Gazette sport preview: Cockburn faces tough Ingewood test in NPL WA, while Fremantle women have tough Curtin Uni task in premier hockey

Gazette sport preview: Cockburn faces tough Ingewood test in NPL WA, while Fremantle women have tough Curtin Uni task in premier hockey

SBL

Cockburn faces a stern test when it hosts Perth tomorrow night.

The Cougars are running hot off the back of three straight wins but come up against the in-form Redbacks, who sit equal first with a 6-1 record.

Tip-off is 8pm Saturday at Wally Hagan Stadium.

Lakeside will be out to rediscover its best form after two losses last round.

The Lightning has lost four matches in a row, with their last win coming in round 3 against the misfiring Kalamunda.

Travelling to the Morley Sport and Recreation Centre, the Lightning will tackle East Perth on Saturday at 8pm.

In the women’s division Cockburn, who finally got on the board with a win against the Lightning last Saturday, host the Redbacks on Saturday, starting 6pm.

The Lightning, going well at 4-3, travels to Morley to battle East Perth from 6pm.

WAFL

South Fremantle can savour its 41-point Anzac Day derby win for an extra few days, with the Bulldogs enjoying a bye over the round 7 weekend of football.

The Bulldogs broke East Fremantle in the final term of Tuesday’s clash at Fremantle Oval, booting six goals to two to run out 13.22 (100) to 9.5 (59) winners.

It means the competition front-runners enter the week off with a 5-1 record.

Meanwhile the Sharks also have a week off.

Not having won a game from five starts, the Sharks will be licking their wounds and recharging ahead of a round 8 clash with West Perth.

HOCKEY

Both of Fremantle Hockey Club’s premier teams take the field on Saturday just four days after big Anzac Day matches.

The men will be confident of picking up a fourth win of the season when they take on Curtin University, who are languishing near the bottom of the ladder with just one win from their first six games.

Mark Ellis has proved pivotal for the Magpies in front of goal, finding the back of the net six times to sit second on the league’s goal scoring list, and will be an important link in the Fremantle chain if it wants to come away with another win.

The Fremantle women will be hoping third time is a charm when it takes on Curtin University in an effort to brush off big losses in its opening two games.

Most important for the women is scoring while drying up the opportunities at the other end, something they have found difficult since being promoted to the premier league, having conceded 15 goals while scoring just once.

Curtin University will not be an easy opponent though, currently sitting in second having not dropped a game yet.

Fremantle’s women will play at the Perth Hockey Stadium on April 29 from 2pm, with the men to follow straight after at 3.30pm.

SOCCER (NPL WA)

Cockburn City is back at home this week and will be eager to atone for last weekend’s embarrassing 2-0 loss to Stirling Lions.

Sixth-placed Cockburn will host fifth-placed Inglewood United in what is expected to be one of the games of the round.

Both teams are evenly matched on four wins but Inglewood United has proven to be a force up forward so far this season.

A huge 12 goals from Alex Salmon has helped Inglewood find the net 21 times in 10 games compared to Cockburn’s 13, and the local defence will have to be on its game to deny both Salmon and Inglewood’s other strikers.

Cockburn City hosts Inglewood United at Dalmatinac Park from 3pm April 29.