Here we go the penultimate Round for season 2021/2022 1 White....isn't this exciting with so much still on the line for all sides.
We are seeing some outs in the selections & hearing a few more in rumours so this will be very interesting to see what 16 line up on the day. Due to personal reasons we certainly will not 'assume' those outs are from COVID & leave that as a private concern for each omission this week as we all seem to migrate to that assumption which can be invariably wrong. However, the outs will have an effect on those teams so it's an opportunity for a possible upset in a few games.
We said we would try & get some hours in for our Annual CLUBMAN OF THE YEAR award & we fortunately made some time so here we go again. A reminder for all is this meaningless award with no trophy or dollars attached is obviously worth it's weight in gold in bragging rights...it is just about finding the value. It actually got quite heated near the end as we couldn't narrow it down to just one winner but we eventually did once we applied 1 last filter which produced a worthy winner. We would like to make some honorary mentions to a few guys who didn't make the final selections due to the criteria or other minor qualifications but absolutely honoured the meaning of this award in what they produced for their club this year. Remembering that this award can't go to a Skipper & rarely goes to a 3rd either, this is searching for the unspoken hero's who get moved rink to rink, position to position & are generally passed around every few games to fill a very important role or gap for the club whilst at ALL TIMES STILL WINNING the majority of their games. Tough ask you might say but these guys exist in 1 White & were here to find those diamonds.
Firstly, let's highlight Michael Humprey (Quinns Rocks) who gets an honorary mention due to his performance since coming into the side in R9. He started with a loss but hasn't lost a single game since & no he's not in Berecz rink either. Get this for movement in just 5 games, he started with Ward, went to Oldham, then went over to cover for O'Neill, all as a Lead. He has a higher win percentage than Berecz who sits 4th in the skippers ladder & it's no coincidence that Quinns amazing change in form started to occur around that timing. Well done to Michael Humphrey, love your work. We do apologise as there are probably a number of other players like this but we ran out of time because as you can imagine it is a monster effort to review over 200 individual performances' all season & then cross reference that with where they played each & every rink against their win ratio etc, so please don't feel aggrieved if you are left out & hopefully we'll uncover you next season.
Right, we are down to the last 2 & we found it next impossible to split the difference & the only difference really in the end was win percentage as it was that close & no pun intending on the word CLOSE......yes our runnerup was none other than Trevor CLOSE (Gosnells) who's had a wonderful year & really deserves to share the top prize but we can't do joint winners, that's not how it works. However, get a load of Closes's story for the season so far, it's mouth watering good. Starts R1 at lead to Holland, then asks to step up in R3 to skipper, he duly obliges & beats a Roo's rink by a dozen, R4 changed back to a 2nd for Holland, R5 goes 3rd for Foy. Stays there for a few Rounds then back to 2nd for Holland, then back to 3rd for Nicol. Now the only skipper he's not had is Carbone....boom changed over to Carbone in R14 to top off the full complement of rinks for the season, what a season, what versatility & more importantly won the majority of his games at just under 60%. Well done Trevor Close, outstanding clubman.
So who can beat that, who can play in in every rink over the season & also win more than 60% of games you say....DRUM ROLL........this year Clubman of the Year goes to PAUL SINDEN (Mt Lawley), what a phenomenal year he's had. Folks, this story is wonderful as we honestly thought nobody could beat Close but listen to this for putting a man anywhere & asking him to roll up the sleeves, get on with it & do the best job for the team. Started the season solidly with little change playing for Jones as they cruised through R1-R6, then R7 came over as 3rd to Einfeld, then over to Rhodes in R9 as 3rd, Then back to Jones in R11 as 2nd, then R14 over to Bessant as 3rd, then R17 back to Einfeld as 3rd.....what a journey, played with 4 skippers, personally had 12.5 wins & +67 shots for the season, whilst only 1 game all season....so to us this epitomises what this award, so congrats to Paul Sinden (Mt Lawley) on winning Clubman of the Year for 1 White & well done on a fantastic season.
WARNBRO v BASSENDEAN 2
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B Dinnison, D Blight, G Foti-Cuzzola, R Sheppard
E O'Sullivan, T Alden, S Bermingham, C Barnes
N Strachan, N Hall, I Robertson, K Durward
R D'Souza, G Stokes, T Little, V Del Prete IN: V Del Prete, I Robertson OUT: M Cook, B Maynard
Massive game at the bottom of the ladder for these sides as the winner has a legitimate chance of playing the playoff's, whereas the loser is gone to 1 Blue, so the pressure will be at max before & during this game.
The Wizards have actually turned their form right around & even last week's loss was not unexpected away to a good side. Their home form has turned the corner as they are now 5 from 8 at home, whilst grabbing some massive scalps over the last month. Basso have given themselves a massive chance here after doing what all other teams failed to do last week & beat Quinns. This will build serious confidence & if they survive they'll absolutely deserve it by winning 2 massive games away to stay up.
Very tempted to go with the away side after last week's performance but the home side are playing well & Warnbro is a hard place to go looking for points. I do think this one will go right to the wire so let's see what happens.
Warnbro 6 - 2
BASSENDEAN 1 v QUINNS ROCKS
J Krstic, T Lynch, P Hutchinson, N Kirkup
S Alden, R Ellis, L McKay, M Watson
R Kenyon, M Whitely, J Holman, B Tie
S Davies, D Killisch Von Horn, D Snelgar, J Carrigan IN: L Pike OUT: S Davies
J Berecz, M Hinchcliffe, P Geenacker, L Johnson
S O'Neill, B Crawford, A Barker, M Humphrey
L Oldham, H Ward, C Bartle, C Taboni
S Smith, R Cantrill, T Burrows, T Hines IN: S Cavanagh OUT: T Hines
The Lions need a massive win here to lock down a Finals spot & anything less than 7pts will have them very nervous heading to Mt Lawley next week. Quinns have 1 more at home but after dropping last weeks game to Basso 2 they'll need to put on a serious performance to beat the A side away. It would be such a shame to see them nearly make the greatest get out of jail performance in recent memory & fail in the last few games. They need an Agg here & hope the River Rats drop their game at Gosnells but either way every point will be huge here & likewise for Basso.
Bassendean 1 7 - 1
WANNEROO v COCKBURN
K Toster, S Denny, M Nievelstein, G Jack
C Parr, D Anderson, J Tailor, B Bucowski
D Triffitt, L Bryson, B Nelson, R Burns
N Costello, B McMurdo, N Palmer, H Whitman IN: J Tailor, D Triffit OUT: C Buchholz, D Turra
J Marevic, I Mateljak, B Vidovich, D Ravlich
W Tepania, D Bandy, L Onley Jnr, A Edwards
M Simunovic, M Musulin, D Gurr, J Kop
M Abonnel, J Ricci, B Blagaich, B Dropulic IN: J Kop OUT: G Reale
GAME OF THE ROUND: This one is surely the highlight of the Round as the winner locks in that coveted 4th Finals spot & makes it very unlikely that the 5th side can catch them in R18. It's really a tough call here because on paper the Roosters are shocking away with only 2 wins all season & the Roo's are superb at home winning a massive 7 from 8. So you might ask what's the problem calling this for the Roo's?! Probably true but the Roosters have had some incredibly close calls away this season where it was down to 1 or 2 bowls & Wanneroo are not the side to put Away teams to the sword playing at home so this actually should finish in single digits & I won't be surprised if this one is our first draw of the season.
Hard to fault the home side but Cockburn are sitting in 4th already & won't want to give that up, very exciting game ahead.
Wanneroo 6 - 2
GOSNELLS v ROSSMOYNE
F Carbone, C Hickinbotham, T Close, M Byrne
B Holland, G Lynch, M Rickard, R McKay
G Nicol, S Harris, N Tulett, P Deas
R Foy, E Gahan, A Hodge, D Bradbury IN: M Byrne OUT: P Gale
R Lang, R Halse, T Churcher, G Maesepp
J Carter, A Petchell, P Chappell, J Symons
W Harvey, R Vind, G Collier, H Slowiak
C Edson, M Barrett, G Eades, N Edson IN: No changes OUT:
Every game is a big game but the Kookaburra's need to put this one away early & go speeding for the 8pts. If they can grab an 8 here it really makes no difference what the top side do as they'll be within a chance in R18 as they play the bottom side & the Mounters play one of the top sides so it could still be game on.
The River Rats are pretty poor away from home with only 2 wins all season but the highlight for them is in the corresponding fixture they touched up Gosnells at Home so they certainly won't be any fear factor here, especially since Rossmoyne need every point to stay in 6th spot & away from the playoff's. Gosnells could do real damage here but even if they don't get the max points, a good Agg locks away 2nd spot & gives them the double chance for PL.
Gosnells 7 - 1
SORRENTO v MT LAWLEY
C Jasper, A Anderson, C Grisbrook, M Sharrett
A Walton, P Crow, P Webb, D Greig
R Rogers, B Collins, W Elliott, B Stewart
R Bone, W Gray, D Dunstan, J Konig IN: C Grisbrook, W Gray OUT: B Kiely, E Cosh
A Einfeld, P Sinden, A Graham, M Bessant
A Jones, M Erceg, T Ingram, C Green
C Bessant, J Bessant, G Herriot, K Scott
M Masel, D Rhodes, J Cottier, P Callison IN: M Masel OUT: L Kelly
The Swans are struggling badly with duck eggs since the heat round but they did put together some solid performances at home to beat some of the top sides previously so they'll be with a chance of getting something from this game. Losing this more than likely drops them into demotion position & it'll be hard to see them out from there so they need to win this one to keep them in playoff's.
Mounters are all but guaranteed that ticket to the big dance but mathematically they'll need to win this to satisfy the number crushers. Even 5 or 6pts would be fine to lock away the promotion so it should be easy enough from here with others needing the cards to fall their way. Sorrento don't really win games by more than 10 shots & there were probably only 15 shots in the corresponding fixture so if they win it will be very tight. Hard to see the top side having any problems here & they'll be celebrating hard over the weekend if they can grab the Agg here & Gosnells get 1 less point.