Fremantle sport weekend preview: East Freo chase top two spot


East Fremantle’s Brock O’Brien against Claremont in Round 10. Picture Phil Elliott: PixEll Photography
East Fremantle’s Brock O’Brien against Claremont in Round 10. Picture Phil Elliott: PixEll Photography

WAFL Round 11

EAST FREMANTLE’S top two chase continues this weekend with a battle against Peel Thunder at home on Saturday.

The third-placed Sharks are aiming for five straight wins, having taken care of East Perth, Subiaco, Perth and Claremont over the last month.

But the Thunder, fourth, present a unique challenge.

Having won five of nine games this season, the visitors are well and truly in the fight for a finals berth.

However, results to date show they are still chasing a win against an in-form big fish.

Of their matches against top five teams this season, the Thunder has one win from four attempts.

That victory came against East Fremantle in round two.

Against bottom four teams, the Thunder has four wins from five matches.

South Fremantle’s hot streak will be put on ice this week, with the Bulldogs enjoying a bye.

The Bulldogs have won their last three matches.

In round seven of the WA Women’s Football League, East Fremantle takes on Peel Thunderbirds on Saturday.

The Sharks are coming off a 55-point win over South Fremantle.

The Bulldogs can get back to winning ways with victory over Swan Districts at Bassendean Oval on Sunday.

It will not be easy though, with the second-placed Swans handing Claremont a hiding 11.10 (76) to 0.1 (1) last round.

SBL Round 11

LAKESIDE will help kick-start round 11 basketball action when it takes on Joondalup on tonight.

The Lightning, tenth on the table, will be desperate for a win in front of their homes fans at the Lakeside Recreation Centre, having lost its last five matches.

But Joondalup represents a massive challenge.

The competition’s top-ranked side has won nine from 11 matches this year.

Second-placed Cockburn will be out to consolidate its spot with a win over the Goldfields Giants at Neils Hansen Basketball Stadium on Saturday.

The Cougars are a solid 10-3 from 13 matches this season.

The Giants are in ninth, having lost its last four matches.

In the women’s division, Lakeside too will tackle Joondalup at its home court on Friday.

Joondalup has seven straight wins on the board, but Lakeside has a good record at home, winning four from five this season.

Cockburn has a bye.

NPL WA Round 10

With a scrappy 1-1 draw against Perth now behind them, Cockburn City is heading into a must-win match against ECU Joondalup this weekend.

With both teams on equal points, and just goal difference giving Cockburn the edge, a win would mean staying out of the bottom four and keeping the season alive.

Cockburn’s Angel Andres is in form in front of goals, scoring in the team’s last three games, and will be looking to again find the back of the net to keep the streak alive.

The backmen will have their work cut out for them trying to stop ECU Joondalup’s Steven McGarry and Gordon Smith, who have scored nine goals between them this season.

Cockburn take on ECU Joondalup at Dalmatinac Park on May 28 from 3pm.

Hockey Round 10

Both Fremantle Hockey Club teams will be looking to extend their winning streaks on Saturday.

Sitting pretty in second, the Promotion 1 women will be looking to stamp their authority on the 6th placed Old Guildford Mundaring Hockey Club.

The OGMHC women could have their work cut out for them, with four Fremantle players (Heather Batten, Erin Hall, Leanne Horsley and Kristy Jones) sitting inside the top 10 for goals scored this season.

For Fremantle’s League Men, a massive 7-1 win over the Suburban Lions last week will mean nothing when they hit the field for their match against the Westside Wolves.

It is a must-win match for the sixth placed Fremantle, who might have to fight off complacency against the 11th placed Wolves.

The Promotion 1 women play OGMHC at the Perth Hockey Stadium on Saturday from 3.30pm, while the League Men play the Westside Wolves at the same venue from 5pm.