Gazette sport preview: Magpies hope to swoop WASPS in hockey action, East Fremantle still on hunt for first WAFL win, plus SBL and Cockburn City soccer

Gazette sport preview: Magpies hope to swoop WASPS in hockey action, East Fremantle still on hunt for first WAFL win, plus SBL and Cockburn City soccer

HOCKEY

Fremantle Hockey Club’s premier 1 women will be looking to bounce back after a disappointing 7-0 to cross-town rivals Melville last week.

Still winless after the first four rounds, the team looks to be struggling to get used to the extra competitiveness and skill-level at the league level promotion last year.

Unfortunately it does not get harder than this week’s opponent as it prepares to line up against the undefeated and top of the ladder WASPS.

Fremantle has let through 28 goals this season and only scored three, a trend it will have to reverse if it wants to sting the WASPS and record a first win.

Fremantle’s premier 1 men played their round 9 game against Hale early, fighting out a 4-all draw on Tuesday night.

Hale was up 2-1 at half time before Fremantle scored three goals to one in the second half to share the points.

Khan Riley scored twice for the Magpies while Chad Giles and Declan Spencer also found the back of the net.

Fremantle’s premier 1 women takes on WASPS from 2pm May 13 at Perth Hockey Stadium.

SOCCER

Cockburn City will be playing to get back on the winners list when it hosts Perth Glory in this weekend’s round 13 action.

Now at the halfway mark of the NPL WA competition, Cockburn has experienced a recent slide down the ladder from third to seventh having not won a game since round 8, sorely missing the goal-scoring talents of Gian Albano.

This is a very winnable game for Cockburn with Perth Glory sitting second last on the ladder with just two wins.

Cockburn City hosts Perth Glory at Dalmatinac Park from 3pm May 13.

WAFL

EAST Fremantle has a received a boost ahead of its match with East Perth with Jayden Schofield free to play.

The defender was cited for striking Brayden Antonio during the Sharks’ 35-point loss to West Perth last week.

An early guilty plea reduced the penalty to a reprimand.

“Based on the available evidence presented at the WAFL Tribunal, the incident was assessed as careless conduct, low impact and high contact,” a WAFL spokesman said.

“The offence was classified as a one match suspension under the table of penalties.

“An early guilty plea enabled the player to reduce the penalty to a reprimand.”

The Sharks are still chasing their first win of the 2017 campaign.

They host the fourth-placed Falcons at East Fremantle Oval on Saturday, with the first bounce at 2.15pm.

South Fremantle is in for a tight tussle, with the current pole-sitters heading to Leederville Oval for a top-of-the-table clash with Subiaco.

Both sides enter the match with a 6-1 record and are separated by percentage.

The Bulldogs won the last clash between the two sides, running out 39-point victors at Fremantle Oval in round 1.

SBL

Lakeside will get the ball rolling for our local SBL sides in round 9.

The Lightning men host the fifth-placed Stirling Senators at the Lakeside Recreation Centre from 6.30pm tonight.

The Lightning women, well placed in fifth position on the table, will follow at 8.30pm.

It will be a tough match, with Stirling third on the table with a 6-2 record after eight matches.

Cockburn’s eighth-placed men will travel to the Eaton Recreation Centre to take on the South West Slammers on Saturday.

The clash is shaping as a big match with both sides in the bottom half of the table.

Tip-off is at 6pm.

The women’s match will follow at 8pm.

Like their male counterparts, both teams are situated on the bottom rungs of the ladder.

Cockburn in particular has struggled, recording just one win from nine games.

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