Hockey clashes at Yanac

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY SI­MON KING

All games in round four of Wim­mera Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion will be at Yanac on Sat­ur­day.

In open com­pe­ti­tion, the fea­ture game will be the Dim­boola Bur­ras at­tempt­ing to steal points from lad­der-lead­ing Yanac Tigers in their own back yard.

The Tigers have op­tions all over the field to cover any team-mate hav­ing a bad day. The Bur­ras will have to play at their ab­so­lute best if they are to pre­vail.

Hor­sham Hur­ri­canes are suf­fer­ing with player avail­abil­ity and in­juries and will strug­gle against a Hoops lineup that also has a few op­tions in both at­tack and de­fence.

De­spite not yet win­ning a game this sea­son and rarely hav­ing the lux­ury of play­ing with a full com­ple­ment on the in­ter­change bench, Nhill Rangers are still trou­bling most teams and have the op­por­tu­nity to con­tinue this against Kaniva Co­bras.

Women

All three games in a women’s com­pe­ti­tion could go ei­ther way and sig­nif­i­cantly shape the lad­der.

Nhill Thun­der­birds will look to con­tinue their good form and con­sol­i­date their place in the top four when they come up against Kaniva Women, who won last week­end and are hop­ing to prove it was not a fluke.

Hor­sham Jets will not be com­fort­able with go­ing into round four with­out a win so far this sea­son, and will hope to change this against War­rack Women who are play­ing some of their best hockey for the past few sea­sons.

Lad­der-lead­ing Yanac Women take on Dim­boola Roos, who suf­fered their first loss since round six last year on Sat­ur­day. The in­cen­tive to win for Yanac will be to gain a psy­cho­log­i­cal ad­van­tage over one of its clos­est ri­vals and con­sol­i­date top place on the lad­der.

A win for Dim­boola will see it move to the same points as Yanac in equal first place on the lad­der.

In un­der-16s, the fo­cus will be on a War­rack Re­vengers and Hor­sham Bombers game, with the Re­vengers strug­gling to re­cap­ture their pre­mier­ship-win­ning form and the young Bombers show­ing im­prove­ment ev­ery week.

By re­cent form, Nhill Leop­ards and Yanac War­riors should be able to over­come Kaniva Raiders and Dim­boola Kan­ga­roos re­spec­tively, but there is po­ten­tial for the un­der­dogs to cause an up­set.

High­lights

Last week’s high­lights came from games at Kaniva where the home team scored its first vic­tory for the sea­son with a win over the reign­ing pre­miers in the women’s com­pe­ti­tion.

Kaniva Raiders also tasted vic­tory for the first time in 2018 by the small­est of mar­gins over Dim­boola Kan­ga­roos. In open com­pe­ti­tion at An­zac Park in War­rackn­abeal, Yanac Tigers and War­rack Hoops both re­turned com­fort­able four­goal wins over Hor­sham Hur­ri­canes and Nhill Rangers re­spec­tively.

Re­sults – Open: Yanac Tigers 4 (goals, K. Croot, J. Harding, B. Alexan­der, T. Alexan­der; best, B. Alexan­der, S. Farm­ers, T. Alexan­der) d Hor­sham Hur­ri­canes 0 (J. Bannan, P. Mack­ereth, C. Dod­son), War­rack Hoops 4 (D. Cos­grave, R. Ben­nett, J. Knoops, P. Slater; best, P. Slater, J. Knoop, J. Wil­liamson) d Nhill Rangers 0 (D. Re­ichelt, M. Miller, E. Lyon), Kaniva Co­bras 2 (J. Mitchell, C. Beat­tie; best, L. Mills, A. Wal­lis, C. Beat­tie, D. Cole) drew with Dim­boola Bur­ras 2 (L. Schultz 2; best, B. Tis­chler, C. Hal­sall, J. Wil­liams.) Lad­der: Yanac Tigers 12 points, 11 goal dif­fer­ence; War­rack Hoops 8, 5; Dim­boola Bur­ras 6, 5; Kaniva Co­bras 6, -3; Hor­sham Hur­ri­canes 4, -10, Nhill Rangers 0, -8. Women: Nhill Thun­der­birds 2 (K. Clark, E. Mur­den; best, R. Clark, G. Mcleod, E. Mur­den) d War­rack Women 0 (K. Krahe, A. Genn, T. Bull); Yanac Women 6 (S. Alexan­der 2, S. Hedt 2, N. Jones, C. Beat­tie; best, S. Alexan­der, N. Jones, E. Alexan­der) d Hor­sham Jets 0 (S. Robin­son, M. Guest, Z. Pil­more).

Kaniva Women 2 (Sharon Wil­liams, O. Wil­liams; best, Sigour­ney Wil­liams, O. Wil­liams, Sharon Wil­liams) d Dim­boola Roos 1 (K. Smithy­man; best, R. Al­brecht, R. Lovett, L. Smithy­man). Lad­der: Yanac Women 12, 12; Dim­boola Roos 8, 2; Nhill Thun­der­birds 8 0; War­rack Women 4, -1; Kaniva Women 4, -4; Hor­sham Jets 0, -9.

DASH: Cade Dod­son of Hor­sham had a good day in Wim­mera Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion on Sat­ur­day, earn­ing votes in both open com­pe­ti­tion for Hur­ri­canes and un­der-16 com­pe­ti­tion with the Bombers. Pic­ture: SI­MON KING

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