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Bowls In Focus : October 2011
18 Bowls In Focus Henselite Premier Pennant Cyclops says: ‘Hattrick For Clayton!’ Hello again loyal followers, I’m back in the hot seat again and no doubt you’ve all been waiting to read the prognostications and undisputed wisdom of old Cyclops - some just say ‘ psycho’ – as I cast my educated eye over Melbourne’s blue ribbon pennant competition again. Don’t take me lightly here – over the years I’ve only once missed out with my premiership forecasts and have a 100% success rate in tipping which clubs will slide down to the Division 1 ranks the following season. Last year I even predicted who would play off in the grand final – Clayton and Moonee Ponds – while after I selected the demise of Sunbury and Mentone they never really stood a chance. More recently I backed the Cats to overpower the Maggies at the ‘G’, and just for good measure old Cyclops put his government funding on the Sea Eagles to topple the Warriors in the NRL. I may well be the greatest sports tipster of them all! Now I’m still on probation from the evils of two years ago that got me sin-binned for a season, so the boss is still demanding I tone down my barbs. I can’t believe he’s hanging up his keyboard at the end of the year; things just won’t be the same without him. Anyway, without any fear or trepidation, but still being well and truly muzzled, here’s how it will all pan out this season. ALTONA The A’s have recruited young stars in Matty Rennex and Ben Major to help steer them into the finals, while their only significant loss is Shane Fordham, so with the experience of ‘Pebbles’ Dorgan, coach Brad Peck and classy Brenton Coad they are in good shape. The key to this outfit is to win all of their home games because the A’s are not a good travelling team and genuinely struggle away from Civic Parade. The former premier powerhouse must win early games in the season because they have a history of making mass changes to the side too often and falling apart. Selectors, just let them settle down and work together. My 2011/12 prediction: Fourth BUNDOORA RSL With a few lucky breaks the Bundy Boys survived in premier division last season and are said to be having a serious crack this time around. The loss of Adam Galloway would be a kick in the guts for them as ‘Gastov’ is a natural born thriller and as a team inspiration there are few better. However, the club has attracted one of the game’s superstars Mark Casey into its ranks this year. I’m still not convinced that fly-in players are such an advantage but Casey is a charismatic figure – but will he be enough to bring another flag to Yulong Reserve? Only time will tell. Here’s a tip for coach Nick McIntyre; play your home games on the plastic, it worked in 2005, then make sure you win more away games than you lose. That way you just might be serious contenders; you’ve got the side to do it. My 2011/12 prediction: Eighth BURWOOD Alot of people are suggesting that the Division 1 premiers might go the way of many before them and slip back to whence they came. But if hard work and dedication is the key they should be very competitive. There are some fine players at Burwood, with Barrie Jackett being the side’s kingpin while others such as Rowan Sharp, Paul Beanland and Damon Di Florio can match it with the best. But I’m worried that the jump in standard might be just too much for the team’s lesser lights. Early in the season they will give a yelp but as it wears on the experience and class of the hardened premier competitors will see them back in the one’s next season. Sorry boys. My 2011/12 prediction: Ninth CLAYTON Biggest talking point about the reigning back-to-back pennant champions is what impact the loss of stars Todd • The Clayton side celebrates back-to-back premier pennant wins at Mulgrave Country Club earlier this year. Cyclops sees a hattrick in his crystal ball.
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