Gazette sports wrap: Bulldogs back on top, Sharks lose, Cockburn City earn big point plus SBL and hockey

Clint Jones. Picture: Phil Elliott/ PixEll Photography
Clint Jones. Picture: Phil Elliott/ PixEll Photography

Football (WAFL)

SOUTH FREMANTLE halted West Perth’s charge up the ladder with a 35-point win at Joondalup Arena on Saturday.

Ben Saunders booted six and Mason Shaw kicked four to help the visitors to the 16.6 (102) to 9.13 (67) win.

The Bulldogs entered the match boasting a 15-9 advantage between the two teams at the ground.

But the Falcons, running hot off the back of seven straight wins, were never going to roll over.

The first half was, as expected, a tight affair.

With scores square at the main break, the visitors peeled away to record win number 10 for the year and earn enough of a percentage boost to slide back into first place on the ladder.

Jacob Dragovich led his side for disposals with 27. He also had five tackles.

Andrew Strijk booted four for the hosts, while Shane Nelson (40 disposals) and Aaron Black (30) got plenty of the ball.

East Fremantle has fallen three games back of the top sides after another loss.

The Sharks were beaten 15.14 (104) to 14.9 (93) by Perth at Lathlain Park on Saturday, a week after a crushing defeat by Subiaco.

But trumping them all was Perth’s Cody Leggett.

The 20-year-old booted seven majors to guide the Demons to its fourth win of the season.

Former Shark Aidan Tropiano gathered 33 touches and recorded 14 tackles.

Clint Jones had 30 disposals and topped it off with a goal.

Western Australian Women’s Football League Round 10

East Fremantle moved into third place on the table after a 13-point win over Swan Districts on Sunday.

The Sharks had five individual goal kickers in the 5.10 (40) to 4.3 (27) win.

Cross-town rivals South Fremantle were up against the competition’s top side and it showed.

The Bulldogs put up little resistance in the 23.16 (154) to 2.3 (15) loss to the Coastal Titans.

Basketball (SBL)

MARCUS Goode scored 25 points to lead the table-topping Cougars to their seventh straight win.

Goode, who has averaged 27 points over the last five games, shot at 50 per cent from the field and made seven of 10 from the free-throw line in the 100-88 win over Perry Lakes on Friday night.

He was also busy under the baskets at the Bendat Basketball Centre finishing with 22 rebounds, 17 coming at the defensive end.

Gavin Field chimed in with 21 points in typically accurate fashion.

Lakeside’s poor year continued going down to Mandurah Magic on Saturday.

The Lightning fell by two points, 104-102, meaning they have now lost 12 on the trot.

The result snapped Mandurah’s seven-game losing streak.

It was a sad weekend for local teams in the women’s division.

Despite 33 points from Candace Williams, Cockburn was no match for Perry Lakes.

Williams was the only Cougar to reach double figures on the scoring front, with the Hawks winning 91-57.

Lakeside also went down to the Mandurah Magic on Saturday night.

Ali Schwagmeyer scored 18 and Ashleigh Grant 17 in the 77-67 loss.

Soccer (NPL WA)

IT might not have got all three points, but Cockburn City claimed a massive scalp on the weekend, drawing 1-1 with ladder leaders Bayswater City.

It was a hard fought arm wrestle in the first half, with Bayswater unable to capitalise on their superior possession and a few close shots on goal.

It took until the 68th minute of the second half for the first goal, courtesy of a huge strike from outside the box from Cockburn substitute Liam Murray, who had been on the bench just a minute earlier.

Holding tight for 75 minutes, the dam finally broke for Cockburn’s defence, giving too much space to Bayswater’s Jamie Coyne.

The local team was able to hold the 2015 league title holders scoreless for the rest of the match, the draw made even more remarkable with Cockburn reduced to just 10 men after Murray was sent off late in the game after receiving two yellow cards in as many minutes.

Cockburn coach Scott Miller said the side showed great discipline.

“Bayswater are the best team in WA, and not just for this year but for the last four or five years,” he said.

“I thought our work rate today to try and stop them playing was very good; the boys helped each other all around the park.”

Hockey

FREMANTLE Hockey Club’s Promotion 1 women continued their dominance, romping to a 4-0 win over Rockingham on the weekend.

It was a whole team affair with Nicole Jacobs, Leanne Horsley, Heather Batten and Kristy Jones all finding the back of the net, keeping the team on top of the ladder just past the midway mark of the season.

The news was not as good for the Fremantle league men, who suffered their third loss in a row, going down to the WASPS 4-3.

The Magpies kept themselves in it, going into halftime with a 2-2 draw before the WASPS hit away in the second to claim the match.