Round Fifteen has now been completed and Manning cling to first place on the ladder, but only narrowly over South Perth and Kalamunda. Kardinya1 are a remote chance of catching one of these teams to sneak into the top three. Leeming and a Thornlie will stay safely in fifth and sixth spots, which seems to be there norm.
Down at the bottom of the table, Hollywood Subiaco are down and out, while Kardinya2, Hilton and Fremantle are all desperately trying to avoid
Ninth spot and automatic relegation. Kardy2 with the job in front of them maybe.
The coveted Skips top position is now a battle in three between Wooltorton from the Cougars and both Carter and McRae from the Millers.
But, let’s have a look at last week’s games.
South Perth 95 (8) v Hollywood Subiaco 63 (0)
John Carter 22 v Daniel Byrne 16
Steve Kelly 22 v David Byrne 17
Ryan Havercroft 28 v Kim Jefferis 15
Michael McRae 23 v Robert Campbell 15
The Millers simply with too much firepower over the boys from the Western suburbs. Eight points in the bag and a thirty two shot margin, not a demolition but a well executed victory to keep them in the hunt for automatic promotion, back to First White.
Carter, Kelly, McRae and Ryan Havercroft all with good wins. I see Beau Manton has joined the Millers. How long before he makes the Premier League side?
The Hollywood boys have been a pleasure to play against, I’m sure that we will see them in First Blue again with the new synthetic green that they possess, a little slow at the moment, but I am sure they will work on it over the winter.
Kardinya 1 67 (1) v Kalamunda 82 (7)
Ian Barrie 17 v Arthur Bartlett 24
David Wood 15 v William Brandsma 14
Ross Knapp 17 v Ian Cornthwaite 25
Graeme Fewings 18 v Dwayne Wooltorton 19
The boys came down from the hills and went home very satisfied after a fifteen shot win and a 7-1 aggregate. This now sees the Cougars with a seven point margin over the fourth placed Kats.
Arthur Bartlett and Cornthwaite with good wins over Barrie and Knapp respectively, Wooltorton sneaking over the line against Fewings. The Woodsman snatching a last gasp win over Billy and his boys.
This win puts the Cougars in with a great chance of finishing in the top three, but also with a distinct opportunity of sneaking up to top spot on the ladder. There is no question that the Cougars are the best prepared and tightest knit group in this division, it shows, well done Billy and company.
The Kats are also having a good season, and will keep fighting I believe.
Leeming 87 (7) v Kardinya 2 71 (1)
Karl Vandersluys 26 v Ron Jones 16
Phil Dobie 24 v Robert Hunter 23
Gary Ford 15 v Silvio Vassallo 21
James Newton 22 v Dwain Regan 11
The boys from the Kattery put up a great fight out at the den of the Lions to lose bye only sixteen shots. Three of the games were absolute thrillers with the Hunter getting pipped on the post by the last bowl in a great clash, Dobie just prevailing.
Jimmy Newton the best winner over ex Melville player in Dwain Regan
There are more ex Melville players than that actually at the club on the river. Non bowling political groups should not run bowling clubs, let the bowlers do it.
Hilton Park 58 (1) v Manning 87 (7)
Travis Simpson 15 v Michael Carey 24
Rodney Butler 17 v Wayne Heldt 21
Craig Standley 10 v Alan Heal 28
David Newton 16 v Graham O'Brien 14
Seven points and a thirty shot margin in a good afternoons work for the Eagles over the wounded Hawks.
Heldt, Carey and Heal, all with good wins over Simpson, Butler and Standley respectively. David ( Dad ) Newton sneaking over the line with a good fighting win over the well performed Graeme O’Brien.
The addition of Premier League player Adj Heal has certainly strengthened the Eagles somewhat, within the rules I guess.
The Eagles battling hard for that top spot.
Thornlie 99 (7) v Fremantle 63 (1)
Robert Carruthers 18 v Peter Wachmer 24
Eddie Gollan 24 v John Smith 15
Jim Stean 29 v Paul Clausen 13
Mark Separovich 28 v Dinko Bacich 11
The Ravens inflicting a sizeable thirty six shot win over the wounded Mariners, grabbing seven points into the bargain?
Whilst the Ravens are not going to get into the top three, they are proving very hard to beat at home on the new synthetic
The Mariners meanwhile stay stuck in seventh spot and are very unlikely to avoid having to play for the privilege of staying in First Division for next season.
The big winner for the Ravens was the Separovich, Vaughan combination, with the help of Jones and Thorn, thrashing the returning Bacich by a whopping seventeen shots.
The other big winner was Jim Stean and his steady team, who beat Claussen by fifteen big ones.
Eddie Gollan beating Smith by nine, with Pete Wachmer, who is having a fine season, getting over the line for the Mariners, to beat Stean.