Gazette Sport Preview: Fremantle hockey teams looking to nail finals berths, Fremantle WAFL derby ahead plus SBL and NPL WA


Fremantle’s Promotion 1 women has history on its side when it takes on OGMHC this weekend.
Fremantle’s Promotion 1 women has history on its side when it takes on OGMHC this weekend.

Basketball (SBL)

Cockburn will tackle Joondalup in a possible grand final preview tonight.

The second-placed Cougars host the top-placed Wolves in the final home and away fixture before finals begin.

The Wolves are going to be hard to stop, having won their last seven.

Cockburn has won its last two matches and will pip the visitors for top spot with a win.

Lakeside, which is already out of the race for a finals berth, takes on Geraldton Buccaneers at Active West Stadium.

In the women’s division, Cockburn can sneak into the finals with a win over Joondalup.

Currently sitting just outside the top eight, the Cougars need to win and hope Kalamunda falls to Perry Lakes, or win big enough to make up a gap in the percentage it trails the Eastern Suns by.

Lakeside has locked in its finals place, but has a bye.

Cockburn’s women and men play Joondalup at Wally Hagan Stadium tonight from 6.30pm and 8.30pm respectively.

Lakeside takes on Geraldton from 7.30pm on July 30.

Football (WAFL)

THE third and final Fremantle derby tomorrow is shaping as the most important.

South Fremantle is clinging to second spot following a month without a win.

The Bulldogs received a massive boost earlier in the week with Ben Saunders beating a one-week suspension.

Saunders has booted 37 goals for the year to sit equal top of the goal kicking charts.

Rival East Fremantle is not in the greatest touch either, winning last week after a run of four straight losses.

That win did come against bottom side Swan Districts, but it will be hoping it is a sign the wheel could be turning their way.

The Sharks won the last Fremantle derby in round 12, 13.12 (90) to 6.15 (51) at Fremantle Oval.

South Fremantle claimed the round six match at East Fremantle Oval 13.16 (94) to 13.9 (87).

The game is from 11.40am at Fremantle Oval.

Hockey

With both teams coming off big wins last weekend, the Fremantle Hockey Club’s Promotion 1 women and league men will be playing for two in a row this weekend.

The women’s match against Old Guildfordians Mundaring Hockey Club is a must win if they want to keep in touch with the ladder-leading Southern River with just six games to go.

With the first-placed Southern River taking on third placed Hale this weekend, a win against OGMHC could see the second placed Magpies regain top spot.

History is in their favour, having beaten OGMHC 2-1 in their two matchups already this season.

For the men, a win against Victoria Park is vital if they want to climb up the ladder.

Currently in ninth place, and with Victoria Park in 10th, another win could help launch them back up the ladder as finals approach.

Having lost 2-1 the last time they met, Fremantle will be out for revenge.

It is also a double-header week for the men, with a rescheduled match against Aquinas on Thursday night.

The Promotion 1 women take on OGMHC at Guildford Turf from 2pm tomorrow.

The League men play Victoria Park at the Perth Hockey Stadium from 3.30pm on Sunday and Aquinas from 7.30pm Thursday, August 4 at Aquinas Turf.

Soccer (NPL WA)

Cockburn City will have its best chance at a win in weeks when it takes on bottom of the ladder Armadale tomorrow.

Their Round 7 match up will help pump up Cockburn, having easily won that match 3-1 despite playing away.

Now on their home ground, City will be eager to replicate that result and win just their fourth game of the season.

Central to the cause will be Harry O’Brien and Angel Andres up front, the duo having scored 11 goals between them this season, as well as the defence of goalkeeper Luke Radonich to keep Armadale away from scoring.

Cockburn play Armadale at Dalmatinac Reserve on Saturday July 30 from 3pm.