Hockey re­sumes at Dim­boola

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY SI­MON KING

Wim­mera Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion com­pe­ti­tion will re­sume at Dim­boola Health and Fit­ness Cen­tre this week­end af­ter all teams had a bye last week for Vic­to­rian Ju­nior Coun­try Cham­pi­onships.

The open­ing game on Fri­day evening will see Hor­sham Jets at­tempt to break their six-game los­ing streak when they take on Kaniva Women.

The teams oc­cupy fifth and sixth places on the lad­der, and vic­tory could see the Kaniva team rise as high as third. A win for Jets will keep them within reach of the top four.

The sec­ond game of the evening will be an op­por­tu­nity for Hor­sham Hur­ri­canes to get their sea­son back on track if they can over­come Kaniva Co­bras in open di­vi­sion.

The Hor­sham team has not won since round one, and while Co­bras have en­joyed two wins and a draw so far this sea­son, each vic­tory has only been by the nar­row­est of mar­gins.

On Satur­day, the first game will see the top-placed team in the un­der-16 com­pe­ti­tion take on the bot­tom-placed team.

De­spite their rel­a­tive po­si­tions on the lad­der, Nhill Leop­ards will still need to play at their best against Dim­boola Kan­ga­roos, who will be play­ing on their home ground.

A clash be­tween Kaniva Raiders and Hor­sham Bombers could be the most keenly fought for the round.

Both un­der-16 teams have only reg­is­tered one win each so far this sea­son, but they have both shown they are ca­pa­ble of push­ing any op­po­nent for a full game.

A game in­volv­ing War­rack Re­vengers and Yanac War­riors is an­other that is hard to pre­dict with both teams ca­pa­ble of skil­ful hockey when they have their full list of play­ers.

In the women’s com­pe­ti­tion, Nhill Thun­der­birds and Dim­boola Roos both go into their clash equal on points, with two wins and a draw each.

The win­ner should be the team that can put more of their best play­ers on the field for the game.

Im­prov­ing War­rack Women will get a chance to gauge where they stand af­ter they take on a lad­der-lead­ing Yanac team un­der lights on Satur­day.

On re­cent form the Yanac side should take the points, but War­rack has pro­vided some sur­prises so far this sea­son.

The fea­ture game in open com­pe­ti­tion will be the en­counter be­tween Yanac Tigers and War­rack Hoops.

These two teams have es­tab­lished a strong ri­valry dat­ing back to the early 1990s, which has rarely seen their games de­cided ei­ther way by more than two goals.

Yanac goes into the game un­de­feated and the Hoops have only suf­fered one nar­row loss so far this sea­son.

In the fi­nal open game, Dim­boola Bur­ras should be able to fin­ish ahead of strug­gling Nhill Rangers.

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