Interesting Round 2 we have coming up with some fancied teams playing to keep their top chances alive as they don't want to be heading into R3 looking 0-2. In saying that R2 is always interesting from the psychosocial point of view because the nerves start to settle after winning the 1st game & we start to now see the FIGJAMs coming out with plenty of chatter & that's why we like to dedicate R3 to those Figjammers as the chat turns to pressure & words fail to materialise into results. Then on the other side you have those that losing 2 in a row creates that implied pressure of change of personnel as bodies go ducking into the bushes hoping to escape the dreaded axe so early in the season. I think last year we went through 246 players across all sides so that's roughly 25 players per team so plenty of chances for those that are not there yet & plenty of opportunities for many to get back into sides after some movement. Selectors have an impossible job so remember it's only a game (but if you lose you're dropped, haha)!!
Overall this weekend I'm going with a clean sweep of Home sides so I'm backing in 5 from 5 at home but I certainly expect to be wrong again if last week was anything to go by.
SORRENTO v BASSENDEAN 2
I Linford, P Crow, D Croker, S Mortimer
L Martin, R Bone, C Grisbrook, D Greig
A Anderson, D Dunstan, B Lucas, W Morrell
R Rogers, J Brown, W Elliott, B Kiely IN: No changes OUT:
E O'Sullivan, T Alden, G Ekholm, B Tie
P Madigan, B Dinnison, N Strachan, R Sheppard
M Cook, P Hutchinson, C Francis, S Bermingham
R D'Souza, D Blight, N Hall, J Holman IN: C Francis OUT: I Robertson
The Swans did push Rossmoyne right to the wire in R1 & probably might look back & think of the ‘what might of being’, however they put forward enough to show they’re here to play in 1 White.
Basso (Part Deux/Uno)….unsure how many more weeks I’ll get out of this French grading system, however they pulled off a cracking result & put me & the Roos firmly back into our respective boxes. Don’t we just love bowls & the passion it brings out in people?! The Lions showed enough to get excited about this 2nd side & now that I’m looking I can only see less than half the R1 side had a 1 White game over the last few years. Unsure what that says about the Roo’s but it sends a clear message that these blokes are up & about & the fear factor is quite low.
Easy option is to go with the home side but both sides are in a very similar position where changes above them have caused a ripple effect. Home side but only by 1 blow out rink.
Sorrento 6 - 2
MT LAWLEY v COCKBURN
A Einfeld, D Rhodes, A Graham, M Bessant
C Bessant, G Herriot, J Bessant, K Cornell
M Masel, T Ingram, J Cottier jnr, K Scott
A Jones, L Kelly, P Sinden, C Green IN: OUT: No changes
J Marevic, I Mateljak, B Vidovich, V Dropulic
W Tepania, D Bandy, D Ravlich, A Edwards
M Simunovic, M Musulin, D Gurr, J Richards
M Abonnel, J Ricci, M Sokol, B Dropulic IN: OUT: No changes
The Mounters drove down the Mitchell last week with 8pts knowing they should be feeling better but with the week they had, all they needed to feel was….job done. This week is different as top plays 2nd in what might be a big game for both sides. Looking at the Mt Lawley listing a little closer probably justifies moving them up a notch in final predictions but let’s see come R6. Mt Lawley have a solid home record & these home games are absolutely huge in any club’s ambitions for the next level.
The Roosters were brilliant at home against a good Basso side with plenty of talent & the old guard were back to their best in R1. With very little changes from last year & similar to those who played 1 White in 2020 & with the Roosters adding some ex. 1 White players give them a solid base of 16 players. Their back end is heading towards the Roosters of old where they have enough talent in there to dig them out of trouble on the back end. However, so do the Mounters, so there'll be a few dead ends & big drives in this one (watch your ankles).
If this was at Cockburn I’d be quite happy to back the Roosters but the Mounters at home should be too strong. No changes across both sides so I'll go with the home side on their new surface in an early top of the table clash.
Mt Lawley 6 - 2
BASSENDEAN 1 v ROSSMOYNE
R Ellis, L McKay, G Stokes, M Watson
S Alden, R Kenyon, M Whitely, D Snelgar
J Krstic, T Lynch, G Needs, N Kirkup
S Davies, D Killisch Von Horn, L Pike, J Carrigan IN: No changes OUT:
R Lang, G Collier, T Churcher, G Maesepp
J Carter, R Vind, P Brotherston, P Voon
A Petchell, W Harvey, R Halse, H Slowiak
C Edson, M Barrett, G Eades, N Edson IN: No changes OUT:
The Lions are licking their wounds from R1 but they met a side who have an exceptional home record & we’re probably only 1 rink off making it a competitive finish. The interest here is both sides this week played each other last year in PL & both are looking very different this year with the River Rats holding more of that 16 side from last year so maybe last year's result will be different this time around.
Rossmoyne went about their job in business like fashion & yes it was pretty tight on the 84th end but they got there & won't be phased on meeting their weakened rivals from last year.
Again no changes across either sides as they look to settle in. The last time Rossmoyne were in 1 White it was their Away record that drove promotion not their Home record like most previously, so they’ll be attacking hard on Sat & I expect this to be very tight. Basso by less than 8 shots.
Bassendean 6 - 2
WANNEROO v WARNBRO
K Toster, M Nievelstein, D Anderson, B McMurdo
D Triffitt, L Bryson, S Denny, M Ong
C Bucholz, C Parr, G Jack, R Burns
N Costello, D Griffin, B Nelson, B Bucowski IN: B McMurdo OUT: H Whitman
B Kalinowsky, W Baker, C Foster, D Kitson
L Strange, D Pattullo, A Shone, B Galvin
Dr G Jackson, K Bancroft, I Gibson, A De Brouwer
K Cousens, T Dellar, J Pattullo, D Sudden IN: D Kitson OUT: D Wagstaff
Hard to not feel for the Roos after last week but if they could have played this game Sunday they probably would have. The Roos won the same game at Basso last week against a stronger side but maybe the new blood gave them a fight they weren’t prepared for. Wanneroo will be chomping at the bit this weekend & they'll need more than just their top players to show this Round. It's a tough game for them because if all 16 don't show this will be another through the fingers & heading into R3 going 0-2 isn't what any side wants.
The Wizards also dropped a game they won last year but found a different side this year which leaves both fancied sides in quite a predicament since 1 of these sides will be Winless going into R3 & their season will certainly be on the line. Looking at the side for this week against R2 last year & there probably are a few more changes than I originally thought, which might have been a factor last week & certainly will be a factor this week playing away. Both sides are pretty even across the board with the Roo's probably edging the Wizards on the back end. Minor changes across both sides with only 1 change. Last years fixture saw both sides win against each other at home by about the same ~10 shot margin so I'd expect this will be another tight affair.
Wanneroo 6 - 2
GOSNELLS v QUINNS ROCKS
G Nicol, S Harris, N Tulett, M Crabb
B Holland, G Lynch, T Close, M Rickard
R Foy, E Gahan, P Gale, D Bradbury
F Carbone, C Hickinbotham, P Deas, A Hodge IN: No change OUT:
S O'Neill, R Cantrill, A Barker, C Taboni
H Ward, B Crawford, T Burrows, T Hines
M Hinchcliffe, S Smith, C Bartle, S Cavanagh
J Berecz, L Oldham, P Geenacker, L Johnson IN: C Taboni OUT: D Eadie
The Kookaburra's are flying high after last week superb start to the season & come home to play a team that got smashed last week so it will be easy for them to think this might be easier but Quinns will be livid after last week result & will want to come out swinging & when they swing they can swing hard as we witnessed last year. Gosnells probably have the wood on them from last year by beating them comfortably at home & then away at Quinns the Kookaburra's won an absolute cracker by 1 shot with the last bowl.
Gosnells & Mt Lawley are the only teams going back to back at home over the next 2 Rounds so both sides could be tracking well on the ladder if they put these Home games to bed. Quinns away record last year wasn't something they would be defending with only 2 away wins from the season so they'll definitely have learnt a lot from that knowing that 3 wins for the season makes them safe if the home games go their way & no doubt they'll consider this one a winnable one. Last year Gosnells were scoring for fun at home, averaging 84shots & Quinns are finding it hard away, averaging 69shots & I can probably see that being something close to the final score.