Gazette sport review: Bulldogs players instrumental in WAFL’s big win over VFL, plus local SBL, soccer, hockey and netball results

The WAFL state side celebrates the first win by a senior WA side over a Victorian team in Melbourne. Picture: Rob Prezioso/AFL Media
Ben Saunders claimed the Simpson medal for his six-goal effort against the VFL at North Port Oval on Saturday. Picture: Rob Prezioso/AFL Media
The WAFL state side celebrates the first win by a senior WA side over a Victorian team in Melbourne. Picture: Rob Prezioso/AFL Media Ben Saunders claimed the Simpson medal for his six-goal effort against the VFL at North Port Oval on Saturday. Picture: Rob Prezioso/AFL Media

WAFL

BEN Saunders booted six goals as the WAFL state team made history by beating a senior Victorian team in Melbourne for the first time.

Saunders claimed the Simpson medal as the WAFL’s best player in WA’s incredible 63-point win over the VFL at North Port Oval on Saturday, its first victory in 24 attempts.

South Fremantle teammates Haiden Schloithe (18 disposals, three goals, seven tackles), Tim Kelly (24 disposals, seven tackles, nine inside 50s) and Bulldogs skipper Ryan Cook (15 disposals, one goals) were immense in the memorable 20.14 (134) to 10.11 (71) win.

East Fremantle’s Jonathan Marsh, the Sharks’ sole representative in the side, was a solid contributor with 10 disposals.

Normal WAFL action resumes this long weekend, with the Sharks hosting the Bulldogs in a WA Day derby at East Fremantle Oval.

SBL

LAKESIDE is finding real form in the SBL women’s division after another positive set of results over the weekend.

The Lightning were far too strong for East Perth Eagles at home on Friday night, with Ali Schwagmeyer (26 points) and Sydnee Fipps (21) guiding the hosts to a 88-71 win.

The Lightning moved to third place on the table with a 90-81 win over Cockburn yesterday.

Schwagmeyer (28 points) and Fipps (24) were again the major contributors as the Lightning moved their season record to 8-4.

The Cougars are in 10th position with a 3-9 record.

In the men’s division, James Padgett scored 29 points, Devon Atkinson 22 and Corey Shervill 21 to guide Lakeside to a comfortable 95-74 home win over East Perth Eagles on Friday night.

The Lightning were unable to back up their good form yesterday, with Cockburn getting the better of them at Wally Hagan Stadium, 96-83.

Padgett, Atkinson and Shervill all scored 19 points to provide a platform for the visitors.

But they were outmuscled in the end by Jalen Billups who scored 32 points and contributions across the Cougars squad.

Seva Chan scored 17 points while sharpshooter Gavin Field and Steven Van Lit scored 13.

Lochlan Cummings scored 10.

The Cougars sit in seventh position on the SBL table with a 7-7 record, which is matched by the eighth-placed Lightning.

NPL WA

COCKBURN City is back on the winners’ list after a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Subiaco in round 14 of the NPL WA.

Winless since round 8’s match against Mandurah City, and having slumped from third to eighth in the competition, Cockburn finally got the points with an away win over the Lions.

Cockburn’s Kenel Mouithys found the back of the net just 17 minutes into the game after a scramble in the box and the team was able to hold that sole-goal lead, something they had struggled to do in previous weeks.

Captain Euen Grant was relieved to get the win.

“Subiaco made it really hard for us, they gave it all they got but our boys showed character and finally we got that much needed win,” he said.

“It’s been hard to come by goals recently, and we have been conceding a few as well, so it was a big relief to hold on and get the three points.”

Cockburn takes on Balcatta at Grindleford Reserve from 3pm June 3.

Premier Hockey

JUST one goal down at halftime in their match against Westside Wolves, the Fremantle Hockey Club’s premier 1 women was as close as it had been all year to securing a first win.

However, after going 2-0 down in the 54th minute, a single second half goal from Gemma Wharton was not enough to get the team over the line, going down in an agonisingly close 2-1 game.

Fremantle’s Premier 1 men also had a hard time of it against the Wolves, going down 5-2.

The Wolves took the lead with two goals in the first 22 minutes and Fremantle chased for the rest of the game to no avail, its goals coming courtesy of Matt Bird and Rob Cope.

After a week off, Fremantle’s women play Hale from 2.30pm June 10 at Hale Turf while the men next take on OGMHC from 3pm June 11 at Guildford Turf.

FNA

WINTHROP has moved one game clear in the Fremantle Netball Association’s Senior A1 division following a tight win over Cockburn on Saturday.

With both sides locked on six points after four rounds, it was Winthrop who prevailed 48-46 to move one win clear of Cockburn at the top of the table.

In other fixtures, Attadale moved to third after beating Mods 39-31.

St Christopher kept in touch of the leading pack with a 49-32 victory over the struggling Tingara.

In the Junior A1 division, Tingara 1 remains undefeated after demolishing Tingara 2, 61-25.

Attadale remains in second after beating St Christopher 42-24 and Rossmoyne beat the winless Winthrop 62-33.

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