Round Four take place this Saturday, wit a fine day predicted, mild to warm temperatures with a reasonable sea breeze though.
As usual we will have some interesting games, with the remote possibility of not one unbeaten side by Saturday evening.
The Millers travel to the Kattery, which is quite often a graveyard for visiting sixteens. We will probably still have one winless team also, with the Hilton Hawks off to Thornlie.
FREMANTLE v LEEMING
D Bacich, K Bowden, J Chessell, B Sumich
P Wachmer, B Jeppesen, J F Stewart, J Trigwell
S McCormack, J Smith, B Wright, N Gaspar
M Gill, M Lindsay, M Ngui, D Piromalli INS: J Chessell, M Ngui, J Smith OUTS: P Clausen, M Starcevich, B McCarthy
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If my memory serves me correct the Lions 🦁 normally have bragging rights over the Mariners, so this could be quite a test for the home side.
The Lions predictably with a very settled lineup, with those solid and sometimes brilliant skips in Ford, Vandersluys, Jimmy Newton and Dobie.
Some more changes at Freo I see, with Claussen and McCarthy losing their spots and the absence of young Marcus Starcevich out also this week, maybe he is a FIFO like Newton. Ngui returns for the Mariners, one of their best bowlers on his day.
I will go for an upset here, but the surface at Freo might test the visitors though.
HOLLYWOOD SUBIACO v KALAMUNDA
David Byrne, M Hatch, V Jones, J Hall
Daniel Byrne, Anthony Byrne, K Jefferis, J Horsefall
R Campbell, G Sterpini, R Middleton, D Lindsay
G Morey, J Hamilton, W Ford, J West INS: W Ford, V Jones OUTS: D Malkin, R Appleton
B Brandsma, R Pringle, C Archer, P Townsend
A Bartlett, G Trevaskis, I Quayle, V Hughes
I Cornthwaite, R Cooper, M Potente, M Clancy
D Wooltorton, R Hutchinson, B Farrant, M Thomas INS: No changes OUTS:
The Cougars have a long journey down the hill to the flats of the Western Suburbs, it could be a longer trip home They also face a game on a very worn carpet surface, which is being replaced shortly, well overdue. As usual the Cougars have a very settled sixteen, whilst Hollywood have a minor change or so I see, with Malkin dropped. Wouldn’t it be great to see Campbell and Brandsma square off, a clash worth going a long way to see. Both fine bowlers and gentlemen to boot.
I guess it is a matter of visiting teams adjusting to this surface, which determines the outcome more or less.
Only because of the home ground advantage I will go for the home side.
Hollywood Subiaco 6-2
THORNLIE v HILTON PARK
P Pohe, D Innes, H Collins, A Williams
C Penaluna, N Holden, P Riggio, S Ocello
M Separovich, G Vaughan, J Thorn, D Jones
J Stean, R Carruthers, J Walker Jnr, J Mitchell INS: R Carruthers OUTS: E McCurdy
P Stone, J Mitchell, S Cargill, R Horsman
C Standley, B Smith, G Saint, R Butler
T Maxwell, Dave Newton, J Jobey, P Harber
G Dodd, S Farrell, D Mitchell, R Fortini INS: P Stone, J Mitchell, R Horsman OUTS: T Simpson, Daniel Newton, S Ivory
The Ravens should inflict more pain on the winless Hawks as they cross the freeway travelling to Thornlie to the East.
More changes to the Hawks lineup, with two big outs in Travis Simpson and young Dan Newton, a FIFO worker I have been told. Two back end players of some note, but I guess it gives other players an opportunity to show their wares. Also missing is Steve Ivory, a handy leader, Stone comes in to skip, a new player to this position. Robert Carruthers in to try and strengthen the struggling Stean rink at Thornlie.
Hilton in desperate need of a win, but I can’t see it happening here unfortunately.
MANNING v KARDINYA 1
M Allan, W Heldt, S Adams, J Andrew
M Carey, G Hogg, K Jolly, N Rees
M Piggott, A Pryce, P Herbert, A Lill
G O'Brien, L Herbert, B Hogg, S Lambert INS: A Pryce OUTS: R Connell
I Barrie, W Bezant, K Stower, M Monteiro
G Fewings, D Wood, A McCullagh, J Edgar
G White, J Rochford, R Jones, W Lee
D Radford, R Knapp, G Knight, M Holt INS: G White, D Wood OUTS: C Booth, R McNamara
Game of the Round
5th versus 2nd here in what shapes up as a very interesting game at the Eagles nest in Manning.
My flag favourite in the Eagles are further strengthened by the seasoned and sometimes brilliant player in Alan Pryce. He has been absent so far this year and slots straight into Murray Piggott’s rink as his third, the fourth such third for the affable Piggott.
The Eagles got beaten last week up in the hills, but at home they should account for the the visiting Kats quite comfortably I predict. The Kats two wins so far have come at home, so it is a bit hard to put a handle on them thus far. Geoff White, demoted from Premier League takes a rink for the Kats, Golem surprisingly promoted.
The Eagles for my money.
KARDINYA 2 v SOUTH PERTH
D Flintoff, L Phillips, K McNamara, R Sweet
R Hunter, S Back, B Regan, R Lipple
S Vassallo, R McNamara, J Hampson, P Smith
D Regan, P Larard, M Ayres, A Regan INS: R McNamara, R Lipple, D Flintoff OUTS: S Maule, S Garner, N Ball
J Wardrop, B Roelefs, S Hughes, J Percival
S Kelly, F Anderson, B Heldt, B Owen
M Petrich, G Reagan, T Percival, O Dawson
S Walker, R Havercroft, P Holmes, C Alberti INS: S Walker, B Roelefs OUTS: M McRae, J Carter
Could we see an upset here, down at the Kattery?
If the game is played on the green outside the clubhouse, then the home side will prevail, a very tricky fast surface.
The Millers once again swinging the changes, Roelofs back up, McCrae out, Carter promoted, to name a few. But the massive surprise is to see state player Scott Walker coming down from Premier League. Apparently he is unable to play on the Friday night Premier League game. If he is playing okay, then the Millers will prevail.
Is there rumblings at South Perth, looks like it.