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Hockey enters new era at Kaniva

CLEAR: Horsham Hurricane Jonathon Horsfall, right, clears the ball while under pressure from Yanac’s Jamie Harding. Picture: SIMON KING

CLEAR: Horsham Hurricane Jonathon Horsfall, right, clears the ball while under pressure from Yanac’s Jamie Harding. Picture: SIMON KING

By Simon King
A milestone event will follow this weekend’s Wimmera Hockey Association matches.
Not only does round eight mark the halfway point of the regular season, but it will be the last scheduled round split between two venues, as Kaniva looks to have its long awaited second field ready for its first full round in more than 10 seasons in August.
This week however, Kaniva will share games with Nhill, with both venues to host pivotal matches.
At Kaniva, the Raiders should maintain their grip on second place on the under-16 ladder with a win over Dimboola Kangaroos, and in women’s matches, Kaniva will look to assess where it stands in the competition when it takes on the in-form Dimboola Roos.
Two in-form teams will clash in open division, with Dimboola Burras showing hot form against the top two teams in the past couple of games, and the Cobras going into the game looking to extend their winning streak to three consecutive wins. On their home ground they are in with a great chance to stop the rampaging Burras.
At Nhill, a rematch between the combatants from the 2018 grand final will highlight the under-16 games, when the undefeated Yanac Warriors take on Warrack Revengers. The latter team has shown some sketchy form so far this season but has a great opportunity to be the first team to seriously challenge the Warriors if they play at their best.
On the other field, Nhill Leopards will need to be wary of Horsham Bombers, who did not have a good game against the strong Warriors last weekend, but are capable of taking the game right up to the Leopards. As both teams are desperate for a win to enhance their chances of making the finals, this should be a tough game.
Opportunities for Horsham Jets to bridge the gap between their current fifth place and the top four are diminishing with each passing game.
If they are to entertain any chance of making the finals, they will need to start to win games against fellow mid-ladder teams. A victory over Nhill this week would be a great way to reignite finals aspirations.
Competition-leading Yanac is unlikely to drop its game against winless Warracknabeal, but despite its struggles this season with injuries and player unavailability, Warracknabeal will play the game out to the end, gaining experience that will prove valuable in future games. Should any opponent take them lightly they are capable of causing an upset against higher-ranked teams.
Any encounter between Yanac Tigers and Warrack Hoops always provides entertaining hockey, so this match up on Saturday will be the highlight of the two open division games to be played at Nhill.
The Tigers will go into the game as favourites, considering their undefeated record so far in 2019, but on their day the Hoops are one of the few teams over recent seasons that have been able to mount a serious challenge to the Yanac side.
Although the last game will see the bottom two teams play, both Nhill Rangers and Horsham Hurricanes have played some good hockey this season and a good win to either, and other favourable results, could see the victor finish the round back in the top four, which should provide enough incentive for an entertaining game.
Round seven results
Open: Dimboola Burras 1 (goal – J. Paley; best – D. Dahisch, T. Jorgensen, L. Schultz) d Warrack Hoops 0 (C. Bardell, H. Wagenknecht, R. Bennett). Kaniva Cobras 2 (C. Beattie, D. Shalders; L. Mills, D. Shalders, M. Goodwin) d Nhill Rangers 1 (R. Reichelt; Mont Miller, B. Miller, J. Reichelt). Yanac Tigers 5 (T. Alexander 2, J. Croot 2, S. Alexander; S. Alexander, T. Alexander, S. Farmers) d Horsham Hurricanes 0 (S. Trigg, C. Dodson, T. Roberts).
Women: Dimboola Roos 8 (E. Klinge 2, J. Klinge 2, J. Hauselberger, A. King, K. Smithyman, C. Finley; B. McMaster, J. Klinge, K. Smithyman) d Warracknabeal Women 0 (R. McNamara, T. Enbelbrecht, A. Davidson). Nhill Thunderbirds 3 (K. Farquharson, E. Murden, K. Clark; E. Murden, K. Farquharson, B. Cuming) d Kaniva Women 0 (C. Shurdington, J. Wallis, H. White). Yanac Women 3 (N. Harding 2, E. Alexander; E. Alexander, M. Farmers, C. Beattie) d Horsham Jets 0 (L. Schilling, R. Creek, I. Gulline).
Under-16: Warracknabeal Revengers 3 (F. Eilola, H. Johns, C. Bennett; B. Williamson, H. Johns, F. Eilola) d Dimboola Kangaroos 0 (T. Krelle, L. Krelle, S. Peddie). Kaniva Raiders 1 (M. Goodwin; M. Goodwin, J. Dixon, S. Braisby) d Nhill Leopards 0 (L. McBride, K. Clark, T. McBride). Yanac Warriors 16 (J. Croot 3, M. Farmers 3, N. Colbert 2, R. Croot 2, C. Zanker 2, A. Farmers, H. Pedie, C. Hassall, H. Trenery) d Horsham Bombers 0 (K. Dodson, B. Brooks, J. Crockford).

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