ROUNDS 1 & 2 FIRST DIVISION WHITE (Let
the Battle Begin)
If my knowledge of history serves me well we commence the new season with a double header for the first time in WA bowls.
The success of the initiative will be measured as always by how successful the teams were over the two days. Teams losing both games will argue that double-headers should be reserved for a little later into the season when players are fully into stride. The teams that win both games will applaud it as a progressive move.
The reality is the successful teams on both days will give themselves somewhere in the order of a ten point break from the lower sides after the first weekend of fixtures.
It makes this weekend crucial for all clubs. Some teams will emerge with their confidence bruised and battered whilst at the opposite end of the spectrum other teams will be thinking “bring it on”.
Warwick vs. Victoria Park
If I had any say at Warwick I would urge them to play “The Reds” on the carpet. Firstly, I think it provides them with advantage of practicing on a surface that their opponents do not have. Secondly, and just as important, The Magpies play South Perth on the carpet the following day and if they cannot surprise Victoria Park it will be a good “tune-up” for Sunday’s clash. Given that I am not expecting either Warwick or South Perth to win on Saturday it makes Sunday’s game even more important. Obviously, I am going for Victoria Park to win.
Kardinya vs. Thornlie
I really do not know on this one. Thornlie look a slightly stronger side but Kardinya’s home record cannot be discounted. You just don’t win that many at home over such a long period of time through good luck. Kardinya at home but a Thornlie victory would not surprise.
Scarborough vs. South Perth
Scarborough at home must win this one as their draw does not get any easier. If Scarborough skipper such as Ron Kuziela, Geoff White and Robbie Trow are given solid front end support I think they will win. As an aside, I am a big fan of South Perth’s Scott Walker’s ability but fear he may become another victim of the “he has a poor delivery” syndrome regardless of how often and how close he draws.
Yokine vs. Safety Bay
I expect Yokine to win at home but they will not have all their own way. Star player Rod Heaton will be looking to kick the season off with a win and if he brings his A-Grade game along then one of the Safety Bay skippers is in for a long afternoon. Michael Yates is another who will be keen to impress in his new surroundings.
Dalkeith/Nedlands vs. Gosnells
Dalkeith at home will be too strong for a Gosnells outfit that I am led to understand have lost a fair deal of talent over the past few weeks.
Very hard to select until we see what unfolds on Saturday.
With intentional brevity.
Gosnells vs. Yokine Yokine to win but are no certainties.
South Perth vs. Warwick This should be a ripper. South Perth just.
Thornlie vs. Scarborough Thornlie at home.
Safety Bay vs. Kardinya Safety Bay at home will win this one.
Victoria Park vs. Dalkeith/Nedlands
These two teams will more than likely play each other more than twice this season, but this one is very important. This game will be decided by the draw of skippers and given that I don’t know who will clash I cannot make a confident prediction. I think that Victoria Park will rely on Graeme Wishart to win big this season and if he happens to draw either Mark Krajancic or Dinko Golem I doubt that will happen.