Gazette sport preview: Cockburn out to arrest form slump against Perth in NPL WA, Bulldogs and Sharks in WAFL action, plus hockey and SBL

SBL

Cockburn can return to form in a big way in round 8 of the SBL, with two matches this weekend.

The Cougars first host Willetton at Wally Hagan Stadium at 8pm tomorrow night.

The Tigers will be no easy-beats, with eight wins from 10 starts this season.

Cockburn will back up on Sunday with a match against the struggling Goldfields Giants.

The Giants have just one win for the year.

Tip-off at Wally Hagan Stadium is 12pm.

Cross-town rivals Lakeside will battle top of the table Geraldton at Active West Stadium.

The mid-table Lightning face a massive task, with the Buccaneers not having lost since round three.

Play starts 8pm Saturday.

In the women’s division, Cockburn will be desperate for victory over the top-four placed Tigers.

The Cougars have just one win for the season.

Tip-off is 6pm at Wally Hagan Stadium.

Lakeside will not be able to build on its mid-table position, with a bye.

WAFL

South Fremantle can consolidate top spot with victory over Perth at Lathlain Park tomorrow.

The Bulldogs, coming off a break, are running hot having won five of their opening six games.

Perth has notched just the one win so far, against the winless East Fremantle in round 4.

The first bounce is at 2.15pm.

The Sharks will be chasing their first victory on Saturday when they host West Perth at East Fremantle Oval.

West Perth arrives in good form, having won four of its six matches this year and its last three.

Bounce-down is 2.15pm.

HOCKEY

Cross-town rivals meet for the first time this season when Fremantle Hockey Club takes on Melville this weekend.

Fremantle’s premier 1 men will be confident of recording its fifth win of the season against a Melville team that is floundering around the bottom of the ladder with just one win from seven games.

Second in the league for scoring with seven goals, Mark Ellis will be important yet again but will need to be supported by teammates in front of goal to ensure the win.

Fremantle’s premier 1 women will be fighting for its first win of the season against another tough opponent.

Currently in the wooden spoon position, Fremantle will be fighting for pride as well as points when it plays fourth placed Melville.

Tasha Hagan has been a standout in the team’s first three games and will need to fire to help the team scrape a win.

Fremantle’s men will take on Melville from 2.30pm May 7 at Duracraft Stadium in Kardinya, followed by the women at 4pm.

SOCCER

It has been four weeks since Cockburn City last recorded a win, a streak it hopes to stop when it takes on Perth Soccer Club this weekend.

As high up as third on the National Premier League WA ladder after round 9, Cockburn have dropped to seventh heading into their round 12 match after a string of draws and a loss.

The match against sixth placed Perth will be a tough one, with their opponents recording one more win and two more goals so far this season.

Cockburn will be hoping to rekindle its early-season form in front of goal while the defence will need to stop Perth sharpshooter Gustavo Catarcione from adding to his seven-goal tally.

Cockburn City hosts Perth at Dalmatinac Park from 3pm May 6.