A fantastic home and away season in First Blue South has now concluded after what seems to have been a very long season.
Congratulations to the mighty Cougars who have justifiably gained promotion to White for next season, expect them to keep going up to Premier League. They have had a very good season and have been well marshalled by Billy and co.
The two top skippers also just happen to come from the hills as well, with Dwayne Wooltorton just pipping his good mate Ian Cornthwaite for the top gong award, congratulations Dwayne and team. Pete Wachmer from the Mariners sneaking up into Third Place, a good effort also.
Unfortunately, we will lose the brave Hollywood boys who manfully toiled away all year with little reward, we hope to see you again in the very near future. We also say goodbye to the Kardinya2 boys, who put up a brave fight, but alas, they will play in Second Division next season.
Hollywood Subiaco 73 (2) v Thornlie 77 (6)
Kim Jefferis 27 v Eddie Gollan 16
Robert Campbell 15 v Mark Separovich 23
Daniel Byrne 19 v Jim Stean 17
David Byrne 12 v Robert Carruthers 21
The Ravens with nothing to play for other than personal pride, just crept over the line out in the leafy western suburbs last Saturday, winning by 4 shots only. Separovich and Carruthers getting the job done, to complete a so so season for the visitors. We say goodbye to Hollywood for now, but I hope we see them again soon, looking forward to playing on their new green again.
Congratulations to Hollywood Subiaco for putting up a great fight, well done.
Kalamunda 88 (8) v Leeming 50 (0)
Dwayne Wooltorton 16 v Phil Dobie 15
Ross Pringle 20 v James Newton 15
Ian Cornthwaite 24 v Gary Ford 7
William Brandsma 28 v Karl Vandersluys 13
The Cougars made sure of a well deserved promotion with a big win over the visiting Leeming Lions outfit, 8 points assured them of promotion and my spies tell me that the celebrations continued well into the night in Kalamunda with a lot of back slapping etc.
Wooltorton and Cornthwaite continued there great tussle for the top skip award, with the latter gaining his gong with a big 17 shot win over Gary Ford. Wooltorton just pipping Phil Dobie by a single shot. Brandsma and Pringle completing the rout.
Manning 101 (8) v Kardinya 2 54 (0)
Alan Heal 22 v Dwain Regan 14
Graham O'Brien 34 v Silvio Vassallo 7
Michael Carey 26 v Robert Hunter 17
John Andrew 19 v Ron Jones 16
The Eagles certainly demolished the visiting “ pussy “ Kats2 side to send them back to Second Division next year. The Eagles were in full flight, securing 8 points and winning by 47 shots. Heal, O’Brien, Carey and new skip Johnny Andrew all won, with O’Brien and his rink thrashing Vassallo by 27 big ones.
Well done to the Kardy boys though, as they never had the same sixteen twice, but battled manfully all year.
I wouldn’t mind betting that Heal returns to Premier League this week, mission accomplished by the selection team at Manning.
Kardinya 1 81 (6) v Hilton Park 68 (2)
Ross Knapp 22 v Travis Simpson 11
Graeme Fewings 19 v David Newton 20
David Wood 19 v Rodney Butler 22
Ian Barrie 21 v Craig Standley 15
The Hawks certainly put up a great fight away from home, on there least preferred surface, only going down by 13 shots, to give the home side something to think about during the day.
Knapp and Barrie were the rink winning skips, defeating Standley and Simpson respectively, Ross showing that he still has the skill and prowess to skip at this level.
Kardy end up in no mans land, while Hilton will now have to play on Saturday in the Relegation playoffs. Good luck to them.
Fremantle 81 (6) v South Perth 75 (2)
John Smith 20 v Steve Kelly 22
Peter Wachmer 22 v Ryan Havercroft 20
Dinko Bacich 23 v Michael McRae 12
James F Stewart 16 v John Carter 21
The Mariners finally showing a bit of fight to defeat the flourless Millers by 6 shots at the finish of 84 completed tense ends down at the port city.
Wachmer, well aided by Trigwell knocked over Havercroft, but the Bacich rink were the big match winning winners for Freo, thrashing the normally reliable McCrae rink by 11 shots.
Smith and the wily Stewart did there bit by only narrowly losing to Kelly and Carter.v
The Millers to play on Saturday for the right for promotion, the Mariners to do battle to avoid relegation.