Welcome back to the new year and an exciting Round 9. I hope everyone had a great break and is feeling refreshed for the New year. Please excuse my tardiness last week as I was away with family out in the middle of nowhere and that old adage rings true - happy wife happy life, I have done my husbandry duties for the holidays and a little more freedom to play the rest of the season unincumbered, as she worked over the Xmas period.
Well, what a rip snorter of a round and really has tighten the race, except for The Dolphins now one game clear on the top of the ladder. Magpies upset the Saints and move up the ladder. Swan and Yokine doing what was required to get the job done. And in upset of the round the Wolf pack give The beach boys the Blues. Leggett and the Game changer battling it out for top skip with Leggett up by 3 shots over the 9 rounds.
1st is now 2 games clear of 3rd. 3rd- 6th now only separated by 2 points and the bottom 3 are now only separated by 3 points in the race against relegation. It’s going to be a doozy second half of the season with the return games to come. We are now officially at the halfway mark of the season.
Warwick 84 (7) v Osborne Park 74 (1)
Brian Ledingham 24 v Charles (lee) Farrell 17
Jon Borkowski 20 v George Smith 15
Geoffrey Hinge 30 v Ian Bryden 4
Lindsay Hill 10 v Mark Pasalich 38
Well, what an exciting game at the home of the Magpies with them getting up by 10 shots and a 7-1 win over the Saints. Pasalich and his merry band of thieves nearly single handily stole the win away for the Magpies. They had a 28-shot slash and burn over the Hill rink. If it wasn’t for the brilliance of the Game changer offsetting that huge lose with their own burn over the Bryden rink by 26 shots, then the Maggies would have had a 5-3 lose. But that wasn’t to be and Ledingham and Borkowski picking up the other 2 points for the Magpies with tough wins over Farrell and Smith by 7 and 5 shots respectively. Magpies leapfrog the Saints into 3rd spot on the Ladder. The Saints with 2 loses in a row against top sides.
Joondalup 101 (6.5) v Morley 73 (1.5)
Wayne Neilson 24 v Lindsay Sanders 26
Shane Ernest Rixom 20 v Victor Orchard 20
Ben Leggett 36 v Robert Urquhart 12
Jimmy Buchanan 21 v Wayne Mitchell 15
The Dolphins break the ton and Cruse to a 28 shot and 6.5-point win over the Mavericks. Apart from the Leggett rink who touched up Urquhart by 24 shots the Mavericks pushed all day. Sanders with a 2-shot win over Neilson and Orchard battled hard against Rixom for a draw for the Mavericks. Buchanan sealing the extra point for the Dolphins with a 6-shot win over Mitchell. Dolphins having a solid day in the office and now are clear leaders on top of the ladder with 6.5 points clear of 2nd and 9 points clear of 3rd, with the return games for the back half of the season. The Dolphins are now really pushing their claim for promotion with 5 more home games to go and still unbeaten at home. The sides below them are going to have to work hard to upset the Dolphins from progressing forward.
Swan 86 (7) v Doubleview 79 (1)
Paul Kelly 21 v Christopher McKenna 16
Tony Natalotto 24 v Ben Willesee 19
David Park 27 v Gary Nelson 19
Rodney Revell 14 v Brandon Heta 25
Swan having a solid 7 -1 win over the View at home and 7 shots to the good. Park, Natalotto and Kelly having wins over Nelson, Willesee and Mckenna by 8, 5 and 5 shots respectively. Heta doing the damage against Revell by 11 shots. Swans now 5th but more importantly they keep themselves in the 3rd-6th race and give themselves opportunity to still make top 3 being only 1 point behind. The View now one game behind the chasing pack in 7th but more importantly they are 7.5 points behind 6th, which is nearly 2 games behind and will have quite a bit of work to do in the second half to be out of relegation playoffs.
Yokine 77 (6) v Bassendean 70 (2)
Wayne Coffey 14 v Michael Garrett 22
Trevor McGillivray 26 v Murray Wright 18
Shane Shaw 14 v Alan Britton 20
Martin Sharp 23 v Gavin Ekholm 10
In a game way to close for the Doggies, Magic McGilli and Golden boy were the shining lights for the Doggies. The Doggies especially on their home turf should have put away the bottom side by more than this but the Lions are showing true grit and that there is no easy beat in this division. Garrett and Britton showing their class for the Lions beating Beans and the Sandman by 8 and 6 shots respectively. The 2 shining lights for the Doggies - Magic winning by 12 over Wright and Golden boy and his merry band of superheros winning by 13 shots over Ekholm. Doggies in 6th even though they won but more importantly they have kept themselves in touch to vie for that top 3 spot being only 2 points behind. The Lions now drop to last on the ladder 1.5 points behind the Wolves in 9th and more importantly for them 3 points behind 8th avoiding automatic relegation.
Stirling 90 (7) v North Beach 82 (1)
Jerry Ilijich 22 v Lee Mitten 20
Josip Martinovich 23 v Peter Augustson 18
Mane (mick) Marovic 20 v Alan Howe 28
Michael Vitale 25 v John Bartorillo 16
It’s amazing what a little break can do for the soul as the Wolves sprinkle a little Adriatic magic dust over the Blues to win by 8 shots and a big 7-1 points moving the Wolves off the bottom into 9th. Howe for the Beach boys getting the one point beating an always tough Marovic by 8 shots and then it was all the Wolf pack. Vitale up by 9 shots over a Bartorillo. Martinovich by 5 over Augustson and the News years skip for the Adriatic Boys in Illijich beating a tough Mitten by 2. Have the Wolves solved the bleeding rink? Certainly, a good way to start the year for the Wolves. The Blues staying in 2nd but have lost ground to the Dolphins and now given the chasing pack a glimpse of second spot. Blues now only 2.5 points ahead of the Magpies and all the way down to 6th is only 4.5 points behind. One more, bad lose for the Blues and one good win for the chasing hounds and you could see the Blues drop out of the Top 3 for the first time this season. But let’s take nothing away from the Wolf pack a well-deserved win at home against the second top side. Well done to the Adriatic boys in win of the round.