Gazette Sport Review: Cockburn records overdue NPL WA win, Bulldgos move clear second in WAFL plus SBL finals and big wins for Freo hockey


Harry O’Brien scored twice in Cockburn’s 2-1 win over Subiaco.
Harry O’Brien scored twice in Cockburn’s 2-1 win over Subiaco.

Basketball (SBL)

COCKBURN holds the ascendancy in its best of three quarter final series after victory over Perry Lakes Hawks on Saturday.

The SBL’s number one seed won 109-104 in front of its home fans at Wally Hagan Stadium.

Perry Lakes had little chance of overturning a 19-point deficit in the final period, but charged home to lose by just five points.

That will give it confidence ahead of game two at the WA Basketball Centre on Friday.

Cockburn will be aiming to close out the series with an away win.

If it cannot, game three will be played at Wally Hagan Stadium on Saturday.

In the women’s division, Willetton demolished Lakeside 101-58 at Willetton Basketball Stadium.

Game two will be played at the Lakeside Recreation Centre this Friday.

Game three, if needed, will be played at the Willetton Basketball Stadium on Saturday.

Football (WAFL)

SOUTH Fremantle moved clear in second following a 37-point win over Perth at the Carnarvon Festival Grounds on Saturday.

The Bulldogs stormed home in the final quarter with seven goals to win 17.11 (113) to 11.10 (76).

Mason Shaw booted five majors and Ben Saunders four, while Haiden Schloithe capped a 22 disposal game with three goals in the win.

Perth’s Clint Jones and Michael Sinclair gathered 36 disposals each although both failed to hit the scoreboard and could only manage three inside 50s between them.

The four points gained from the win pushed the Bulldogs a game clear of West Perth after the Falcons lost to Subiaco by 52 points.

East Fremantle had the bye.

Hockey

IT was another weekend of huge wins for Fremantle Hockey Club’s two top teams, with 11 goals scored between.

After a mid-week 2-0 win over Aquinas, the league men catapulted into sixth position with a huge 6-0 win over the bottom-of-the-ladder Lions.

Khan Riley scored three, while Niall Stott scored twice and Matthew Butturini also beat the goalkeeper to give Fremantle plenty of momentum with finals just four weeks away.

For the promotion 1 women, a 5-0 win saw it stamp its dominance over Rockingham.

It was the sixth time in 17 games the team had not allowed their opponents to score.

There was no such difficulty at the other end, Heather Batten continuing her good form with two goals and Leanne Horsley, Deanna Higgins and Jessica Watts also scoring.

Soccer (NPL WA)

COCKBURN City is finally back on the winners list after a 2-1 victory over cellar-dwellers Subiaco on the weekend.

Cockburn’s Harry O’Brien found form in front of goal, scoring twice to help the team secure its first win in eight starts.

O’Brien got Cockburn off to the perfect start, using his head to score in the 23rd minute to send it 1-0 up into the halftime break.

Heart rates would have sky rocketed as Subiaco scored an equaliser in the 70th minute before O’Brien again found the back of the net with just a few minutes to go, saving Cockburn from yet another draw.

The win was the perfect lead in for Cockburn’s biggest game of the year, as it takes on Melbourne Knights in the FFA Cup on Wednesday night.

Cockburn coach Scott Miller said it was an emotional win for the team, who honoured the life of club favourite Billy Thorburn with a minute’s silence before kick off.

“I thought in the first half we were very good, it was as good as we’ve played and one goal was the least we deserved,” he said.

“They opened up in the second half because they had to and they got their goal but we didn’t go into our shell, we responded really well and I’m happy about that.

“We’ve started to get into dangerous territory in the league and we’re not out yet but we’re a lot healthier than we would have been if we didn’t win.

“Now the boys can go and really enjoy the opportunity and the experience over there in the FFA Cup.”