Fremantle/Cockburn sport preview: Bulldogs and Sharks facing WAFL tests, exciting weekend of SBL plus soccer and hockey


Cockburn Cougar Najee Lane and his teammates face a huge game against Willetton tomorrow night.
Cockburn Cougar Najee Lane and his teammates face a huge game against Willetton tomorrow night.

WAFL

WITH their ladder-leading position in jeopardy, South Fremantle faces a must win match this weekend against Peel Thunder.

Fresh from a week following WA’s match against Tasmania last week, the Bulldogs need to win to keep themselves on top of the pack.

It will not be an easy match though, with the Bulldogs going up against a team full of AFL-listed players.

The last time the teams met South Fremantle proved too strong, running away 107-66 winners, and it will be looking to dish out more of the same.

Across town, East Fremantle, fresh from its recent derby win, will have its own battle ahead of them when it takes on Subiaco in what is arguably the match of the round.

With a healthier percentage, a win to the Sharks will see them leap frog Subiaco into second place on the ladder, a coup that could see both Fremantle teams sitting in first and second for the first time in years.

South Fremantle takes on Peel Thunder at Rushton Park on Sunday from 2.10pm, while East Fremantle host Subiaco at East Fremantle Oval from 2.15pm Sunday.

SBL

One of the biggest rivalries in WA basketball will take to the court tomorrow.

Cockburn Cougars host the Willetton Tigers in the Community News Cup tomorrow night, in a match that has more than just bragging rights tied to it, especially for the men.

With the Cougars sitting in second and Willetton in third, and with both teams known for their toughness on the court, the game is gearing up to be a cracking match up.

While the Willetton ladies might have the ladder advantage over its Cockburn counterparts, spectators can be sure the Cougars will put up one mighty fight to steal the win.

Across town, the Lakeside Lightning men have a huge double header this weekend, tipping off against the Rockingham Flames at home tonight before travelling north to take on the ladder-leading Joondalup Wolves.

Having lost the last nine games in a row, the Lightning will be confident they can break that streak and bring home one, if not both wins.

Facing the same doubleheader, the fifth-placed Lightning women will have a much tougher go of it, with Joondalup and Rockingham currently sitting first and second respectively.

Lakeside Lightning play Rockingham at the Lakeside Recreation Centre tonight, with the women tipping off at 6.30pm and the men at 8.30pm.

They play Joondalup at the Joondalup Basketball Stadium on Saturday, with the games starting at 6pm and 8pm.

Cockburn Cougars play Willetton Tigers for the Community News Cup at Wally Hagan Stadium on Saturday night, with tip off for the women at 6pm and the men at 8pm.

NPL WA

A return to the winners’ list will be on the minds of every Cockburn City player ahead of its game against Perth Glory tomorrow.

With a couple of things working in their favour, the biggest of which being home-ground advantage, Cockburn will be hoping to shake off last weekend’s 4-2 loss by accounting for the Glory.

The teams occupy positions nine and 10 on the ladder, but Cockburn has netted 21 goals this season to Glory’s 11 and will be looking to improve on the 0-0 draw the sides played out in round 2.

Cockburn City takes on Perth Glory at Dalmatinac Park tomorrow from 3pm.

Hockey WA

After last week’s 9-2 thumping, the Fremantle Hockey Club’s league men will be out for redemption in this weekend’s game against Old Guildfordian’s Mundaring Hockey Club (OGMHC).

It will be the first time the two sides have played each other this season, and with scoring an issue for Fremantle in recent weeks, it will be eager to find the back of the net and continue their push to the finals.

Fremantle’s promotion 1 women continue to run on to the field every week to defend their ladder leading position, and this week will be no different when it takes on fourth placed Hale.

Having beaten them 2-1 earlier in the season, Fremantle will be hoping to dish out more of the same to stop the second-placed South West Strikers nipping at its heels.

For Fremantle to win, it will have to work hard to contain Hale’s forwards, with three players in the top five for goals scored this season.

The Fremantle women take on Hale at the Perth Hockey Stadium from 2pm tomorrow, with the men’s game against OGMHC to follow straight after at 3.30pm.