Hoops and Co­bras bat­tle for spot

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY SI­MON KING

War­rack Hoops and Kaniva Co­bras will fight it out for out­right se­cond place on an open divi­sion lad­der this week when round six of Wim­mera Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion win­ter com­pe­ti­tion is hosted at Yanac Recre­ation Re­serve.

These two teams are equal on points, so a vic­tory will keep one in touch with the lead­ers while the other will fall back to mid­dle of the field.

A draw will see the rel­a­tive lad­der po­si­tions re­main un­changed.

The clash be­tween Hor­sham Hur­ri­canes and Dim­boola Bur­ras could be a close game as the higher-ranked Bur­ras will be miss­ing their lead­ing goal-scorer Lach­lan Schulz, who has scored six goals in five games.

Hur­ri­canes’ Paul Mack­ereth has found some im­pres­sive form over re­cent rounds con­trol­ling the mid­field.

Form to this point in the sea­son sug­gests the un­de­feated Yanac Tigers should not have much trou­ble ac­count­ing for Nhill Rangers.

In­ter­est in the women’s com­pe­ti­tion will cen­tre on the game be­tween War­rack and Kaniva.

War­rack has the op­por­tu­nity to con­sol­i­date its spot in the top four while Kaniva can leapfrog it into fourth place.

Con­sid­er­ing their cur­rent lad­der po­si­tions, se­cond-placed Dim­boola Roos should take the points over last placed Hor­sham Jets, but af­ter their first win for the sea­son last week, the Jets will be full of con­fi­dence and when play­ing at their best will push any op­po­nent.

Yanac should main­tain its lead on the lad­der af­ter it takes on Nhill Thun­der­birds, but with the in­cen­tive of con­sol­i­dat­ing a po­si­tion in the top three, the Thun­der­birds could push the lad­der lead­ers.

The open­ing game of the round in un­der-16 com­pe­ti­tion will see a top-of-the-ta­ble clash be­tween Nhill Leop­ards and Yanac War­riors. Both teams played out a draw when they met in round two and this has been the only game the Leop­ards have not earned full points. The War­riors only other blem­ish was a draw with Re­vengers last week.

This game gives one of these teams a chance to es­tab­lish an ad­van­tage over an op­po­nent they are likely to meet in finals.

Both Dim­boola Kan­ga­roos and Hor­sham Bombers will look for a win when they meet each other to re­main in touch with the lead­ing pack of teams. A vic­tory to War­rack Re­vengers will keep them within reach of the lead­ers when they take on Kaniva Raiders.

In the un­der-12 de­vel­op­ment pro­gram, Nhill Ban­dits will take on Yanac Lowan Stars, Hor­sham Black Hawks will take on Dim­boola Kook­abur­ras and Kaniva Ram­pagers will clash with War­rack Avengers.

Round-five re­sults Open: Kaniva Co­bras 2 (C. Beat­tie 2; best, A. Wal­lis, C. Beat­tie, D. Shalders, L. Mills) d Hor­sham Hur­ri­canes 1 (P. Mack­ereth; best, P. Mack­ereth, J. Ban­nan, S. Hal­lett, S. Trigg), Yanac Tigers 0 (B. Alexan­der, S. Farm­ers, Shaun Alexan­der) drew with War­rack Hoops 0 (S. Schultz, M. Wil­liamson, C. Eilola), Dim­boola Bur­ras 4 (L, Schultz 3, C. Hal­sall; best, L. Schultz, T. Dent, C. Hal­sall) d Nhill Rangers 2 (J. Re­ichelt, A. Monteath; best, D. Re­ichelt, J. Re­ichelt, L. Marra, B. Miller). Women: Hor­sham Jets 5 (S. Robin­son 2, E. Mor­row 2, C. Mc­far­lane; best, S. Robin­son, E. Mor­row, R. Creek) d Kaniva Women 0 (S. Williams, O. Williams, B. Hunt­ing­ton), Dim­boola Roos 1 (R. Lovett; best, E. Klinge, R. Lovett, J. Hausel­berger) d Nhill Thun­der­birds 0 (J. Mcleod, G. Mcleod, L. Hawker), Yanac Women 6 (S. Alexan­der 2, L. Bone 2, E. Alexan­der, C. Beat­tie; best, L. Bone, M. Farm­ers, S. Alexan­der) d War­rack Women 0 (K. Krahe, J. Bull, A. Genn). Un­der 16: Nhill Leop­ards 3 (T. Mcbride 2, E. Mur­den; best, J. Re­ichelt, K. Clark, E. Mur­den) d Dim­boola Kan­ga­roos 0 (T. Krelle, R. Simp­son, C. Baker), Yanac War­riors 2 (M. Farm­ers, R. Croot; best, M. Farm­ers, M. God­win, J. Croot, R. Croot) drew with War­rack Re­vengers 2 (O. Ben­nett, F. Eilola; best, O. Ben­nett, S. Good­win, T. En­gel­brecht, F. Eilola), Hor­sham Bombers (5) de­feated Kaniva Raiders (0) by for­feit. Un­der 12 de­vel­op­ment pro­gram: Nhill Ban­dits 6 (J. Clark, 2, V. Maloney 2, T. Mcbride 2; en­cour­age­ment award, L. Clark) d Dim­boola Kook­abur­ras 1 (L Krelle; en­cour­age­ment award, J. Ward), Hor­sham Black Hawks 4 (M. Schultz 2, J. Sch­warz, A. Koch) de­feated Kaniva Ram­pagers 0, War­rack Avengers v Yanac Lowan Stars, not played.

STEADY: week­end. Hor­sham Hur­ri­canes’ Jonathon Hors­fall in ac­tion at the Pic­ture: SI­MON KING

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