Gazette sport review: Sharks claim first WAFL win, Souths down Falcons, mixed results for local SBL teams and Fremantle Hockey Club, while Cockburn holds NPL WA leaders

Cockburn’s Lochlan Cummings takes it to the ring against Stirling on his way to 21 points for the game.
Cockburn’s Lochlan Cummings takes it to the ring against Stirling on his way to 21 points for the game.


Cockburn has moved into the top six after a 92-87 win over Stirling at Wally Hagan Stadium on Friday night.

Import Jalen Billups scored 25 points, Seva Chan 22 and Lochlan Cummings 21 as the Cougars won a tight contest over their mid-table rivals.

Lakeside is in ninth position after mixed results over the weekend.

The Lightning were beaten 83-78 at home by Rockingham Flames on Friday night, despite 22 points from James Padgett.

They rebounded on Saturday when to win 103-101 against bottom-placed Mandurah.

Corey Shervill led the scoring for the Lightning with 29 points but Magic player William McNeill had everyone covered with a haul of 42.

In the women’s division, Lakeside remains third but has some work to do to beat the top teams.

Ashleigh Grant scored 21 points to guide the Lightning to an 86-77 win over Rockingham at home on Friday.

But the Lightning ended up short in their second game of the weekend, a clash with top-of-the-table Mandurah on Saturday.

Sydnee Fipps scored a game-high 27 points but the Lightning lost 94-83.

Cockburn kept pace with the top eight by beating Stirling at home on Friday.

Kersten Mitchell scored 28 points to lead the Cougars to a 79-67 win.


It took 13 rounds but East Fremantle is off the mark in 2017 after a crushing 58-point win over Perth at East Fremantle Oval on Saturday afternoon.

The Sharks, after trailing by 23 points at the main change, ran rampant in the second half to chalk up their first points of the season, 19.17 (131) to 11.7 (73).

Corey Holmes added a goal to his team-high 28 disposals while Jayden Schofield (25 disposals), Tom Marshall (24), Thomas Bennett (23) and Ben Harding (23) saw plenty of the football.

Tim Bristow bagged three goals in the win, as did Jesse Mirco and Nathan Fahey.

For Perth, Clinton Jones led the way for disposals with 31 and a goal.

Matt Thompson, Mitchell Henderson and Jake Schleicher kicked two goals each.

Perth, who was two games ahead of the bottom-placed Sharks before the first bounce, got the jump on the hosts to lead by four goals at the first change.

The Sharks won the second quarter by a point but much of their early work was undone when Perth worked its way to a handy buffer before the long break.

But the hosts were a refreshed team in the third quarter, running rampant as they moved the ball quickly and cut off Perth’s thrusts forward across half back.

The Sharks kicked 8.8 in the third quarter and, if not for some missed opportunities and a late goal to Perth’s Mitchell Henderson, could have had the points in the bag at the last change.

It mattered little as the Sharks turned a 26-point lead into a 58-point win with a further six goals in the final term.

South Fremantle consolidated second spot after a big win over West Perth at Joondalup Arena on Saturday.

The Bulldogs blew the hosts out of the water in the second term on their way to a 16.15 (111) to 10.4 (64) win.

Dylan Main and Haiden Schloithe were exceptional in the win, finishing the match with 30 disposals and four goals each.


It was a mixed weekend for the Fremantle Hockey Club, with the Premier 1 men securing an important win but the women finding themselves on the end of yet another loss.

The men’s hard fought 3-2 win over YMCC keeps it in touch of the top four, while the women’s 5-3 loss to UWA keeps it on the bottom of the ladder without a win.

The women could be given a lifeline through the fixture draw, which has it playing UWA again this weekend, giving it a chance to learn from the weekend’s mistakes and get its first win of the season on Sunday.

Fremantle’s women will take on UWA from 2.30pm June 25 at the University of WA superturf, with the Magpie men to take on UWA straight after from 4pm.


It might be sitting at the bottom of the Senior A1 division table, but Tingara has showed it is capable of playing quality netball after drawing with ladder-leaders Winthrop.

The last-placed side in the Fremantle Netball Association’s premier division drew 47-47 with the competition’s premier team.

Elsewhere Cockburn took full advantage of Winthrop’s slip by beating Mods 35-28 to move just one point from top.

St Christopher won the battle for third position after beating Attadale 44-40.

Tingara 1 continues to do as it pleases in the Junior A1 division after beating Attadale 58-38.

The win maintained the side’s perfect record after seven rounds, and was a statement to the rest of the competition with Attadale the league’s second best team.

Third-placed Rossmoyne took advantage of Attadale’s loss to move even on points following a 36-24 win over St Christopher.

Winthrop recorded its first win of the season after beating Tingara 2 in a close one, 34-32.


The result might say it was a draw, but Cockburn City achieved something big in its match against ladder leaders Floreat Athena.

The 1-1 draw signals Cockburn’s return to form after a mid-season slump that saw it struggle to match opponents on the field and get points on the board.

It could have been a win for Cockburn, who dominated for most of the game but were unable to capitalise in front of goal.

It squandered a chance in the first 10 minutes after Gian Albano hit the post with his shot, and Reuben Tristao missed an identical chance just a few moments later

Floreat scored via a deflection from a free kick after 37 minutes, but Cockburn equalised nine minutes into the second half through Albano after he was brought down in the box and awarded a penalty.

Cockburn coach Scott Miller was pleased with the performance but disappointed his side could not score at least once more to secure the win.

“We were fantastic, the work rate was great and the team embraced the challenge against the best team in the league,” he said.

“We’re disappointed that we’re walking away with a draw, but it was a positive performance.”

Cockburn will play Armadale at Dalmatinac Park from 3pm June 24.