Women’s BCiB Premier League Preview
We take a look at the teams competing… Mosman Park took the Premier League flag for the first time in 2013/14 and will start their title defence with plenty of optimism. Manning who have been the team to beat in recent years winning five flags will certainly be hard to beat. Could another team come out of the pack to challenge?
We take a look at the teams for the 2014/15 season.
Last Year: 4th – Prediction: 4th
Gosnells ladies put in a very good season in 2013/14 and look good to once again press for finals. They have picked up a number of bowlers from the Roleystone 1st Green side who should add depth to their playing ranks and put pressure on those in Premier to hold their spot.
In: Margaret Dillion (Vict Park Carlisle), Julie Stokes (Roleystone)
Out: Lesley Smirk (Busselton)
Last Year: 7th – Prediction: 8th
A good effort by Leeming last season to finish 7th and stay in Premier League. Apparently very little moment with players so they will need to find improvement within the ranks if they wish to challenge for finals.
Last Year: 3rd – Prediction: 1st
Despite some players moving off to other clubs Manning will still field a side with enormous talent once again with virtually every player in the side having State Representative experience. Expect them to be challenging for the flag once again.
In: Toni Madigan (Merredin Civic), Brooke Newstead (Osborne Park)
Out: Pam Chalmers (Osborne Park), Liz Brooke (North Beach), Vicki Warne (Mundaring), Maria Salter (Vict Park Carlisle)
Last Year: 2nd in 1 White – Prediction: 10th
A good season by Melville will see them return to Premier League in 2014/15. It would appear they will have very little change to last seasons line-up. Will these players be good enough to avoid relegation – only time will tell.
Last Year: 1st – Prediction 2nd
Mosman Park are another team with minimal changes for 2014/15 however that is not unexpected given they won the Pennant. It will be interesting to see if they can back that up this season but we can see no reason why not – lock them in for finals once again.
Out: Helen Shemeld (Beacon)
Last Year: 5th – Prediction 5th
North Beach would have been disappointed not to have made finals last year. Liz Brooke is a very handy acquisition who could well make a difference. They should be right in the mix once again and challenging for a finals position.
In: Liz Brooke (Manning)
Out: Nerrida Porteous (Sorrento)
Last Year: 8th – Prediction 3rd
After a disappointing season Osborne Park have been busy in the off season and look to be the big improvers in 2014/15 with some excellent recruits. These players will give Osborne Park a very strong side and they look to be the next best challenger to Manning and Mosman Park.
In: Hailey Adams (Vict Park Carlisle), Julie Savell (Dudley Park), Pam Chalmers (Manning), Shari Solly (Vict Park Carlisle)
Out: Bianca-Rose Riseborough (Maternity), Brooke Newstead (Manning)
Last Year: 6th – Prediction 6th
The tough conditions at Safety Bay give them a strong home ground advantage which will once again see them hard to beat at home. On the flip side winning away for them is normally tough. Expect another middle of the road finish in 2014/15.
Last Year: 1st 1 White – Prediction 9th
After a very good season in 1st White Thornlie return to Premier League, they last played in this division in 2011/12. They have plenty of experience and will need all of it to put up a good show against much tougher competition.
Victoria Park Carlisle
Last Year: 2nd – Prediction 7th
Victoria Park Carlisle shocked the competition last year with some exceptional performances in the regular season however couldn’t get the job done in the finals. Player losses are significant and will hurt this year unless some other players step up.
In: Maria Salter (Manning)
Out: Hailey Adams (Osborne Park), Shari Solly (Osborne Park), Melissa Solly (unlikely), Margaret Dillion (Gosnells)
Note: information believed to be correct at time of print