Weekend sport preview: WAFL, SBL, NPL and Hockey


South Fremantle celebrates win over East Fremantle on Saturday. Picture: Phil Elliott/Pixell Photography
South Fremantle celebrates win over East Fremantle on Saturday. Picture: Phil Elliott/Pixell Photography

WAFL Round 7

A HEAVYWEIGHT bout will take place at Fremantle Oval on Saturday, with two undefeated teams to take the field and just one to leave with its perfect record intact.

Barring a draw, hosts South Fremantle or Subiaco will move to six and zip after seven rounds.

The reigning premiers had the better of the Bulldogs last year winning all three clashes by an average of 52 points.

Bulldogs coach Todd Curley told southfremantlefc.com.au he was confident of a good showing this weekend.

“Subiaco, clearly, have been the best side the last three or four years so it’s a good chance for us to see where we’re at,” he said.

“We weren’t at our best (against the Sharks) but we showed some good resilience to get over the line and take the points.

“It would have been easy to lie down going behind that late in the game.

“It’s a good chance for us to challenge the best and see how we stack up.”

The match will also pit two of the competition’s hottest forwards in a possible shootout.

Subiaco’s Hamish Shepheard sits third on the leading goal kickers list with 13 goals from his five games.

Bulldogs forward Ben Saunders has 15 goals from five starts this season to sit equal top with Sharks speedster Brett Peake.

Curley said he had been impressed with his 24-year-old charge this season.

“He will always get his shots on goal, but his pressure has been a standout and some of the chases and half tackles that he put on (against the Sharks) made a difference,” he said.

“He is starting to play like a real leader for us and he’s worked hard, so it’s good to see.”

East Fremantle will be out to snap a two game losing streak when it battles East Perth at Leederville Oval on Sunday.

The Sharks are coming off defeats to Claremont and South Fremantle and enter round seven with two wins and three losses.

East Perth is in fourth but could climb to third with a healthy win, but they would also need third-placed Peel to fall to bottom-placed Perth.

SBL Round 7

Cockburn’s men’s side will be out to notch up win number eight when they take on Perth at Wally Hagan Stadium on Saturday night.

The Cougars are coming off a busy round six weekend where they fell to the Joondalup Wolves 108-95 on Friday, but dominated their Anzac Day clash over Lakeside 112-92.

Lakeside is banging on the door of a top eight spot following an up and down weekend of results.

Their Anzac Day loss to Cockburn followed a healthy win over the Goldfields Giants 110-81.

The Lightning will take on Stirling at Lakeside Recreation Centre on Saturday.

Cockburn’s women’s side is clinging to eighth spot after one win and a loss over the weekend.

Heading into their clash with Perth this weekend, the Cougars were dominated by the Wolves 82-69 before holding on by eight points over the Lightning 80-72.

Lakeside’s women’s team is within touching distance of a top eight position, despite a loss to Cockburn over the weekend.

The Lightning will be out to reverse the result when they battle Stirling on Saturday night.

NPL Round 7

Cockburn City will be out to turn its season in the right direction when it battles fellow struggler Armadale at Alfred Skeet Reserve on Saturday.

Both sides enter the match with one win from six starts and four points in the bank.

Cockburn’s only win came in round one, a 3-1 victory over Balcatta.

Their last point came in a 0-0 draw with Perth Glory in round two.

Hockey

Fremantle’s League side will be out to atone for a tight defeat last weekend when they battle the Curtin Trinity Pirates at the Perth Hockey Stadium tonight.

Fremantle top-flight men’s side fell 3-2 to Old Aquinians on Anzac Day, but should enter tonight’s match confident with two wins in the bank from four matches.

Fremantle’s top women’s side can keep their undefeated streak intact with at least a draw this weekend.

Fremantle has started the season with three wins and a last up 2-2 draw against the Peel Rebels to sit second on the league table, just two points behind Hale.

They will take on Whitford on Sunday.