Lakeside Lightning women will have to pull out a season-saving home game on Friday after going down to Mandurah Magic in game one of the SBL semi-final series.
Travelling south for the game, Lakeside jumped out of the box early and had its noses in front late in the second quarter before Mandurah took the ascendancy.
The Lightning stayed within touching distance of their opponents for the rest of the game but could not find the lead again, going down 86-76.
Sydnee Fipps top scored for Lakeside with 21 points while Samantha Roscoe and Ali Schwagmeyer scored 18 and 17 respectively.
Lakeside need to win at home on Friday to tie the best of three series at 1-1 and send it into a deciding third match.
East Fremantle have slipped back into the wooden spoon position after a disappointing 13-point loss to Peel Thunder.
The Sharks were in the box seat at three quarter time, having kept their opponents to just three goals to lead 53-22, but a dismal fourth quarter both in attack and defence saw the Sharks kick just two behinds to the Thunder’s 7.4.
East Fremantle eventually went down 68-55.
Thomas Bennett and Jamie McNamara kicked two goals each while Cameron Eardley led the disposals with 29.
Compounding the result was Perth’s surprise win over East Perth, which allowed it to leapfrog East Fremantle into eighth and relegate the Sharks to the bottom of the ladder with just one game to go.
South Fremantle had the bye.
After 17 difficult rounds Fremantle Hockey Club’s premier 1 women have finally put its first win on the board.
The Magpies took on NC Raiders and in a tough arm wrestle of a game managed to score off the stick of Leanne Tilbee to come away with a deserved 1-0 win.
The premier 1 men also took down NC Raiders, running away with a convincing 5-1 win.
James McPherson scored twice and Matthew Butturini, Simon Orchard and Matt Bird each found the back of the net to help Fremantle consolidate fifth place with one game to go.
The Magpies could jump into fourth with a win this weekend if Vic Park lose to ladder leaders UWA.
Seven goals were scored in an attacking match that saw Cockburn City go down to Perth SC.
A late penalty to Perth gave it a 4-3 win in what was a tight game from beginning to end at Dorrien Gardens.
Perth took the lead in the third minute before Cockburn equalised just four minutes later courtesy of Liam Murray.
Another two goals to Perth and a brace to Harry O’Brian had the scores level at 3-3 at the 87 minute mark before Perth converted the winning penalty in injury time.
The loss sees Cockburn slide to ninth with one game to go.