Gazette sport preview: Lakeside looks to keep pressure on in SBL, East Freo out to end rotten WAFL form against Perth, plus Fremantle Hockey and soccer

East Fremantle will tackle Perth and South Fremantle will take on West Perth on Saturday. Picture: Phil Elliott/ PixEll Photography
East Fremantle will tackle Perth and South Fremantle will take on West Perth on Saturday. Picture: Phil Elliott/ PixEll Photography

SBL
LAKESIDE’S women’s side will open round 14 of the SBL with a clash against Rockingham Flames at home tonight.

The Lightning are well placed in third position and can make inroads into the leading pack with a win over the Flames.

Tip-off is 6.30pm at the Lakeside Recreation Centre.

The match will be tune-up for a blockbuster clash with second-placed Mandurah tomorrow night at Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre from 6pm.

Eighth-placed Cockburn has the one game to make an impact this weekend; the Cougars host Stirling Senators at Wally Hagan Stadium tonight from 6.30pm.

Mirroring the women’s schedule, Lakeside hosts Rockingham tonight at 8.30pm before travelling to Mandurah tomorrow to take on the Magic.

Cockburn hosts Stirling tonight at 8.30pm.

WAFL
SOUTH Fremantle travels to Joondalup Arena tomorrow to defend second spot from West Perth.

The Bulldogs were undone by Peel Thunder last week by six points and fell three games behind ladder leaders Subiaco.

West Perth won its match with Swan Districts to ensure it would enter this weekend’s match level on seven wins with the visitors.

The first bounce is at 2.15pm.

East Fremantle is still chasing its first win of the season and will be out to get the better of Perth in a cellar-dweller clash at home tomorrow.

The Sharks showed signs of turning the tide as they fell to Claremont by three points last round, with Andrew Stephen excellent with seven goals.

Bounce down at East Fremantle Oval is 1.40pm.

HOCKEY
IT’S make or break for Fremantle Hockey Club as the finals draw ever closer.

The seventh-placed Premier 1 Men will still be confident of making the finals but will need to string together some wins.

Despite sitting on an even ledger of five wins and five losses, the Magpies have struggled to put wins together, a string of three from rounds 5 to 7 their best patch of the season.

After two straight losses, this week’s match up against eighth-placed YMCC, who they drew with 2-2 in round 3, could prove to be a danger game.

With finals out of the equation, the winless Premier 1 Women will be playing for pride in their last 10 games.

While the team has undergone huge improvements mid-season, a win continues to elude them.

This week’s opponents UWA have won just two games themselves and could provide a perfect opportunity for the Magpies to enjoy some redemption.

Fremantle’s Premier 1 women will take on UWA from 2.30pm Sunday at Lark Hill Hockey Turf, with the men taking on YMCC right after from 3.30pm.

SOCCER
WITH just 10 games to go, Cockburn City will be fighting for some form and a push back up the National Premier Leagues WA ladder.

To do so the eighth-placed team will need to start consistently beating those above them, and that task does not get any harder than their match against competition leaders Floreat Athena.

Having gone down 2-1 when they played earlier this season, Cockburn City needs a steely resolve in defence and some magic in front of goal to get the win, but a home advantage will give it a boost.

Cockburn City takes on Floreat Athena at Dalmatinac Park from 3pm tomorrow.

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