Cougars lose overtime thriller
The Cockburn Cougars women have gone down in overtime in a Saturday afternoon thriller against the South West Slammers.
The teams could not be split for most of the game, the visitors up by three points at quarter time before the Cougars tied it all up at 44 apiece at the main break.
The Slammers took a slim one-point lead into the main break but the home crowd helped Cockburn force extra time when they drew it again at 83-83.
Unfortunately the Cougars ran out of steam during the added minutes and the Slammers ended 99-93 winners.
Matilda Muir top scored for Cockburn with 26 points while captain Vanessa Michael used her strength in the paint to sink 21.
The men had more luck, sinking the Slammers 91-77.Captain Gavin Field continued his strong season with another 30 point effort while Jaarod Holmes again proved hard to stop with 20.
Across the road, the Lakeside Lightning went two from two in their games against the Warwick Senators.
The women started the successful fixture with their 88-77 win on the back of big efforts from Hannah Stewart (23 points) and Ellyce Ironmonger (21).
The men then backed it up with a 76-73 win of their own, John Isenbarger leading the team effort with 20 points.
After 15 rounds Lakeside top the women’s SBL ladder with Cockburn in 11th while the men’s ladder has Lakeside in 4th and Cockburn 12th.
In round 16 action Cockburn will host Warwick on June 29 from 5pm and 7pm at Wally Hagan Stadium.
Lakeside’s men will travel north to take on Geraldton the same night while the women will have a bye.
It was a tough weekend for local football with both the Bulldogs and Sharks suffering disappointed loses.
East Fremantle kicked off the action when they hosted West Coast but started the game slowly, going scoreless in the first quarter while the Eagles kicked 4.8.
They finally hit the scoreboard in the second quarter, kicking two goals to four, but the drought continued in the third as they scored just two behinds while West Coast extended their lead to 72 points.
The Sharks were able to kick another two goals in the last but it wasn’t enough to pin back the margin, the Eagles eventually running out 105-33 winners.
Ambrose Ryan was the only shining light for the Sharks in the forward line, kicking all four goals, while Nick Kommer and Cameron Eardley worked hard through the match with 29 and 28 disposals respectively.
South Fremantle’s game didn’t start much better when they allowed ladder leaders Subiaco to take an early 41-15 lead at halftime.
The Bulldogs staged a fight back in the second half but Subiaco was able to hold onto their ascendancy and the 87-54 win.
Haiden Schloithe and Dylan Main kicked two goals each while Jacob Dragovich picked up a match-high 19 touches in the scrappy affair.
After 11 rounds South Fremantle sit 2nd on the WAFL ladder while East Fremantle are 8th.
In June 29’s round 12 action the Bulldogs will host West Coast from 1.15pm while the Sharks are also at home against Claremont from 2.15pm.
Cockburn City romped to a 4-0 win over Inglewood United to climb into the NPLWA’s top four.
Despite being without NPLWA’s top scorer Daniel Robinson through suspension, Cockburn got onto the scoreboard almost immediately when Hasani Sinclair headed home a goal after just five minutes.
The visitors were able to make it 2-0 before halftime after a piece of Devon Gibson magic had him leave two defenders in his wake before he kicked the 30th minute goal.
Cockburn picked up in the second half right where they had left off when they needed just 11 minutes to again find the back of the net, this time off the head of Hayden Stevens, before putting the final nail in the coffin just before the final whistle when Ashley Rosindale scored against his old club.
It was the third consecutive game in which Cockburn had scored four goals.
Armadale were left disappointed after they went down 5-0 to Rockingham City.
After 13 rounds Cockburn City are 4th on the ladder while Armadale are 9th.
Both Cockburn and Armadale will travel for round 14, Cockburn to take on ECU Joondalup while Armadale will face Perth Glory.
Both games will kick off at 3pm, June 29.