SUBIACO again looks the team to beat in season 2016 after holding off South Fremantle in a top-of-the-table clash at Fremantle Oval on Saturday.
Last year’s premiers were made to work hard for the four points but held on 15.16 (106) to 10.15 (75) to remain the only undefeated team in the league.
In a match that featured two of the competition’s leading goal kickers in South Fremantle forward Ben Saunders and Subiaco’s Hamish Shepheard, it was another Lion who stole the show.
Ben Sokol booted seven goals against his former side to ease the Lions to a 31-point win.
Shepheard chimed in with three goals, while around the ground Leigh Kitchin, Kyal Horsley, Adam Cockie, Brett Robinson, Christopher Phelan, Lachlan Delahunty, Clancy Wheeler and Hayden Kennedy all gathered 20 disposals or more.
For the hosts Jacob Dragovich booted three goals, with Shane Hockey tallying 24 disposals and Ashton Hams 26.
East Fremantle is back inside the top four after a solid 37-point win over East Perth at Leederville Oval.
George Hampson booted three goals in the 13.15 (93) to 8.8 (56) win, which helped the Sharks snap a two-game losing streak.
The Sharks controlled much of the first half but were seriously threatened in the third when the hosts got on a role.
Lax defending did not help either, but the Sharks managed to get the match back on their terms before steering themselves to an important win.
Cam Eardley gathered 34 disposals and booted one goal, while Liam Anthony gathered 23 disposals, Jesse Crichton 21, Brock O’Brien 22 and Hampson 26.
For the Royals, Steven Payne racked up 30 touches and booted one goal.
Teammates Mitchell Fraser, Nathan Blee, Xavier Ellis, Paddy Brophy, Corey Adamson, Kane Lucas, Luke Partington and Jackson Nelson all had 20 disposals or more.
It was a great weekend for our women’s basketball teams, with both notching up round seven wins in the State Basketball League.
Cherridy Thornton scored 26 points and Candace Williams 17 as the Cockburn Cougars held on against the Perth Redbacks 75-71 at Wally Hagan Stadium.
Rebecca Mercer led the Redbacks for points with 19, but shot at 19 per cent from the field.
The Cougars are now in sixth position on the table.
Just behind them is the Lakeside Lightning, who recorded win number three for the season.
Courtney Byrnes drained 24 points to help the Lightning to an 82-76 win over the Stirling Senators at Lakeside Recreation Centre.
Ali Schwagmeyer scored 19 points and Ashleigh Grant 18 for the hosts while Taylor Bestry scored 21 points in a losing effort.
Gavin Field and Najee Lane both scored big to help the Cougars notch up a 116-105 win over the Redbacks in the men’s division on Saturday night.
Field scored 28 and Lane 27 to move the hosts to eight wins and two losses for the season.
Lewis Thomas scored 21 points for the Redbacks.
Lakeside suffered a defeat to Stirling, a side that has now won four of its last five matches.
Lakeside fell 107-98 at the Lakeside Recreation Centre, despite Daniel Alexander netting 28 points and TJ Hallice also scoring 27.
Cody Ellis led the Senators to victory with 22 points.
Fremantle Hockey Club league men notched up a big win over the weekend, accounting for the CT Pirates 3-0.
They now sit in fifth with three wins and two losses ahead of what is expected to be a close game against fourth placed Hale this weekend.
Fremantle’s Promotion 1 women had a harder time of it, ending their match against Whitford with a 1-1 draw, but they remain the only undefeated team in the competition with three wins and two draws ahead of their game against top-of-the-ladder Hale.
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COCKBURN City is back on the winner’s list after beating Armadale 3-1 over the weekend.
Cockburn goalkeeper Luke Radonich was a wall in Saturday’s away win, frustrating Armadale as he denied them repeatedly.
Harry O’Brien found the back of the net at the 28-minute mark to send Cockburn to halftime 1-0 up.
Armadale’s only goal came at the 49th minute to tie the game 1-1, before Cockburn struck again in the 54th and 62nd minute courtesy of Angel Andres and Kenel Mouithys.
Cockburn coach Scott Miller said the team were excellent, especially the goalkeeper.
“Luke was outstanding,” he said.
“Unfortunately when you’re a goalkeeper and you make a wrong decision you get nailed, but apart from that he was brilliant.”
The win moves Cockburn to eighth position ahead of a match against the winless Subiaco at Dalmatinac Park on May 7.