MELVILLE Ladies may have won promotion to the Premier League but it would appear the whole 16 might be moving to Fremantle at the first opportunity. That won't mean Fremantle will move from 3rd division to PL in one season, so the Melville ladies will have to do it all again and work there way to the top. 'Tis only a rumour but will be explosive if it all comes about. Of course they might all be moving anyway if the club is forced to close by the council in the off season.
MANNING has seen Murray Piggott after his stint travelling with his employer, the Navy, and it looks like he has signed again to the club for the remainder of the year. Whilst his chances of playing in the top side may look grim at the moment, he will certainly bolster the 2nds and push for selection down the track.
PERTHS AND TATTERSALLS greenkeeper Michael Yates has the greens running super slick and has crossed from Claremont to join them for the remainder of the season. Yates brings a wealth of experience and will greatly assist the club as it looks to build player depth and climb the pennant ladder
OSBORNE PARK sees the return of Ryan Brown after 6 games at Cambridge. Not sure why really as it appears he was skippering at Cambridge and will return to skipper at Ossy Park, but he is a good player and will add some depth to the club for sure.
MANDURAH will see the transfer of Mark Simpson from Dudley Park. It would probably be akin to a Collingwood player transferring to Carlton or East Fremantle to South Fremantle
OSBORNE PARK have been able to convince Blake Nairn that his new home will be as a Saint. Blake has left Bassendean and sought greener pastures. He is a player of immense ability, Basso's loss is Osborne Parks gain
SPEARWOOD has seen Bob Bavcevich and John Smith transfer to them from Melville. More departures and one must be concerned about the future of that club, but Spearwood happy to welcome a couple of useful pick ups
CAMBRIDGE will be the new home for Ryan Brown who has transferred right at the start of the season from Osborne Park. Not sure of the reason but we did notice him not in the PL team but skippering in the 2nds for this game, something has happened late to make this departure so close to the start of pennants.
MOSMAN PARK at the late stage of the season Dean Tinley has decided to switch from Mandurah to Mosman Park via Warnbro and will make an appearance in Mosmans top side this weekend. It's a blow for Warnbro as they aim to retain Premier League and this switch will make their going that little bit harder.
MOSMAN PARK have signed on Cameron Hoffman, brother Ben and father Jim, Terry Cranswick and Pat Daley. Daley, Cranswick and Cam Hoffman likely to start in the top side likly and Ben looks a handy prospect going forward as well. It really pushes Mosman Park into finals calculations and maybe even that coveted top spot with automatic promotion attached to that position.
EMU POINT will be the new country home for Matthew Mitchell and Jon Sharp, both moving down that way in the off season and playing country bowls this year. Certainl gives that club some back end strength!
DOUBLEVIEW have picked up the very decent acquisition in Daniel Trewhella for the season ahead. It may only be a handful of games but if they are winning and he enjoys it then it may be longer. They have lost Dave Rankin but gained John Slavich and DT, makes them very strong to go back to back for this season.
KARDINYA looks like they have an ex player returning to their midst, Dinko Golem back after spending some time at Stirling in what is probably a much stronger Kats team than when he left. A handy pick up on the brink odf the season for sure.
WARNBRO have been able to land Alan Cowie from Dudley Park to play for them this year, it'sd starting to make the Premier League very interesting this year, no real stand out selection to win and the demotion spots could spting a surprise now that Warnbro keep getting stronger as well.
OSBORNE PARK will be where Erron Martin plays his bowls next season after transferring during the week. He is a very good pick up to offset the loss of Sean Mawdsley who has moved to China for work reasons. Martin a bit of a swingman can play in all positions and will be starting in their PL side at the start of the year
BASSENDEAN looks to have gained another Vic Park player in Ruari Kenyon after he signed at the club on Friday. Another very useful player on their books pushing for Premier League selection
SORRENTO will be where Rhett Butler will don the jersey this season, he will be a more than adequate cover for Shane Rixom who has moved back home over East. A couple of the Morley players from last year are now calling Sorrento home for the season ahead
BASSENDEAN premiership players David Rhodes and Andy Elmer have returned to the Lions to further bolster there squad for the year ahead. Rhodes moving back after spending a year at Como and Elmer leaving Morley to return. Both will be handy acquisitions, especially Rhodes who looks a certainty to fill the spot vacated by Justin Opie
In no particular order, SOUTH PERTH looks like another father son combination reunited as Keith Manton makes the move from Mosman Park. KARDINYA also sees another move out of Mosman Park, this time John Rochford moves back to the club where he spent a few years, a few years ago. Dean Tinley is moving from Comet Bay back into the big smoke where he will don a WARNBRO shirt for this season.
Not restricted to mens, some state squad ladies are on the move as well, Jill Adam trying her hand in the city from Geraldton to OSBORNE PARK and not been a happy day at Mosman Park as Joanne Lancaster goes back to BEACON, I think winners of last years Country Small Club of the Year.
Who else? Oh yeah, been hearing for a while that DOUBLEVIEW will see the return of Jim Barry from Cambridge, that is still a rumour at this stage but it appears it could be the worst kept secret at the moment. Finally, BASSENDEAN getting more of a Victoria Park flavour as Aiden Cacciopolli joins them for the season ahead.
MANNING might be the new bowling home for Paul Kelly from Stirling, still not 100% this departure but word is pretty strong that Kelly is on the move. A very handy player indeed would only be moving if playing in the top side at Manning.
MANNING has grabbed Lee Such from Soldiers Point Bowling club, Such may be well known to those who have watched some bowls from NSW and the Australian Open as he does some commentary, and is also a very good bowler. Manning have given him a job, not sure what job that is but welcome to Perth Lee!
NOLLAMARA is not a club that appears in these pages often but they have managed to secure the services of Andy Garlick to their club for the season ahead.
SORRENTO will be the new home for Murray Hulbert, a Wanneroo player of many years and is one of many to leave that club in the off season. A good froint end player will be oushing for selection in their PL this season.
GOSNELLS have had 2 very handy players rock up to their club for the season ahead, Frank Carbone and Wayne Heldt. Heldt returning to the club he called home about 20 years ago. They will be very handy recruits as Gosnells look to climb the ladder into White.
BASSENDEAN looks like it will be the new home for Henry Lim, not sure about Lorraine yet as the Ladies at Bassendean aren't strong or that many but it looks like Henry will be joining for the season ahead.
MOSMAN PARK have announced that 1991 State Pairs winner Peter Collins has joined from Dalkeith. He is an accredited coach as well and according to president Michael Grace will be a great addition to the club for the season ahead.
BASSENDEAN welcome Joe Krstic from Victoria Park Carlisle and also Mike Bessant from Doubleview to their club for the year ahead. Bessant and Krstic choosing to bowl closer to home and they will be looking to fill the gaps with the departing players
MANNING will see State leader Toni Madigan moving back closer to home and join Mundaring for the season ahead. Mundaring I've been told have been promoted to the top flight and have been a bit of a yo yo in recent years but the arrival of Madigan will surely see them shore up a spot in the PL hopefully for a few years
DUDLEY PARK will field a team this year that would be very competitive in Metro 1st division as their latest addition Brad Ball joins them for the year. Travelling such a long distance in the 2nd half of the season when he switched to Sorrento has seen him join a club closer to home for the season ahead.
MANNING look to be the destination for Stephen Patterson for the season ahead. Patterson hasn't played much bowls in recent years because of his work committments but he is now back full time and looks like moving to a club closer to where he lives. It's a huge loss for Bassendean and a very handy pickup for Manning.
DOUBLEVIEW have been able to offset the departure of Dave Rankin with the return of John Slavich. Everyone knows the class and skill of Chevy and it's good to see him remain in the Premier League for the season ahead.
KARDINYA seems to be a popular destination for the people leaving Melville as Brad Henley has joined them for theit tilt at a flag this year. Henley was the leading skipper in the Melville Blue team last year so he will definitely push for a berth in the top flight
MANNING is where Steve Collins will ply his trade this season. A bowler from Soldiers Point in NSW which play in the Hunter-Newcastle League, he comes with some PL experience over there and will be a welcome addition to their squad.
KARDINYA have been very active in the off season, now we see confirmation that Kevin McKay has re-joined the club, but also Paul Davies is on their books after crossing from Leeming. It promises to be a strong Kats side this year.
KARDINYA have gained the services of John Terrell and Chris Jones. Both have Premier League experience but either way that makes their One White side also very strong. Could we see an all synthetic final in the PL between South Perth and Kardinya?
SOUTH PERTH welcome back Vinnie Santostefano from Claremont where he played for a couple of seasons, again stregnthening the chances of a South Perth finals series and a deep run for the season ahead. Claremont on the other hand losing about 9 players I have heard, bad news for them and it may spell the death knell of that fine club with loads of tradition. Let's hope they can entice some locals to play bowls and keep that club going.
KARDINYA have landed a coup with none other than state player Dave Rankin playing for them next year. The travel was a huge factor in his decision, and leaves on a high after the flag winning year last season. If the rumours surrounding Brown, Trewhella and McKay turn out to be true, with Rankin the Kats look like a top 4 side and maybe even a grand finalist.
OSBORNE PARK these are really only rumours but very strong ones, Lewis Grigg appears to be on the move over the Manning, he will be a great offset to some of the people that have left Manning since last season. Grigg a state player and a handy acquisition. But for Osborne Park it looks like they might be getting John Goddard back into the camp after his one season in the country to play with family. It would be hard to see Goddard come back to skipper after the success of the 4 they had last year but he will fill thirds position vacated by Grigg nicely.
NORTH PERTH may well be the forerunner to similar moves of this nature, where we see Sally Wilke joining the club this year to play competitive bowls. North Perth do not currently have a ladies team and so the current rules of our game mean that Sally be able to play at the highest level that North Perth can offer, which I think this year will be 3rd division.
It is in line with a few letters we have received concerning Ladies Saturday pennants, and Wilke has obviously felt she wasn't getting enough quality game time playing on a Saturday afternoon against the same sex. I am quite a big fan of the Ladies playing a Saturday comp in line with their Tuesday comp at 9.30am, if we see more moves like this that looks like it might be something that has to happen sooner and not later. My recent poll saw 14 women like the proposal and 2 against whilst the men who voted were 36 in favour and 22 against. A change like this has to come from the women, let's hope they see that getting working women under 60 into the sport means they need to be playing out of the heat of the day and not conflicting with the men at 9.30am Saturdays
SOUTH PERTH will be the new home for David Downey and Mitch Cranswick for this season and few more as the Millers are really building a strong bunch of players to press for the flag this year and be a strong side for many to come. Downey and Cranswick both finishing studies this year and will be able to commit to bowls fully and South Perth very lucky to have nabbed these guys.
BASSENDEAN welcome the services of Butch Dinnison from Victora Park for the season ahead. With the departures the club has seen Dinnison will be pushing for a spot in the vacancies created.
WARNBRO have welcomed Dean Tinley from Innaloo and Mosman Park and Steve Unsworth from Pinjarra. Unsworth of course is our Regional Bowls Manager for the Southern area of WA. They will provide some good depth to the club wanting to hold Premier League in their first crack at it.
BASSENDEAN has lured young star Marcus Simpson (and potentially his Mum) as well to it's club from Rockingham. Simpson a state junior wanting more opportunities as he develops his game, will add some front end depth to the club rebuilding after it's departures of recent years. Only 8 players left from the Premier League winning team of only 2 seasons ago.
NORTH BEACH will be where Mark Douthie calls home next year, this had been circulating for a while but came to a certainty Friday night when he joined the club. North Beach close last year in White and guys like Douthie will give them some good punch for the season ahead.
OSBORNE PARK will be the new home for Phil Potts, a long time Wanneroo player but wants to continue his PL career elsewhere. Loads of whispers about another 4 or 5 players moving out of Wanneroo, so it could be a few years before we see them again in the top flight. Potts a notoriously solid leader will help greatly as the Saints look to go that one step further next season
QUINNS ROCKS are a club on the rise with their junior program and getting back to Blue North next season have recruited hard and sees ex player John Berecz rejoin the fold from Morley. We also see Wanneroo stalwart Laurie Johnson move across as well. Berecz an extremely good back end bowler and Johnson very steady up front, they are good signings for the season ahead.
DOUBLEVIEW will be without premiership player Ben Willesee next season as he takes up a job in England for a while. A steady player, with other potentials I'm hearing abou the View he will be a big loss. We wish Ben all the best in England
SOUTH PERTH have lured Beau Manton away from Bassendean to join his good friend Justin Opie at the Millers this season. It is a handy list South Perth are putting together, look for them to be playing finals at year end.
MELVILLE is losing another few bowlers, the name I have been given is Brad Henley, and a couple of his mates at Melville have all left as well, not sure of their destination as yet but from all accounts are very good bowlers and I'm sure any club in their vicinity will welcome them with open arms
SPEARWOOD will be the new home for Ken Gavranich, this note from Ivan Unkovich
Spearwood are pleased to announce that Ken Gavranich, an up and coming young bowler, will be joining them next season as they move to Div 1 White for the first time.
We have room for two more quality players under our ‘salary cap’ so don't leave it to the last minute if you want the opportunity to play in one white next season.
MANNING while they might be getting some people from Melville, as well as Frank Carbone leaving, also hearing that Matty Ayres with a new baby due soonish as well Rob Tiller may be taking a year off bowls for family reasons. With Matt Mitchell also leaving, they also appear weaker than last year at this stage if these rumours turn out to be true
CAMBRIDGE appear to be losing a few names for next season. Pieter Harris assessing his future and may take a year off to the recharge the batteries, Jon Sharp moving down south may be joining Albany next year. some huge names leaving the Knights if they come about.
MELVILLE - the exodus appears to have begun with the recent meetings held there and a committments from the club to stay has seen some names decide to seek other clubs. Decisions not made yet as to where they might end up, but the names I am hearing are: Matt Allen, Shane Adams, Brett Adams, Merv Hughes, Jim Stewart. Manning appear to be the recipient to most of these names
KARDINYA seem to be at the forefront of some recruits, hearing that State Fours members Daniel Trewhella and Kevin McKay joining Kardinya with Daniel Brown prepared to commit for the whole season. Haven't been able to confirm that one yet but if it comes off will make them a very strong side in Premier League next year.
GOSNELLS will see the return of former player Frank Carbone from Manning to join them in the season ahead. Frank has mentioned to me that he wants to be close to home, he has achieved what he can from bowls and looks forward to the plans that Gosnells offers going forward. I think you have plenty of good bowls in you Frank and we'll see your name again in lights
SOUTH PERTH will be the new home for Justin Opie after his stellar career at Bassendean. He is a great pick up for South Perth both on and off the green, his signing alone puts them in with a finals chance next year.
SORRENTO in the news again with Mal Burton, Bryce Gunson and Mike Browne joining them for the season ahead. All having PL experience from this year will help the club with depth this season - they are putting a fair squad together and won't be automatic demotion material.
MANNING look to have gained the services of Steve Hughes for the next season, well, he is about 98% sure. He may struggle to get in to the Premier League team but he will be a handy addition to the 2nds as they try and win promotion back from 2nd division
SORRENTO contacted me today to confirm Leith Oldham won't be going to Quinns but will in fact pull on the blue and white of Sorrento next season. Joining him is Allan Barron. I don't know much of Leith but Allan is certainly well credentialled and will fit in well.
SOUTH PERTH have
raided enticed some Vic Park players by tempting the very loud but very good player Tom Reid and up and coming bowler Patrick Keeffe into their fold. They are good recruits and should complement the club very well for next season
QUINNS ROCKS are building and have heard whispers again and know that John Berecz might be heading back there after a few years away. He would be a handy asset for a club wanting to push for White next year. Any rumours surrounding Brian Axford are untrue, he will be staying at Yanchep although Leith Oldham may be on the move to Quinns.
BASSENDEAN are losing a player synonymous with that club, Justin Opie has decided he needs to move on, destination unknown at this stage but I have heard it might be Fremantle or South Perth, or maybe somewhere completely different!. Not even Opie knows at this stage, but a huge loss for Bassendean who finished the year in 5th spot in the PL
ALBANY would be well pleased to see the Mitchell name back in the area. Matt is going home to the family farm, unsure yet which club in the area he will join, but he is a massive loss to Manning and to the Metro area. He stills harbors state ambitions and moving to the country should not hinder that at all.
WARNBRO have welcomed back Ryan Philpott to their fold for the 2nd half of the year. He will play a couple of games in the 2nds before returning to the top side. He of course played with Manning in the flag of a couple of years ago and Manning I'm sure would have loved to have him back, but he is returning home
SORRENTO have got another Ball on to their books, Terry Ball making the move as well from Warnbro. I'm not sure he has played this year but he will certainly be pushing for selection at Sorrento who are building a nice squad of bowlers looking to play Premier League next year
OSBORNE PARK it appears as if Lee Farrell has made the move over to Osborne Park, i think partially due to his wife getting more opportunities but he is a handy back up for the PL team if they need someone, and more than handy for the White team who are struggling at the moment
SOUTH PERTH have gained the services of Dean Calvo late in the piece, he will come straight into the top side I think and will be a welcome addition. I've spoken with Dean and he loved his time at Gosnells but wanted to try his hand in the PL and South Perth seemed the perfect fit for him.
MOSMAN PARK have enticed Andrew Garlick to transfer from Doubleview to them for the remainder of the year.
OSBORNE PARK have gained the services of Innaloo bowlers Frank Langley and Alan Taylor. The numbers departing Innaloo keep rising, it's gotta stop on December 31st I suppose!
INGLEWOOD have gained the playing services of Graeme Carey, the Bassendean greenkeeper for the remainder of this season. Carey won the best player at the club for their Blue side last year, playing third to Aaron Staples will make that rink very formidable going forward and his ability will propel the club to a big chance for promotion
MELVILLE has gained another departing Mt Pleasant player, this time it is Greg Quann, who i don't think has played a game this year but the dramas at Mt Pleasant has claimed another victim.
MT PLEASANT have lost another 2 players. Have heard Chris Jones and John Wray moving to Melville, and now today Merv Hughes and Wayne Heldt leaving the club. I think both also moving to Melville. It is interesting to see these people move and there must be something more at play now.
BASSENDEAN have transferred across from Mosman Park Drew Daley, an ex-New South Welshmen moved here through work and with his house movement to Belmont has chosen a club closer to home to play for and plonked for Bassendean.
MORLEY have welcomed former player Bruce Urquhart, or Buffy back on to their playing roster for the remainder of the season. I don't really know when he last played pennants and the even longer for a full season but he is a quality player and for the team currently sitting 3rd to welcome a player of his calibre in to line up improves their chances of finals action no end. Likely to be a middle player with some options to skipper if things go astray I would think.
MT PLEASANT have lost a further 2 players, Chris Jones and John Wray have departed, not sure where to at this stage. When a couple of players leave a club it's seen as normal, but I think there have been quite a few now that have left in the past 2 seasons, is everyone leaving because of the upcoming closure of the club or something more sinister? We'll probably never know
MELVILLE are the receipients of a couple of bowlers who have left Mt Pleasant, Jim Stewart the gentleman of bowls and John Smith have made the move mid-season. Next season if the venue is ready these 2 clubs are likely to merge anyway.
STIRLING has gained the services of Mike Vitale, who leaves South Perth after his stellar 5 game career at that club. Vitale was at Stirling last year. He may appear in their side for this week but will be there for there next weeks game.
KARDINYA sent me their teams today and I noticed the name of Paul Brotherston appear, of course played the early games at Cockburn but has made the move and now finds himself at Kardinya. Not sure when this actually happened, but it will be his first game in PL side of Kardinya this week.
SORRENTO were the first port of call when Brad Ball decided to leave Warnbro after 4 games and it's a case of Warnbro's loss is Sorrento's gain. Ball did not play on Sunday against Sorrento as his old club went to town on his new club. Still it's only 5 games in and Sorrento looks like skippering straight away this week with Ball
SOUTH PERTH have enticed Richard D'Souza to play with them this year. D'Souza of course played at Mt Lawley last year after starting at Wanneroo so has PL experience and South Perth have picked him for the PL side for the weekend.
NOLLAMARA have gained the services of Peter Vellios from Stirling and Rob Amos from Morley for this round onwards.
OSBORNE PARKWe have most Premier League teams now, and the Osborne Park is missing a few people from last season. Daniel Trewhella can't commit to a full season, Neil Payne with some injuries and Patrick Quinlan playing cricket this season. With no ins of note I think they have gone from certs to play finals to now sit with a number of teams in the mix.
MORLEY have selected Stu Bainbridge in their side for the opening of pennants this Saturday, it was a rumour we had heard about a month or so ago but denied and he was selected in the initial Doubleview team, but for some reason has since changed clubs and is now lining up for Morley. When I got the sides I saw the name of Mike Browne in their list as well, he has also switched clubs. Makes the Morley team look good on paper, now to deliver on the green.
SWAN have been the receipient of the departing Toodyay player, none other than the big fish himself, Keith Straughan, who is now playing in the big smoke again. swan happy to welcome him into their fold and he will be a good pick up for them as they try and hold Blue North
Players committed to Innaloo this season but now departing, have ended up at the following clubs that I know of so far (and doesn't include the ladies that have departed either, most have ended up aty either North Beach or Scarborough) -
NORTH BEACH - J Clayton, R Aitken, C Bartle, R Munday
STIRLING - C Hoffman, J Hoffman, T Cranswick
NOLLAMARA - M Lane, R Amos
HOLLYWOOD/SUBIACO - D Lindsay
DOUBLEVIEW - A Tennant
CLAREMONT - M Cranswick
OSBORNE PARK - B Wood, B Poggi, G Matthews, F Langley, A Taylor
BASSENDEAN - T Alden, R Revell, P Harber
WARWICK - R Hill, J McNamara, G Smith
CLAREMONT have recruited ex-Doubleview and bypassing Innaloo to join Claremont is Mitch Cranswick to their side and as Mens Captain Martin Downey has emailed
Claremont Bowling Club’s theme of ‘come and be a part of something special’ has enticed young Mitch Cranswick, formerly of Doubleview, to join young David Downey as another new skip for the coming season in 2nd Division.
Anyone interested in joining the party is urged to contact Men’s Captain Martin Downey, Selector Michael Yates or Club President Ian White’.
It looks like Claremont are building towards something special this year
WANNEROO no sooner have we announced the arrival of Ashley Grundy, but Tod Weir has also crossed to the Roos from Osborne Park seeking opportunities in the Premier League I am sure. I don't know much about Tod but skipper last year in the White side and is a young player which is always good for the game
WANNEROO have been chatting to Toodyay's Ashley Grundy and this week he signed on to play for the Roos this year. Grundy has had some country week success and is always there-a-bouts in state events sectional play so he will be a handy addition and may take a rink for the start of the season
MORLEY have been able to convince John Berecz that this season at least he is better served staying at Morley and playing with them. He will be handy for Morley to retain their position in the PL this year and a bit of a blow to the Yanchep club for not only on field but also off field
YANCHEP are building a few handy player additions this year, first Brian Axford and now it seems John Berecz has also made the move there. Berecz lives close by and seems like travel was probably the main reason he has chosen to stay and play close to home. There are some handy 2nd division sides this season in Blue divisions, might be an interesting comp to keep an eye on this year
KARDINYA have lost a couple of players leading in to this season, and very handy players they are too. Whilst Daniel Brown hasn't 100% made up his mind, at this stage he and good mate Daniel Trewhella will spend the Summer fishing and making sporadic appearances in State Events and maybe some pennant games. Both players are huge losses for their respective clubs.
STIRLING look to have gained the servies of Dinko Golem, who advised Kardinya during the week that he will cross and go back to his former club for this season. Golem was one of the leading skippers at the club and Stirling will welcome him back as they build a decent squad for the season.
CORRIGIN The final person to depart Kardinya this season will be Louie Beaurteaux, who has decided to stay home this year and play in the country. I think it was Corrigin but it could be another club near his home, but he completes the trifecta of players departing Kardinya. Being so close to finals last year, these 3 leaving will put pressure on the remaining players to take that extra step, it might be they are under pressure to remain in Premier League.
INNALOO have lost a few people leading in to this season pennant, I will list them all the closer we get to the start of competition, but club president Terry Cranswick has convinced his son to cross from Doubleview and skipper a rink in their top side this year. Mitch Cranswick is a young player so will only get better with the exposure he gets this year in One White at the pointy end of the rink.
WARNBRO have sent to me a summary of their changes for the year, all incoming players which auger well for their season ahead in Blue South as they try and get promotion to WhiteIncomings
AUNGIERS have left Osborne Park, Scott has found a new home at Manning and joins up with former Vic Park players Mitchell, Knott, Bowler amongst others. He will push for a spot in the top side but may start in the 2nds. Peter has re-joined his former home at Morley and unsure where he might slot back in, could be handy middle player but may just go back and skipper in their 2nds.
HOPETOUN are welcoming John Goddard into their ranks for the next season, I think family reasons are behind the move back to the country for Goddard and his leadership and ability will be sorely missed by Osborne Park. Can they cover his departure this season? I think they prepared for it with blooding Cody Packer last season as skipper and he did exceptionally well, and with their 2nds side always strong in White, they should be able to cover his playing ability, but he will be missed at the club he has called home for many seasons.
MORLEY have gained the services of Andy elmer from Bassendean. Elmer won last years singles final and is the current Bassendean champion and so his services would be heartily welcomed at his old club, but his time may be occasional depending on family committments. Hopefully we see more than the sporadic appeearance at his old club
NORTH BEACH also sees a more than handy ex-junior state representative in Steven Wattleworth transferring from Midland-Morrison. Wattleworth living in the area and wants to commit to bowls again full time, North Beach doing well to gain his services as they look to offset the departing players from last year with back end player
FORRESTFIELD look to be the main recipient of the Cannington/Mills Park closure as a handful of players make the move. From what little I know of Forrestfield they look to be gaining a few young players from Corporate bowling competitions and look to people from that club making their name known in a couple of years
MANNING The rumours page is not only about the men bowlers as we hear Rhonda Creyk has made the move from Thornlie to Manning for this season. It seems a tough top side to crack in to but vacancies have been made in the alternate Premier League team with the departure of a couple of players, including last years Mt Lawley consistency wonner Shaan Saunders, so we'll see ir Creyk makes the grade there
NORTH BEACH is where Ross Dempsey has called home again for this season, he had been toying with the idea of moving, Doubleview was the strong candidate but for this season he is staying put. North Beach trying to gain promotion and Dempsey will be a key part of that
BASSENDEAN has signed a handy player in Peter Madigan from Mundaring. Madigan skippered in their top side last year with some success and he will give some good depth to the Lions and may even break in to their Premier League team at some stage this year
MANNING looks like where Frank Carbone will be heading back to next year from his couple of years at Stirling. He is a very solid front end player and will be eyeing of a 2nds position in the top side but I'm sure being the team player he is will be happy with wherever he is placed for this year
VIC PARK Fact or fiction? Pictures tell a thousand words
I don't think Jim Barry is on the move but he took the opportunity to be a Red for a day
CLAREMONT this sent to me from the Claremont Club -Further news since I spoke with you last is that the Claremont Bowling Club, after just missing out on promotion to 2nd division for the past 2 years, have accepted an opportunity of promotion offered to them by Bowls WA when another club pulled out.
Bill Owen is a handy recruit and will assist the club nicely as they contest 2nd division this year. The club that departed was Mt Pleasant but it sounds like Claremont will be a handy replacement as they have knocked on the door for the past couple of seasons.
QUINNS ROCKS have sent me this note about their players this season -Goings
WANNEROO have been informed that Ron Bates won't be joining the club this year after finding work in Sydney and making the move over there, that has happened immediately and he is already over there in his new digs. His wife will be joining him in a couple of months after also finding work there. We all wish Ron the best in his new surrounds and look forward to seeing his name in a few results going forward.
On a side note Jarrad O'Donohoe moved to Melbourne a month or so ago and looks like he has joined Mentone for their upcoming season.
SPEARWOOD is happy to welcome Boris Yakas into their fold for the upcoming season from the Kardinya bowling club. I have a feeling Yakas also played PL at Cockburn some years ago, his playing ability will be welcomed at Spearwood, a welcome addition to the club.
DOUBLEVIEW looks like it has won the battle to gain the services of Addy Wetzler. Who??? Well he hails from Victoria, playing Premier League there for many years at Clayton and recently Mentone. He is early 30's, newly engaged to a Perth girl and moved here with her. At a child care centre he got talking with both Matt Mitchell and Corey Bessant about life and enquired how they knew each other and when lawn bowls was mentioned he said he was a keen bowler as well. The race was on, but it looks like Doubleview will be the preferred home. Welcome to WA Addy!
MELVILLE gains what Mt Pleasant has lost, Steve Hughes moving to a club that both clubs combining to form one club next season. Maybe it was to update his Melville shirt before that clubs shirts disappear as Hughes was a Melville player many years ago.
CAMBRIDGE it appears has gained the services of Sam Perica for the season, he leaves Cockburn looking to continue his PL career. A few have departed Cockburn now, might last season be the last time we see this great club in the top flight of bowls?
SWAN have been able to convince Phil Park that his future is best served staying with them and he has agreed, signing his membership papers and paying the fees to stay where he started.
CLAREMONT Mens Captain has sent this to me about a player joining their club this season - Word out of Claremont is that they have lured former Under 18 WA and Australian Singles Champion, David Downey, back to bowls from club cricket. David, who is about to turn 21 years, last played pennants in Premier Division for Manning four years ago. He gave pennants away when he started at University. David’s father, Martin, is the new Men’s Captain at Claremont and is trying to recruit some players to the 3rd division club. One can only wonder if there’s any truth in the rumour that the pressure to sign was in the form of any possible future inheritance
RIVERTON-ROSSMOYNE are the River Rats and looks like they have enticed John Carter and Chadd Hunt to their club for this season. Carter is a decent bowler who looks to be accumulating shirts quicker than a Trump rollback of an Obama policy, but Hunt I know nothing about. Carter certainly will add some depth to Rossmoyne looking to climb the pennant ladder.
6th Sept 17 More information has been sent to me, Chadd Hunt skippered last season for a solid record so will certainly hold his own at Rossmoyne. John Carter also letting me know he loved his time at Armadale and wishes them all the best but wanted to play somewhere closer to home. We all crave that club that is close to home and a good level of bowls, we wish them both a good year.
MORLEY looks like the home for next season of Phil Park, who is trying his hand in the big league. Park has only been bowling for a handful of years but shows some promise as a front end player, we'll see how he goes this year.
DOUBLEVIEW have gained the services of 2 very handy players for the season ahead, Stephen Cerff has transferred from Cockburn and Andy Garlick makes the move from Mosman Park. Doubleview have had a few changes in this off season both gains and losses, the final side still looks strong enough to be competitive in Premier League
KALAMUNDA have got back Milan Jokic after his 1 season playing with mates at the Manning Club. Milan lives not far from Kalamunda and his return was always on the cards. He looks likely to grab 1 of the skippers spots as Kalamunda look to remain in White this year.
BUSSELTONhave gained the services of a very handy player in Tony Walsh who leaves Cambridge and retiring in the country. I'm sure we will still see his name pop up in tournaments over the years.
MORLEY player Wayne Neilson has been linked to a change of clubs to Claremont but Wayne has categorically denied moving from Morley, saying this to me yesterday - "I have never spoken to anyone at Claremont and 100 percent if I play bowls this year it will be at Morley". So that rumour has been quashed, thanks Wayne for informing this site.
MANNING have been able to recruit Dale Marsland from Mosman Park, joining his mates at the Eagles, strengthening an already abundantly talented team. You would think he will be an immediate inclusion into the PL team. Marsland I think is currently dating Monica Huynh also from Mosman Park, will we see her changing clubs as well? Not at the moment but the season is still a few months away.
KALAMUNDA manager and part time player for them Howard Best and decided to leave the state of WA and go back to Queensland. During his time he has played top flight bowls at Innaloo, Kalamunda and Wanneroo but he has found work in Queensland and has resigned from his post at Kalamunda to move. Kalamunda have listed the position on Seek for a Club Manager, and we wish Yogi the best in his travels and future in bowls.
SOUTH PERTH have gained the services of swingman Mike Vitale for the season ahead from Cockburn. Vitale can play in all positions but will he get a spot in the strong South Perth team for this season. Time will tell.
CAMBRIDGE will be the venue that Lance Strahan is making his return to bowls at for the season ahead. His great mate is Clive Adams so it was always going to be the club he came back and played at. In his prime he was one of the top 10 bowlers in this state and while he may take a couple of games to get going, his back end game will be welcomed at the club looking to win another flag this year.
WANNEROO is the club that Ron Bates has joined for the upcoming season but work committments may curtail his bowling, we will know more on that front in the coming months. Bates arriving will be nice to offset the departures of Erron Martin to Bassendean and Jarrod O'Donahue whose partner has accepted a job in Melbourne and he will be moving to ply his trade over there. Both O'Donahue and Martin skippering at various stages during the last pennant year so their loss will be felt.
It seems the future of Stuart Bainbridge remains unclear, with MORLEY saying at this stage they are unaware of Bainbridge joining their club. So where will Bainbridge end up? Either club will benefit from his services, any more news about Stuart and he might need his own rumour page!
Rumour confirmed, one of the first rumours for the season was Stuart Bainbridge heading to MORLEY and that became fact over the weekend. Morley are putting together a very handy squad as they will be more than competitive in Premier League this season.
SWAN will be welcoming back Shane Anning from Bassendean to the club for the upcoming season. Shane wanted to try his hand but couldn't quite crack the strong Premier League team so he has moved back to Swan where he has family ties and a place he loves bowling at
LEEMING have opened their arms to Tyrone Alberti who has left South Perth. Not sure of the reasons for it but Leeming are a club looking to move up the 1st division ladder and Tyrone is a more than handy player and will complement the club in the coming season.
MANNING it seems will be without the services of Helen Morss for the Tuesday Pennants next year, as she focuses on work and studies, thus making Tuesday unable to bowl for her. She will be lining up for the Saturday Pennant though. With the age of our bowlers decreasing one will think this is already occurring for many other lady bowlers under the age of 55, we saw a few years ago Shenayde Heldt also not playing on a Tuesday due to work commitments.
I can foresee in the future the bowls in our state being Tuesday Ladies, Thursday Mens and Saturday Open Gender competition.
MANNING has informed Bowls360 that the original bowler, Chris Bowler has come out of the wilderness and committed to playing at Manning this season. He recently competed in the PBA qualifying in Mandurah and claimed some scalps so he looks ready to press for a spot in the top side. With Chris may come Scott Aungier but that has yet to be confirmed.
Those astute bowlers that have seen the announcement from WARNBRO about the Manning 5-a-side competition will have noticed the names Trewhella, both Matthew and John named in the side, confirming their move from Halls Head back to the Perth competition at Warnbro.
NORTH BEACH might be gaining a few players from Innaloo, but 2 key personnel from their playing stocks from last year are on the move. Ron Bates has informed the club that he will not be bowling there next year, citing the travel as the key component for his departure. We are unsure at this stage where he will be bowling. I also believe Bates brother Russell may also not be bowling at the club, his club next year also unknown but we know he lives down south and may play again in the Mandurah area next season.
The other key player is Ross Dempsey, who appears to also have returned 'home' to Doubleview, a club where he has played many Premier League games in the 00's before leaving to the country for work purposes. Dempsey will be a loss to North Beach and a gain for Doubleview, I think it was the year before last season when he skippered a side in the State Fours to the Semi or the Final, showing his form has returned.
A little whisper that SORRENTO have landed the leader from last years State Triples final Shane Loftus. There was talk he would be heading back to Wanneroo but it seems Sorrento have pounced early. A handy recruit as they push for Premier League this year.
CAMBRIDGE have signed on to their books for the upcoming season reigning Countryweek Singles winner Kaleb Walding, and also Noosa player Shaun Norris. Says Ross Bolton from the Knights -
The Cambridge Knights are very pleased to announce that outstanding young country bowler, Kaleb Walding, will be playing for the Knights this season. Kaleb will be a great inclusion for the Knights and is looking forward to playing bowls in Perth.
The Knights have also signed another very good player in Shaun Norris who hails from Noosa and he will also add to the depth of the Knights for the coming season.
BASSENDEAN have attracted another player to the club, Mike Bessant living locally and is thinking of joining the club for the upcoming season. Was spied having a meal there recently, he will also be a handy addition to Bassendean. Also confirmed is Ted Aldens move and Paul Harber to the club. Could be some more news about departures from Innaloo as well because of recent events, North Beach seem the main receipient of these players.
DOUBLEVIEW have signed the prize recruit of Scott Edmonds who left Yokine towards the end of last season. Scott was weighing up his options and had interest from multiple clubs but the pull of his old side and playing Premier League again was enough. It will be good to see Edmonds plying his trade again in the top flight.
MORLEY Rumours starting to trickle in, more info in the coming days or weeks, but one rumour doing the rounds is that Stuart Bainbridge might be heading back to Morley. Rumour only, I can't get it confirmed or denied, but he would certainly be a handy pick up for Morley as the club contests Premier League for the first time in a while, and building a squad that will be very competitive.
GOSNELLS has been talking to a member of the "B" team, Dave Bradbury and convinced him to change clubs, leaving Thornlie and moving to Gosnells. “After nine enjoyable years at Thornlie, I have decided it was time for a change, and look forward the new challenge at Gosnells”.
Gosnells have picked up a handy player for sure.
BASSENDEAN have been busy in the off season with the carnage from Innaloo potentially resulting in the signing of 3 players and maybe more. At this stage, Paul Harber, Ted Alden and Rod Revell are the first to show their intent to moving on unless changes are made at their club at the upcoming AGM at Innaloo. Also making the move is journeyman Erron Martin coming from Wanneroo moving back to his old neighbourhood, and Nathan Smith from York making the move to the big smoke because of work committments and living locally. All 5 players are handy acquisitions to the club
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