In a flop of a weekend with the top games being one sided, Both the Dolphins and the Blues showed they will be there fighting for the Top 3 and automatic promotion. The young guns from Joondalup now sit squarely on top and the top 2 skips are Rixom and Leggett both from the Dolphins. The Blues one point behind and sitting nicely to strike. Magpies, Mavericks, and the View getting the Job done in their wins and have moved up the ladder. We have had a clear separation on the ladder. Top 3 have gained a gap, then 4/5/6/7 are now clear of 8/9 and 10. The first round back next year sees some must win games especially for the Saints and Magpies, the game at the home of the Magpies. 3 v 4 and the top 2 sides have much easier games. It shall be an exciting start to the year.
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Bassendean 68 (1) v Warwick 82 (7)
Gavin Ekholm 16 v Geoffrey Hinge 17
Michael Garrett 13 v Lindsay Hill 26
Murray Wright 18 v Jon Borkowski 22
Alan Britton 21 v Brian Ledingham 17
Magpies with a 14-shot win doing what was required. 3 rinks were tight all day except the Hill rink over Garrett by 13 shots. Hill now moves his rink into 4 straight wins and the changes for this rink are paying rewards. Ekholm nearly beating the game changer and lost by 1. Warwick with the other loses to sides above them move themselves up into 4th but more importantly Ledingham with another lose and finishes with the break with 1-7 and -63 shots and is bottom of the skips of active rinks. He was beaten by Britton by 4 shots. Borkowski picking up the other point for the Magpies. Solid effort by the Lions and was just not quite there. Basso now in 9th and a game behind Morley and must keep chipping away to get out of relegation zone.
Osborne Park 66 (1) v Joondalup 91 (7)
Fernando Di Giuseppe 23 v Jimmy Buchanan 17
Mark Pasalich 11 v Shane Ernest Rixom 24
George Smith 17 v Ben Leggett 27
Charles (lee) Farrell 15 v Wayne Neilson 23
In a disappointing finish to the year the Saints were very underwhelming, and the Dolphins ran away with 7 points and a comfortable 25 shot win and move into the No. 1 spot on the Ladder. Rixom, Leggett and Neilson with solid wins of 13. 10 and 8 shots. Rixom shutting out Pasalich in a brilliant performance. Di Guiseppe the only shining light for the Saints with a 5 shot win over Buchanan. Saints will be rueing this lose and the Dolphins have won the last 3 in a row after getting touched up by the Doggies back in round 5. Dolphins gathering momentum and will be tough to beat in the second half of the year. The Dolphins with 6 home games to come and apart from Warwick the away games are much easier games. Dolphins looking solid for a top 3 and vying for promotion. Joondalup are unbeaten at home so far this season.
North Beach 88 (8) v Swan 67 (0)
John Bartorillo 23 v John Morss 20
Alan Howe 24 v Daniel Wood 13
Lee Mitten 19 v David Park 17
Peter Augustson 22 v Rodney Revell 17
Well again 2.0 game of the round another disappointment, well not for the home side of North beach Blues with a rousing 8 points and 21 shot win over Swan which moves them into second on the ladder and as Swan didn’t get any points they drop back into 6th separated by points in the mid table battle. 4/5/6/7 all on 4 wins and 4 losses. The day was done early for swan with Howe having a 11 shot win over Wood, The other 3 games were all tight and went the Blues way with Augustson, Bartorillo and Mitten winning by 5, 3 2 respectively. Swan will be really pevved by not getting away points and this is going to hurt at the back of the season. The Blues finish the half in a great spot and sitting waiting to strike like a Dugite in the Beach brush just on the side of the walkway. They are in a good position and will be hard to beat at home and we look forward to the Rd 10 battle between Dolphins and the Beach boys. The Blues will be happy so far with how they have gone so far this season and are looking good for the back half.
Doubleview 90 (7) v Yokine 75 (1)
Brandon Heta 22 v Wayne Coffey 15
Christopher McKenna 21 v Trevor McGillivray 31
Gary Nelson 23 v Shane Shaw 13
Bradley Pearce 24 v Martin Sharp 16
Well what can I say, I predicted it bang on Doggies halt their little run of wins and got beaten comfortably by the View. 15 shots and 7 points to the View. I think the Doggies will be extremely lucky other loses went their way with Swan and even though the Magpies won they are only separated by 1 point. The View with a fine performance, Nelson, Pearce, Heta beating Sandman, Golden Boy and Coffey Beans respectively by 10, 8, 7 shots, the only resistance was Magic Mcgillivray beating a tough Mckenna by 10 shots. Doggies in 5th and The View in 7th both on 4 wins and 4 losses and only separated by points. All teams battling to be out of playoff zone, 7/8 th spot. Both teams have quite a bit of work to do in the new year.
Morley 86 (7) v Stirling 77 (1)
Robert Urquhart 19 v Mane (mick) Marovic 30
Victor Orchard 22 v Michael Vitale 15
Wayne Mitchell 18 v Josip Martinovich 15
Lindsay Sanders 27 v Nick Yaksich 17
Well, what can I say, both sides have been playing much better than what they have the last couple of weeks? It’s going to be the Thriller in Manila, battle royale of the cellar dwellers, winner take all and move themselves a game clear of the bottom, and the WINNER is the Mavericks by 9 shots and more importantly 7 points and drag themselves out of automatic relegation and into 8th and 1 win clear of 9/10th. Orchard, Mitchell, and Sanders all with solid wins and Menacing Marovic winning by 11 shots over Urquhart for the Wolves. Mavericks doing what was required and have a small breath before the break. Rd 13 will be a vital game for Mavericks as they play the Lions, but it is away in Basso. We will see if the mavericks want to stay in Division one or Not.