Gazette sports preview: Sharks up against it heading into clash with Subi, Bulldogs face East Perth in WAFL, plus hockey and SBL

West Perth's Shane Nelson puts pressure on the Bulldogs' Tim Kelly. Picture: Matt Beilken
West Perth's Shane Nelson puts pressure on the Bulldogs' Tim Kelly. Picture: Matt Beilken

WAFL

EAST Fremantle will be up against the odds to record its first win of the season this weekend.

The Sharks play last year’s runners up, Subiaco, at Leederville Oval tomorrow.

The Lions are on a seven game winning run and have not lost since round 1, and are coming off a 39-point win over second placed South Fremantle.

Bounce-down is at 1.40pm.

At Fremantle Oval, the Bulldogs will be aiming to get back to form when they host East Perth tomorrow.

The Royals are outside the top five but demolished the Sharks by 87 points last round.

The first bounce is at 2.15pm.

SBL

Lakeside can take a step towards a top four position when they host Perth at home tomorrow night.

The fifth-placed Lightning has been solid with a 6-5 record but the Redbacks have earned their fourth-placed position with eight wins from 11 games.

Cockburn has a great opportunity to get its season back on track when it travels to the Ray Owen Sports Centre to take on Kalamunda.

The Cougars are not in great form (5-7) but Kalamunda has struggled too (3-10).

In the women’s division, Lakeside can consolidate its top eight spot against Perth tomorrow night.

Cockburn and Kalamunda enter Saturday night’s match with both sides on a 2-8 record.

Premier Hockey

Fremantle will be chasing all three points to keep in touch with the leading pack when it plays NC Raiders at the Hale Hockey Club in Doubleview tomorrow.

The Magpies have laid a solid foundation but remain four points from a top four position.

A win will be considered a must with the Raiders winless after nine games.

Play begins 4pm.

In the women’s division, Fremantle is struggling with zero wins and no points from five starts.

Anchored to the bottom of the table, the Magpies will battle fellow strugglers NC Raiders.

The Raiders have one win from five games.

Play begins at 2.30pm at the Hale Hockey Club.