G Pauling, T Alberti, P Davies, D Angell
D Brown, L Such, J Galipo, D Mortley
J Opie, T Antonio, N Griffin, K Pride
R Bresland, S Walker, M Biglin, O Dawson INS: O Dawson, D Mortley OUTS: L Moretti, T Kinnane
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, D Cosgrove, T Whitfield INS: J Slavich, D Cosgrove OUTS: B Heta, B Pearce
A Wednesday night game just for something different and we have 6th place South Perth at home against top of the ladder Doubleview in a crucial game for both sides.
With a couple of rink changes for South Perth and after a loss last week, they now sit 8 points out of the four and will not want to drop any further back leading into the Christmas break.
Meanwhile Doubleview will want to keep the winning momentum going and consolidate their position at the top.
According to BowlsWA pennant portal the draw has been done and is as follows;
G Pauling, T Alberti, P Davies D Angell v
J Slavich S Scott R Haring L Thorn
Should be a cracking game with South Perth’s leading skipper Glenn Pauling taking on the spiritual leader of Doubleview John Slavich.
Chevy after a week off last week, will be itching to get back out there, but faces a tough task against a man and team in form.
The result of this match could go a long way to deciding the outcome.
D Brown L Such J Galipo D Mortley v
R Moyle B White D Cosgrove T Whitfield
Daniel Brown with a re-jigged line-up takes on the Kid Ryan Moyle. Cosgrove comes in and this match also looks pretty evenly split, result could go any way
J Opie T Antonio N Griffin K Pride v
C Slavich A Williams R Bates A Wetzler
The randomness of Slavich vs the consistency of Opie. Opie loses his third Troy Kinnane which may disrupt things a bit for him, looking for a Slavich victory here.
R Bresland S Walker M Biglin O Dawson v
K McIlroy S Gosstray S Cerff G Faulkner
Bresland back in the skippers chair, after playing as a third most of the season, will be looking forward to the challenge and doing his bit to get the boys over the line.
McIlroy and team at 4-3 on the year, were perhaps a little unlucky to drop their rink last week, have not lost a game by more than 2 shots, playing well as a unit and will be hoping to carry that form into the game.
Overall everyone knows that playing at South Perth at night is no easy task, however the form of Doubleview is hard to overlook and I think they will get the job done in a close one.
Round 8, last round before Christmas and for most of these teams it will be important to go into the break heading in the right direction.
With Doubleview and South Perth already played, the remaining games of the round we have a should provide us with some idea on who will be looking at a finals spot and who will be waiting for the new year to kick in and start again.
MOSMAN PARK v MANNING
M Cranswick, J Barry, J Adams, A Daley
C Hoffman, T Southern, M Robertson, A Gryta
D Marsland, T Massang, S Swanson, W Tan
A Southern, T Cranswick, S Anning, M Van Bemmel INS: S Swanson OUTS: R Kershaw
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5th v 4th and for the winner a chance to stay n the mix whilst a loss will see them fall back into the chasing pack.
Mosman Park coming off a good home win last week are back on the home soil again this week and will be looking to carry over that form. Solid wins across the rinks but fair to say they may find the opposition a little tougher this week against a Manning side coming off a loss at home.
For Manning after starting out the season undefeated after 5 rounds, they have lost their last 2 and will not want to lose 3 in a row.
The surface at Mosman will not worry them and with the quality they have at the back end I think Manning will be a little too strong up front and will get the big end of the points.
SAFETY BAY v KARDINYA
C Owen, R Kennedy, R Parr, S McBriar
R Hall, G Wilkes, G Hodges, J Hanafee
C Carruthers, S Hide, G Ogg, S Foran
G Smith, G Taylor, J Thorington, L Piper INS: R Kennedy, R Parr OUTS: B McVicar, P Imrie
T Krajancic, D Golem, , M Holt
S Novak, B Henley, T Leahy, C Booth
D Radford, C Stokes, S Vinci, C Vinci
D Rankin, S Perica, D Comrie, S West INS: M Holt OUTS: J Terrell, A Cocodis
9th v 10th here with a loss by either side will be damaging to any hope they have of pulling themselves out of the bottom 2.
Safety Bay continue to struggle in their first taste of Premier League, and whilst they have had some games where they have kept rinks close ,they always seem to have that one blowout rink which costs them chances at an aggregate. Chris Carruthers their leading skipper this year, ispplaying well and if the other rinks can keep it close they are not without a chance in this one.
Kardinya likewise struggling to get aggregates on the board and although they are playing well in patches can’t seem to put it together for the full 84 ends.
If they can do that this week, it will go a long way to a win and getting themselves away from the relegation zone.
Safety Bay will want to get their first win on the board and playing at home against another struggling club may be their best chance, however I think if Kardinya can handle the conditions their quality player will get them over the line in a close one.
CAMBRIDGE v OSBORNE PARK
C Adams, R Bolton, N Bolton, P Potts
B Nairn, D Opie, C Wooldridge, D Leeson
E Johannes, S Rushforth, L Bolton, A Garlick
C Harris, S Mawdsley, N Lewis, A Foster INS: No changes OUTS:
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: OUTS:
Cambridge will be smarting after a loss last week, although away points in losses are crucial and I think if they look back on the game, whilst not satisfied they 3 points away from home is ok.
Blake Nairn leading the charge as the only undefeated skipper and Clive Adams not far behind they will be leading the way again and with great support from the other rinks will be looking to get back in the winner’s circle.
Osborne Park it seems have started to turn their season around after a somewhat slow start have now won 3 of their last 4 and will no doubt be going into this game with a lot of confidence. They will want to keep that momentum going as we head in to the break, however Cambridge at home I think will be too strong.
SORRENTO v NORTH BEACH
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M Sweeney, M Sear, G Crosthwaite, G Yabuka
M Douthie, P Walker, M McConnell, L Mola
C Margin, G Devenish, R Aitken, J Clayton
J McGinlay, B Gillingham, S Richards, J Post INS: No changes OUTS:
Sorrento continue to take it all before them with another solid win last week away at Manning. After losing round 1, they have proceeded to win their last 6 games to prove no doubt that they are a genuine finals contender. With Chris Lander and Rhett Butler in great form and Bruce Eagles and Dan Nicholls not far behind they have a very solid back end that will continue to put the pressure on week in and week out.
North Beach on the other hand, whilst they have been struggling of late, did manage to topple ladder leaders Cambridge last week, albeit only winning on one rink, hoever a win is a win and that will do their confidence no harm. The elevation of Chris Margin to the skippers role proved a mastertoke and they will hope the other skippers follow his lead and they can pull themselves back into contention. A loss here and a Kardinya win will see them drop closer to the bottom 2, so no doubt they will come out all guns blazing, however Sorrento at home in the form they are in, it’s hard to see any other result that a Sorrento win.