Gazette weekend sport preview: Cockburn looks to bounce back at Mandurah City, East Freo back in WAFL action plus hockey and SBL

Gazette weekend sport preview: Cockburn looks to bounce back at Mandurah City, East Freo back in WAFL action plus hockey and SBL


Lakeside will be looking to move into the top four when it battles Rockingham tonight .

The Lightning currently sits in fifth spot on the SBL table with three wins and one loss.

Rockingham is in 10th with one win from three matches.

Tip-off is 8.30pm.

Cockburn can consolidate its top eight position but faces a big challenge against Geraldton tomorrow night.

The Cougars will need to overcome the disadvantage of playing away against a team flying high with three wins from four starts.

Play starts at 8pm.

In the women’s division, the Lightning will travel to the Mike Barnett Sports Complex to take on Rockingham.

The Lightning has had a solid start and sits on a win-loss record of 2-1 from three matches.

Rockingham has just one win from three starts.

Tip-off is at 6.30pm.

The winless Cougars have a bye.


South Fremantle will be aiming to continue its good form when it hosts West Perth tomorrow.

The Bulldogs are coming off a 43-point win over last year’s premiers Peel Thunder in round 3, while the Falcons fell to Subiaco by 11 points.

The hosts hold a distinct advantage at the ground, having won 94 of 156 matches between the two teams at Fremantle Oval.

The Bulldogs also won all three clashes with the Falcons in 2016 by an average of 41 points.

Bounce down is at 4.15pm.

After a week off, bottom-placed East Fremantle travels to Lathlain Park to battle eighth-placed Perth.

The Sharks will be confident they can get their season off the ground at a venue where they enjoy a positive win-loss ratio over the hosts.

They also won two of three matches between the two sides in 2016.

The first ball will be bounced at 2.40pm tomorrow.


The newly promoted Fremantle Hockey Club women will kick off their premier 1 campaign this weekend.

A minor premiership in the second-tier Promotion 1 competition last year saw the team promoted to the top league for season 2017.

They will have a tough matchup first up though, taking on last year’s preliminary finalists Vic Park.

The game is on from 2pm Saturday at the Perth Hockey Stadium.

The Fremantle men will also take on Vic Park in their round four match-up, which will kick off from 3.30pm Saturday at the Perth Hockey Stadium.


Cockburn City will want to bounce back from a humiliating 4-0 defeat last week when it comes up against cellar-dwellers Mandurah City.

The shock defeat at the hands of ECU Joondalup might have knocked some complacency from the side, which up until then had only conceded seven goals in six matches for just one defeat.

A winless Mandurah City could prove a good opponent to get some mojo back, as long as the toughness and strong defensive effort of the first six rounds returns.

Cockburn plays Mandurah City at Peelwood Reserve in Halls Head from 3pm on Saturday.