Gazette sport preview: Cougars and Lightning look to push up SBL ladder, Sharks look for second win, Cockburn City to keep pace with top 4

Gazette sport preview: Cougars and Lightning look to push up SBL ladder, Sharks look for second win, Cockburn City to keep pace with top 4

SBL

Cockburn could jump as high as fourth with a win this weekend.

The Cougars heads to Belmont Oasis tomorrow night to play Perth, the side currently occupying fourth position.

Tip-off is 6pm. It will be Cougars’ only fixture of round 16.

Lakeside will also only have the one match over the weekend, but it will be a tough one.

The Lightning host third-placed Joondalup on Sunday at 4pm.

In the women’s division, Lakeside can consolidate third spot with a win over Joondalup on Sunday.

Starting two hours earlier than the men’s game, the Lightning will be in for a tough challenge against a side just two wins behind on the table.

Cockburn travels to Belmont Oasis on Saturday for a mid-table match-up with Perth.

Play starts 6pm.

WAFL

East Fremantle’s bid for a second win in 2017 will be tested against a team trying to keep pace with the top five.

The struggling Sharks will battle East Perth at Leederville Oval tomorrow, with the four points crucial for both teams.

The Sharks can move from the bottom of the table with a win if eighth-placed Perth falls to Swan Districts at Lathlain Park.

Four points for the Royals, who beat the Sharks by 87 points in their round nine match earlier this year, will keep their finals chances alive.

The first bounce at Leederville Oval is at 2.15pm.

South Fremantle has the bye.

HOCKEY

Fremantle Hockey Club’s premier 1 men will be out for revenge when they take on WASPS tonight.

The Magpies went down to their opponents 5-3 in round 2 but have found some mid-season form with last week’s downing of ladder leaders UWA in the final two minutes.

With WASPS sitting comfortably in fourth, Fremantle will need to carry that form over and fight out another win if they want to stay in touch with the top teams.

Fremantle’s premier 1 women will also take on WASPS as they continue looking for their first win of the season.

It doesn’t get any tougher than this game, with WASPS sitting unbeaten on top of the ladder and having thrashed the Magpies 6-0 already this season.

Fremantle will have to stop the competition’s two leading goal scorers, Hockeyroo Kathryn Slattery (11 season goals) and Melissa Luff (9) if they have any chance of causing the biggest upset of the season.

Fremantle’s men take on WASPS from 7pm June 30 at the Perth Hockey Stadium, with the women’s game to start straight after at 8.30pm.

SOCCER

After a come from behind draw against Armadale last week, Cockburn City will need a big win against cellar-dwellers Mandurah City if it wants to play finals in the Top Four Cup.

Currently in eighth position, Cockburn will need to string some big wins together in its final eight games in a bid to push up the ladder.

History is in its favour, having downed Mandurah City 1-0 the last time the sides met in round 8.

Cockburn City play Mandurah City at Dalmatinac Park from 7pm July 1.

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