Gazette sport prview: Bulldogs vs Falcons, Sharks vs Royals in WAFL; NPL, SBL and hockey


East Fremantle’s Josh Simpson runs away from Subiaco’s Sean Bradley during the Shark’s round 13 loss. Picture: Phil Elliott/ PixEll Photography.
East Fremantle’s Josh Simpson runs away from Subiaco’s Sean Bradley during the Shark’s round 13 loss. Picture: Phil Elliott/ PixEll Photography.

WAFL – Round 14

SOUTH Fremantle can record its tenth win of the season by holding off a charging West Perth at Joondalup Arena tomorrow.

The four points would keep the visitors on pace with Subiaco in the race for top spot.

The second-placed Bulldogs should enter the match with confidence as they hold a 15-9 advantage between the two teams at the ground.

But the Falcons are on a seven game winning streak, with their last loss coming against East Perth in round five.

East Fremantle will be looking to rebound from a big loss and this weekend presents the perfect opportunity.

The Sharks have a date with lowly Perth at Lathlain Park, with a win needed to keep its top two push alive.

Of the 73 matches played between the two sides at the ground, the Sharks lead 38 to 35.

The visitors enjoyed a 39-point win over the Demons earlier this year.

State Basketball League – Round 15

COCKBURN can consolidate top spot when it takes on Perry Lakes at the Bendat Basketball Centre tonight.

The Cougars are on a six game winning streak leading into the clash with the Hawks, who have lost their last three.

Twelfth-placed Lakeside is four games out of the eight.

With six rounds to go, the Lightning will have to get their season back on track with a win on Saturday.

They have the perfect opportunity against Mandurah at the Mike Barnett Sports Complex; the Magic have lost their last seven games.

In the women’s division Cockburn will have a tough task overcoming Perry Lakes.

The Hawks hold a 10-6 record to sit in fourth position while Cockburn is clinging to eighth place.

Sixth-placed Lakeside can snap a run of two losses with victory over Mandurah.

The Magic’s up and down form, which reads WLWLW over the last five matches, suggests they are due for a loss this weekend.

NPL WA – Round 14

COCKBURN City’s hopes of escaping from the lower third of the table will be tested this weekend.

The Cockerels come up against the toughest assignment in the competition at the moment; Bayswater City away from home.

Bayswater sit on top of the table with ten wins and three losses from thirteen games.

They are one of three teams in the 12-side competition without a draw.

They are the fifth highest scoring team with 28 and feature the third best defence, conceding 18 goals.

The Cockerels will be hoping Harry O’Brien can be at his best and add to the six goals he has scored already this season.

Hockey

FREMANTLE can consolidate top spot in the Promotion 1 women’s league with a win over bottom-placed Rockingham at Morris Buzacott Reserve tomorrow.

Rockingham has not won a game this year, while Fremantle is battling to hold off the chasing South West Strikers.

In the men’s top division Fremantle faces a tough assignment against Wesley South Perth Hockey Club.

The Wasps are in second place having won nine of its 12 games this season.

Fremantle, coming off a 3-1 loss last weekend, is in eighth.