Gazette sports wrap: Sharks and Bulldogs defeated in WAFL, mixed weekend for local SBL sides, losses for Fremantle Hockey Club and Cockburn downed in NPL WA


East Fremantle’s Andrew Stephen kicked a career-high seven goals in the loss to Claremont on Saturday. Picture: Phil Elliott/ PixEll Photography
East Fremantle’s Andrew Stephen kicked a career-high seven goals in the loss to Claremont on Saturday. Picture: Phil Elliott/ PixEll Photography

WAFL Round 12

EAST Fremantle threatened to spoil Claremont’s return to its redeveloped home during a tense round 12 match on Saturday.

The Tigers were hosting a match at the venue for the first time in more than three years and were able to celebrate the homecoming with a three-point win over the visiting Sharks.

Sharks midfielder Andrew Stephen kicked a career-high seven goals to give the visitors a real chance of their first win of the season.

But the Tigers held on 14.11 (95) to 14.8 (92).

Matt Guelfi and Eddie Simpson booted three goals each in the win, while Christopher Oakley and Ryan Lim kicked two.

Thomas Ledger gathered a team-high 28 disposals and 2016 Sandover medallist Jye Bolton tallied 27 and kicked one goal.

South Fremantle is now three games off top spot after a six-point loss to Peel Thunder at Fremantle Oval on Saturday.

The Bulldogs trailed by eight goals at half time but rallied in the latter stages to cut the margin and give themselves a chance of victory.

Fremantle rookie Luke Strnadica was the match winner after finishing from close range late in the match to give the Thunder their sixth win of the season.

Midfielder Rory O’Brien led the visitors for disposals with 23, with Brayden Lawler, Benjamin Hancock, Matt Taberner and Josh Deluca each kicking two goals.

Haiden Schloithe finished as the most productive Bulldogs midfielder after tallying 31 disposals.

Cory Dell’Olio kicked four goals and Ben Saunders added three to his growing haul for the year.

SBL Round 13

COCKBURN continued its inconsistent run this year after a mixed weekend of SBL results.

The Cougars celebrated Nicole Roberts’ 250th SBL game with a 74-68 home win over the South West Slammers on Friday night.

Brianna Moyes and Kersten Mitchell were both brilliant on the offensive end finishing with 20 points each, while Mitchell also finished with 15 rebounds.

But the Cougars could not back it up on Saturday after falling well short of the Mandurah Magic.

Despite Moyes contributing a team-high 16 points, the Magic were far too strong running out 79-59 winners at Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre.

Nicolette Rose Gilday led to the hosts to victory with 26 points while Carly Boag grabbed 23 rebounds.

The loss leaves the Cougars in eighth position.

Lakeside has a lone hold on third place after a convincing win over Perth on Saturday.

Superstar Ali Schwagmeyer scored 28 points and Sydnee Fipps 23 to lead the Lightning to a 76-63 win at Belmont Oasis.

In the men’s division, Cockburn was unable to hold out Mandurah in a tough night at Wally Hagan Stadium on Friday.

The hosts were beaten 75-90 despite 18 points from Lochlan Cummings.

The Cougars were able to bounce back on Saturday by beating Mandurah 90-75 at Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre.

James Padgett scored 25 points but Lakeside still went down in its only match on the weekend.

The Lightning was beaten 106-84 by Perth at Belmont Oasis on Saturday.

The Cougars sit in seventh position and the Lightning are ninth.

Premier Hockey

FREMANTLE Hockey Club’s two premier sides both suffered disappointing losses over the weekend.

Fremantle’s Premier 1 men could come to rue to 4-2 loss against OGMHC at the end of the season in what was considered a very winnable game.

The teams went into half time with one goal a piece but lax defending in the second half saw Fremantle concede three goals while scoring only one in reply.

The Premier 1 women remain winless after going down to Hale 2-0.

Both teams will be looking for redemption this Sunday at Lark Hill Turf, the women against UWA from 2pm and the men against YMCC from 3.30pm.

NPLWA

A 31st-minute strike from danger-man Gian Albano was not enough to give Cockburn City an away win over Bayswater City on Saturday afternoon.

Albano put the visitors 1-0 up midway through the first half before a Bayswater double in the 35th and 41st minute gave it the ascendency at half time.

An arm wrestle in the second half saw no more goals scored, Bayswater taking home the points with a 2-1 win.

Cockburn coach Scott Miller said his side stood up well against a highly motivated and skilled opposition.

“I am really proud of the effort against a side that has lost three in a row,” he said.

“They are probably the best team in WA, so we knew we were going to get a bit of a reaction.

“The work rate from the wingers to come back and try and help out just shows how hard these boys work for each other.”

Cockburn will host ladder leaders Floreat Athena from 3pm June 17 at Dalmatinac Park.

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