We are already at Round 7 and another great game awaits us at South Perth where they host the Kalamunda Cougars. The Millers still unbeaten with five wins and a draw, while the Cougars have only been pipped once.
Down at the other end of the table we see the two bottom sides in Hilton and Hollywood squaring off, with Thornlie hosting the Kats2 sixteen. The Mariners will face the Kats1 side in a must win game for them. Can the Manning sixteen put up a good fight at Leeming?
6pm Saturday night we will know the answers.
SOUTH PERTH v KALAMUNDA
J Carter, J Wardrop, T Percival, J Percival
M Petrich, D Mortley, R Havercroft, O Dawson
M McRae, P Holmes, G Reagan, C Alberti
S Kelly, F Anderson, B Heldt, G Bovell INS: M McRae, R Havercroft OUTS: B Roelefs, D Calvo
B Brandsma, R Pringle, C Archer, R Chalmers
A Bartlett, G Trevaskis, I Quayle, V Hughes
I Cornthwaite, C Smeeton, G McDonald, M Potente
D Wooltorton, B Solly, B Farrant, M Thomas INS: B Solly, G McDonald OUTS: R Hutchinson, M Clancy
Game of the Round
1st versus 2nd in what could be a mouth watering clash at the home of the Millers where they will host the prowling Cougars from the hills.
It appears to me that the Millers are just about at full strength and of course the Cougars with their fairly steady sixteen. Mick McCrae a big in which allows Wardrop to go back to playing third to Johnny Carter.
Brandsma playing Carter would be a clash worth paying money for, two fine exponents of the game indeed. But, there are some good players littered amongst both teams, so all rinks will be interesting. Maybe the Millers in a very tight contest. A couple of outs for the Cougars I notice.
KARDINYA 1 v FREMANTLE
W Bezant, R Hunter, R McNamara, J Hampson
E Gollan, J Rochford, R Jones, W Lee
G Fewings, N Ball, A McCullagh, J Edgar
G White, R Knapp, G Knight, M Holt INS: E Gollan, G Knight, M Holt OUTS: L Phillips, D Radford, B Regan
M Gill, J F Stewart, B Jeppesen, M Ngui
P Wachmer, M Lindsay, B Wright, J Trigwell
S McCormack, M Starcevich, J Smith, N Gaspar
P Clausen, K Bowden, J Chessell, B Sumich INS: M Starcevich OUTS: D Piromalli
I think that this game could turn out to be a bit of a bloodbath for the visiting Mariners sixteen, especially if it is held on top green, which can prove very tricky.
Some minor positional changes for the Mariners, but I don’t think that will do much unfortunately to the overall result. Starcevich back to try and assist the McCormack rink, but he is just one player.
The Kardy boys play very well at home and nearly pulled off an upset up at Kalamunda last week, so they will take the bikkies.
Radford promoted and replaced by Eddie Gollan, like for like.
LEEMING v MANNING
P Dobie, B Eather, W Blake, R Bellis
K Vandersluys, P Boys, D Johnson, W Birrell
G Ford, J Bowden, S Dobie, T Higham
J Newton, G Burgess, A Andersson, P Hickey INS: No change OUTS:
W Heldt, S Adams, J Andrew, M Hughes
M Carey, G Hogg, K Jolly, N Rees
M Piggott, A Pryce, P Herbert, M Hoskin
B Butler, L Herbert, B Hogg, S Lambert INS: B Butler OUTS: G O'Brien
If the Eagles can adapt to the synthetic surface quickly, then they could upset the Lions on their own green, but I favour the home side here.
There is a very generous spread of classy players across both sixteens, Vandersluys, Newton, Burgess, Bowden, Ford, Alan Andersson and lots of others for the Lions.
Merv Hughes, Carey, Pryce, Butler, Greg Hogg, Rees plus many more for the Eagles. O’Brien replaced by Butler, nothing lost here.
To keep in touch with the top two is a must win for either side really.
I would like to see Vandersluys versus Carey or O’Brien in a match up.
Leeming look like they are just finding their groove a little, although last week’s loss won’t help them, but they are a better side at home by miles.
HILTON PARK v HOLLYWOOD SUBIACO
R Butler, T Simpson, S Cargill, S Ivory
G Dodd, S Farrell, D Mitchell, R Fortini
C Standley, Daniel Newton, B Smith, G Saint
T Maxwell, Dave Newton, J Jobey, P Harber INS: Daniel Newton OUTS: R Horsman
David Byrne, M Hatch, V Jones, J Hall
Daniel Byrne, A Byrne, K Jefferis, P Hiatt
R Campbell, G Strepini, R Middleton, R Appleton
G Morey, J Hamilton, M Hughes, J West INS: R Appleton, V Jones OUTS: D Lindsay, J Hall
Wasn’t is great to see these two sides playing well last week, even tough they both lost they put up some mighty opposition to sides well above them on the ladder. Can they keep it up?
Daniel Newton, a big in for the home side, with the laconic Travis Simpson back skipping, where he should be. It looks to me that the Hawks are just about at full strength this time in, so they should be too strong for their fellow cellar dwellers at home on grass.
Campbell the Hollywood boys leading Skip with three wins, the others sadly lagging. However Campbell has lost his last three.
Hollywood to be at the bottom of the table after this one.
THORNLIE v KARDINYA 2
M Separovich, G Vaughan, J Thorn, D Jones
D Innes, P Riggio, D Cooper, I Bennett
P Pohe, C Penaluna, H Collins, A Williams
J Stean, R Carruthers, J Walker Jnr, J Mitchell INS: I Bennett OUTS: S Ocello
R Hunter, S Back, B Regan, A Regan
D Flintoff, L Phillips, K McNamara, R Sweet
D Wood, S Vassallo, S Maule, A Hampson
D Regan, P Larard, M Ayres, H Vriezen INS: R Hunter, L Phillips, A Hampson OUTS: P Smith, C Smart, S Garner
Both sides fresh off a good win last week, especially the Ravens winning down at Fremantle. I guess when you have the talented Glyn Vaughan playing for you then it must give the other players confidence, but he can be nullified a little.
Back at home on their favoured synthetic they must be favourite to win, but Kardinya have a similar surface, so that should even things out a little I believe. The Kats a little stronger with players coming down from above.
The Ravens in a close one.