Round 17 is upon us already with only two games each to finish the home and away season.
Would you believe that four of the five games present some significant interest, magical.
The Cougars look to be in the box seat to get automatic promotion to First White next year. They should win both of the remaining games that they have left I believe, The Hawks away and then the Lions at home.
The Millers and the Eagles to fill the other two top spots, with the Kats1 boys having some work in front of them.
Down at the other end of the table, I find it hard to find a case for the Kats2 team to be able to finish away from the bottom two and relegation.
But onto this week’s intriguing clashes.
THORNLIE v MANNING
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: No changes OUTS:
W Heldt, J Andrew, A McPherson, J Evans
G O'Brien, L Herbert, M Hoskin, S Lambert
A Heal, S Adams, P Herbert, A Lill
M Carey, G Hogg, P Gatti, N Rees INS: A McPherson OUTS: K Jolly
It’s 6th versus 2nd in this encounter to be played out at the home of the Ravens in Thornlie.
Both sides look very similar to last week, so nothing to hang your hat on in that context.
The Eagles coming off a bad loss last week, will be keen to make amends. Can they do it?
Out on the new tricky synthetic at Thornlie, I don’t believe so.
However, if the rink that draws the Separovich, Vaughan combination can contain them, then the Eagles may be in with some sort of chance.
Adj Heal has done everything asked of him since he has been playing in this division, so he plus Carey, O’Brien and Heldt will be keen to lift somewhat and get the Eagles over the line.
So, even though the Ravens don’t have a lot to play for, except personal pride, I still pick them to win in an upset.
SOUTH PERTH v KARDINYA 1
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: No changes OUTS:
I Barrie, W Bezant, W Lee, M Monteiro
G Fewings, N Ball, A McCullagh, H Vriezen
D Wood, R McNamara, G Knight, R Lipple
R Knapp, K Stower, B Regan, J Terrell INS: R Lipple OUTS: J Hampson
Game of the Round
An enthralling encounter should be witnessed at the home of the Millers on Saturday when they host the Kats number 1 side.
So it is 3rd versus 4th in this blockbuster by the Zoo.
Who will be crowing at 5ish in Labouchere Road?
The Millers will be keen to atone after last week’s loss to the now ladder leaders in the Cougars, they don’t appear to have any changes to the playing personnel after the loss up in the hills.
The Kats1 boys had a good win last week against a dispirited Freo so it is hard to pin a handle on them.
The home green advantage for me.
South Perth 6-2
KARDINYA 2 v FREMANTLE
R Jones, K McNamara, S Garner, P Smith
S Vassallo, G Sweetman, L Horn, J Hampson
R Hunter, S Back, J Edgar, J Carlino
D Regan, P Larard, J Dunn, M Ayres INS: S Garner, J Edgar, J Hampson OUTS: S Flynn, R Brent, J Anderson
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A real battle to take place at the Kattery on Saturday when two teams battling to stave off automatic relegation, will go head to head.
The Mariners welcome back Starcevich and Trigwell, two big ins, but will that be enough?
They are now 8 points in front of the Kats, so a win here will keep them out of the bottom two this year.
Both sides lost last week, the Kats narrowly at home, whilst the Mariners were well beaten at home by the Kats1 sixteen.
If the Mariners can hold the Hunter rink, they will win.
LEEMING v HOLLYWOOD SUBIACO
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: No changes OUTS:
Daniel Byrne, G Morey, I Graham, D Lindsay
David Byrne, A Byrne, J Hamilton, J Hall
K Jefferis, M Hatch, R Middleton, P Hiatt
R Campbell, G Sterpini, V Jones, J West INS: Daniel Byrne, I Graham, David Byrne OUTS: W Ford, J Horsfall, B Gerlach
5th versus 10th in this game to be played at the Lions home green in Leeming.
Really, a non event, as both teams cannot improve from where they are positioned now. Leeming cannot make the top three and the Hollywood reign in First Blue will come to an end on Saturday 26th March.
The Lions as usual, very much unchanged, Hollywood with two of the Byrnes back.
HILTON PARK v KALAMUNDA
R Butler, G Dodd, P Stone, R Fortini
T Simpson, B Smith, R MacKay, G Saint
Daniel Newton, S Farrell, M Glynn, S Ivory
Dave Newton, T Maxwell, J Jobey, P Harber INS: T Simpson, Daniel Newton OUTS: J Mitchell, C Standley
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:
A long trip down to Hilton for the top of the table Cougars when they take on the Hawks, who regain Daniel Newton and Travis Simpson, two important additions.
But the Cougars have their tails up at the moment and I can see them continuing on with another victory here.
The Cougars are a well oiled machine indeed and are extremely well marshalled by Billy and company.
They not only have four fine skips, but they have good all round strength, from the front to the back.
The Hawks have some fine skips indeed, but I think they lack the all round strength of the Cougars.