Hockey heat­ing up

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY SIMON KING

This week­end will mark the point in the sea­son when all op­po­nents have played each other once, giv­ing an early in­di­ca­tion of where each team stands.

Two of the most sig­nif­i­cant games of round five will be on Fri­day night at Dim­boola Health and Fit­ness Cen­tre, when teams from Dim­boola and Nhill meet in the women’s and open di­vi­sions.

In the women’s com­pe­ti­tion both Dim­boola Roos and Nhill Thun­der­birds will be keen to re­turn to the win­ners list af­ter suf­fer­ing de­feats at the week­end, a po­ten­tial rise to sec­ond on the ladder pro­vid­ing mo­ti­va­tion for both teams.

In open di­vi­sion the re­cent good form of Nhill Rangers came to the end at the hands of the undefeated Yanac Tigers at the week­end, although with the cur­rent form the Tigers are in, it is no dis­grace to fin­ish two goals be­hind them. The Rangers re­main a threat to the rest of the com­pe­ti­tion.

In con­trast, Dim­boola Bur­ras have not been get­ting the re­sults their line up would sug­gest they are ca­pa­ble of, and on their home ground un­der lights will be an ideal op­por­tu­nity to demon­strate what they are able to de­liver.

The most in­ter­est in the un­der-16 games will be in the open­ing game

on Satur­day morn­ing when War­rack Re­vengers play Hor­sham Bombers, fol­lowed by Dim­boola Kan­ga­roos play­ing Nhill Leop­ards and com­pe­ti­tion leader Yanac War­riors tak­ing on Kaniva Raiders.

Kaniva Women’s re­cent im­pres­sive form will be tested when they take on the undefeated Yanac, where a win would see them draw level on points with the ladder lead­ers, but even a nar­row loss could see them main­tain sec­ond place.

The third women’s di­vi­sion game will be be­tween Hor­sham Jets, fresh off their first win for the sea­son last week­end, and War­rack Women who are still look­ing for their first win for 2019.

When Yanac Tigers take on the Kaniva Co­bras it will be first against sixth on the ladder, but it will be a much closer game on the field.

The Tigers have con­tin­ued their per­pet­ual good form to lead the com­pe­ti­tion, but the Co­bras have been very close in many of their games this year without reg­is­ter­ing a win, so if the Tigers drop their guard just a lit­tle, the Co­bras have the play­ers, and style of play on the turf, to se­ri­ously chal­lenge the ladder lead­ers.

The fi­nal game of the round will see Hor­sham Hur­ri­canes take on War­rack Hoops.

De­spite sit­ting in sec­ond place on the ladder, the Hoops have rarely been dom­i­nant for any ex­tended pe­ri­ods, while the Hur­ri­canes have shown con­sid­er­able im­prove­ment over their be­low-par per­for­mances in re­cent seasons.

The Hoops play the ar­ti­fi­cial sur­face well, but will still need to fo­cus on the ba­sics to fin­ish with the points.

Re­sults — Open: War­rack Hoops 1 (goal, M. Williamson; best, K. Mills, R. Ben­nett, H. Wa­genknecht) d Kaniva Co­bras 0 (J. Bed­ford, L. Mills, A. Wal­lis, D. Cole); Yanac Tigers 2 (T. Alexan­der, C. Zanker; S. Farm­ers, J. Cramer, T. Alexan­der) d Nhill Rangers 0 (Mo. Miller, B. Miller, Mu. Miller); Dim­boola Bur­ras 0 (J. Wil­liams, T. Dent, T. Jor­gensen) drew Hor­sham Hur­ri­canes 0 (T. Davey, S. Hoffman, C. Dod­son, T. Roberts). Women: Kaniva Women 3 (L. Stim­son 2, H. White; L. Stim­son, N. Hutchins, K. White) d War­rack Women 0 (K. Krahe, R. Mc­na­mara, M. Bent­ley); Yanac Women 8 (S. Hedt 2, C. Beat­tie 2, M. Farm­ers 2, E. Alexan­der, A. Farm­ers; E. Alexan­der, N. Hard­ing, C. Beat­tie) d Nhill Thun­der­birds 0 (K. Far­quhar­son, B. Cum­ing, E. Wal­lace); Hor­sham Jets 2 (L. Schilling, B. Brooks; L. Schilling, C. Law­son, A. Allen) d Dim­boola Roos 1 (P. Wil­liams; J. Hausel­berger, C. Hadzig, E. Woods).

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