Nailbiters and big wins in weekend sport

Gershom Adams.
Gershom Adams.

BASKETBALL

Cockburn’s two SBL clubs went head-to-head on Friday night, with Lakeside Lightning taking the spoils in both games.

Lakeside’s women played strongly to kick off the success with an 80-58 win over their cross-town rivals.

In an even performance across the team Lakeside’s Ashleigh Grant sunk 15 points, Hannah Stewart 14 points and Geanna Luaulu-Summers and Ellyce Ironmonger 12 points each, while Cockburn’s Alina Hartmann (16) and Matilda Muir (15) toiled hard down the other end.

The Lightning men also enjoyed a big 99-52 win against the Cougars on the back of another strong team effort.

Lakeside’s players shared the scoring duties with Jarrad Prue (17) and Rowan Mackenzie (15) leading the way, while Gavin Field (12) and Jaarod Holmes (10) were the only ones to reach double figures for the Cougars.

Cockburn tried to shake off the disappointing losses when they took on Perth on Saturday night and this time the men were more potent on offence to steal the 88-85 win.

Field made up for his quiet performance the night before, sinking a massive 36 points to lead his team to their first win in 11 games.

The Cougar women did not bounce back so easily, going down to Perth 77-57 despite another team-high scoring performance from Hartmann (17 points).

After 14 rounds the women’s ladder has Lakeside in 1st and Cockburn in 11th, while in the men’s, Lakeside are in 5th and Cockburn 13th.

Both clubs will take to the court on June 22 for Round 15 action, with Cockburn to host South West Slammers from 5pm (women) and 7pm (men) while Lakeside will host Warwick from 6pm (women) and 8pm (men).

 

FOOTBALL

South Fremantle has survived their fourth nailbiter of 2019 after a narrow three point win over Peel Thunder on Saturday afternoon.

Travelling down to Mandurah for the game, the Bulldogs got the early jump as they soared to a 14 point lead at halftime, but Peel came roaring back in the third, kicking five goals to three to trail by only two points at the last break.

The final quarter was a tight, low-scoring affair as both teams kicked just two goals apiece and South Fremantle walked away with the slim 74-71 win.

Mason Shaw and Zachary Strom were busy in front of goals, kicking seven between them, while former Fremantle Docker Nicholas Suban picked up 26 disposals.

It was the fourth time this year the Bulldogs had played in a game decided by less than a goal after beating Swan Districts by four points in round 1 and East Perth by one point in round 7.

They lost to Perth by three points in round 2.

East Fremantle had the bye.

After 10 rounds South Fremantle sit second on the WAFL ladder, just percentage behind leaders Subiaco, while East Fremantle are seventh.

In round 11 matches on June 22, East Fremantle will host West Coast from 12.15pm while South Fremantle will host Subiaco in a top of the table clash from 2.15pm.

South Fremantle’s Mason Shaw in a marking contest. Photo: Jon Hewson.

RUGBY

The Harrisdale ARKS enjoyed unseasonably nice weather when they hosted Joondalup Brothers on the weekend.

The premier grade game started as an arm-wrestle as the ARKS and Joondalup traded tries until the visitors took a 12-10 lead into the halftime break.

Joondalup started the second half with a bang when their big prop charged through several tackles to score a converted try, but five minutes later ARKS fly-half Regan King sliced through the Joondalup defence and offloaded the ball to a teammate who crashed over the line for the try.

ARKS took the lead a few minutes later when Harrison Orr scored another ARKS try, swinging momentum to the home team who cashed in almost immediately after with another try to Gershom Adams.

A yellow card to Joondalup on 55 minutes didn’t help their cause and ARKS capitalised with two tries against the depleted side.

After a tight first half the ARKS ran away with the big 51-26 win.

The reserve grade suffered a disappointing 55-24 loss in their match against Joondalup.

The ARKS started with a converted try after Peniaku Ashworth beat three defenders in an inspired run, but Joondalup replied shortly after with a try of their.

Joondalup scored another couple to take the 22-12 halftime lead before the ARKS pegged it back early in the second with a try to centre Cameron McStay.

ARKS errors with lost possession and lax kicking allowed Joondalup to score five tries without reply over the next 15 minutes, putting the game out of their reach.

The third grade team had a game they would rather forget after they went down 27-7.

Joondalup mounted sustained forward pressure from the start and went into the halftime break 17-0.

ARKS only try came in the second half through Max Hall.