Fair play to all those who managed & played this Round in a COVID safe manner, well done & thank you.
Well that went as predicted except for a massive upset at Quinns by the bottom side who are now no longer on the bottom to make for a very interesting last 2 games in the bottom half fight for survival. The top half is all but sewn up now which is fairly unusual with 2 games to go & we actually might see the season out with the limited out we've seen thus far. Congrats to the Mounters on all but securing their passage with 1 hand firmly on the only free ride big ticket to the dance next year as they start to work towards what 1 Red means to them & their club. With the Kookaburra's dropping to the Roosters, the Mounters are now 7.5pts ahead & that's really 8pts given the % difference. So even if the Kookaburra's get say 14pts of the available 16pts left, it gives them 94.5pts. Then Mt Lawley only need 6.5pts of the next 16pts with 1 game at home & the other against the 8th positioned team, so even 1 good win from those 2 games see's them through no matter what Gosnells do. It's not over yet but it's close enough at this stage. Gosnells have had a wonderful season & thoroughly deserve their spot in 2nd & will remain there at a minimum which gives them 2 bits at the cherry which is huge considering they already beat the top side already so they'll fancy their chances. The last Finals spot will surely go down to the massive game next week where the Roo's play the Roosters at home, the winner surely takes the 4th Finals spot, so all to play for there. Hopefully we can play out the final 2 rounds.
We'll also try to put together our annual Round 17 - CLUBMAN of the YEAR award for 1 White 2022, if we can get some hours away from work during the week as it's a fair effort to analyze & pull out all the necessary data. For those who are new to the award process, we started this a few years ago when the Bowls WA system couldn't pull data on lead, 2nd's & 3rd's, so we thought how can we recognise the guys behind the skippers & highlight their great year. Knowing skippers get all the glory, and not looking for a non-skipper who just sat on the tail coats of a dominant skipper, we look to dig really deep into every single game of every single player, so that's 230 players so far this season. Now, to win Clubman of the Year it's all about versatility & being passed around like a hot potato while still WINNING the majority of your games. Pretty tough task you might think but every year there's that one bloke, that ultra Clubman, who you can pop him into any hole on any week & he'll deliver & more importantly WIN. We'll go through more later in the week but it's always huge fun & very interesting digging right back to R1 & remembering all the movements & performances that got us to where we are today.
Bassendean 1 99 (7) v Sorrento 59 (1)
Jovan Krstic 30 v Alan Walton 10
Simon Alden 24 v Alan Anderson 14
Ruairi Kenyon 26 v Richard Bone 15
Linton Pike 19 v Ronald Rogers 20
Business as usual for the home side as they are welcomed back into the winners circle after a notable absence over the last month. They needed 7pts & got it with plenty to spare as Cockburn & Wanneroo are breathing down their neck & they know they have that tricky last game of the season where they would prefer not to need the Agg to keep them in Finals. They can't really catch Gosnells so 3rd or 4th won't make much of a difference.
Krstic had Walton in a spin all day & was knocking in some big scores & cruised to a massive 20 shot win. Alden chipped in with a tidy 10 shot win over Anderson to keep that race for top skippers spot going down to the last few games. Wouldn't it be hell exciting if Alden drew Einfeld in R18 where the winner takes top skipper for the season....maybe the cards can be 'shuffled' to make it happen. Kenyon went straight to the Bone as Bone's side just couldn't keep up with them for the full 21 rounds as they went on to win by 11 shots. But up steps Rogers to ruin the perfect performance as he dged Pike's side on the last end to grab a valuable point for the Swans.
Swans need a minor miracle from here to survive as they have a horrid last 2 games but they're not without a chance as others have to catch them first. Basso needs 1 more big win to secure Finals but might need maybe 8-9pts as a minimum depending on what happens next week at Wanneroo.
John Berecz 27 v Neil Strachan 16
Steve O'Neill 16 v Eugene O'Sullivan 19
Shane Smith 15 v Mark Cook 23
Leith Oldham 12 v Butch Dinnison 28
What a performance by the Lions, beating the hottest team in the comp & doing it with some to spare, bravo. They have given themselves a proper chance now of playoffs as they'll see Sorrento last 2 games & think getting 4 more points than them over the next few weeks is achievable. What happened to poor Quinns, they were literally unbeatable & have knocked over the top sides, then drop their bundle against the bottom side. Basso did to them what Quinns did to Mt Lawley & now 6.5pts behind Rossmoyne after their huge win, they are right back in proper trouble. The great escape has a few more chapters to play out yet.
Berecz side did their usual & delivered by 11 shots over Strachan to get the Quinns off to a flyer. Unfortunately that's where things stopped looking rosie for Quinns as O'Neill got beaten by a solid O'Sullivan side by 3 shots. Then Smith got rolled by 8 shots by Cook who's only had 3 wins this season but this one was a big one. Suddenly it was all square on the Agg & down to the last rink where Butch dominated Oldham by 16 shots & with it grabbed to the Agg by the same score.
What a huge result for the Lions & disaster for Quinns but they are still within a chance if the River Rats don't get 2 decent results.
William Tepania 20 v Grant Nicol 16
Marc Abonnel 31 v Brett Holland 18
Michael Simunovic 17 v Robert Foy 26
Josip (joe) Marevic 22 v Frank Carbone 18
The Game of the Round lived up to that after a hugely contested battle all day accumulated in the Roosters finishing well over the last few ends to snatch a well deserved home win & boost them into a critical Finals spot. This was a hard fought match & every shot was huge with some massive shots across both sides & from reports it was a superb game to watch.
Big Willie got the Roosters off to a flyer by nullfing their big Nicol's rink & winning by 4 shots. That felt like winning by 20 shots for the home side as the danger rink was put to bed. Abonnel knocked Holland around for most of the day & there was scores aplenty in this one as the game nearly hit 50 shots. The home side prevailed by a big baker's dozen to grab a big point. Simunovic couldn't control Foy as the Kookaburra's side pulled away late on by a solid 9 shots to give Gosnells a chance. Marevic was quick to close the door on Carbone as they won late by 4 shots.
Gosnells probably have now lost their chance at getting that free ride into 1 Red but there's a very very slim chance they still might. They'll still need to lock away 2nd spot to get 2 bites at the cherry. The Roosters are back into Finals contention & they'll know if they can sneak into 4th spot they'll have a chance when one on one against the top sides.
Result: Cockburn 7 - 1
Prediction: Cockburn 6 - 2
Rossmoyne 98 (8) v Warnbro 55 (0)
Rawley Lang 17 v Kieran Cousens 14
John Carter 23 v George (dr) Jackson 16
Walter Harvey 30 v Dennis Pattullo 10
Craig Edson 28 v Barry Kalinowsky 15
Business as usual for Rossmoyne as they put away the bottom side with ease & more importantly get themselves out of trouble & into safety. They'll be licking their lips at the Quinns result as that gives them a chance of survival by only winning 1 more game. Warnbro are in a pickle but were in a far worse position a few weeks back. It's very interesting at the bottom now because only 1 team needs 1 big win & they'll probably jump the rest into a playoff's spot & maybe might play 1 White again next year.
Lang knocked Cousens over by 3 shots to get the perfect performance up & running. Carter had Jackson under pressure all day & won by 7 shots. Harvey went back to back for the 2nd time this year with a massive 20 shot win over Pattullo. And where the Pattullo sandwich failed the Edson sandwich didn't as they rolled Kalinowsky by another 13 shots to hammer home a massive 8pts.
Both sides have 2 huge games left over the coming 2 weeks so it'll be very interesting to see who can grab that 1 big win to survive.
Anthony Einfeld 21 v Kingsley Toster 15
Andrew Jones 19 v Christopher Parr 16
Corey Bessant 30 v Christopher Buchholz 10
David Rhodes 24 v Neville Costello 22
Another business as usual result here as the Mounters eased past a Roo's side in wonderful form but their away form can be scratchy at best. They had won 3 away games but all against the bottom 3 sides so this one was always going to be difficult especially when the Mounters were looking to go back to back for the first time since R9. They did & with it ensure that unless by some miracle they'll be playing 1 Red next season for maybe the first time EVER. Unsure actually, maybe someone from Mt Lawley can help on that stat? If it is then massive congrats to them as they were the standout team all season, home & away.
Einfeld was up to the usual old tricks by doing just enough to win again & remain unbeaten as they pushed past Toster by 6 shots. This run reminds me of that amazing year Sorrento had but their skipper was also unbeaten for the entire season & lost the last game but this side might be worth the bet on going all the way. Jones was back into the winners circle with a 3 shot win over Parr to get that monkey off their back. Bessant hammered Buchholz by 20 shots but did allow the Roo's side to get to double figures. Rhodes was back in as a late replacement & duly obliged with a hard fought contest against Costello by 2 shots.
The Roo's can still make Finals but need 2 wins from here & need the Roosters to drop at least 1 game, so it's not without reason. The Mounters surely had a solid fist pump after this one as they push a full game clear & will surely be celebrating hard Sat afternoon if they can win this weekend as all thoughts migrate to the big league.