Hockey tight­ens in fi­nals prepa­ra­tions

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY SI­MON KING

Wim­mera Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion teams take the field for round-12 games at Nhill’s Davis Park on Satur­day, with re­sults of most games in­flu­enc­ing which teams will progress to the fi­nals.

With some teams still to con­firm their place in fi­nals, four of six matches across Open and Women’s di­vi­sion last week were ties, high­light­ing how even the teams fight­ing for these po­si­tions are.

This week­end, the big­gest game for the round in Open com­pe­ti­tion will be a block­buster fea­tur­ing Dim­boola Bur­ras and War­rackn­abeal Hoops.

A clear re­sult will pos­si­bly de­ter­mine which team will fin­ish in sec­ond place on the lad­der and earn the valu­able dou­ble chance in the fi­nals.

The Hoops sit one win ahead of the Bur­ras, but still have to face un­de­feated Yanac again, so a Hoops win would have them draw two games ahead, which might be enough to stay in sec­ond place.

In con­trast, a Bur­ras win would bring these teams level on points.

Be­cause they have the eas­ier run to the end of the sea­son the Bur­ras would be in a prime po­si­tion to snatch sec­ond place on the lad­der by the end of the reg­u­lar sea­son.

The win­ner of a game be­tween Kaniva Co­bras and Nhill Rangers will end

the round in the top four, which could prove sig­nif­i­cant.

Both have to play all three teams above them again be­fore the fi­nals.

Hor­sham Hur­ri­canes, mean­while, face the daunt­ing task of need­ing to be the first team this sea­son to beat Yanac Tigers to re­main in the hunt for a place in the fi­nals.

A Tigers vic­tory will en­sure they again fin­ish as mi­nor pre­miers and will also make it dif­fi­cult for Hur­ri­canes to climb into fourth place.

Women

The fea­ture game in Women’s di­vi­sion will be be­tween Nhill Thun­der­birds and Kaniva.

A win for the for­mer will firm its grip on third place on the lad­der and a win for the lat­ter would all but en­sure it will make the fi­nals.

War­rackn­abeal, which can no longer qual­ify for the fi­nals, will have noth­ing to lose when it takes on Dim­boola Roos.

The Roos have more at stake if they wish to re­main in the hunt to fin­ish on top of the lad­der, mak­ing this a dan­ger game.

Hor­sham Jets must score an un­likely win in their game against dom­i­nant Yanac if they are to re­main a chance to make the top four, and Yanac needs to win to stay ahead of the Roos.

Un­der-16s

The re­sults of all three un­der-16 games will have a pro­found in­flu­ence on this di­vi­sion’s lad­der.

Hor­sham Bombers take on the un­de­feated Yanac War­riors in a game they must win if they are to have a chance of mak­ing the fi­nals.

Af­ter see­ing sixth-placed Dim­boola Kan­ga­roos push the reign­ing pre­miers last week­end, they will go into the game with con­fi­dence.

War­rack Re­vengers need the win to con­firm a place in the fi­nals and will not want to take the Kan­ga­roos lightly.

Kaniva Raiders need a win over Nhill Leop­ards to stay in sec­ond place on the lad­der, while the Nhill team needs the points to hold fourth place.

Re­sults – Open: Kaniva Co­bras 2 (goals, L. Mills, C. Beat­tie; best, D. Cole, L. Mills, C. Beat­tie) drew with Hor­sham Hur­ri­canes 2 (W. Gulline 2; S. Hoffman, W. Gulline, S. Trigg); Nhill Rangers 1 (J. Re­ichelt; S. Bone, J. Re­ichelt, B. Miller) drew with War­rack Hoops 1 (F. Eilola; J. Wil­liamson, M. Wil­liamson, E. Schilling); Yanac Tigers 2 (N. Alexan­der, T. Alexan­der; J. Honey­man, A. Ma­grath, M. Hig­gins) d Dim­boola Bur­ras 0 (T. Dent, D. Danisch, J. Lovett). Women: Kaniva 0 (L. Stim­son, H. White, J. Wal­lis) drew with Hor­sham Jets 0 (R. Creek, L. Schilling, C. Law­son); Nhill Thun­der­birds 2 (E. Mur­den, E. Koop; E. Mur­den, K. Farquharso­n, C. Kessler) d War­rackn­abeal 0 (T. Bull, R. Mcna­mara, F. Eilola); Yanac 1 (N. Pen­hall; S. Alexan­der, S. Pip­korn, E. Alexan­der) drew with Dim­boola Roos 1 (A. King; J. Hausel­berger, B. Mcmaster, E. Klinge). Un­der 16s: Kaniva Raiders 2 (M. Good­win 2; M. Good­win, E. Dixon, S. Braisby) d Hor­sham Bombers 0 (S. Foot, L. Sim­mons, B. Brooks); Nhill Leop­ards 2 (C. Koop, S. De­laney; L. Mcbride, K. Clark, K. Rowe) d War­rack Re­vengers 0 (B. Wil­liamson, F. Eilola, N. Eilola); Yanac War­riors 6 (Archie Zanker, Caleb Zanker, N. Colbert, C. Dick­in­son, Chloe Zanker, C. Has­sall; N. Colbert, M. Farm­ers, J. Croot, C. Has­sall) d Dim­boola Kan­ga­roos 1 (S. Rayes; T. Krelle, B. Wil­liamson, L. Krelle, W. Ab­bott).

IN DIS­PUTE: Dim­boola Burra’s Jack Lovett, left and Steven Zanker of Yanac Tigers fight for con­trol of the ball. Pic­ture: SI­MON KING

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