Nail-biters abound in local sport

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BASKETBALL

It was a tough weekend for local basketball as all four Cockburn teams suffered losses.

The Lakeside Lightning women have suffered just their second loss of the season after going down to the Warwick Senators 71-63 on Friday night.

The home court advantage proved too strong as the Senators enjoyed the eight point win on the back of an equal game-high 20 points to Stacey Barr and a supporting 17 to Samaria Howard.

Lakeside shared the buckets in a low scoring affair, Ashleigh Grant sinking 20 points while Hannah Stewart (14) and Ellyce Ironmonger (10) also contributed.

The Senator men also proved too strong against the Lightning, running away with a 90-78 victory.

Warwick shared the spoils in the paint as Justin King (18), Caleb Davis and Robert Anshila (both 17 points) proved to be handfuls, while Lakeside’s Michael Vigor tried hard at the opposite end with his game-high 24 point effort.

The Cockburn Cougars women started the double-header against Perry Lakes on Saturday with a disappointing 60-52 loss at the Bendat Basketball Centre.

Kisha Lee again starring in the paint with 17 points while new import Alina Hartmann found her feet well with seven points and five rebounds.

The Cougar men, still without injured captain Gavin Field, were outclassed in their 101-81 loss to the Hawks.

Import Eric Milam found some much-needed form as he sunk a season-high 20 points, while Jaarod Holmes and Seva Chan (18 each) also played strongly, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a strong Perry Lakes outfit.

After 11 rounds, the Lakeside women and men sit 2nd and 5th on their respectively ladders, while Cockburn are in 11th and 12th.

Round 12 will begin with the Cougars travelling to take on Mandurah Magic while Lakeside will also be on the road against Perth Redbacks.

Both match ups are on Friday night, with women’s tip off at 6.30pm and the men at 8.30pm.

Both the Cougar and Lightning men will back up with a second game, Lakeside at home against the Goldfields Giants from 7.30pm Saturday and Cockburn against the Geraldton Buccaneers at 12pm on Sunday.

 

FOOTBALL

One point was all that separated South Fremantle and East Perth in a WAFL nail-biter on Saturday.

The Royals got the jump early when they took an 18 point lead into the first break on the back of a six-goal-to-three quarter, but things tightened up in the second when South Fremantle bounced back to kick 5.5 to their opponent’s three straight to see the home side down just one point at half time.

The Bulldogs put their foot down in the third, kicking another five goals to take an 11-point lead and set up a captivating final quarter.

East Perth rallied in the last as inaccuracy plagued the Bulldogs, the visitors managing to kick 4.2 while South Fremantle sprayed shots to record 2.4, but it proved enough for the red and white to hold onto the 103-102 win.

Vice Captain Mason Shaw was damaging in front of goal, kicking 5.3, while Haiden Schloithe racked up 30 touches.

Across town, East Fremantle recorded their second straight win for the season after downing Perth 80-62.

The Sharks started the game strongly, scoring eight goals to three by half time to take an early 28 point lead.

Despite a Demons comeback in the fourth, East Fremantle were able to hold onto their advantage and the 18 point win.

Tom Monaghan finished with three goals and Luke Strnadica and Cameron Loersch kicked two each.

Cameron Eardley dominated through the middle with 37 touches while Nick Kommer picked up 30.

After seven rounds South Fremantle sit second on the ladder on equal points with leaders Subiaco, while East Fremantle sit 10th on equal points with East Perth, West Coast and Swan Districts.

The cross-town rivalry will come to the fore on Monday when East Fremantle host South Fremantle in the local derby.

Bouncedown is 2.10pm on June 3.

 

RUGBY

The Harrisdale ARKS split the difference in a tough fixture last weekend, with the men hosting competition heavyweights Associates and the women up against the top of the table Kalamunda.

The premier grade game started with a try to ARKS captain Russell Burges within the first six minutes, the game then progressing into an arm wrestle as both teams alternated tries to see the visitors go into half time with the 15-14 lead.

The tight game continued into the second as both teams capitalised on their opponent’s mistakes, but it was the ARKS who made the most of their opportunities to run home 41-34 victors.

The reserves game was a lot harder as the ARKS went down 39-19.

For the first time in a long time the home side had a full team and they played like it, holding their own against a side that was big, young and fit to be up 19-12 at halftime.

But Associates had the better of the second half, scoring four unanswered tries to take the win.

The ARKS third grade team secured a hard-fought 33-12 win after they lead from beginning to end, while the Women’s team went down to a Kalamunda outfit that proved too strong.

The ARKS next take on the Southern Lions in Success on June 1.

 

SOCCER

Cockburn City let a point slip out of their grasp in their round 10 NPL WA match against ladder leaders Perth.

After a scoreless first half Cockburn hit the lead in the 54th minute when Hasani Sinclair headed home a Ryan Pratt cross.

An own goal to Cockburn’s Hayden Stevens gave Perth the equaliser in the 70th minute, but the game looked like finishing in a 1-1 draw until Perth’s Michael Milenkovic converted in the 89th minute to seal a 2-1 victory for his team.

Armadale went down to Sorrento 3-2 at Alfred Skeet Reserve.

In a script very similar to Cockburn’s match, Armadale looked like salvaging a point after a brace to Michael Lawson, first to a free kick in the 19th minute before scoring a penalty in the 49th to tie the game back up at 2-2.

But in the dying seconds of the game the visitors took a corner which Armadale struggled to clear, giving Sorrento substitute Cameron Teece the opportunity to shoot home the winner.

After 10 rounds Cockburn sit 8th on the NPL WA ladder while Armadale are in 10th.

This weekend Cockburn will host Bayswater City while Armadale travel to take on ECU Joondalup.

Both games kick off at 3pm, June 1.