Mixed results for local sport as basketball, football derbies loom

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BASKETBALL

The Cockburn Cougars men are on the board for season 2019 after winning both games in their round 5 double header.

The double started at home on Friday night against Kalamunda Eastern Suns, captain Gavin Field leading the way with a team-high 24 points while Jaarod Holmes (15 points), Seva Chan (13) and import Eric Milam (10) also hit double figures to help the home side secure the 88-78 win.

The Cougars women weren’t so successful, going down to the Suns 78-68.

Import and key playmaker Kisha Lee retired hurt after just 16 minutes on court and despite the team rallying in her absence, helped by a 23 point haul to Matilda Muir, the Cougars were unable to claw back the 10 point margin.

Both teams backed it up on Saturday night with games against the South West Slammers, the men making it two from two with the 83-76 win.

Field again proved hard to stop with another team-high effort of 19 points, while Holmes (17) and Milam (10) continued to provide strong support.

The women again found themselves just short, going down 68-61.

Vanessa Michael top scored with 13 points, while up-and-coming young star Ruby Benn sunk 12 in the loss.

Lakeside Lightning split the difference in their games against Willetton on Friday.

The women lost their first game of the season after the Tigers pipped them 76-67.

Geanna Luaulu-Summers top scored for the home side with 15 points while Alison Schwagmeyer (13) and Courtney Byrnes (12) also performed strongly in the paint.

The Lakeside men continued their winning ways with an 89-78 victory on the back of a massive 35 point effort from Jobi Wall.

After five rounds Lakeside’s women and men are both 3rd on their prospective ladders, while Cockburn’s women sit 9th and the men 11th.

The two clubs will square off against each other in round 6 with Cockburn hosting Lakeside on Thursday, April 18.

The women will tip off at 6.30pm with the men to follow at 8.30pm.

 

FOOTBALL

South Fremantle fell just short of a stirring come from behind victory against Perth on Saturday.

Perth were able to open up a 23-point lead at Fremantle Oval before the Bulldogs rallied, but the fight back came too late and South Fremantle fell just short of victory with the scores at 76-73 when the final siren sounded.

Haiden Schloithe and Mason Shaw shared the spoils in front of goals with three majors each, while Jacob Dragovich dominated through the middle to amass 41 possessions, six marks and nine tackles.

New signing Dion Munkara performed well in his first game for the club, finishing with 13 disposals and a behind.

East Fremantle had a tough time against 2018 premiers Subiaco, going down 90-45.

In what was a better performance than their round 1 effort, the Sharks scored seven goals on the back of two to Ambrose Ryan, while Morgan Davies and Jared Jansen picked up plenty of possessions with 22 and 21 touches respectively.

With no games Easter weekend, Round 4 action will continue the week after with South Fremantle hosting East Fremantle in the first derby of 2019.

Bounce down is at 2.15pm April 27 at Fremantle Oval.

 

RUGBY

The Harrisdale Arks were at home for the first time in 2019 where they won two of three games against Perth Bayswater on Saturday.

The Arks’ 3rd grade team started strongly with a try to Ray Edwards between the posts after just five minutes.

He followed up with another converted try just five minutes later before securing his hat trick in the 25th minute, helping his team to a 22-7 lead at halftime.

The onslaught continued in the second half, with Arks scoring try after try to win 44-21.

The Reserves were again hit with a lack of numbers, needing a number of 3rd grade players to play a second game to fill gaps.

As expected, the game was difficult for the undermanned Arks, who lost 69-14.

The premier grade Arks started well in their match with a try to Kitione Nairube in the first few minutes.

Siustained attack was rewarded with three more trys before halftime and Arks held a comfortable 20-7 lead at the break.

Perth started the second half the stronger of the two teams, but the home side kept up their free running style of attack and continually stretched Perth from side to side before a series of strong forward drives in the Perth 22 saw a try to Ryan Black on the hour to help Harrisdale to a 25-21 victory.

The Arks have a bye this weekend.

 

SOCCER

Cockburn City has suffered a stinging 2-0 defeat at the hands of Rockingham City in round 5 of the NPLWA.

It was the second win on the trot for the newly promoted Rockingham team, the result leapfrogging them into 6th while Cockburn slip to 9th.

Armadale had more success on the field, securing a point from ladder leaders Balcatta after a 1-1 draw.

The result knocks Balcatta back to 4th, with Armadale right behind them in 5th.

NPLWA action continues on Saturday, April 20, with Cockburn taking on Floreat Athena and Armadale playing Bayswater City.