Weekend sport: Souths and Sharks continue winning ways in WAFL while Cockburn scores big FFA Cup win


Jamie McNamara takes a contender for mark of the year.
Jamie McNamara takes a contender for mark of the year.

IT was a great weekend for some local teams, a not so good weekend for others.

Basketball (SBL)

It was a tough week for our male basketball sides, with both going down in round nine of the State Basketball League over the weekend.

Najee Lane scored 22 points in a losing effort, with the Cougars falling to the Geraldton Buccaneers 93-90 at Active West Stadium on Saturday night.

Lakeside has lost four successive games after losing to the Perry Lakes Hawks on Friday, despite big hauls from two of their stars.

The Lightning lost 104-95 at the Bendat Basketball Centre, even with Daniel Alexander’s 32 points and another 30 from TJ Hallice.

In the women’s division, Lakeside ended just short in its match with Perry Lakes.

Ali Schwagmeyer scored 24 points in the 84-80 loss.

The Cougars had a bye.

Football (WAFL)

Ben Saunders and Mason Shaw continued their impressive form as South Fremantle consolidated top spot with a 41-point win over Peel at Fremantle Oval on Saturday.

After a tight opening half, the Bulldogs finally broke away in the final term to run out 16.11 (107) to 9.12 (66) winners.

Saunders booted three goals to take his season tally to 18 and Shaw booted two to move to 16 for the year.

Ashton Hams gathered 35 disposals and booted one goal, but was reported.

Across town, East Fremantle made light work of Perth.

A week after demolishing Subiaco, the Sharks recorded a solid 39-point win over Perth at East Fremantle Oval.

In his return from injury, Sharks skipper Jamie McNamara booted five goals and took a contender for mark of the year, soaring over Perth’s Michael Sinclair.

George Hampson gathered 30 disposals and booted four goals, while Brett Peake booted three majors.

Peake co-leads the competition for goals with 22.

Hockey

Close losses were the theme of the day for the Fremantle Hockey Club on Sunday.

The Promotion 1 women went into their game on Sunday against Southern River the only undefeated team in the competition, but went down 3-2.

The loss saw them drop from first to third on the ladder ahead of their game against the now first-placed South West Strikers this Saturday.

Later the same afternoon the league men also suffered a 2-1 loss against Victoria Park that has seen them slip from fifth to seventh.

They will be looking to snap their two game losing streak against the winless Suburban Lions on Saturday.

Soccer

Cockburn City romped its way to a massive 5-1 win over Gosnells in the FFA Cup preliminary quarterfinal over the weekend.

Spanish striker Angel Andres answered Cockburn’s prayer for a good start to the game, scoring a first half hat-trick to all but seal the match for the home team before the main break.

Andres showed his versatility in front of goal, scoring from a set piece, a penalty and on the run down the left side to send Cockburn 3-0 up early.

A goal from Gosnells at the 66th minute mark breathed some life back into the visitors for a short 60 seconds before Cockburn substitute Liam Murray netted a brace in the 67th and 81st minute to help the team seal a big win.

Cockburn coach Scott Miller said he was pleased with the result.

“I’m very happy that we turned up with the right attitude,” he said.

“It’s always tough against a Division One team, who you know will come at you as they have something to prove.

“Our attitude was great in the first 25 minutes and that set the tone for the game and we probably could have scored a couple more goals at the end.”