After a nice Saturday off bowls and a trip to the Avon Valley for me, we are now ready for some big action in round Sixteen.
None bigger than the game at the home of the Cougars where they await the Millers, 3rd versus 2nd here, 😮.
A couple of other interesting games, with the Eagles 1st versus the Lions in 5th spot. Can the Kats2 side beat the visiting Ravens?, who don’t always travel that well.
What an absolutely fantastic game that was played up in the hills on Saturday, when the Cougars proved superior to the Millers on their own turf.
A couple of upsets, especially the game at Manning where the visiting Lions Pride proved superior to the grounded Eagles.
The Cougars now on top of the ladder for the first time this year. Can they keep the momentum going?
Kardy1 still in the finals hunt, with a solid win over the Mariners.
Kalamunda 87 (7.5) v South Perth 62 (0.5)
Arthur Bartlett 26 v Steve Kelly 18
William Brandsma 25 v John Carter 16
Ian Cornthwaite 21 v Michael McRae 13
Dwayne Wooltorton 15 v Ryan Havercroft 15
A meritorious victory to the Cougars, 7.5 points and a 25 shot margin in what I have been informed was a very hard fought clash.
Even Johnny Carter was beaten, but he doesn’t have his very good third in Wardrop now. Brandsma getting the better of Carter with an excellent array of shots, to win by 9.
Bartlett also winning, with a solid win 8 shot win over Steve Kelly.
But probably the match winning rink, was the four skipped by Ian Cornthwaite, also comprising Clancy, big Pete Townsend and the reliable Rod Cooper. They beat the very good four of Alberti, Reagan, Holmes and Mick McRae by a good 8 shots.
A draw to Wooltorton and Havercroft rounding out the four rinks.
As I mentioned earlier, this puts the Cougars on top, but only narrowly, a credit to the brains trust at Kalamunda.
The Millers with a bit of work to do it seems.
Manning 55 (1) v Leeming 87 (7)
Michael Carey 10 v Gary Ford 30
Wayne Heldt 12 v Phil Dobie 25
Alan Heal 20 v James Newton 9
Graham O'Brien 13 v Karl Vandersluys 23
It’s not often that the Eagles get beaten at home, but the Lions 🦁 were able to accomplish that on Saturday where they got 7 points and had a 32 shot win. This now puts a solid dent in the Eagles hopes of a top of the ladder finish as they now play the Ravens away next week.
Ford thrashing the normally reliable Carey by a whopping 20 shots and Dobie beating Heldt by 13, were the big contributors for the hungry Lions. Karl and his boys also with a solid 10 shot win over Graeme O’Brien. Adj Heal the only winner for the home side, beating Jimmy Newton.
I guess you could draw a long bow and say that the Lions have kept there slim finals hopes alive.
Kardinya 2 62 (1) v Thornlie 68 (7)
Ron Jones 19 v Jim Stean 20
Robert Hunter 21 v Robert Carruthers 9
Silvio Vassallo 8 v Mark Separovich 20
Dwain Regan 14 v Eddie Gollan 19
The Ravens escaped from the claws of the determined Kats2 sixteen and flew home with 6 points, winning by just 6 shots at the finish of 84 completed ends.
My spy at the Kattery tells me that the game was a close one all day, with the lead seesawing across the rinks.
Mark Separovich, Glynn Vaughan, John Thorn and David Jones were the ultimate match winners for the Ravens, thrashing Vassallo by 12 shots. Stean and Gollan winning also for the Ravens, Eddie happy about that, grinning like a Cheshire Kat you could say. The only winner for the Kats, once again was Robbie Hunter, backed up by his reliable third Steve Back, Brent and Carlino. The Kardy boys putting up a brave fight.
Fremantle 68 (1) v Kardinya 1 91 (7)
Peter Wachmer 26 v Graeme Fewings 21
John Smith 14 v David Wood 16
Mark Gill 13 v Ian Barrie 23
Dinko Bacich 15 v Ross Knapp 31
The Kats winning easily at Freo to keep there finals hopes alive, 7 points to 1, with a handy winning margin at the finish.
Ross Knapp reliving the past, with a big 16 shot win over Dinko Bacich and team. Knapp backed up by Terrell, Regan and Stower.
Ian (Bushie) Barrie taking the Gill rink to the cleaners by some shots.
A great tussle between the Woodsman and Smith saw Woody win by just 2 shots, ex teammates at Kardy once I seem to remember.
Peter Wachmer, the only winner for the Mariners with a 5 shot win over Fewings, Wachmer having a good season.
Freo with some work to do now, only 8 points in front of Kardy2, who they play next week.
Hollywood Subiaco 68 (0.5) v Hilton Park 82 (7.5)
Glen Morey 19 v Rodney Butler 22
Anthony Byrne 13 v Craig Standley 18
Kim Jefferis 17 v Gary Dodd 17
Robert Campbell 19 v David Newton 25
The Hawks with a narrow 14 shot win over a spirited Hollywood side, now puts them 7th on the ladder, overtaking the Freo Mariners, battle on.
Importantly though, even though the aggregate was fairly close, they picked up 7.5 v valuable points to take home to Hilton.
All games were very close with the Standley and David Newton rinks winning by 6 shots. Butler narrowly defeating Morey by 3 and the remaining rink was a hard fought draw between Dodd and Jefferis.
The Hawks confident they can remain in front of the Mariners at seasons end.