Basketball: Lakeside Lightning women playing for semi-final berth

BASKETBALL

The Lakeside Lightning women will be playing to secure a semi-final berth while both Cockburn Cougars teams are playing to survive this weekend.

After downing Joondalup 76-58 last week, Lakeside’s women just need to secure an away win tomorrow night to lock away a spot in the semi- final.

Imports Ali Schwagmeyer and Sydnee Fipps have been on fire all season and will be key to the team going all the way.

Lakeside will take on Joondalup at the Joondalup Basketball Stadium from 6pm August 12.

Should a third game be needed it will be played from 2pm August 13 at the Lakeside Recreation Centre.

After both teams went down in tight games last week, the Cockburn Cougars men and women have to win tonight to keep their seasons alive.

After being all tied up with ladder leaders Perry Lakes at halftime last week, the Hawks ran away with the game in the second half to win 83-68.

The men went down to Joondalup 90-83 in a rematch of last year’s grand final.

Working in the Cougars’ favour is the fact that both teams will be playing at home and a raucous crowd is expected to help get the teams over the line and into the do-or-die third game.

Cockburn’s women take on Perry Lakes at Wally Hagan Stadium from 6.30pm August 11, with the men’s tip off against Joondalup right afterwards at 8.30pm.

If a third game is needed, the women will play from 7pm August 12 at the Bendat Basketball Centre and the men will play at 8.00pm August 12 at Joondalup Basketball Stadium.

FOOTBALL

With just two regular season rounds remaining, South Fremantle will be hoping to use those games to continue their winning ways and hit peak form just in time for the finals.

It starts this Saturday with a big away game against Claremont, who they beat 91-66 at Claremont Oval the last time the two teams met in round 16.

South Fremantle’s attack has been lauded this season, with Tim Kelly and Haiden Schloithe in the league’s top five for disposals while Blaine Johnson, Cory Dell-Olio and Ben Saunders all in the top five for goals kicked with 50, 42 and 41 respectively.

Soundly beaten at the hands of ladder leaders Subiaco last week, East Fremantle will be searching for a bit of pride in their game against a West Perth team fighting to get back into the top five.

Holding onto 8th place by just two per cent over Perth, the Sharks will need to be competitive, or even steal one or more unlikely wins from their last three games if they want to avoid the wooden spoon.

This weekend’s game is just the place to start, although it will be made more difficult with a rowdy West Perth crowd expected to give their team a lift.

South Fremantle takes on Claremont in Claremont and East Fremantle take on West Perth in Joondalup on August 12.

Bounce down for both games is 2.15pm.

HOCKEY

Fremantle Hockey Club’s premier 1 women have just three games to go to snare a win and avoid going through the entire 2017 season without one.

Despite marked improvement across the field since the beginning of the season, the women have fallen just short of securing that elusive win on a number of occasions in recent weeks.

They will be hoping they can finally celebrate this weekend as they prepare to face Hale this weekend, who will be filthy with themselves after breaking a seven-game winning streak with a loss last weekend.

Hale beat Fremantle 2-0 in their only other match up this season.

Fremantle’s premier 1 men will also take on Hale in what is expected to be an exciting third versus fifth match up.

The Magpies have won five of the last seven and will be confident of downing Hale, despite the two teams playing out a 4-4 draw earlier this year.

Fremantle’s women take on Hale from 3.30pm August 12 at the Perth Hockey Stadium with the men to play straight after from 5pm.

SOCCER

There was no better preparation for Cockburn City going into this weekend’s clash with top of the table Inglewood United than their huge 7-0 defeat of Stirling in their last game.

The first half 6-0 onslaught on the back of hat-tricks to Julian Teles and Gian Albano is the kind of forward half pressure Cockburn will have to bring against their higher ranked opponent who has dropped just three games all year and is one of the favourites to take out this years title.

In a strong season, Inglewood has scored two goals for every one they let through, meaning Cockburn’s defence will need to be on its game to come away with the win.

Cockburn City will take on Inglewood United from 3pm August 12 in Inglewood.