What an Interesting round this week Dolphins doing what was required to get the away points. Doggies hold off a brave Mavericks and dig deep. Saints get an easy victory and Doubleview and Magpies both get 8 counts and cruze to their Wins. Dolphins looking clear with 3 games to go and the race for the 2 finals spots heats up as 3 – 6 is separated by 1.5 points only and Swan are marginally clear in 2nd. Mavericks look like they are destined for Div 2 and the other auto relegation spot is a battle between the Wolves and the Lions who will it be. And for Skip bragging rights Leggett one game clear of Natalotto, if only he had been put skip from Rd 1?
Its going to be an excellent run to the line for both ends of the ladder and looks like it won’t be decided until 5pm in Rd 18.
Bassendean 71 (0) v Doubleview 101 (8)
Murray Wright 22 v Gary Nelson 33
Gavin Ekholm 17 v Christopher McKenna 19
Graeme Cash 20 v Brandon Heta 30
Alan Britton 12 v Ben Willesee 19
Doubleview now go 2 in a row and pull apart the Lions with a 8 zip and 30 shot win. In a brilliant team performance. Whatever is happening in the View at the moment, is working. Nelson and Heta taking care of business over Wright and Cash to the tune of 11 and 10 shots respectively. Willasee and McKenna picking up the other 2 treats over Britton and Elkholm by 7 and 2 shots. This coming round will be the Lipman’s test for the View. If they don’t want to play in playoff finals this year, then they must beat the Magpies side at home to give them any hope if one of the sides above them slip up. Well done, to the boys from the Windy View club.
Swan 73 (2) v Joondalup 80 (6)
Tony Natalotto 23 v Jimmy Buchanan 16
Paul Kelly 24 v Shane Ernest Rixom 16
David Park 9 v Wayne Neilson 27
Rodney Revell 17 v Ben Leggett 21
What an awesome result for the young guns at Joondalup and the Dolphins get the points over Swan in a tight one 6 away points. I did hear that Swan had opportunity to win the game, but the Neilson rink shut out Park to the tune of 18 shots setting the platform for the Dolphins. Leggett keeping ever reliable Revell quite by beating him by 4 shots for Dolphins in the return bout. Buchanan just getting outclassed by Natalotto and Kelly getting the scalp of Rixom by 8 and the swan boys had a glimmer, but Neilson was just too strong. Dolphins move further ahead, and Swan stay 2nd. Both teams with easier games this week, if there be such a thing as an easier game in this division and both sides looking especially Swan to cement their position in the finals.
Yokine 85 (6.5) v Morley 77 (1.5)
Wayne Coffey 13 v Lindsay Sanders 22
Trevor McGillivray 23 v Victor Orchard 23
Shane Shaw 24 v Wayne Mitchell 12
Martin Sharp 25 v Les Spinks 20
In a great tussle the Doggies get over the Mavericks by 8 shots and send them back over Grand Prom in the local Derby. Sandman with a blinder over Mitchell by 12 shots. Amazing what 7 days does, and Golden Boy beating Spinks by 5 shots. Those 2 wins offsetting the Mavericks - Sanders beating Bean by 9 shots. And I heard that Magic was way down the gurgler and the Agg for the Doggies was looking bad with Orchard at one point comfortably up but to Magics credit they dug in and salvaged a draw with an extra .5 point going the Doggies way. The Doggies drop to 6th despite having a win but are only 1.5 points behind the Saints in 3rd and have quite a bit of work to do with only 3 rounds. They will need to get more points and need a percentage booster somewhere along the next couple of rounds
Stirling 68 (1) v Osborne Park 100 (7)
Mane (mick) Marovic 19 v Wayne Davidson 27
Ivo Katich 13 v Fernando Di Giuseppe 29
Nick Yaksich 17 v George Smith 26
Josip Martinovich 19 v Mark Pasalich 18
Saints cruze to a 7 point 32 shot win over the Wolves. The Saints with 3 rinks up in Davidson, Fernando Di Giuseppe, and Smith by 8, 16 and 9 shots over Marovic, Katich and Yaksich. With the ever-reliable Martinovich beating a strong Pasalich by 1. The Saints have to keep chipping away but have a easier game this coming round at home and the Wolves play against the Dolphins. Both sides needing points but for the opposite reason Saints to play finals and the Wolves to avoid automatic relegation.
Warwick 89 (8) v North Beach 61 (0)
Wayne Wyatt 19 v Alan Howe 17
Jon Borkowski 23 v Peter Augustson 11
Geoffrey Hinge 25 v John Bartorillo 14
Lindsay Hill 22 v Lee Mitten 19
The Magpies rip and tear the Blues apart in a solid 4 rink performance and win of the round by 28 shots. The Blues having now answer to the Magpies with solid wins. The only resistance was Mitten losing to Hill by 3 and was Howe losing to Wyatt by 2. The other rinks The Game changer by 11 over Bartorillo, Borkowski by 12 over Augustson. All four skips for the Magpies with a great performance are now move them up the ladder. They also have closed the amount of rink wins so far this season to the Saints which will help come finals time to make sure they are in and around where they need to be. Both the Blues and Magpies now vying for the finals spot so no points this week will hurt the blues as well as denting the %