Hockey action returns to Brim
Hockey returns to Brim Recreation Reserve this weekend when Warracknabeal Hockey Club hosts round eight of Wimmera Hockey Association.
With Anzac Park, the Warrack club’s usual home ground unavailable, teams will travel a little further north to a venue that was last used for this sport in April 2014.
Dimboola Burras will attempt to be the first team this season to defeat Yanac Tigers in open division competition.
If they are to remain in touch with the top teams, and to ease the pressure from Hurricanes and Rangers who are within reach of taking the Burras’ fourth place on the ladder, they must play their best hockey this week.
Fresh off only their second win for the season last weekend, Hurricanes could find themselves in the top four after this round if they can overcome a Warrack Hoops team that will want to show it is just as good at its home-away-fromhome as it is at Anzac Park.
While the Hoops are yet to win a game this year, Nhill Rangers have an ideal opportunity to earn their first points for the season when they take on an out-ofform Kaniva.
All three games in the women’s competition should be evenly matched contests.
The top two teams will clash, and Dimboola Roos will be confident they can inflict Yanac’s first defeat for 2018.
The winner of a game between Warrack Women and Horsham Jets will be in the top four by Saturday evening.
Form suggests that either team could win, but the result might simply come down to the team that can put its best 11 players on the field.
Nhill Thunderbirds should remain in third place with a win over Kaniva Women, who have struggled to find form. Although they remain within reach of the top four, the side will need to earn more points soon if it is to make a claim for a place in 2018 finals.
Last week’s results – Open: Warrack Hoops 2 (goals, M. Williamson; best, J. Knoop, P. Slater, T. Krahe) d Dimboola Burras 0 (J. Williams, T. Dent, K. Bamford), Horsham Hurricanes 3 (S. Trigg, J. Bannan, P Mackereth; T. Roberts, J. Horsfall, S. Trigg) d Nhill Rangers 0 (B. Miller, D. Reichelt, J. Reichelt), Yanac Tigers 8 (B. Alexander 3, L. Reichenbach 2, J. Cramer 2, S. Alexander; B. Alexander, S. Alexander, T. Alexander) d Kaniva Cobras 0 (L. Mills, A. Wallis, S. Mitchell).
Ladder: Yanac Tigers 26 points, 29 goal difference; Warrack Hoops 22, 10; Kaniva Cobras 14, 11; Dimboola Burras 12, 1; Horsham Hurricanes 10, 9; Nhill Rangers 0, 20. Women: Dimboola Roos 8 (E. Klinge 2, V. Smithyman, K. Smithyman, J. Hauselberger, C. Finlay, A. King, A. Askin; J. Hauselberger, R. Albrecht, K. Smithyman, A. Askin) d Warrack Women 1 (D. Rigby; K. Krahe, T. Bull, M. Bentley, D. Rigby), Horsham Jets 2 (L. Schilling 2; C. Mcfarlane, S. Robinson, R. Marr) drew with Nhill Thunderbirds 2 (goals not supplied; G. Mcleod, K. Farquharson, T. Cummin), Yanac Women 1 (S. Alexander; E. Alexander, M. Farmers, S. Alexander) d Kaniva Women 0 (S. Mitchell, H. White, L. Shurdington).
Ladder: Yanac Women 26, 21; Dimboola Roos 20, 10; Nhill Thunderbirds 12, -3; Warrack Women 12, -9; Horsham Jets 8, -7; Kaniva Women 6, -12. Under-16: Warrack Revengers 4 (O. Bennett 3, B. Williamson; O. Bennett, H. Johns, B. Williamson) d Dimboola Kangaroos 0 (T. Krelle, N. Krelle, K. Bamford), Nhill Leopards 9 (M. Reichelt 4, I. Deckert 2, J. Reichelt 2, E. Murden; M. Reichelt, I. Deckert, A. Miller) d Horsham Bombers 1 (J. Schwarz; J. Schwarz, B. Woodhart, R. Le Roux), Yanac Warriors 5 (M. Farmers 3, J. Croot, A. Zanker; M. Farmers, J. Croot, C. Hassell) d Kaniva Raiders 0 (O. Williams, M. Goodwin, J. Mitchell).
Ladder: Yanac Warriors 24, 19; Nhill Leopards 22, 29; Warrack Revengers 22, 6; Horsham Bombers 8, -30; Dimboola Kangaroos 4, -8; Kaniva Raiders 4, -16.
WACK! action. Horsham Bombers’ Cade Dodson in Wimmera Hockey Association Picture: SIMON KING