Melville Sport Preview: Rams prepare to take on dishers of punishment in football, Palmyra gear up for Associates and Melville City face big weekend of hockey

Melville Sport Preview: Rams prepare to take on dishers of punishment in football, Palmyra gear up for Associates and Melville City face big weekend of hockey

Melville City Hockey Club

The race for finals positions in the State Hockey League finals continues on Sunday with fourth-placed Melville City men taking on second-placed WASPS.

The combined Wesley/South Perth outfit has only dropped one game so far this season (and drawn twice) but a good result is vital for Melville as it nears the end of the home and away season.

With 64 goals scored, WASPS trails only UWA (80) as the highest scoring team in the competition and Melville’s defenders will need to be alert and composed to avoid surrendering an insurmountable lead.

Melville’s women also take on WASPS on Sunday, a mach-up that pits sixth against fourth.

The women must win to force their way into finals contention in the last third of the season.

Palmyra Rugby Union Club

Only three rounds remain before the start of the Premier Grade finals and a win under lights against Associates tonight will all but guarantee Palmyra a ticket to the dance.

Associates visit Tompkins Park winless since all the way back to round five and Pally will be determined to keep that streak going.

A bonus point victory is essential as Palmyra hopes to unseat second-placed Nedlands in the quest for a home semi-final.

The Premier Grade game kicks off at 7.35pm.

Melville Rams Football Club

After a 44-point loss to Swan Athletic last weekend the Rams remain rooted to the foot of the ladder with relegation looming.

With only four rounds to play, Melville must beat Wanneroo at home on Saturday if it plans to avoid returning to the C1 competition next year.

The last time the two sides met in round six Wanneroo embarrassed Melville by 128 points.

However, that was one of just four wins this season for the eighth-placed Roos and a strong performance from the Rams could see them exact a measure of revenge.

Melville City Football Club

Melville enjoys a bye this weekend before returning to action against fifth-placed Morley-Windmills on Saturday, July 30.