Basketball: Lakeside Lightning women one game away from semi-final

East Fremantle's Jack Perham attempts a grab over South Fremantle's Brock Higgins. Picture: Phil Elliott
East Fremantle's Jack Perham attempts a grab over South Fremantle's Brock Higgins. Picture: Phil Elliott

BASKETBALL

The Lakeside Lightning women are just one game away from the semi finals after a big win over Joondalup on Friday night.

The 76-58 home win came on the back of a huge game from imports Ali Schwagmeyer and Sydnee Fipps, who scored 18 and 17 points respectively. Lakeside needs just one more win from their next two games to ensure they progress to the final four.

The Cockburn Cougars’ hopes of making the semi-finals have been dealt a blow, with both the men and women going down in close games.

After an arm wrestle in the first half the Cougar women found themselves tied 33-all at half time of their game against Perry Lakes.

Unfortunately, they were unable to keep the minor premiers in check and despite a huge 26-point haul from Brianna Moyes the Cougars eventually went down 68-83.

In the 2016 Grand Final rematch, Joondalup drew first blood against Cockburn with a 90-83 win.

Jalen Billups worked hard all night with 26 points but it wasn’t enough to steal the away win from the Wolves.

Both teams will have to win at home on Friday night to keep their finals run alive.

FOOTBALL

There has been a clean sweep of the Fremantle derbies for the first time in six years.

South Fremantle’s big 141-96 win over East Fremantle on Saturday afternoon ensured the Bulldogs took all three games of the year after they previously won by 41 and 145 in Round 6 and 11 respectively.

It is the first time the same team has won all the derbies since the Bulldogs triple in 2011.

South Fremantle’s Mason Shaw had a field day in front of goals nabbing four, while Ben Saunders added to his season’s tally with three.

Timothy Kelly showed why he had been invited to the AFL Draft Combine with a slick 30 touches, while Shane Hockey also picked up 31.

For East Fremantle, Matthew Watson and Jack Perham combined for seven goals between them and Jonathon Marsh fought hard across the ground with his 31 possessions.

HOCKEY

Fremantle’s Premier 1 men have consolidated fifth spot after a 2-1 win over cross-town rivals Melville.

The game was at a stalemate to begin with as both teams entered halftime with a nil all draw before Fremantle broke the deadlock in the second half with two goals in two minutes courtesy of Matthew Butturini and import Rob Cope.

Melville got one back four minutes later but it wasn’t enough to stop the Magpies running away with the win.

Fremantle’s premier 1 women slumped to another loss, going down 6-3 to Melville.

Going into halftime 3-0 down, Fremantle fought back in the second to score three goals of their own through Madi Ratcliffe, Tayah Medlen and Nicole Jacobs, but Melville scored another three of their own to take out the win.

SOCCER

Cockburn City has recorded their biggest win of the season with a huge 7-0 thrashing of Stirling.

The local side ran rampant at Dalmatinac Park and never game Stirling a chance to get into the game.

Julian Teles started the frenzy with a goal in the second minute and they continued to let fly from then, scoring another five goals before half time to go into the main break 6-0 up.

Cockburn could afford to take the foot off the accelerator in the second half, Gian Albano scoring the last goal in the 55th minute as his team ran out big winners.

Teles and Albano both finished the game with hat-tricks while Keiron Stallard scored the only other goal.

Cockburn coach Scott Miller said he was delighted with the performance.

“Seven goals is out of this world for us, the performance was brilliant,” he said.

“Every time we went forward we were frightening and we took our chances well.”

The big win propels Cockburn from 9th to 7th on the NPLWA ladder, leapfrogging both Stirling and Joondalup United.

The win will be a huge confidence boost for Cockburn as they prepare to take on ladder leaders Inglewood United this weekend.