Times sport preview: football, rugby union and soccer on the menu this weekend

Times sport preview: football, rugby union and soccer on the menu this weekend

Melville Rams Football Club

The Rams are on a high after securing a thrilling one-point victory over Quinns District but face a much tougher test against second-placed Whitford at MacDonald Reserve tomorrow.

Brent “Clutch” Pitcher and Ryan Wenn combined for nine goals for Melville last weekend and will need to maintain their form in front of the big sticks for the Rams to keep up with Whitford’s league-leading scoring output.

Working in Melville’s favour is the fact Whitford enters the game off an 11-goal hiding at the hands of unfancied Swan Athletic.

If the Rams can come out of the blocks firing and instil doubt in the minds of the Whitford players a boilover is not out of the question.

A second consecutive victory, and a third for the season, would be another giant leap towards the Rams avoiding relegation to C1 Grade at the end of the season.

Melville City Football Club

Melville City travels to Balga this weekend hoping to avenge a 6-1 loss earlier in the season.

A 7-1 thumping of Ellenbrook has Melville up to ninth and within striking distance of the top half of the ladder.

Currently sitting in third place, Balga’s prolific forward line will go head-to-head with Melville’s pacey front three of Cameron McLaren, Louie Granich and Christian Long in what promises to be an entertaining clash.

Palmyra Rugby Union Club

Palmyra was brought crashing down to earth last weekend in a 43-24 rout at the hands of ladder-leading Wests Scarborough.

In the last three weeks the Palms have lost to two of the other three sides in the top four.

This weekend it takes on the third, traditional Perth powerhouse Nedlands.

Currently in second place, Neddies will be out for blood after narrowly losing at home to Kalamunda in round 13.

Palmyra rugby is built on intimidating defence and it is that facet of the game that has been missing for the Palms in their two most recent defeats, during which they conceded a combined 74 points.

Palmyra’s backs have shown that they are dangerous when giving time and space and so dominating Nedlands at the breakdowns and in the set pieces will be a priority.

Melville City Hockey Club

Both the men’s and women’s teams enjoy a much-needed bye this weekend after being put to the sword by University.