Melville: weekend sports preview

Melville: weekend sports preview

Melville City Football Club

After breathing life into its State League Division 2 campaign last weekend, Melville welcomes last-placed Ellenbrook United to John Connelly Reserve tomorrow.

Ellenbrook remains winless and the game will be viewed as a must-win for a Melville side that has failed to meet expectations so far this year.

City secured just its third win in 11 outings against Olympic Kingsway last weekend but has struggled to find the net since a four goal outing against Joondalup at the beginning of June.

After strong performances against Kingsway, the front three of Long, McLaren and Louie Granich will be looking to pick up where they left off to remedy the recent drought.

Palmyra Rugby Union Club

Palmyra hosts top of the ladder Wests Scarborough in what most consider the match of the round at Tompkins Park tomorrow.

After demolishing University 37-10, courtesy of the return of Pau Halafihi and Onehunga Havilli from World Club 10s duties, the Palms are sitting pretty in third.

However, a home semi-final is the goal and a victory on Saturday will go a long way to closing the seven-point gap between the Palms and Wests.

The visitors boast the most explosive offence in the competition and Pally will need to bring the kind of crushing defensive pressure it is known for to neutralise Wests’ many threats.

Melville City Hockey Club

Melville City’s men and women travel to the UWA Superturf to take on formidable University sides tomorrow.

The men lost 3-0 in the first round of the season and will be looking to reverse that result against the ladder-leading UWA.

They enter the match on a three-game winning streak and confidence is high but it will not be easy against a University team that has not lost all season and boasts a 59 goal score differential.

The women face a similar challenge, with University’s girls also topping the table and yet to lose this season.

Melville Rams Football Club

This weekend the Rams are at home against ninth-placed Quinns District in a rematch of last year’s C1 Grand Final.

The Rams lost that day 13.7 (85) to 10.12 (72) and the stakes on Saturday are arguably just as high, with the loser moving to outright bottom of the ladder and a step closer to relegation.

Melville’s last win came back in May against North Fremantle but the Rams have been there or thereabouts for most of the season and will be keen to avenge an 80-point drubbing at the hands of Quinns District earlier this season.