Times Sports Preview: race for hockey finals heats up, Rams look to keep season alive and Melville City hope good run continues

Times Sports Preview: race for hockey finals heats up, Rams look to keep season alive and Melville City hope good run continues

Melville City Hockey Club

The race for positions in the State League Hockey finals series continues tomorrow with the fifth-placed Melville City men taking on third-placed Old Aquinians.

With just four rounds to play and a congested ladder, a good result for the Melville boys is a must.

It is a similar story for the women, who still have six rounds to play but are currently in sixth just outside the finals positions.

They too take on Old Aquinians who have been disappointing this season and currently sit ninth on the ladder with only two wins from their 12 outings so far this season.

Saturday’s games include a curtain raiser showcasing the future of the club with Melville City’s Year 1, 2 and 3 kids playing on the turf at Duracraft Stadium before the men’s fixture at 5pm.

The women’s game begins at 6.30pm.

Palmyra Rugby Union Club

Fresh off a 45-18 mauling of Associates, Palmyra takes on Perth Bayswater at Tompkins Park in the penultimate round of the Premier Grade home and away season tomorrow.

Ninth on the ladder, Perth Bayswater has not won since round 11 and Pally will be heavily fancied to take the points.

Palmyra supporters will also be keeping one eye on the result of the Nedlands-UWA game; if Neddies falters and the Palms take care of business they will vault into second on the ladder and the box seat for a home semi.

Melville Rams Football Club

Simon Plover, Matthew Parker and Brett Longley kicked three goals each to help Melville to a potentially season-saving nine-point victory over Wanneroo in round 15.

With just three rounds to play Melville needs to find at least one more win if it hopes to avoid relegation.

That means this weekend’s derby against North Fremantle at Gil Fraser Oval takes on added importance.

The Rams toppled North Freo by 10 points back in round seven and would dearly love to complete the season sweep and perhaps save their spot in the B Grade competition at the same time.

Melville City Football Club

Melville City will look to pick up where it left off before the bye when it returns to action against Morley-Windmills at John Connell Reserve tomorrow.

City has recorded three wins and a draw in its last four outings, fuelling a march up the ladder that has Melville in seventh but just three points behind fifth-placed Morley-Windmills.

The last time the sides met Morley-Windmills enjoyed an emphatic 3-1 victory but, with the renewed confidence a string of wins will build, Melville will back itself to turn the tables this weekend.