Well after most results going as expected last week with the exception of a Kardinya win at North Beach, we can see the ladder taking shape with a bit of a gap now separating the top 4 from the rest.
This week s fixtures also throw up some interesting games with 4 out of the 5 games being played between clubs next to each other on the ladder.
SAFETY BAY v DOUBLEVIEW
C Owen, B McVicar, J Radford, S McBriar
R Hall, G Smith, G Hodges, J Hanafee
C Carruthers, S Hide, G Ogg, S Foran
L Piper, G Taylor, R Kennedy, S Mulhall INS: No changes OUTS:
J Slavich, S Scott, R Haring, L Thorn
C Slavich, A Williams, R Bates, A Wetzler
K McIlroy, S Gosstray, S Cerff, G Faulkner
R Moyle, B White, B Pearce, T Whitfield INS: No changes OUTS:
On paper perhaps the easiest game to predict this weekend, but as we all know playing away on a foreign surface has undone a lot of good sides in the past.
Safety Bay still struggling to find their feet thus far with only 5 points to this point of the season will need to turn things around quickly if they hope to save relegation.
Doubleview feeling satidfied with their season so far and no doubt will be looking to climb further up the ladder and take control of this game early.
I think Doubleview will win, but they will have to be at their best.
Doubleview 7 – 1
CAMBRIDGE v MANNING
C Adams, R Bolton, A Foster, P Potts
B Nairn, D Opie, C Wooldridge, D Leeson
E Johannes, C Harris, L Bolton, A Garlick
S Mawdsley, S Rushforth, N Lewis, N Bolton INS: No changes OUTS:
S Knott, N Jones, A Lill, J Angel
L Grigg, A Heal, S O'Brien, M Ellis
D Trewhella, D Downey, P Ker, M Walker
T Mitchell, B Butler, W Hyatt, G Quann INS: No changes OUTS:
Cambridge 2nd on the ladder hosting top of the table Manning in what is undoubtable game of the round.
Boasting 2 of the top 5 skippers, Cambridge are taking all before them and despite a hiccup at home a couple of weeks ago, seem to be doing everything right a third of the way into the season.
Manning undefeated and also playing well will go into this game with a lot of confidence and taking nothing away from the other skippers wouldn’t we all love to see undefeated skips Nairn and Trewella go at it.
This game could go either way but when in doubt, go the home side Cambridge in a close one.
Cambridge 6 – 2
SORRENTO v MOSMAN PARK
C Lander, R Cunningham, P Morgan, G Murray
D Nicholls, A Elmer, A Walton, S Mortimer
R Butler, P Knight, P Flack, M Burton
B Eagles, M Hulbert, F Tyson, G Taylor INS: M Burton OUTS: M Sharrett
M Cranswick, J Barry, A Daley, T Southern
C Hoffman, M Robertson, A Gryta, R Kershaw
D Marsland, T Massang, S Swanson, W Tan
A Southern, T Cranswick, S Anning, M Van Bemmel INS: S Swanson, A Daley OUTS: J Adams, A Mercader
Sorrento taking all before them at this point of the season and sitting comfortably in the top 4 will be looking to expand the gap to 5th place Mosman Park.
For Sorrento all rinks are playing their part, with no particular stand outs, just playing as a solid team and reaping the rewards.
Mosman Park after a fast start to the season have eased off a bit of late, and whilst they have been competitive just seem to lack the finishing touches to get over the line. They will want to win this game to keep in touch with the teams above them, however Sorrento at home are playing too well and I expect them to get over the line in perhaps a close one.
Sorrento 6 – 2
SOUTH PERTH v NORTH BEACH
D Brown, R Bresland, T Antonio, J Galipo
J Opie, T Kinnane, N Griffin, K Pride
L Such, S Walker, R Havercroft, L Moretti
G Pauling, T Alberti, P Davies, D Angell INS: R Havercroft OUTS: M Biglin
G Devenish, C Margin, R Aitken, J Clayton
M Douthie, G Crosthwaite, D Anderson, L Mola
M Sweeney, P Walker, M Sear, G Yabuka
J McGinlay, B Gillingham, S Richards, J Post INS: R Aitken OUTS: M McConnell
7th versus 6th at the home of South Perth with both teams in need of a much needed win.
For the loser it creates a further gap between them and the top 4, whilst for the winner it keeps them in touch.
North Beach will be reeling after the past couple of weeks, including losing a home game which they would have pencilled in for a win, will no doubt come out firing in the hope of turning things around, however I think South Perth have just as much to play for and on their home deck will be too strong.
South Perth 7 – 1
KARDINYA v OSBORNE PARK
T Krajancic, D Golem, T Cocodis, J Terrell
S Novak, B Henley, T Leahy, M Holt
S Perica, C Stokes, S Vinci, C Vinci
D Rankin, D Comrie, E Gollan, S West INS: M Holt OUTS: C Booth
S Loftus, C Biddle, A Pasalich, I Lilburne
C Packer, J East, R Lawrence, M Rollings
N Stevens, T Weir, M Dewson, S Pasalich
R Brown, K Pickering, E Martin, G King INS: A Pasalich OUTS: L Farrell
Huge ramifications for this game.
A Kardinya win will push Osborne Park further behind and squarely in the dreaded bottom 2, whilst should Osborne Park win they keep their season alive and stay a little closer to the chasing pack.
Kardinya will be hugely satisfied with their away win last week at North Beach will not want to let that momentum slip playing at home.
Osborne Park struggling to get it going are in much the same boat as Kardinya, needing wins to get their season going, unfortunately for them I think Kardinya with a bit of confidence and playing at home will be too strong.