Gazette sport review: Bulldogs claim 110-point win, Sharks no match for Thunder, Cockburn still among chasing pack in SBL plus hockey and soccer

SBL

Cockburn remains among the chasing pack after mixed results over the weekend.

The Cougars were beaten by a Matthew Adekponya-inspired Perry Lakes on Friday, 94-77.

Adekponya scored a game-high 25 points and tallied 10 rebounds in the win at the Bendat Basketball Centre.

Jalen Billups and Gavin Field ensured the Cougars recovered at Wally Hagan Stadium on Sunday against East Perth, with the Cougars winning 102-100.

The pair scored 26 points each to leave Cockburn in sixth position, two games off third.

Lakeside was not able to help its play-off chances after going down to Goldfields Giants on Saturday at Neils Hansen Basketball Stadium.

James Padgett scored 24 points but the Lightning were overrun 83-73.

The Lightning are in 10th position on the table.

In the women’s division, Cockburn is in eighth position after losing to the Perry Lakes Hawks 88-81 on Friday before bouncing back with a 70-63 win over East Perth on Sunday.

Lakeside, the competition’s third-placed team, had a bye.

WAFL

Peel Thunder consolidated its position in the top five, bringing East Fremantle back to earth with a 36-point win on Saturday.

In a low-scoring encounter at East Fremantle Oval, the Thunder piled on five goals in the final term to win, 9.12 (66) to 3.12 (30).

Former Shark Rory O’Brien kicked three goals while Matt Taberner and Zac Dawson kicked two each.

Defender Ethan Hughes tallied a team-high 26 disposals in the win.

Jayden Schofield led the Sharks for disposals with 28. Cam Eardley had 27.

The Thunder led by seven points at the last change but Taberner and defender-turned forward Zac Dawson both goaled early to offer the visitors some breathing room.

A neat O’Brien finish mid-way through the final term, one of his two goals in the last quarter, followed a major to Nicholas Merritt and the contest was over.

Across town, Blaine Johnson booted nine goals as South Fremantle punished Perth by 110 points at Fremantle Oval on Sunday.

Johnson finished with 9.2 from 19 possessions as the Bulldogs overcame a slow start to record a 25.13 (163) to 7.11 (53) win.

Cory Dell’Olio (six goals) and Mason Shaw (five) were outstanding, while Haiden Schloithe continued to prove his worth as a goal-kicking midfielder finishing with 32 disposals and four goals.

Brendan Verrier was the prominent ball-winner on the ground with 36 disposals.

Demons forward Callum Papertalk had some fortune booting four goals from five disposals in the loss.

Perth midfielder Aidan Tropiano gathered a team-high 24 disposals.

HOCKEY

Fremantle Hockey Club’s premier 1 men will be breathing a sigh of relief after two late goals saw them steal the points over ladder leaders UWA on Sunday.

Fremantle trailed UWA 2-1 until the final two minutes of the game when two quick goals from Khan Riley and Kieren Abbott got them out of trouble and secured a much-needed win over one of the strongest teams in the competition.

The premier 1 women remain winless after going down to UWA 2-0.

NETBALL

It might be sitting at the bottom of the Senior A1 division table but Tingara showed it is capable of playing quality netball after drawing with ladder-leaders Winthrop.

The last-placed side in the Fremantle Netball Association’s premier division drew 47-47 with the competition’s premier team.

Elsewhere Cockburn took full advantage of Winthrop’s slip by beating Mods 35-28 to move just one point from top spot.

St Christopher won the battle for third position after beating Attadale 44-40.

Tingara 1 continues to do as it pleases in the Junior A1 division after beating Attadale 58-38.

The win maintained the side’s perfect record after seven rounds, and was a statement to the rest of the competition with Attadale the league’s second best team.

Third-placed Rossmoyne took advantage of Attadale’s loss to move even on points following a 36-24 win over St Christopher.

Winthrop recorded its first win of the season after beating Tingara 2 in a close one, 34-32.

SOCCER

Armadale let slip a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with local rivals Cockburn City at Dalmatinac Park in round 18 of the NPL WA season at Dalmatinac Park.

All four goals came in a frantic six minute spell which saw two goals in three minutes from Armadale answered by two goals in two minutes from Cockburn.

In a first half where chances were scarce, the home side had the best opportunity to take the lead on the cusp of half time when Julian Teles went one-on-one with the keeper, but Michael Craggs made an important save.

Nine minutes after half time, Armadale made it 1-0 when Ali Gholami curled a free kick around the wall and past Cockburn keeper Luke Radonich.

James Atkins doubled his side’s lead just two minutes later when he headed home a cross from Charlie Kenna.

The two-goal buffer was short lived as Gian Albano created space in the box skill before drilling a low shot past Craggs to peg the score back to 2-1.

Just a minute later, a deft touch from Daniel Robinson put Teles through on goal and this time he finished comfortably to draw his side level.

Both sides continued to create chances in the final stages of the match, but neither side were able to find a winner.