Gazette sport preview: Fremantle WAFL sides chase important wins, plus business time for SBL sides, Cockburn City and Fremantle Hockey Club

Gazette sport preview: Fremantle WAFL sides chase important wins, plus business time for SBL sides, Cockburn City and Fremantle Hockey Club

SBL

With just three rounds to go, it is make or break time for the Cockburn Cougars and Lakeside Lightning.

The third-placed Lightning women could cement their place in the top four with an away win against the Kalamunda Eastern Suns tonight, while the seventh-placed Cockburn women are fighting to stay in the top eight and will need a big home win against the sixth-placed Joondalup Wolves tomorrow night to keep their hopes of finals alive.

With their season all but over, the 10th-placed Lakeside men will have nothing to lose when they go back-to-back against Kalamunda tonight and the Goldfields Giants tomorrow night.

Cockburn has the chance to jump from sixth to as high as fourth if they can take down the third-placed Joondalup.

Lakeside’s women takes on Kalamunda from 6.30pm July 14 at the Ray Owen Sports Centre in Lesmurdie, with the men to tip off straight after at 8.30pm.

Lakeside’s men will also play the Goldfields Giants at Lakeside Recreation Centre from 7.30pm on July 15.

Cockburn’s women take on Joondalup at Wally Hagan Stadium from 6pm with the men’s tip off straight after at 8pm.

WAFL

With just one win under its belt and sitting in the wooden spoon position, East Fremantle is playing for late-season pride and its second win when it takes on the equally-struggling Perth.

Despite some relatively good form in recent weeks, East Fremantle has struggled to convert leads into wins.

They will be hoping home ground advantage and a group of determined players will help them get over the line against the eighth-placed Demons, who themselves only have just two wins next to their name.

In contrast South Fremantle sits comfortably in second spot and will be looking to continue its good form with a home win against fourth-placed Swan Districts.

Just one win separates the two teams, making this one of the games of the round and a must watch for WAFL football fans.

East Fremantle takes on Perth at East Fremantle Oval and South Fremantle takes on Swan Districts at Fremantle Oval on July 15.

Bounce down for both games is 2.15pm.

HOCKEY

With just seven rounds to go, Fremantle Hockey Club’s Premier 1 women is running out of games to secure its first win for 2017.

They face a difficult task this weekend when they take on fourth-placed Vic Park, a team that has only lost four of its 11 games and which beat Fremantle soundly 8-0 in round 1.

Fremantle’s Premier 1 men will also have a tough match up when it takes on Vic Park.

Their second-placed opponents have only lost two games all season, but Fremantle will need to steal a win if it wants to elevate from seventh spot.

If Fremantle does win, and other results go its way, it could rise as high as fifth.

Fremantle’s women will play Vic Park from 3.30pm July 15 at the Perth Hockey Stadium while the men will start their game right after from 5pm.

SOCCER

Having slipped to eighth on the NPL WA ladder, Cockburn City needs everything to go right in the last six games of the season if it is to make a late charge up the ladder.

It begins tomorrow with a must-win home battle against Joondalup United, a team two places ahead of it and also fighting for a coveted top four spot.

The pair’s round 6 meeting ended 2-2 and Cockburn will need to draw on the home crowd and improve its accuracy in front of goal to secure the three points.

Cockburn City takes on Joondalup United from 3pm July 15 at Dalmatinac Park.

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