Gazette sport preview: Bulldogs and Sharks in WAFL action, Cockburn City and Fremantle Hockey Club look to ignite their seasons, plus SBL

East Fremantle will be hoping for their second win of the season this weekend. Picture: Phil Elliott
East Fremantle will be hoping for their second win of the season this weekend. Picture: Phil Elliott

SBL

Cockburn could potentially jump two positions on the SBL table this weekend.

The sixth-placed Cougars open round 15 tonight with a clash against 11th-placed Perry Lakes at Bendat Basketball Centre, starting at 8.30pm.

The Cougars will back up on Sunday at Wally Hagan Stadium where they will host East Perth Eagles, a side sitting in 12th position.

Tip-off is 2pm.

Two wins and other results going their way could see the Cougars bumped up to fourth position.

Lakeside will have just one opportunity to begin its charge to the top eight.

The ninth-placed Lightning travel to Neils Hansen Basketball Stadium tomorrow to play the 12th-placed Goldfields Giants from 8pm.

In the women’s division, mid-table Cockburn plays second-placed Perry Lakes in an away clash starting at 6.30pm tonight.

It then has a day off before hosting bottom side East Perth Eagles on Sunday at 12pm.

Third-placed Lakeside has a bye weekend.

WAFL

South Fremantle can keep the pressure ladder on leaders Subiaco with a win over Perth at Fremantle Oval on Sunday.

The second-placed Bulldogs are three games behind the Lions, who have the bye this round.

The Bulldogs will be confident heading into the clash, with Perth only recording two wins from 12 games.

Just last week the Demons were overrun by the struggling Sharks at East Fremantle Oval.

The first bounce is 2.10pm Sunday.

East Fremantle will be chasing consecutive wins when it plays fourth-placed Peel at home tomorrow.

The Sharks are coming off a 19.17 (131) to 11.7 (73) win against the Demons, but the Docker-laden Thunder outfit will represent a different challenge.

The Thunder has won four of its last five games and heads into the match fresh from the bye.

Thunders only loss in that period was a four-point nail-biter with Subiaco in round 11.

The first bounce is 2.15 Saturday.

HOCKEY

There are two questions the Fremantle Hockey Club’s premier players need to ask.

For the men, can their last nine games be strong enough to steal a top four spot?

And for the women, can they finally get a win on the board?

The answer could be yes to both, but it all begins with two crucial games against UWA this weekend.

The women will have last week’s game against UWA to learn from when they play them again on Sunday, the goal being to turn a 5-3 loss into a long-awaited win.

The seventh-placed men will have the ladder leaders to contend with, but will need to start consistently beating teams above them if they want to make a dent in this year’s finals series.

In the Magpies’ favour is their round 1 2-1 win against UWA, a result they will be looking to duplicate.

The Fremantle women take on UWA from 2.30pm on June 25 at the UWA superturf, with the men to follow straight after from 4pm.

SOCCER

Cockburn City can continue its push up the NPL WA ladder with a win over Armadale this weekend.

Currently in eighth but just three points off fifth spot, tomorrow afternoon’s matchup against 10th-placed Armadale could make or break Cockburn’s season.

The local side will be buoyant after a return to form in the last couple of weeks, having won or drawn three of their last five, and will be pushing for a repeat of their 3-2 win against Armadale earlier this season.

Cockburn City takes on Armadale from 3pm, June 24 at Dalmatinac Park.

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