Gazette Sport Review: Cockburn into SBL grand final, Bulldogs prepare for WAFL finals, constrasting results for Fremantle Hockey Club and Cockburn end NPL WA season on high

Gazette Sport Review: Cockburn into SBL grand final, Bulldogs prepare for WAFL finals, constrasting results for Fremantle Hockey Club and Cockburn end NPL WA season on high

Basketball (SBL)

THE Cockburn Cougars will tackle Joondalup in the State Basketball League grand final.

The number one seeds booked their spot with a 92-86 win over Geraldton at Wally Hagan Stadium on Saturday night.

Marcus Goode stood tall with 29 points and 13 rebounds while Najee Lane scored 28 and collected 16 boards.

The result helped them clinch the best of three series 2-0.

The Cougars will have to get past the Wolves if they are to claim their first championship since 2012.

The Wolves overcame the Willetton Tigers to reach the competition’s showpiece event, but were pushed over three matches.

After taking game one, the Wolves were outclassed 128-99 on Friday night before recovering to claim game three 110-95 on Saturday.

The grand final will be played at the Western Australian Basketball Centre on Saturday night.

Football (WAFL)

SOUTH Fremantle will host West Perth in a qualifying final on Saturday but the curtains have been drawn on the season of their cross-town rivals.

The Bulldogs capped the home and away season with a 52-point win over Perth at Lathlain Park on Saturday.

Dylan Main gathered 31 disposals in the 14.14 (98) to 7.4 (46) win, with Brendan and Steven Verrier both collecting 30.

Up forward, Ben Saunders kicked four goals and Mason Shaw three.

Tyson Pickett and Ashton Hams kicked two each.

The second-placed Bulldogs will enter the match against the third-placed Falcons off the back of five straight wins.

The Bulldogs recovered from a July slump and have hit form at the pointy end of the year.

However, the tale is much different for East Fremantle, which lost a do-or-die clash with East Perth.

The Sharks lost the match that would have secured them fifth place, 13.9 (87) to 6.3 (39).

Pouring salt on the wound, the Royals used the win to steal the last remaining finals position.

The Sharks lost eight of their final 11 matches after going on a run of four victories in May.

Hockey

A SHOCK 5-0 loss to Whitford has the Fremantle Hockey Club’s Promotion 1 women teetering on the edge of losing their ladder leading position with just one round to go.

Fremantle went in roaring favourites, having only lost two games all season, but came up against a determined Whitford who stormed home with an emphatic win.

With one round to go before finals, the Magpies will need a win against bogey team Southern River this weekend to avoid being leapfrogged by Hale, who will go in full of confidence against the winless Rockingham.

Fremantle’s League Men did their finals chances no harm, taking down Old Guildfordians Mundaring Hockey Club 5-1.

Needing to squeeze into the top five to make the finals, the 6th placed Magpies put on a clinic courtesy of goals to Khan Riley, Matthew Butturini, Niall Stott and two to Declan Spencer.

Fremantle will need to beat the WASPS next week and have Hale go down to OGMHC to scrape into the finals.

Soccer (NPL WA)

COCKBURN City finished a disappointing season on a high, beating Floreat Athena 2-0 on Saturday afternoon.

In the last game of the season, Cockburn were out for revenge after their opponents won 1-0 in the Cool Ridge Cup Final on July 23.

The arm-wrestle of a match looked like ending in a nil-all draw after Cockburn squandered three early chances, but a 78-minute goal to Harry O’Brien and an own goal from Floreat Athena in injury time sealed the home team’s win.

Cockburn captain Euen Grant said they were pleased to get the win without conceding a goal.

“Today was the story of our season,” he said.

“We dominate teams, we have chances, we miss chances, then we give a bad goal away.

“We push up for an equaliser but get caught on the counter attack and collapse.

“So it’s finally good today, even though it is the last game of the season to finally have that bit of character and see the game out.”

Cockburn finished the season in ninth, with Perth Soccer Club taking out the competition.