Times Sport Preview: Palms crash out of union comp, Melville City keen to keep soccer run going and City in must-win hockey clashes

Times Sport Preview: Palms crash out of union comp, Melville City keen to keep soccer run going and City in must-win hockey clashes

Palmyra Rugby Union Club

Palmyra’s Premier Grade side was eliminated by Nedlands last weekend but the reserves’ fairytale season continued with a 24-6 semi final win over Cottesloe.

All that now stands between the Pally reserves and an unbeaten season is Sunday’s grand final with Wests Scarborough at McGillivray Oval.

In the most recent encounter between the two sides in round 13 Palmyra ground out a 17-8 win at Tompkins Park.

Wests has only dropped one game since then and finished the regular season third on the ladder.

The Scarborough club is also playing in the Premier Grade grand final and energy levels will be high so Palmyra will likely face its toughest test of the season.

Melville City Football Club

This weekend Melville travels to 10th-placed Wanneroo, hoping to avenge the 4-3 loss it suffered against the same opposition earlier in the season.

City will find its squad depth tested with Logan McIsaac, George Festa, Shane Boyle and Rion Robertson all unavailable due to their selection in the WA State Schoolboys side to compete in the National Championships.

In some good news, Adam Mangion is expected to be fit after missing last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Swan.

Melville is only holding fourth on the ladder courtesy of goal difference and a loss could mean a potential drop down to eighth.

Melville City Hockey Club

The Melville City men square off with a Hale side that must win to keep its finals hopes alive.

Third on the ladder, Melville has a bit of breathing space but will hope to consolidate its position by extending its winning streak to six consecutive games.

City hosts the game at Morris Buzzacott Reserve after beating Hale 3-2 at Hale Turf back in round four.

The women drew 1-1 with CT Pirates last weekend and must win their remaining three games to have any chances of making finals.

Tomorrow they host fourth-placed Westside Wolves.