Fremantle derby hots up as Subi, South Fremantle battle for top spot

Players L to R - Jordan Matera, Bailey Matera, Blayne Wilson, Shaun Bewick & Maron Pickett. Picture: Jon Hewson   d454469
Players L to R - Jordan Matera, Bailey Matera, Blayne Wilson, Shaun Bewick & Maron Pickett. Picture: Jon Hewson d454469

WAFL Round 12:

THERE will be extra spice to the Fremantle derby melting pot this weekend with both sides looking to consolidate ladder position.

South Fremantle sits as the competition’s premier team after 11 rounds, closely followed by Subiaco, with eight wins.

East Fremantle flopped last week to sit two games off the leaders in third.

South Fremantle claimed the last derby earlier this year, a 7-point win at East Fremantle Oval in round six.

Bulldogs coach Todd Curley said errors would prove costly this weekend.

“(The Sharks) are a very talented and well organised team who will make you pay whenever you make a mistake,” he said.

With a number of sides looking to usurp East Fremantle’s place on the ladder, Shark’s chief executive Todd Shimmon said bouncing back from last week’s loss to Peel was important.

“This game is very important for us,” he said.

“We have a number of sides just a game behind us and we need to keep winning to keep them at bay.”

The Bulldogs will play the Sharks at Fremantle Oval on Monday, June 6 from 2.15pm.

In round eight of the WAWFL, East Fremantle battles Claremont at Shark Park on Saturday at 5pm.

The third-placed Sharks will head in as favourites against a side still winless after seven matches.

The Peel Thunderbirds take on South Fremantle at Rushton Park on Saturday at 5pm.

The Thunderbirds, third on the table, need a win to remain in touch of the competition’s top sides.

The Bulldogs have just one win from seven games.

SBL Round 12:

IT is derby time in the SBL with Lakeside to host Cockburn at the Lakeside Recreation Centre on Saturday night.

Lakeside will be hoping to use the home crowd to its advantage, with the Lightning currently on a six game losing streak.

They are languishing in 11th position with four wins from 13 starts.

Cockburn is faring much better.

The Cougars sit second on the table with an 11-3 record and will be confident of another strong showing to keep the heat on ladder leaders Joondalup.

In the women’s division both Lakeside and Cockburn will be out to rebound from last up losses.

Lakeside fell to Joondalup and Cockburn lost to Mandurah.

Both local teams remain tucked just inside the top eight thanks to some up and down form.

The match starts at 6pm with the mens to follow at 8pm.

NPL WA Round 11:

COCKBURN City Soccer Club will be looking to extend their streak of four games without a loss when they take on Floreat Athena tomorrow.

The good form has come at an important time for the club, having reached the midway point of the season in eighth place.

Also finding form is Cockburn’s Angel Andres, who has scored a goal in each of his last four games and will be looking to make it five in a row.

Seventh-placed Floreat Athena’s last four weeks have been more topsy-turvy in contrast, losing to Bayswater City and Stirling Lions but beating Balcatta and ECU Joondalup.

Cockburn City will take on Floreat Athena from 3pm, June 4 at Litis Stadium in Mt Hawthorn.