Unfortunately it looks like COVID is going to wreak havoc on this round, with a number of players from some clubs unable to play because of health protocols.
However we still have an exciting finish to the home and away fixtures this coming Saturday. Only 3 points seperate the top three teams being the Kalamunda Cougars, the Manning Eagles and the South Perth Millers.
You really couldn’t write a better script than that if you tried I would be prepared to say. Not only that, all of the above mentioned teams have very winnable games indeed.
Down at the bottom of the table we also have a scenario where there are three teams with a fight on to avoid automatic relegation. The Hilton Hawks, Fremantle Mariners and the Kardinya2 sides will be desperately trying to pick up some points to avoid finishing ninth and automatic relegation.
Meanwhile, Wooltorton, Cornthwaite and McCrae are all in the hunt to be the top skipper of the year, good luck on Saturday boys.
Four of the games this week though, have significant interest, so lets look at them.
R Carruthers, P Pohe, P Riggio, A Williams
E Gollan, C Penaluna, D Cooper, P De Meuse
J Stean, D Innes, J Walker, S Ocello
M Separovich, G Vaughan, J Thorn, D Jones INS: P DeMeuse OUTS: J Mitchell
The boys from the leafy western suburbs will play their final game in this division after a very difficult season, to put it mildly.
They have only won 1 aggregate so far out of 17, but they have been reasonably competitive in some of the games, so hopefully we will see them again soon. On statistics alone, you couldn’t pick them to beat the Ravens, but you never know as the Ravens have only their personal pride at stake here. The Ravens have picked a fairly strong side again, so expect them to win easily.
KALAMUNDA v LEEMING
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 Newton, G Burgess, P Hickey, J Lennon
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 Lennon OUTS: J Hodges
1st versus 5th in this clash at the home of the top of the table Cougars on Saturday. Whilst the Lions have nothing to play for, other than pride ( no pun intended), I expect them to give the Cougars a run for there money. It must be a dream being a selector at these clubs, because week after week they virtually have a full squad available to pick from.
I just think the home side have too much to play for though, top of the table with promotion to First White and the top skippers gong.
When I look at the skips playing, I find it hard to seperate them, it all boils down to the guys up front on any given day. Brandsma, Vandersluys, Cornthwaite, Wooltorton, Newton, Bartlett, Ford, Dobie in that order for mine.
The home ground advantage and the plums on offer make me go for the Cougars.
MANNING v KARDINYA 2
W Heldt, J Andrew, K Jolly, 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 Lill, W Heldt, K Jolly OUTS: P Bowden, A Taylor, A Macpherson
R Jones, K McNamara, S Garner, P Smith
S Vassallo, R Brent, L Horn, T Regan
R Hunter, S Back, B Regan, J Carlino
D Regan, P Larard, J Dunn, M Ayres INS: B Regan, R Brent, T Regan OUTS: J Edgar, G Sweetman, J Hampson
The Eagles playing at home on their favoured grass green, should be too strong for this Kats2 sixteen, me thinks. They have had a very good year, now sitting 2nd on the ladder, winning 12 aggregates so far. The Kats meanwhile, have just won 5 games with a shots against record that is not too flash. The Eagles appear to be nearly at full strength this week. Unfortunately the Eagles appear to be one of the clubs affected with health problems, with a number of their good players missing, either being promoted, or just not available. However I still favour them slightly.
KARDINYA 1 v HILTON PARK
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, J Edgar, J Terrell INS: J Edgar, J Hampson OUTS: B Regan, R Lipple
R Butler, G Dodd, P Stone, R Fortini
T Simpson, B Smith, R MacKay, G Saint
C Standley, S Farrell, M Glynn, S Ivory
Dave Newton, T Maxwell, J Jobey, P Harber INS: C Standley, S Ivory OUTS: Daniel Newton, J Mitchell
The Hawks travel just down the road to challenge the Kats, knowing that every point they might pick up, could mean the difference in staying out of automatic relegation territory. However as usual they lose Junior Newton to FIFO duties.
If the Kats are dinkum they should win this game by the length of the straight, but you never know.
FREMANTLE v SOUTH PERTH
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J Carter, D Mortley, T Percival, J Percival
R Havercroft, M Petrich, D Calvo, K Pride
M McRae, P Holmes, G Reagan, C Alberti
S Kelly, F Anderson, B Heldt, W Skuza INS: F Anderson, D Calvo, B Heldt, W Skuza OUTS: W Owen, L Moretti, O Dawson, D Fetherstonehaugh
The Mariners will host the Millers in this one, with both teams having a lot to play for. However it is 3rd versus 8th, a big difference on the ladder, but both teams losing playing personnel it seems, especially the home side losing Starcevich. Unfortunately the Mariners have had a bad run lately when it comes to winning, while the Millers have been pretty good.
The Millers by the length of the straight.