Smooth run to hockey fi­nals

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY SI­MON KING

Wim­mera Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion ac­tion returns to An­zac Park in War­rackn­abeal on Satur­day and re­sults could have far-reach­ing ram­i­fi­ca­tions.

In open di­vi­sion the three top teams are matched against the three bot­tom teams, but the round will be far from pre­dictable.

Nhill Rangers will strug­gle against the strength of Yanac Tigers, and Dim­boola Bur­ras will have to bring their ‘A’ game when they take on Hor­sham Hur­ri­canes.

On the ar­ti­fi­cial sur­face at Dim­boola, the Bur­ras would go into the game as favourites, but on grass the Hur­ri­canes, need­ing to win to re­main in the fi­nals hunt, will be in with a good chance.

Even se­cond-placed War­rack Hoops are not a cer­tainty against Kaniva Co­bras, who also need an un­ex­pected win to climb into the top four.

The fea­ture game in the women’s com­pe­ti­tion will in­volve Hor­sham Jets at­tempt­ing to cause an upset win over Dim­boola Roos.

Hav­ing re­claimed fourth place with a win last week­end, the Jets need to keep win­ning to re­main ahead of Kaniva, which takes on bot­tom-placed War­rackn­abeal.

With a boost in con­fi­dence af­ter

scor­ing their first goal for the sea­son, War­rack will fight to the end with all the pres­sure on Kaniva, which needs the win to re­claim fourth place.

Nhill Thun­der­birds have the challenge of tak­ing on in-form Yanac and to jus­tify third place on the lad­der will be look­ing for a good per­for­mance.

The open­ing un­der-16 game will see War­rackn­abeal Re­vengers hop­ing to use their home ground ad­van­tage to de­feat Kaniva Raiders and draw level with them on points.

Match of the day will be be­tween the bot­tom two teams, Dim­boola Kan­ga­roos and Hor­sham, while Nhill Leop­ards could move up into third place if they be­come the first team in 2019 to de­feat Yanac War­riors.

De­spite re­sults of all games last week re­flect­ing lad­der po­si­tions, com­pe­ti­tion was far from dull.

Af­ter three full-com­pe­ti­tion byes in the past eight weeks, the as­so­ci­a­tion has en­tered a seven-week un­in­ter­rupted run to the fi­nals. Re­sults – Open: Dim­boola Bur­ras 4 (goals, J. Parly, Z. Slater-col­lard, L. Geary, C. Bal­dock; best, T. Jor­gensen, B. Tis­chler, J. Tis­chler) d Nhill Rangers 1 (C. Hausel­burger; S. Bone, Mont Miller, Mur­ray Miller); Yanac Tigers 6 (N. Alexander 3, L. Re­ichen­bach, J. Cramer, T. Alexander; N. Alexander, T. Alexander, S. Alexander) d Kaniva Co­bras 0 (C. Wil­liams, D. Cole, A. Wal­lis); War­rack Hoops 2 (S. Schultz, D. Cos­grave; M. Wil­liamson, B. Wil­liamson, R. Brown) d Hor­sham Hur­ri­canes 0 (R. Slater, R. Mueller, C. Dod­son). Women: Dim­boola Roos 7 (A. King 2, E. Klinge 2, P. Wil­liams 2, J. Hausel­berger; E. Klinge, J. Hausel­berger, B. Mcmaster) d Nhill Thun­der­birds 2 (S. Walker, S. Allen; E. Mur­den, K. Far­quhar­son, H. Can­nell); Yanac Women 2 (M. Farm­ers, S. Alexander; E. Alexander, M. Farm­ers, S. Alexander, N. Hard­ing) d Kaniva Women 0 (S. Wil­liams, E. Hicks, L. Shur­d­ing­ton, H. Wil­liams); Hor­sham Jets 6 (L. Schilling 3, Q. Wil­liams 2, S. Foot; R. Batch­e­lor, L. Schilling, Q. Wil­liams) d War­rack Women 1 (R. Mcna­mara; R. Mcna­mara, K. Krahe, M. Bent­ley).

TEAM­WORK: Yanac’s Nat Hard­ing pushes the ball to Erin Alexander dur­ing a penalty cor­ner. Pic­ture: SI­MON KING

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