Only 4 from 5 this week in predictions as Sorrento edged Quinns for the only Away win across the board. Great result for Sorrento as they travel towards safety & maybe a Finals spot. We still have one team in all of Division 1 who has won all 6 games so far & that's Mt Lawley. They are the barometer & easily the team to catch this year. They have a few tricky games to come so if they are in a similar position after R9 then it's officially theirs from my viewpoint. They are 11.5pts ahead which is a good 2 Aggs, 3.5 rinks ahead of Basso & 7 rinks clear of the rest & a very healthy percentage to boot. A noticeable gap is appearing at the bottom as the bottom 3 sides are stuck on 12 with nearly 2 full Aggs to 7th spot so this will be hard to pull back this early. Basso 2 are in playoffs which might suit them considering they are probably happy to not be down bottom but it goes to show the percentages down there will play a big role in the final decisions, so best to fight for every end.
Quinns Rocks 81 (2) v Sorrento 87 (6)
Rohan Cantrill 22 v Alan Anderson 19
Steve O'Neill 17 v Ian Linford 23
John Berecz 27 v Lance Martin 18
Hugh Ward 15 v Ronald Rogers 27
Upset of the Round here where Quinns drop another crucial home game which will cost them dearly. They are now 2nd from the bottom but fortunately for them there’s 3 in good company at the bottom so one of them will grab a playoff spot which gives them 1 last get out of jail card after R18. Sorrento have put nearly 2 Aggs between themselves & bottom 3 but still sit in that dreaded 7th & in 1 White that’s one of the harshest places to be since you're nearly mid table but get pulled into demotion playoffs. Yet they’re even with 6th & are only denied 6th by a mere 17 shots. With 2 of the next 3 at home they’ll have a chance to skip into 5th spot.
Cantrill took Anderson by 3 to give Quiinns a glimmer of hope but Linford came right back for the Swans with a nice 6 shots over O'Neill, leaving O'Neill's side 2 for 6 for the season. Berecz is the shining light for a pretty foggy start for Quinns as they keep on keeping on with another quality win over Martin by a tasty 9 shots & surely this was game on for Quinns. Albeit Rogers rink had other ideas & Ward's side really struggling for form sitting right down as 48th & bottom rink of the whole division lost by 12 shots to leave them 0-6 for the season & Quinns losing the Agg by 6 shots in what was generally a close encounter across most rinks. Sorrento back home next week & unsure where or what Quinns are doing next week but they'll probably need a chat during the week to align expectations for the rest of the season as they drop to 1 for 6.
Marc Abonnel 36 v Kieran Cousens 8
William Tepania 27 v Barry Kalinowsky 11
Josip (joe) Marevic 18 v Dennis Pattullo 19
Michael Simunovic 21 v George (dr) Jackson 10
We did try & warn the Wizards of 2 things pre-game & that was to keep a tight hold of Abonnel & don’t let the Roosters get rolling early or they’ll drop a ton on your head, quick as a flash. Unfortunately Warnbro heeded neither warning & duly paid the costly price of allowing Cockburn off the leash at home. Who would've thought that the Wizards would be rock bottom 10th after 1/3 way through the season, certainly not me as I tipped them top 4?! Winning 1 from 6, having the worst scoring differential & playing no where near last year's form. Although they have an easier patch coming up which they’ll desperately need to utilise.
Abonnel's rink are cruising & they didn't have to get out of 3rd gear against Cousens as they sliced & diced them for fun all day with a massive 28 shot win in the end & with that the Agg just generally disappears quite quickly. Big Willie enjoyed similar form as Kalinowsky couldn't keep the shackles on the in-form rink & they pushed out to another big 16 shot win to keep their momentum. Joe dropped to Pattulo by the minimum margin in a great result for the Wizards & a vital point. Simunovic continued the horrors for Jackson's side by 11 shots as leaves Jackson's side -64 shots differential even though they have won 2 games out of their 6. The Wizards defence needs improving as it's the leakest of the 10 sides considering 551 shots so far or 92 shots per game & you are just never winning games dropping 92 shots on average. Cockburn continues to move up the table & they'll be delighted to be sitting 3rd even if it's only on score difference.
Result: Cockburn 7 - 1
Prediction: Cockburn 6 - 2
Rossmoyne 88 (7) v Bassendean 2 78 (1)
Reza Vind 21 v Neil Strachan 16
John Carter 30 v Mark Cook 18
Walter Harvey 18 v Peter Madigan 17
Craig Edson 19 v Eugene O'Sullivan 27
Rossmoyne limped over the line again with another close encounter with a bottom half side. Although they’re now sitting 6th with score difference to 7th & only 0.5pt to 5th, it’s that tight in the middle section. Basso 2 are still struggling to get more than that 1 win which seems such a long time ago now but at least they're not bottom 2 which is a highlight to their good defence.
Vind got the River Rats off to a nice start with a 3 shots win over Strachan. Carter came good again & is clearly Rossmoyne's standout rink of the season so far with another 12 shot win over Cook. Harvey got Madigan in a photo finish by the minimum margin 1 shot in a very tight last end. O'Sullivan came roaring home against Edson to grab Basso a nice 1 pt away with 8 shots over Edson. Both sides are similar in a way that they have made some changes to the back end trying to spark something but it doesn't seem to be working with either side as both dominate the bottom end of the skippers ladder, except for Carter's side they are flying the flag & equally O'Sullivan which is helping both sides.
Anthony Einfeld 22 v Frank Carbone 16
Corey Bessant 10 v Robert Foy 20
Mark Masel 26 v Brett Holland 11
Andrew Jones 22 v Grant Nicol 13
Another big win for the Mounters as the early PL chat starts to get real. How long can they go unbeaten, can they beat Sorrento’s record a few years back, unlikely but who knows. I will tell you that record another time but let's just say it's terribly impressive.
We asked & the bowling gods delivered with Bessant v Foy & Jones got Nicols or there was some good card shuffling going on, so thanks for that. Foy did get the better of the Bessant’s but Jones had too many options against a Nicols side who’s travelling well. We called if these match ups occurred it would be 30 shot Agg difference & we were close with 20 but we did expect Bessant to also win. Einfeld got Carbone by half a dozen to maintain their top spot on the skippers ladder & leaves Carbone's side 2 from 6 & -25 shots. Masel took Holland by an easy 15 shots to give Holland's side 2 from 5 for the season.
I always fancied Mt Lawley for this game but I do think the corresponding fixture away will be a lot harder for them next year. The Mounters now have very close to half the points they need for auto promotion to the PL. Along way to go before that happens but heading in the right direction. Gosnells stay in 4th spot & only score difference to getting them into 3rd so they are travelling well.
Simon Alden 23 v Neville Costello 18
Stein Davies 21 v Christopher Buchholz 19
Jovan Krstic 28 v David Triffitt 19
Russell Ellis 17 v Kingsley Toster 17
Another comfy home win for the Lions & now that’s 0-2 from their visits to Basso this season. The 7pts were well needed to match Mt Lawley 7 to make that R9 encounter so much more mouth watering. For me it’s 1 of only 3 defining moments left in the season as the positions seem pretty clear even this early in the season. The Roos have a tough next 2 Rounds which may define their season as losing both will increase that growing gap to 4th spot & make it hard to grab a finals spot.
Alden took Costello by 5 shots in a tight contest against 2 quality sides who haven't lost many games so far this season. Davies got over the line by 2 over Buchholz in another tight contest. Krstic dominated Triffitt by 9 shots which made the difference with the Agg in the end. Ellis & Toster couldn't be separated all day & finished even on 17 shots to give the Roo's the minimum 0.5pt heading up the Mitchell.
Basso are cruising & sitting pretty in 2nd waiting to pounce on the leaders if they drop their form & the Roo's are sitting 5th but only running 50% is probably not where they thought they should be after R6.