Gazette sport preview: Sharks and Thunder look to end slumps in WAFL, Cougars SBL charge continues plus soccer and hockey

Gazette sport preview: Sharks and Thunder look to end slumps in WAFL, Cougars SBL charge continues plus soccer and hockey

Basketball (SBL)

Cockburn’s men begin their home court double header tonight with a clash against Perry Lakes at Wally Hagan Stadium.

With the men on a 10-game winning streak, and import Marcus Goode in searing form, the team will be looking to again account for the ninth placed Hawks, who they beat 100-88 three weeks ago, and keep their ladder-leading position out of the hands of second-placed Joondalup for another week.

On Saturday night they host the 10th-placed Goldfields Giants, a game they won 113-91 last time the sides met.

With just the one game against fourth-placed Perry Lakes to focus on this week, the Cockburn women will be looking to do better than the 57-91 whitewash they received last time the two teams met as they continue a late-season push to finish inside the top eight.

Tip off for the games against Perry Lakes at Wally Hagan Stadium tonight will be at 6.30pm for the women and 8.30pm for the men.

Cockburn men play Goldfields, also at Wally Hagan Stadium, from 7.30pm Saturday night.

Across town, both Lakeside teams play one match this week, hosting South West Slammers at Lakeside Recreation Centre tonight.

Having broken a three game losing streak with two wins in a row, the women will be fighting for a hat-trick of wins against their 11th placed opponents, while the men, having finally snapped a 13 game losing streak, will also be looking for three wins on the trot.

Both games tonight will be at Lakeside Recreation Centre, with tip off for the women at 6.30pm and the men at 8.30pm.

Football (WAFL)

EAST Fremantle will return from the bye and be thrust straight back into the action with a mid-table scrap with Peel at home on Saturday.

The Sharks are coming off three straight defeats, but the Thunder are not in the greatest form either having slipped outside the top five with three straight losses of their own.

Peel won the last clash between the two side in round 11, easing home 11.12 (78) to 7.10 (52).

The game is at East Fremantle Oval on Saturday July 16 from 2.15pm.

South Fremantle has the bye.

Soccer (NPL WA)

AFTER a tough couple of weeks against some of the league’s best teams, Cockburn City are hoping for a reprieve when it takes on Sorrento this weekend.

With its last three matches against teams ranked first, second and fourth, Saturday’s match against seventh placed Sorrento is the best chance Cockburn has to notch up their fourth win of a tough season and a first win in six matches.

The team will need to better their previous performance against Sorrento in round six, which they lost 1-3.

The game is Saturday July 16 from 3pm at Percy Doyle Reserve in Sorrento.

Hockey

Fremantle Hockey Club players should be fully rested after a bye last weekend, with two big games in the mix this week.

Fremantle’s League Men are playing to break a streak of four games without a win, but will have their work cut out for them as they come up against third placed Old Aquinians, a team they lost to 3-2 when they met in round 4.

Sitting mid-table with just six games to go, the Magpies will be hoping to hit some late-season form.

Fremantle’s Promotion 1 women are having a better time of it, sitting one point clear on top of the ladder, but this weekend’s game against the second placed Southern River potentially looms as the game of the season.

Fremantle have won their last six games, but its only loss of the season has come at the hands of this weekend’s opponents.

The Fremantle women play Southern River at 3.30pm July 17 at the Perth Hockey Stadium, while Fremantle men take on Old Aquinians from 2.30pm July 17 at Aquinas Turf.