EAST FREMANTLE missed an opportunity to close the gap on the WAFL’s top two teams after falling to Peel Thunder by 26 points at East Fremantle Oval.
The 11.12 (78) to 7.10 (52) loss was the Sharks’ first blemish in a month and means they remain two games behind cross-town rivals South Fremantle and reigning premiers Subiaco.
The Thunder was able to consolidate fourth position with their second win over a top five team this season; the first also came against East Fremantle.
In a low-scoring contest, Peel managed to get the jump on the hosts to lead by four goals at halftime.
From there, eight goals were shared equally between both sides meaning the visiting Thunder held strong to record their sixth win of the season.
Darcy Tucker led Peel for disposals with 29 and was supported by Rory O’Brien (28), Tendai Mzungu (27), Anthony Morabito (21) and Bradley Walsh (21).
AFL-listed players Michael Apeness and Joshua Deluca each booted two goals.
Matthew Watson and Tim Bristow kicked two goals for the Sharks,
Liam Anthony and Joshua Cuneo gathered 23 disposals.
Running defender Jayden Schofield racked up 26 touches.
The Sharks will next battle South Fremantle in the WA Day derby at Fremantle Oval.
The Bulldogs had a bye in Round 11.
In round seven of the WA Women’s Football League, East Fremantle accounted for the Peel Thunderbirds by 29 points.
The Sharks won 6.10 (46) to 2.5 (17), and are now in third place on the table with a 4-3 record.
LAKESIDE suffered its sixth straight State Basketball League loss in heartbreaking fashion at Lakeside Recreation Centre on Friday night.
The hosts fell just short 94-93 against the competition’s premier side Joondalup, despite 41 points from Daniel Alexander and 22 from TJ Hallice.
For the winners, Seb Salinas scored 27 and Trian Iliadis drained 26.
Cockburn Cougars sit in second spot on the competition table after a 113-91 win over the Goldfields Giants at Niels Hansen Basketball Stadium.
Gavin Field led scoring for the Cougars with 24 points.
For the Giants Jacob Holmen scored 25.
In the women’s division Joondalup had little trouble overcoming Lakeside on Friday.
The second-placed Wolves’ finished 76-55 victors.
It was their eighth victory in a row.
The Cougars had a bye.
COCKBURN City found some much-needed form over the weekend, thumping ECU Joondalup 4-0.
A quiet start saw Cockburn take a 1-0 lead at halftime courtesy of a strike from Ruben Tristao, but the home team returned to the field fired up in the second half, Aden Da Luz, Harry O’Brien and Angel Andres all slamming home goals to extend Cockburn’s streak to four games without defeat.
Coach Scott Miller said the team played some good football.
“I thought we played really well today, we knocked the ball around, which is the way we want to play our football,” he said.
“We haven’t been taking our chances, like the one last week at Perth late on, but we did today and I was really pleased with the way the lads went about it.
“They had small patches of pressure, just before and after half time, but I thought we defended well as a team, and put our bodies on the line.”
FREMANTLE Hockey Club continued their recent good form, with both the men and women notching close wins over the weekend.
The Promotion 1 women kicked it off with a 2-1 win against the Old Guildford Mundaring Hockey Club.
The win was even sweeter after league leaders Southern River fell to Hale, allowing Fremantle to jump to the top of the ladder.
A nail-biter followed from the Fremantle League Men in a game that saw the Magpies steal a 2-1 after the siren win from the Westside Wolves.
In another case of other results going there way, both Hale and YMCC drew in their respective matches, allowing Fremantle to jump from sixth to fourth on the ladder.