Gazette sport preview: Cougars fire up for finals run in, plus WAFL, NPL WA and Hockey

Cockburn’s Marcus Goode.
Cockburn’s Marcus Goode.

SBL Round 17

THERE are four rounds remaining in the State Basketball League and the countdown to finals will begin with a double header for both local teams.

Cockburn start its weekend at Wally Hagan Stadium when it hosts the South West Slammers tonight.

They back up tomorrow night against the Stirling Senators.

Lakeside Lightning, who have not won in 13 starts, take on the Kalamunda Eastern Suns tonight at Ray Owen Sports Centre.

They host the Perth Redbacks at the Lakeside Recreation Centre tomorrow night.

NPL WA Round 16

COCKBURN City has a tough weekend ahead, eyeing off a match against top of the table Inglewood United.

Having lost 3-0 last week to Stirling, Cockburn will be fighting hard to earn some respect against the new title favourites, who they lost to earlier this year 4-2.

Cockburn will be hoping home ground advantage can give it the pep needed to halt Inglewood’s scoring, with the team having slammed home 35 goals in the season to Cockburn’s 23.

In contrast, Inglewood’s keeper Alex Dunn has only let 23 goals slip past him this season, while Cockburn’s Luke Radonich has had a harder time of it, conceding 31.

Cockburn City will host Inglewood Unite tomorrow at Dalmatinac Park from 3pm.

WAFL Round 16

SOUTH Fremantle will be keen to return to winning ways when it battles Claremont at Fremantle Oval tomorrow.

The Bulldogs suffered a shock loss to East Perth last round, allowing Subiaco to overtake them at the top of the table.

The home side can get back on the hunt against the Tigers during this weekend’s Naidoc round.

The Tigers have just three wins for the year.

The Bulldogs claimed the last match between the two sides by eight points in round eight.

Cross-town rival East Fremantle has a bye.

WAWFL Round 12

In a battle of the competition’s two bottom teams, South Fremantle plays Claremont at Anning Park tomorrow.

South Fremantle can add to its three wins for 2016, while Claremont is chasing its first in what has become a long season.

East Fremantle face a stern test tackling top placed Coastal Titans.

The Titans are still undefeated.

East Fremantle is in third place with seven wins.