Gazette Sports Wrap: Cockburn go down in close cup final, a win and a loss for Freo’s WAFL sides plus SBL and hockey results

Cockburn City’s Under-18s celebrate a win in the Under-18 Cup Final.
Cockburn City’s Under-18s celebrate a win in the Under-18 Cup Final.

Soccer – Cool Ridge Cup Final

COCKBURN City’s quest to add some silver to their trophy cabinet ended in heartache on Saturday with a 1-0 loss to Floreat Athena in the Cool Ridge Cup Final.

It was a tight arm wrestle between WA’s two FFA Cup finalists for 93 minutes and the game looked like going into extra time before a lapse in concentration from Cockburn’s defenders gave Jonathan Stynes the late goal for Floreat Athena.

Cockburn coach Scott Miller said he was proud of the team’s efforts and now looked forward to the FFA Cup game against the Melbourne Knights on August 10.

“We’ve got to a Cup final quicker than we thought and as much as it sucks to lose it’s a learning experience,” he said.

“The boys played really well, put in a great shift today and it was a great strike at the end of the day as much as it hurts.

“It’ll be a great to go over east and experience a proper away game, which most of the boys haven’t had a chance to do before, so we’ll go and enjoy that.”

It was a more successful day out for Cockburn’s Under-18s, winning their final against Inglewood United 2-0.

Going into halftime with game still tied at nil-all, Cockburn’s future stars came out firing in the second, Kristian Santich finding the back of the net in the 48th minute before Ryan Pratt sealed the deal in the 73rd.

Coach John Loreto said it was the team’s effort and work rate that got them over the line.

“I’m really proud of all the boys, making it through all the rounds and winning the Cup is brilliant,” he said.

“It could have gone either way in the beginning, both keepers did well from both sides and our keeper pulled off three good saves which kept us in the game.

“After that, we capitalised in the middle of the park and started knocking the ball about and found our forwards and they finished off the game for us.”

Cockburn City’s next NPL WA game is against Armadale on July 30 from 3pm at Dalmatinac Park.

WAFL Round 18

EAST Fremantle is back on the winner’s list after holding out Swan Districts by three goals.

The Sharks snapped a four game losing streak, winning their first match since Round 12 with a 13.13 (91) to 11.7 (73) result against the competition’s bottom side at Bassendean Oval on Saturday.

Brett Peake and Matthew Watson booted three goals each, while Liam Anthony gathered 41 disposals, laid six tackles, put the ball inside 50 four times and topped it off with a goal.

George Hampson booted two goals from his 35 disposals. He also scored three behinds but provided plenty of ball for his forwards with a game-high nine inside 50s.

Matt Riggio won the ball 36 times for the Swans, laid six tackles and put the ball inside 50 five times.

Todd Banfield booted two goals for the hosts, as did Kirk Ugle.

The win keeps the Sharks one game outside the top five.

South Fremantle is on a three game losing streak after losing a top of the table clash with Subiaco at Leederville Oval on Thursday night.

The Bulldogs were beaten 10.9 (69) to 9.4 (58) in a contest that was tight bar an opening quarter where the hosts jumped out to a four goal lead.

The match featured the competition’s three best sharpshooters, with South Fremantle’s Ben Saunders booting three goals.

Saunders moved to 37 goals for the season, but teammate Mason Shaw failed to hit the scoreboard.

Saunders now shares the leading goalkicker title with Subiaco’s Hamish Shepheard, who kicked two on Thurdsay night.

Christopher Phelan led the Lions for disposals with 29, while Liam Ryan kicked three majors in the win.

Steven Verrier gathered 28 disposals for the Bulldogs and Blayne Wilson tallied 26.

The match marked Ryan Cook’s 86th appearance as South Fremantle skipper with the former Collingwood player overtaking Peter Worsfold as the club’s longest serving captain.

Cook gathered 21 disposals, took seven marks, laid four tackles, tallied seven inside 50s and kicked a goal.

SBL Round 19

COCKBURN flexed its muscles ahead of the finals with a big win over Mandurah Magic on Friday.

The Cougars dominated the Magic 108-75, with an all-round performance getting the job done.

Rhett Della Maddalena scored 20 points and Najee Lane 19, with Marcus Goode scoring 22.

Mandurah’s Trevor Setty scored 22 in the loss.

Lakeside’s season is now done after two losses over the weekend.

Daniel Alexander scored 43 but it was not enough as the Lightning went down to the Willetton Tigers 104-101 on Friday.

By Saturday, the steam was out of the legs and it showed as the Lightning lost 97-82 against Perth.

TJ Hallice scored 26 points in the loss.

In the women’s division, Cockburn kept its season alive with a close win over Mandurah.

Candace Williams scored 16 and Chelsea Evans 10 in the 58-55 win.

The Cougars need to win and hope Kalamunda lose, or hope they can win big enough to make up the percentage needed to move into a finals berth.

Despite having locked up its finals spot, Lakeside suffered two losses in the lead up to the playoffs

On Friday, Lakeside lost 72-66 against Willetton before being hammered 69-42 against Perth.

State Hockey

FREMANTLE Hockey Club’s Promotion 1 women bounced back from just its second loss of the season with a comprehensive victory over the South West Strikers.

Still reeling after its 4-1 loss to Southern River, which saw it slip from top of the ladder to second, Fremantle came out eager to atone.

A hat trick of goals to Erin Hall and a fourth to Jodie Shirley had the Magpies record an easy win and reaffirm them as one of the league’s strongest teams this season.

Fremantle next play the Old Guildfordians Mundaring Hockey Club on July 30 from 2pm at Guildford Turf.

Fremantle’s league men ended a four game winless streak with a massive win over the Curtin Trinity Pirates.

Without a win since their game against the Westside Wolves on May 28, the Magpies smashed the Pirates 6-0 on Saturday night.

Fremantle next play Victoria Park on July 31 from 3.30pm at the Perth Hockey Stadium.