Gazette Sport Review: Bulldogs claim derby win, Freo women go top in hockey, Cockburn lose again and three teams gear up for SBL finals


Caption: Fremantle Hockey Club’s league men had a big 6-1 win over Victoria Park on the weekend.
Caption: Fremantle Hockey Club’s league men had a big 6-1 win over Victoria Park on the weekend.

Basketball (SBL)

It is set to be a massive weekend of basketball with three of Cockburn’s four teams making the SBL finals.

Last Friday the Cockburn Cougars men won an epic top-of-the-table clash over Joondalup at Wally Hagan Stadium to earn the number one seeding for week one of the play-offs.

The Cougars won 123-120, with Gavin Field draining 33 points.

The win sets the minor premiers on course for a clash with Perry Lakes, which finished eighth.

Cockburn Cougars coach Matt Parsons said his side’s commitment had been key to its rise up the ladder.

“The best thing for me is to watch these guys mature and develop … and win a game of basketball which results in a minor premiership,” he said.

“I don’t know if there’s a trophy or anything but it’s definitely a nice accolade to have.

“It does put a target on you a little bit and I think we are prepared for that.”

The Lakeside Lightning men’s team failed to make the finals.

In the women’s division, Cockburn snuck into eighth place despite losing to Joondalup on Friday.

The Cougars will head up to Joondalup this week to tackle the top seeded Wolves in game one of the quarterfinals.

Lakeside had the week off but had already secured their spot in the finals.

The Lightning will play Willetton Tigers at the Willetton Basketball Stadium.

Football (WAFL)

East Fremantle’s bid for a top five position was dealt another blow on Saturday after it lost to cross-town rivals South Fremantle by 30 points at Fremantle Oval.

The visitors were playing catch-up for much of the day, with its resistance finally broken in the last quarter.

South Fremantle’s Blaine Johnson and Mason Shaw both booted three goals in the 14.16 (100) to 10.10 (70) win.

Haiden Schloithe gathered 31 disposals and kicked a goal.

For the Sharks, Jacob Green booted four majors.

Jayden Schofield and Jamie McNamara both had 24 disposals.

The win consolidated the Bulldogs’ position in second, but left the Sharks outside the top five by a game with four rounds to go.

With a bye this week, East Fremantle will have to wait two weeks to get to work saving their season.

Hockey

It was a huge away win for the Fremantle Hockey Club’s league men, notching a 6-1 thumping of Victoria Park yesterday afternoon.

With three goals in each half, courtesy of two from Matthew Butturini and one each from Declan Spencer, Chad Giles, Paul Nicholls and Khan Riley, the win will be a huge confidence boost for the team as finals approach.

The Magpies will only have a few days’ rest, taking to the field on Thursday night to play their rescheduled match against Aquinas.

Not to be outdone, Fremantle’s Promotion 1 women also won big, beating Old Guildfordians Mundaring 5-2.

Four goals to none in the first half all but sealed the game for the Magpies, with prolific goal scorer Heather Batten scoring twice and Erin Hall, Jessica Watts and Leanne Horsley also finding the back of the net.

The win shot Fremantle back to the top of the ladder, leapfrogging Southern River who went down 3-0 to Hale.

Soccer (NPL)

The elusive fourth win has slipped by Cockburn City again, going down 2-1 at home to Armadale.

In what was its best chance in weeks to get back on the winner’s list against its bottom of the ladder opponents, Cockburn never looked likely, with Armadale taking all the early chances.

The game looked like finishing 2-0 before a late goal in injury time to Harry O’Brien saw the score look a little more respectable for the home team.

Cockburn coach Scott Miller said they “were not at the races”.

“We gave away a couple of silly goals and Armadale beat us fair and square,” he said.

“We had all the possession but I thought Armadale set up really well defensively and had a good game plan which they executed a lot better than our own.”