Gazette Sport Preview: SBL quater finals game two, East Freo looks to get back in WAFL finals contention plus hockey and soccer


Fremantle’s league men will be looking to make it three wins in a row when they take on Melville.
Fremantle’s league men will be looking to make it three wins in a row when they take on Melville.

Basketball (SBL Quarter Finals)

Cockburn can earn a direct passage into the next round of the playoffs with victory over Perry Lakes at the WA Basketball Centre tonight.

Despite a late charge from the Hawks, the Cougars claimed game one 109-104 at Wally Hagan Stadium and will be confident of closing out the series.

If needed, game three will be played at Wally Hagan Stadium tomorrow.

In the women’s division Lakeside must recover quickly if it is to keep its series with Willetton alive.

The Lightning was smashed 101-58 in game one at the Willetton Basketball Stadium, but will be back in front of their home fans tonight.

Cockburn is also playing catch-up after losing to Joondalup 84-67 in game one.

The series moves to Wally Hagan Stadium tomorrow, with a tie breaking game to be played at Joondalup Basketball Satdium on Sunday if the series goes the stretch.

Football (WAFL)

With three home and away rounds to go, South Fremantle is well placed to earn a top two place come finals time.

Despite a July slump, the Bulldogs are in clear second having won their last two matches.

A third straight win should come against bottom-placed Swan Districts at Fremantle Oval tomorrow at 2.15pm.

Meanwhile East Fremantle is a game outside the finals.

It takes on Perth at Lathlain Park tomorrow, with the hosts not having won for a month.

The Sharks are not in the greatest form either, having won just one of their last six.

Hockey

Both Fremantle Hockey Club’s men and women’s teams will be looking to make it three wins on the trot this weekend.

Having scored 12 goals in the last two games and conceding only one, the league men will go into its match against cross-town rivals Melville in hot form.

It has been a long time between drinks for the local matchup, with a 4-3 round 1 win to Fremantle the only time the two teams have met so far this season.

The Promotion 1 women are also in scintillating touch, netting 10 goals in the last two games as they prepare for a massive first versus second match against Hale.

History is in Fremantle’s favour, having beaten Hale 2-1 and 1-0 in round 6 and 11 respectively, with this weekend’s match up should be another tight affair.

Fremantle’s league men will play Melville at Duracraft Stadium in Kardinya from 2.30pm on Sunday, while the Promotion 1 women will take on Hale at Hale Turf from 4pm on Saturday.

Soccer (NPL WA)

Having notched up a much-needed win last week, Cockburn City will be hoping to make it two from two when it hosts a formidable Perth SC.

Cockburn will have its work cut out when it takes on second placed Perth, but a confidence boosting 2-1 win over Subiaco last week and a narrow 2-1 loss in its FFA Cup matchup against Melbourne Knights could see the home team surprise its stronger opponents.

Cockburn surprised Perth last time the sides met, fighting out a 1-1 draw.

Cockburn hosts Perth at Dalmatinac Park from 3pm tomorrow.