Gazette Sport Preview: SBL sides suit up for play-offs, Souths face test in WAFL, Cockburn out to end NPL WA winless run and Fremantle Hockey Club aiming for more positives


Cockburn Cougars import Marcus Goode.
Cockburn Cougars import Marcus Goode.

Basketball (SBL)

THE Cockburn Cougars will begin their play-off campaign at home to the Perry Lakes Hawks tomorrow night.

The table-topping Cougars earned the number one seeding for the finals after snatching first place on the ladder with a 123-120 last-round win at home to Joondalup.

It means Cougars fans can pack the den at Wally Hagan Stadium to help their side take the ascendancy in the best of three quarter-finals series.

Game two will be played at the Western Australian Basketball Centre on August 12.

Game three, if necessary, will be played at Wally Hagan Stadium on August 13.

In the women’s division, local top-ranked side Lakeside will tackle Willetton Tigers at the Willetton Basketball Stadium tonight

Game two will be played a week later on August 12 at the Lakeside Recreation Centre.

A third game, if the series is undecided, will be played at the Willetton Basketball Stadium the following night .

The Cockburn Cougars, which secured its finals berth in the last round of the regular season, begin its bid for the championship with a clash with Joondalup Wolves on Saturday.

The match will be held at the Joondalup Basketball Stadium, with game two heading to Wally Hagan Stadium on August 13.

If it goes to game three, the match will be held at the Joondalup Basketball Stadium on August 14.

Football (WAFL)

South Fremantle will be out to consolidate second spot when it takes on Perth at the Carnarvon Festival Grounds tomorrow.

The Bulldogs pulled themselves from a July slump by claiming victory over cross-town rivals East Fremantle last weekend.

But three losses and a bye prior to that has left the Bulldogs two games behind ladder leaders Subiaco and fighting to maintain its position from West Perth.

In their arsenal are two of the leading forwards in the game.

Ben Saunders has booted 39 goals for the season while Mason Shaw, who will celebrate WAFL game number 50 this week, has 34.

Haiden Schloithe, who had a stint on the sideline with a foot injury, and Ashton Hams (calf) should be back to their best after performing well in their return to the seniors against the Sharks.

East Fremantle has the bye.

Hockey

With Fremantle Hockey Club’s top men and women’s teams both coming off huge wins in its last games, both will be eager to keep good form heading into this weekend’s matchups.

For the league men, a big win against the Lions, who have only won one game all season, could see them rise from eighth to as high as sixth if YMCC and OGMHC both go down to their highly rated opponents.

History is in the Magpie’s favour, having beaten the Lions 7-1 the last time they met.

Fremantle’s game against the Lions will be at the Perth Hockey Stadium from 3.30pm on Sunday.

The Promotion 1 women will also be gunning for a big win as it also takes on bottom-of-the-ladder Rockingham.

With its opponent winless all season, and having beaten them 6-0 and 4-0 the two times they met already this season, the Magpies need a win to retain top spot.

Heather Batten and Erin Hall, currently among the competition’s top three goalscorers, could be too hard to stop for the struggling Rockingham team.

Fremantle play Rockingham at Lark Hill Hockey Turf from 2pm tomorrow.

Soccer (NPL WA)

COCKBURN City Soccer Club will need to rebound from a disappointing 2-1 loss to Armadale last weekend as it continues to play for an elusive fourth win.

Just holding ninth place, a win against bottom of the ladder Subiaco this week would not only be Cockburn’s first in seven games, but would also avoid a slip further down the ladder.

The first and only time the two clubs have gone head-to-head this season ended in a 1-1 draw at Dalmatinac Park, but Cockburn will have to work harder to grab the three points.

Cockburn City takes on Subiaco at Rosalie Park, Shenton Park from 3pm tomorrow.