The Cougars in a thriller
MANNING v LEEMING
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J Newton, G Burgess, P Hickey, J Hodges
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: J Hodges OUTS: S Dobie
First versus Fifth here, in another potentially great game at the home of the Eagles in Manning.
A very good sprinkling of ex Premier League players at Manning, including Heal, Lill, Rees, Hogg and Herbert
The Lions also have some very good players like Vandersluys, Newton, Ford, Burgess etc.
The question is: How will the Lions handle the grass at Manning?
There in is the answer to the winner of this this one I firmly believe.
KARDINYA 2 v THORNLIE
R Jones, K McNamara, S Flynn, P Smith
S Vassallo, G Sweetman, L Horn, J Anderson
R Hunter, S Back, B Regan, J Carlino
D Regan, P Larard, J Dunn, M Ayres INS: S Flynn, J Carlino, J Anderson OUTS: L Phillips, S Garner, A Regan
R Carruthers, P Pohe, P Riggio, A Williams
E Gollan, C Penaluna, D Cooper, J Mitchell
J Stean, D Innes, J Walker, S Ocello
M Separovich, G Vaughan, J Thorn, D Jones INS: J Mitchell OUTS: P de Meuse
Can the Kats2 boys win and keep there slim survival chances alive for another week?
The visiting Ravens will fly in with plenty of confidence of course, after a couple of big wins at home and naturally Eddie Gollan will be determined to show his former teammates that he still has the goods.
But this game will be played on a very different surface to the tricky green at the home of the Ravens.
FREMANTLE v KARDINYA 1
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I Barrie, W Bezant, W Lee, M Monteiro
G Fewings, N Ball, A McCullagh, H Vriezen
D Wood, R McNamara, G Knight, J Hampson
R Knapp, K Stower, L Phillips, J Terrell INS: L Phillips, H Vriezen OUTS: J Edgar, T Cocodis
Can the Mariners get back on the winning track again, after a lean trot lately?
Or will the Kats1 boys steamroll them to keep the momentum going for a top three spot?
I note that Gill is back for the Mariners, but two of the better Freo players in Trigwell and Starcevich are not.
Cocodis is out for the Kats1 boys, a good player missing.
I can’t see the Mariners getting close unfortunately for them as they need to get points to avoid relegation.
HOLLYWOOD SUBIACO v HILTON PARK
G Morey, V Jones, W Ford, D Lindsay
A Byrne, J Hamilton, P Hiatt, J Hall
K Jefferis, M Hatch, R Middleton, M Wilde
R Campbell, G Sterpini, J West, B Gerlach INS: P Hiatt, V Jones, M Hatch OUTS: Daniel Byrne, David Byrne, V Jones
G Dodd, S Farrell, M Glynn, S Ivory
R Butler, P Stone, J Mitchell, R Fortini
C Standley, B Smith, R MacKay, G Saint
Dave Newton, T Maxwell, J Jobey, P Harber INS: J Mitchell OUTS: T Simpson
Even though the boys from Hollywood haven’t been too successful this year, I am sniffing a possible upset here, when they host the travelling Hawks from Hilton. The Hawks without two of the best in Dan Newton and Travis Simpson. Hollywood have had some good old hidings and will probably be relieved to win some more games in the easier 2nd Division next year, but they have also put up some fair resistance at times. Expect them too on Saturday, I do.
I am sure that Gary Dodd and Craig Standley will have something to say about all of the above though. I note that two of the Byrne family aren’t playing, a big loss, even so.