THE final cross-over games begin this week, leaving two games before Christmas and one after.
To start the round Portland Gold is at home with Hamilton the visitors.
At the same time last year Portland was on 104 points and Hamilton 95.
This year it is Gold 122 and Hamilton 92.
Gold has the Peter Cottier rink running at nine wins from 10 starts.
Hamilton’s best is in the 70 percent league.
Toss in the different surface, Lindsay Gruar and team members will be sailing along after their week (more to follow) and Peter Webster is never far away.
John Overall went back to skipping last week and the team scraped in.
The Merryfull rink is back on an even keel and Murray Arnold and offsiders need to hold on tight as their figures are a bit on the low side.
Gold is looking ominous at this stage of the season and should take most of the points.
Dunkeld versus Balmoral: The top of Wannon ladder playing the other end of Glenelg.
Dunkeld has heaps to gain as a win would still give it hope of playing in the finals.
The Balmoral side is purring along very nicely and when it can have a good win against the Blue side it looks a little grim for Dunkeld.
The fire truck idea didn’t work, winning two rinks didn’t work last week, so all one can say the visitors to win this one.
Penshurst has the mat out for Grangeburn at the mount venue.
It will be an interesting competition given there are two points separation on the ladder … granted they are on either side of the conference system.
Penshurst got in on one rink, while Grangeburn had a bad day results wise.
The expectation would be for Paul Symmons, Bert Parto and Owey Ross to be too good, but Penshurst has put up some fairly stiff resistance in most of its games.
Full story in the Spectator on Thursday, December 12, 2013