Dimboola women stop Yanac’s run
Warracknabeal will host Wimmera Hockey Association games for the first time this season on its home ground at Anzac Park on Saturday.
Warracknabeal Hoops, fresh off a confidence-boosting win over Nhill Rangers at the weekend, will take on Dimboola Burras in open competition.
The Burras pushed the undefeated Yanac Tigers to the last few minutes of their weekend clash in a mouth-watering encounter between two teams that appear to be serious contenders this season.
The incentive for Warrack Hoops is to increase the gap between themselves in second place and the rest of the competition, and for Dimboola it is to consolidate third place on the ladder in order to mount a challenge for a top-two finish in later games.
Kaniva Cobras scored their first win for the season at the weekend and will look for their second when they take on Nhill Rangers.
The Rangers started this season strongly but have fallen away over recent games as they have struggled when some significant players are unavailable.
Kaniva showed promise early but was unlucky on a number of occasions not to take the points. The winner of this game should finish the round in
the top four. The next team to have the opportunity to challenge the undefeated Yanac Tigers will be Horsham Hurricanes.
It is difficult to see the Hurricanes inflicting the Tigers’ first loss in nearly three seasons, but it is the perfect opportunity for them to work on their game against a strong opponent.
Outright third place on the women’s ladder will be the prize for the winner of the game between Kaniva and Nhill Thunderbirds.
Both teams have shown good form in recent weeks, so this game could go either way.
Dimboola Roos will be full of confidence after scoring a win against previously undefeated Yanac last round, and with Warracknabeal yet to find a winning combination this season, it is difficult to see the Roos dropping this one.
With Yanac determined to remind everyone it is still flag favourite despite a narrow loss last round, it falls upon the Horsham Jets to try to extend Yanac’s losing run to two games.
If Horsham can put its best team on the field it is in with a chance.
Round six results Open: Warrack Hoops 6 (Goals: P. Slater 3, M. Williamson, O. Bennett, R. Bennett) d Nhill Rangers 0 (Best: D. Reichelt, Murray Miller, C. Kesler); Kaniva Cobras 4 (Goals: L. Mills, C. Beattie, P. Eastman, J. Williams; Best: L. Mills, M. Goodwin, D. Shalders, J. Williams) d Horsham Jets 0 (Best: T. Roberts, T. Davies, J. Horsfall, C. Dodson); Yanac Tigers 2 (Goals: N. Alexander, K. Croot; Best: N. Alexander, S. Farmers, A. Magrath) d Dimboola Burras 1 (Goal: T. Jorgenson; Best: T. Jorgensen, Z. Slater-collard, J. Tischler) Women: Nhill Thunderbirds 10 (Goals: K. Farquharson 4, E. Murden 3, R. Clark, K. Clark, C. Rowe; Best: K. Farquharson, E. Murden, K. Clark, C. Kessler) d Warrack Women 0 (Best: D. Rigby, N. Kuchel, R. Mcnamara, F. Eilola; Kaniva Women 1 (Goal: I Williams; Best: O. Williams, S. Williams, H. Williams) drew with Horsham Jets 1 (Goal: C. Lawson; Best: L. Schilling, R. Creek, C. Lawson); Dimboola Roos 2 (Goals: A. King, J. Klinge; Best: B. Mcmaster, J. Hauselburger, J. Klinge) d Yanac 1 (Goal: E. Alexander; Best: M. Farmers, C. Beattie, S. Hedt). Under-16: Nhill Leopards 2 (Goals: S. Allen, S. Delaney; Best: K. Rowe, L. Mcbride, K. Clark) d Warrack Revengers 1 (Goal: B. Williamson; Best: B. Williamson, H. Johns, F. Eilola); Kaniva Raiders 6 (Goals: M. Goodwin 3, I. Williams 2, J. Dixon; Best: M. Goodwin, I. Williams, J. Dixon) d Horsham Bombers 0 (Best: S. Foot, L. Simmons, L. Nuske); Yanac Warriors 8 (Goals: J. Croot 2, H. Pedie 2, R. Croot, N. Colbert, C. Hassall, Chloe Zanker; Best: J. Croot, M. Farmers, Chloe Zanker) d Dimboola Kangaroos 0 (Best: T. Bamford, L. Krelle, T. Krelle)
ON THE RUN: Kellie Farquharson, left, of Nhill Thunderbirds leads Tasha Engelbrecht of Warracknabeal in a race for the ball. Picture: SIMON KING