Hockey ac­tion switch to Nhill

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport -

Wim­mera Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion play­ers will con­verge on Nhill’s Davis Park this week­end after com­plet­ing the first two games at Dim­boola’s ar­ti­fi­cial pitches.

The most in­ter­est will be in an open match be­tween un­de­feated Nhill Rangers and last year’s run­ners-up War­rack Hoops, in what will be the Rangers’ tough­est chal­lenge to date this sea­son.

The Hoops played well in round one to nar­rowly go down to Yanac Tigers and reg­is­tered a strong win over Dim­boola Bur­ras last week.

They are show­ing some of the form that has seen them play in 10 of the past 14 grand fi­nals.

But the Rangers will be play­ing on their home ground and have the in­cen­tive to con­tinue their un­beaten run with a vic­tory. The re­sult of this game will high­light how much the Rangers have im­proved over re­cent sea­sons.

In the women’s di­vi­sion, a top-ofthe-ta­ble clash will see Yanac take on Dim­boola Roos for the first time since they met in the 2018 grand fi­nal, when Yanac pre­vailed.

With both teams show­ing im­pres­sive early-sea­son form, this will be an­other epic game of hockey.

The clos­est game in un­der-16 com­pe­ti­tion will be be­tween Kaniva Raiders and Hor­sham Bombers, with the op­por­tu­nity to con­sol­i­date a po­si­tion in the top four the prize for the win­ner.

Re­sults – Open: War­rack Hoops 5 (Goals C. Bardell, B. Wil­liamson, J. Wil­liamson, K. Mills, P. Slater; best, M. Wil­liamson, C. Bardell, P. Slater) d Dim­boola Bur­ras 1 (C. Bal­dock; T. Dent, J. Wil­liams, T. Jor­gensen), Nhill Rangers 0 (T. James, B. Miller, G. Janet­zki) drew with Kaniva Co­bras 0 (D. Shalders, A. Wal­lis, C. Beat­tie), Yanac Tigers 2 (N. Alexan­der, T. Alexan­der; T. Alexan­der, S. Farm­ers, N. Alexan­der) d Hor­sham Hur­ri­canes 0 (P. Mack­ereth, S. Trigg, D. Pumpa). Ladder: Yanac Tigers 8 points, 3 goal dif­fer­ence, 400 per­cent; Nhill Rangers 6, 1, 0; War­rack Hoops 4, 3, 200; Dim­boola Bur­ras 4, 3, 150; Kaniva Co­bras 2, -7, 13; Hor­sham Hur­ri­canes 0, -3, 0. Women: Dim­boola Roos 4 (A. King 4; J. Klinge, B. Mcmaster, A. King) d War­rack Women 0 (T. Bull, R. Mcna­mara, A. Genn, E. Slater), Yanac Women 5 (S. Alexan­der 2, M. Farm­ers, E. Alexan­der, S. Shur­d­ing­ton; E. Alexan­der, M. Farm­ers, S. Hedt) d Hor­sham Jets 0 (R. Creek, L. Schilling, R. Batch­e­lor), Kaniva Women 2 (C. Shur­d­ing­ton, H. White; O. Wil­liams, J. Wal­lis, S. Wil­liams) d Nhill Thun­der­birds 1 (M. Lovera; E. Mur­den, R. Clark, B. Cum­ing). Ladder: Yanac Women 8, 9; Dim­boola Roos 8, 6; Nhill Thun­der­birds 4, 0; Kaniva Women 4, -1; Hor­sham Jets 0, -6; War­rack Women 0, -8. Un­der-16: Kaniva Raiders 3 (M. Good­win 3; M. Good­win, S. Braisby, J. Dixon, I. Wil­liams) d Nhill Leop­ards 0 (K. Rowe, D. Clark, K. Clark, T. Mcbride), War­rack Re­vengers 2 (B. Wil­liamson 2; B. Wil­liamson, H. Johns, T. En­gle­brecht) d Dim­boola Kan­ga­roos 0 (T. Krelle, T. Bam­ford, C. Baker), Yanac War­riors 7 (J. Croot 2, H. Pedie, M. Farm­ers, R. Croot, N. Col­bert, C. Zanker; M. Farm­ers, J. Croot, A. Farm­ers, R. Croot) d Hor­sham Bombers 0 (B. Brooks, K. Dod­son, S. Foot, L. Sim­mons). Ladder: Yanac War­riors 8, 17, 0.0; Kaniva Raiders 8, 5, 0.0; Hor­sham Bombers 4, -6, 25.0; War­rack Re­vengers 4, -8, 20.0; Nhill Leop­ards 0, -4, 20.0; Dim­boola Kan­ga­roos, 0, -4, 0.0.

ON THE MOVE: Jennifer Klinge, left, of Dim­boola Roos runs the ball past Asher David­son of War­rack Women. Pic­ture SI­MON KING

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