Times Sport Preview: Melville City finding form in soccer, Rams face another tough test, plus rugby union and hockey

Times Sport Preview: Melville City finding form in soccer, Rams face another tough test, plus rugby union and hockey

Melville City Football Club

With four wins from five games and only one loss in its last eight outings, Melville City appears to be finding form in the back half of the State League Division 2 competition.

Next up is a Friday night away clash at Curtin University, four places below City in 10th.

Melville is hoping to welcome back Cormack Abbott and Ryan Russell, who both missed last weekend’s Morley clash, as it looks to chase down what would be a very credible top four spot.

Palmyra Rugby Union Club

Palmyra secured its spot in the 2016 Premier Grade finals series with a cold-blooded 69-7 dismantling of Perth Bayswater at Tompkins Park last weekend.

The final round of the home and away season pits Palmyra against fourth-placed Kalamunda at Hartfield Park.

The game is a must-win for Kalamunda to ensure its place in the finals and so should prove a good test for Pally, which can still finish second and steal a home semi-final if Nedlands slips up against Associates.

The last time these sides met Palmyra held Kalamunda scoreless on its way to a 22-0 win and the Palms will be aiming for a repeat of that performance.

Melville Rams Amateur Football Club

The Rams appear destined for relegation after suffering an 83-point hiding at the hands of North Fremantle in round 16.

The loss puts them a game behind eighth-placed Wanneroo, but Melville is burdened by the worst percentage in the competition.

The Rams must win their remaining two games and hope that Wanneroo loses both to have any chance of scraping back into B-Grade next season.

They host first-placed Wembley at Melville Reserve and while victory appears unlikely, the Rams only lost by four goals in the corresponding away fixture earlier this year.

Melville City Hockey Club

The race for finals positions in the State Hockey League continues this Saturday with Melville City taking on Victoria Park at the Perth Hockey Stadium.

Currently third, the men are hoping to consolidate their position near the top of the ladder and perhaps edge closer to ladder leaders UWA and WASPS.

The women are sixth on a congested ladder but still well and truly in the mix for a finals spot if they can go one better than their 1-1 draw with Victoria Park back in round five.