There are not many guarantees in life & unsure if the tipping will go as well this week as last week but there's one certainty & that's Bassendean will absolutely win Game 3 this week. We do like to have a little laugh at ourselves & why not, so we'll continue to dedicate R3 to all the Figjams. These are the blokes who have chatted themselves right up coming into R1, badgered the selectors with some sleeping outside the selector's house just to reinforce their visibility & voice but unfortunately the first 2 rounds haven't gone their way & with a 3rd game of "I was ok" performance they'll be under pressure, even within a winning side. We actually haven't seen many changes over the last few weeks but would expect some over R3 & R4 as form overrides friendship. Play well everyone, stay hydrated & enjoy what should be our first summery weather day of bowls.
ROSSMOYNE v MT LAWLEY
R Lang, G Collier, T Churcher, G Maesepp
J Carter, R Vind, P Brotherston, P Voon
W Harvey, R Halse, P Feszczak, H Slowiak
C Edson, M Barrett, G Eades, N Edson IN: P Feszczak OUT: A Petchell
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: K Cornell OUT: P Callison
The easy decision would be to go with Mt Lawley as the form team but I think this one might be harder than people think. You have the home side coming down from PL & the new kids on the block coming up from 1 Blue. Both sides have plenty of talent across the 16 but the River Rats are a solid outfit, especially at home.
Both sides have pushed for the minimum change across the 16. Petchell dropping out probably means more to Rossmoyne than a front end swap for the Mounters, so this probably gives Mt Lawley a small edge on the back end. When in 1 White previously, I did have my concerns on their dominant skippers carrying their Agg's & things look similar again with only Carter in the top 15. Mounters have 3 in the top 10, so if they can get a good matchup on Carter they'll be provided plenty of chances to push for a big score elsewhere which would make a massive difference as the River Rats don't play many blow-out games by winning by 30+ shots.
Rossmoyne have a handy little run after this to Christmas so if they can put this one away they'll be giving themselves every chance of top 4 coming into the New Year turn for home. The opposite applies for the Mounters as after R4 the teams get a lot harder heading to Christmas. Close game here & depending what surface they play on, I won't think there will be more than a dozen shots in the result. River Rats in a close call.
Rossmoyne 6 - 2
WARNBRO v SORRENTO
K Cousens, T Dellar, J Pattullo, D Sudden
Dr G Jackson, K Bancroft, I Gibson, A De Brouwer
B Kalinowsky, W Baker, C Foster, D Kitson
D Pattullo, A Shone, D Wagstaff, B Galvin IN: L Strange OUT: D Wagstaff
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: OUT: No changes
The ladder shows this is 2nd from the bottom against the 4th placed side but the Wizards will be chomping at the bit to get themselves out of early demotion chat. Whether they should be there or not is pretty irrelevant as positions are placed on results & they are not getting them yet. If they drop this & knowing R4 is away to Basso 1, then there will be massive pressure on the pretenders that were tipped to be right up there.
Sorrento dropped the first against the River Rats in a close contest but grabbed the 2nd in another close contest so this game will be interesting to see whether the contests remain a close encounter. They will need to have a solid defence from the start because if they let any rink blow-out early I'm seeing this as a write off with Warnbro hitting 100+ shots.
The Wizards probably don't have their mojo to be putting a big score on anyone yet so this will probably stay tight until the last few ends with a 25 spread in the end.
Warnbro 7 - 1
BASSENDEAN 2 v BASSENDEAN 1
E O'Sullivan, T Alden, G Ekholm, B Tie
P Madigan, B Dinnison, L Fasolo, R Sheppard
M Cook, P Hutchinson, C Francis, S Bermingham
R D'Souza, D Blight, N Hall, J Holman IN: L Fasolo OUT: K Stoner
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, L Pike, D Killisch Von Horn, J Carrigan IN: S Davies OUT: N Strachan
Easily game of the Round with mate v mate where all mateship will be parked for 3hrs. I did think the selector sitting in the top side would have dropped a few skippers in the 2nd side to give themselves a chance but they have played fair with both sides only making the minimum changes.
Last year the Lions went through 30 players to R18 so the reality is that both these 16 have played with each other plenty over the years so they'll know each other very well & plenty have 1 White & above experience. For context, Basso 1st side only has 6 of the 16 who did NOT play 1 White last year at some point, whereas Basso 2 has 10 players who did not play 1 White last year. So 10 of Basso 1st side are last year's 1 White & 6 of their 2nd side, so overall there isn't much difference.
Pretty easy to go with the top side but I wouldn't be doing that this Round as I firmly fancy the 2nd side for a tasty upset of upsets, giving them bragging rights for many years to come. Yes, yes, although unlikely but possible & I'm basing this on form. The 2nd side beat Wanneroo in R1 & had the Swans on the ropes in R2 & could have got more but for a handful of bowls near the end of the game. The 1st side lost to the Roosters away & weren't overly convincing at Home last week so I think it's pretty evenly matched on form. If Basso 1 perform they'll have enough but if they give the 2nd side a sniff I think they might be in a right dog fight on the last few ends. I'm going with the home side.
QUINNS ROCKS v COCKBURN
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: No changes OUT:
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, B Blagaich, B Dropulic IN: B Blagaich OUT: M Sokol
Bottom plays 5th but both sides are fairly evenly matched. Quinns need this one big time to get their season up & running & back into the winners circle. If possible they'll need a big score here as the percentage isn't looking great & their last game at home wasn't something they want to repeat.
Only 1 change for the Roosters & nothing for Quinns as they hold tight hoping for the 16 to pull through before making any big changes. Cockburn were close to Mt Lawley last week & beat what should be a good side in the Lions in R1 so I absolutely could see them grabbing 6pts. However, the home sides did well last week so Quinns might just edge this one if the backend talent can come through with the big shots.
Quinns Rock 6 - 2
GOSNELLS v WANNEROO
G Nicol, S Harris, N Tulett, M Crabb
T Close, G Lynch, C Watters, M Rickard
R Foy, E Gahan, P Gale, D Bradbury
F Carbone, C Hickinbotham, P Deas, A Hodge IN: C Watters OUT: B Holland
K Toster, M Nievelstein, D Anderson, B McMurdo
D Triffitt, L Bryson, S Denny, J Tailor
C Bucholz, C Parr, G Jack, R Burns
N Costello, D Griffin, B Nelson, B Bucowski IN: J Tailor OUT: M Ong
Gosnells are humming at the moment & playing some great bowls. This is another tough game for the Kookaburra's but their life does get easy in December so if they can get another big result here they'll be stoked. Gosnells are putting together some good scoring & were only 1 or 2 big conversations off breaking their maiden 100 for the year. The Kookaburra's did win this game last year by 22 shots & did similar damage away to the Roo's so they certainly have the wood over them recently.
The Roo's are back into 3rd spot after a shaky start but their high scoring gives them the edge & sitting in Finals spot is exactly where you need to be at any time of the season. Wanneroo really need to turn around their previous form against Gosnells as the recent games were not as close as they would like. In saying that they won by 20 shots against Warnbro last week but their away from has only being about 50% over the last 2 seasons which needs improving to lock in a top spot. Same same here for me, with the home side having to much backend conversions in the end.