Gazette Sport: Both Freo sides in WAFL action, Fremantle Hockey Club face season opener plus soccer and SBL

Gazette Sport: Both Freo sides in WAFL action, Fremantle Hockey Club face season opener plus soccer and SBL

HOCKEY

Fremantle Hockey Club’s Premier men will be hoping to build on a strong 2016 when it kicks its 2017 campaign off this weekend.

Having just missed out on the finals last year, the Magpies are up against an old foe when they take on last year’s ladder-leaders UWA.

Fremantle plays UWA at the Perth Hockey Stadium from 3pm on Saturday.

SOCCER

Having won just five games in the entire 2016 competition, Cockburn City is already on its way to a much better 2017.

After five rounds, the team has three wins, a draw and a loss, and will be looking to keep the ascendency when it takes on Joondalup United.

With the teams sitting fourth and fifth on the ladder respectively, the game is a must win for Cockburn if it wants to announce itself as a genuine contender.

Gian Albano will be key for the Cockerels, having already found the back of the net four times this year while the defence will be looking to continue their miserly run, letting in the fewest goals in the competition.

Cockburn City takes on Joondalup United from 3pm on Saturday at Percy Doyle Reserve in Duncraig.

WAFL Round 2

SOUTH Fremantle will be out to continue its impressive start to the season when it tackles Swan Districts on Saturday.

After jumping the gun and powering to a 39-point win over last year’s grand finalists Subiaco at Fremantle Oval in round 1, the Bulldogs travel to Bassendean Oval to meet the 2016 wooden spooners.

The Bulldogs will be confident, having a 58-54 record at the venue from 112 meetings and winning all three clashes between the two sides last year.

South Fremantle won both matches at Bassendean Oval in 2016 by an average of eight goals.

The Swans do have some momentum though after beating Perth by two straight kicks in round 1.

After losing by 62 points in round 1 against Claremont, East Fremantle travels to Rushton Park to battle last year’s premiers, Peel Thunder.

The Sharks hold a 16-11 record over Peel at the venue, but were no match for the Thunder last year, losing all three clashes by an average of four goals.

The Thunder heads into the clash having beaten East Perth by 17 points in round 1.

SBL Round 2

Lakeside is chasing that winning feeling in the men’s division after a mixed start to 2017.

The Lightning won a tight match over the South West Slammers on Saturday before falling to the Geraldton Buccaneers on Sunday.

They can get back to winning ways when they battle the Mandurah Magic at the Lakeside Recreation Centre from 8.30pm.

Across town, last year’s premiers Cockburn fell by one shot from long range against Joondalup.

The Cougars lost 104-101 against the Wolves, but can make amends against Willetton at the Willetton Basketball Stadium from 8.30pm.

In the women’s division, Lakeside will be out to keep its perfect start to 2017 intact.

After a convincing win over the Slammers in round one, they will battle the Magic at home tonight, starting 6.30pm.

The Cougars are chasing their first victory of the season, following a narrow loss to the Wolves last week.

Like the men’s side, the Cougars face Willetton tonight at the Willetton Basketball Stadium.

Tip-off is 6.30pm.