TRADTITIONAL rivals Cockburn and Willetton did not disappoint when they went head to head on Saturday night, giving the crowd two cracking games to enjoy.
The undersized Cougar women kicked off the night against an opponent boasting imposing centres Louella Tomlinson and Zoe Harper.
Despite an inferior shooting percentage, a massive third quarter from the Cougars saw them drag back a 15-point half-time deficit to just one point before the Tigers found something extra midway through the fourth to win the game 81-66.
Imports Candace Williams and Cherridy Thornton were the only Cougars to enter double digit scoring, netting 28 and 10 points respectively, while for Willetton, Kate Malpass top scored with 27.
With the Cockburn and Willetton men entering their match in second and third place respectively, and with ladder leaders Joondalup having gone down to Willetton on Friday night, a win for either team meant more than just bragging rights.
It was a tight, see-sawing match for most of the night, with Cockburn taking a small lead into the first break, which Willetton wiped off early into the second to see the game tied at 50-all at half time.
After the half time break, it was all Cockburn, putting on 57 points to just 38 to seal a massive 107-88 win and jump to the top of the ladder.
Crowd favourite Marcus Goode had another best-on-court performance with 32 points, while Jay Bowie top scored for Willetton with 20 points.
Across town, it was a tough weekend for the Lakeside Lightning men and women, losing all four of their matches.
Despite a big 18-point effort from Matthew Vinci, the Lightning went down 109-79 to the Rockingham Flames at home on Friday night, before taking competition favourites Joondalup all the way on Saturday night, just falling short 93-84 despite a 36-point haul from import Daniel Alexander.
For the women, Devanny King top scored with 12-points in the team’s 76-58 loss to Rockingham while Ali Schwagmeyer top scored with 16-points in their 72-63 loss to Joondalup.
SOUTH FREMANTLE recorded its ninth win of the season with a 32-point victory over Peel at Rushton Park on Sunday.
In wet conditions, Bulldogs ruckman Brock Higgins provided the hardness around the ground as the visitors finished 15.11 (101) to 10.9 (69) winners.
Higgins had a team high 28 disposals, 46 hitouts, four tackles, and three inside 50s.
The only thing he did not do was hit the scoreboard.
Ben Saunders and Zachary Strom took care of that with three goals each.
Mason Shaw and Shaun Bewick also kicked two each.
For Peel, Fremantle-listed Ed Langdon booted five goals, gathered 25 disposals and took 10 marks.
Rory O’Brien gathered 31 disposals.
Subiaco moved back into first place with a percentage boosting 78-point win over East Fremantle.
The Lions completely outmuscled their opponents 16.14 (110) to 5.2 (32) at East Fremantle Oval.
Hamish Shepheard, who leads the competition for goals, kicked three in Sunday’s win.
Adam Cockie booted three to go with his 20 disposals.
Chris Phelan led the lions for disposals with 31.
For the Sharks Lewis Krakour kicked three goals.
Brock O’Brien had 24 disposals and kicked two goals.
Jayden Schofield had 25 disposals and five inside 50s.
FREMANTLE has gone down in round 12 of Hockey WA’s top division for men over the weekend.
The Magpies were two goals down at half time and eventually fell 3-1 to Old Guildfordian’s Mundaring Hockey Club.
Niall Stott scored Fremantle’s only goal.
In the women’s division Fremantle beat Hale 1-0.
Soccer (NPL WA)
THEIR first encounter earlier this year ended in a 0-0 draw, and last weekend was almost a carbon copy from Cockburn City and Perth Glory in the NPL WA.
Held at Dalmatinac Park, the game almost looked like ending scoreless before Glory’s Daniel Stynes found the back of the next in the 83rd minute.
The game almost went the way of the visitors before a late goal from Cockburn’s Ruben Tristao equalised the game and saw both teams share the points from a 1-1 result.
Cockburn coach Scott Miller said he had mixed feelings about the result.
“Both sides have had some players out which probably disrupted the fluency of the game,” he said.
“But after copping a goal with ten minutes to go, we’ve definitely gained a point in the end.
“We probably still gave away too many chances to our opponent, but we worked very hard and (goalkeeper) Luke Radonich did well for us.”