Gazette Sport Preview: Cougars out to clinch top spot in SBL, Cockburn faces Cup final and a test for Fremantle Hockey Club

Gazette Sport Preview: Cougars out to clinch top spot in SBL, Cockburn faces Cup final and a test for Fremantle Hockey Club

BASKETBALL (SBL)

WITH just two rounds to go, Cockburn will be desperate to take back their position at the summit of the State Basketball League table.

The only way for them to do that is to win.

The Cougars travel to Mike Barnett Sports Complex tonight to take on Mandurah Magic.

Mandurah has had a disastrous season, winning just five of 23 starts to sit at the foot of the table.

Lakeside’s late charge towards a finals berth begins tonight against Willetton Tigers at the Willetton Basketball Stadium.

The Lightning has won its last three matches, but the Tigers are well entrenched in the top eight.

On Saturday, the Lightning will back up against Perth Redbacks at the Belmont Oasis Leisure Centre.

In the women’s division, Cockburn must win if it is to sneak into finals contention.

The Cougars face a tough match against the sixth-placed Magic who had been on a hot streak prior to a loss last weekend.

Fifth-placed Lakeside has won its last three heading into two weekend matches.

The Lightning battle Willetton tonight before Saturday’s match with Perth.

HOCKEY

The Fremantle Hockey Club Promotion 1 women will be looking to bounce back from just its second loss of the season last weekend as it fights to regain top spot.

Slipping to second after a 4-1 loss at the hands of Southern River, the Magpies will take on the fourth placed SW Strikers in a must win game if they want to keep within reach of top spot.

History favours the local team, having beaten the Strikers twice already this season, 3-2 in round 1 and 2-0 in round 8.

The ninth placed Fremantle men will be playing for its first win in five games when it takes on CT Pirates.

Having beaten them 3-0 earlier in the season, and with the Pirates one of only three teams below them on the ladder, it will be the best chance the Magpies have had in a number of weeks to snare a win.

The Fremantle women will play the SW Strikers at the Perth Hockey Stadium on July 23 from 3.30pm while the men will follow straight after with their match against the CT Pirates at 5pm.

SOCCER (NPL WA)

Cockburn City will take on Floreat Athena in the Cool Ridge Cup this weekend.

The two WA FFA Cup 2016 entrants will go head-to-head as Cockburn looks to add some silverware to its collection.

Cockburn will also compete against Inglewood United in the Under-18 final from 10am.

The game will be held from 3pm July 23 at Dorrien Gardens in West Perth.