Gazette Sports Review: Cougars through in SBL finals but Lightning crashes, Bulldogs and Sharks get up in WAFL plus hockey and soccer

Gazette Sports Review: Cougars through in SBL finals but Lightning crashes, Bulldogs and Sharks get up in WAFL plus hockey and soccer

Basketball (SBL)

COCKBURN Cougars have progressed to the next round of the SBL playoffs after overcoming Perry Lakes over three games.

Perry Lakes claimed game two 96-85 on Friday, forcing the Cougars to seal the series on Saturday at Wally Hagan Stadium 130-115.

The competition’s top seed will meet Geraldton Buccaneers in the semi finals for a place in the grand final.

Game one will take place on Saturday night in Geraldton.

Joondalup will take on Willetton in the other men’s semi-final battle.

In the women’s division, Lakeside went out in straight sets to Willetton.

After losing game one, Lightning were bundled out when they lost to the Tigers 78-66 in game two.

Cockburn Cougars were also knocked out in two.

The Cougars were playing catch-up after losing game one to Joondalup 84-67.

Needing a win in game two, they lost 84-63.

Football (WAFL)

BEN Saunders booted four goals in South Fremantle’s 35-point win over Swan Districts at Fremantle Oval on Saturday.

The Bulldogs won 14.21 (105) to 11.4 (70) with inaccuracy the only thing holding them back from a monster result over the competition’s bottom side.

Saunders took his season tally to 47, equal with Subiaco’s Hamish Shepheard who booted three in the Lions’ win over East Perth.

Ryan Cooke booted two goals to go with 21 disposals and had six inside 50s.

Blaine Johnson also booted two goals.

Ashton Hams tallied 32 disposals and Dylan Main 29, plus 10 inside 50s.

Adam Faulkner led the Swans for disposals with 30, and also kicked two goals.

East Fremantle are back inside the top five after beating Perth by 49 points at Lathlain Park on Saturday.

Brett Peake and James Bristow booted four goals each in the 17.12 (114) to 9.11 (65) win, while George Hampson booted two.

Liam Anthony gathered 36 disposals and kicked a goal.

Cam Eardley added a goal to his 26-disposal game.

Brett Wolfenden, Marshall Jones, Samuel Garstone and Cody Ninyette booted two goals each for the Demons.

Liam McKenna gathered a team-high 28 disposals for the hosts.

Hockey

FREMANTLE Hockey Club’s Promotion 1 women extended their lead on top of the ladder with a 4-3 away win over Hale.

Hale took the ascendency into half time with a 2-1 lead before a huge second half effort from the Magpies saw them score three goals to one to take out the game.

Erin Hall scored twice, while Heather Batten and Gemma Wharton also found the back of the net.

Fremantle are now five points clear on top of the ladder, with Hale in second and the SW Strikers in third.

Fremantle League men’s run of wins came to an end, going down to cross town rivals Melville 5-2.

The Magpies managed just one goal in each half to snuff out their hopes of a third straight win.

The loss drops them back down to seventh with three games to go.

Soccer (NPL WA)

IT was a case of close, but not close enough for Cockburn City, who went down to Perth 3-2 on Saturday afternoon.

Cockburn went into the half time break as unlikely 2-1 leaders after Reuben Tristao and Aden De Luz scored in the 41st and 45th minutes to cancel out the Gustavo Catarcione goal at the other end.

However, Perth dominated the second half, scoring two goals to take out the match.

Cockburn captain Euen Grant said while happy with the performance, he believed the side deserved more.

“To be honest I think we gave Perth all three of their goals,” he said.

“I don’t think they caused us many problems apart from that, so I think it was our mistakes which gave them the three points.

“I think fatigue kicked in at the end but we have showed throughout the year that we are a fit enough team and we should be able to last the 90 minutes.

“I believe we played the better football and were in control for most of the game, it was just individual errors that let us down.”