WAFL: Final Fremantle derby clash this weekend

Perth needs to beat Peel Thunder in Mandurah this weekend to climb out of the black hole at the bottom of the ladder.
Perth needs to beat Peel Thunder in Mandurah this weekend to climb out of the black hole at the bottom of the ladder.

FOOTBALL

The third and final Fremantle derby for 2017, arguably the biggest match-up of the WAFL calendar, is on this weekend.

South Fremantle has taken the honours in both previous derbies this year, beating East Fremantle by 41 and 145 points respectively, but ladder position and form mean nothing come derby day, any team can win.

There is more on the line than just points. This is for pride.

South Fremantle will host East Fremantle at the Fremantle Oval from 2.15pm August 5.

 

BASKETBALL

The best of three quarter final series kicks off tonight.

After finishing third, the Lakeside Lightning women are the only local team playing at home, taking on the sixth-placed Joondalup Wolves.

The Lightning dropped just five games during the season and beat the Wolves both times they went head to head, by 10 points in round 6 and four points in round 16.

While another close one is predicted, Lakeside are expected to get the job done in front of their local fans.

Lakeside will take on Joondalup from 7pm August 4 at the Lakeside Recreation Centre.

Finishing seventh and eighth respectively, both the Cockburn Cougar men and women will start their finals campaign with away games.

The women will take on ladder leaders Perry Lakes, a team they have not beaten yet this season.

However, with the margin of those two games at just five points and seven points, the Cougars will be confident of stealing an upset away win.

Cockburn’s men will travel north to Joondalup to take on the Wolves on Saturday.

Joondalup finished second just behind minor premiers Willetton and will be a hard team to beat at home.

The head to head is not in Cockburn’s favour, losing both of their head-to-heads this season, but despite a hiccup double-loss last week the players have found some good form in the final few rounds and will be pushing for the win.

The Cougar women will travel to Bendat Basketball Centre to take on Perry Lakes from 7pm August 4 while the men take on Joondalup at the Joondalup Basketball Centre from 7pm August 5.

HOCKEY

The Fremantle Hockey Club is also preparing to match up with their biggest rivals Melville this weekend.

Fremantle’s men continue to sit comfortably in fifth place but with fourth and even possibly third within their grasp, they’ll need to send a message to their 11th placed opponents.

Melville has the jump on Fremantle this season, winning 3-2 when they played in round 8, but the Magpies will be fighting hard to even the ledger at 1-all.

Fremantle’s women have just four games left to get that elusive first win, but the extra meaning behind the rivalry could see them finally snare it.

Working against them is their 7-0 loss in Round 4, a margin they will have to put out of their minds if they want to break their 2017 duck against their fourth-placed opponent.

Fremantle’s women will take on Melville from 2pm August 6 at the Perth Hockey Stadium, while the men play straight after from 3.30pm.

SOCCER

A top four finish is out of the question, but that doesn’t mean Cockburn City will let their opponents walk all over them in the final four games of the season.

It starts this weekend with a big one against Stirling, a team sitting just one spot above them on the NPLWA ladder.

With just one point separating the two teams, a win for the ninth-placed Cockburn could see them jump up to sixth if both Joondalup United and ECU Joondalup go down in their respective matches.

Cockburn went down to Stirling 2-0 when they went head-to-head in round 10, a result they do not want to repeat.

Cockburn City will host Stirling at Dalmatinac Park from 3pm August 5.