Rake's Rave: Shocking results make for a wide open flag race

Centrals, Baldivis, Pinjarra and Rockingham are all in the hunt for a premiership in 2019. Photos: Justin Rake.
Centrals, Baldivis, Pinjarra and Rockingham are all in the hunt for a premiership in 2019. Photos: Justin Rake.

Baldivis have won three straight, the Tigers have lost a pair on the trot and the Blues are coming good heading towards the midway point of the season.

Those three factors, along with Mandurah's four-game losing skid and Rockingham's move to the top of the table in round eight, have made for a hell of a premiership race it would seem.

Just who has the edge at this point is extremely difficult to tell, given we now have four teams looking like genuine flag chances.

Let's start with the Brumbies, shall we?

Baldivis has been on a tear in recent weeks. Photo: Justin Rake.

Baldivis has been on a tear in recent weeks. Photo: Justin Rake.

Their win over Pinjarra was shocking, to say the least. I mean seriously, keeping the reigning back-to-back champs to a solitary goal en route to a 103-point victory is a jaw-dropping feat.

They're now on a three-game hot streak, with their wins coming against Centrals, Rockingham and Pinjarra (the three teams outside of themselves that make up the top four).

It's the kind of run that has the potential to shape a season, but where do those remaining top-four sides stand?

For mine, it's a matter of write Pinjarra off at your own peril.

The Tigers are on a slide, but have what it takes to bounce back. Photo: Justin Rake.

The Tigers are on a slide, but have what it takes to bounce back. Photo: Justin Rake.

Yes, the last two weeks have been stinkers, with Brett Milward their only goal scorer across a two-game span.

But if you expect me to sit here and tell you the Tigers are without a hope, after watching what they've done over the past two seasons, then you're dreaming.

This side has always found another gear the nearer they get to the finals and I expect nothing less moving forward.

Now as for the Rams, they've lost arguably their two biggest games (against Baldivis and Pinjarra), but they had chances in both and were disgraced in neither.

Rockingham sits atop the table with a 6-2 record. Photo: Justin Rake.

Rockingham sits atop the table with a 6-2 record. Photo: Justin Rake.

They're currently on top, and you're forced to respect their ability to score as they currently boast a percentage over 190.

That leaves the remaining Centrals, who roared to life beating Pinjarra a fortnight back and seem to be coming into some really nice form.

In the four seasons I've covered the Peel Football and Netball League, I don't think at any point have I been able to say at least four teams have legitimate claims to premiership favouritism.

Now I can, and it's making for the most intriguing campaign I've covered yet.