Wimmera Hockey Association | Round Three
||Sunday, May 6 2018
| ||Wimmera Hockey Association
| ||Simon King|
|Wimmera Hockey Association | Round Three Review
The highlights from round three of the Wimmera Hockey Association season came from the games at Kaniva which saw the home team score their first victory for the season with a win over the reigning premiers in the Women’s competition, and the Kaniva Raiders also tasted victory for the first time in 2018 by the smallest of margins over the Dimboola Kangaroos.
At the other venue, Anzac Park in Warracknabeal, the Yanac Tigers and Warrack Hoops both returned comfortable four goal wins over the Horsham Hurricanes and Nhill Rangers respectively in the Open competition.
After three rounds the ladder in the Open competition is beginning to take on a familiar look with the Yanac Tigers leading after another comfortable victory, and the Warrack Hoops, Dimboola Burras and Kaniva Cobras jostling for position within the top four.
The Horsham Hurricanes were still in touch with the Yanac Tigers at half time in their game, having restricted the competition leaders to a single goal before the break. This was scored by Jamie Harding who got onto a wayward shot at goal by Brad Alexander.
The second half of the game saw the Tigers continue their fast paced style of play, which the Hurricanes were unable to match. Brad Alexander did get onto the scorecard when he converted a short corner, and he also had a hand in setting up his brother Todd to score the team’s third goal. Kim Croot completed a quadrella when he got the ball between the goal keepers legs to score his team’s fourth goal.
Despite the score line, solid defence led by Hurricanes goalkeeper Ethan Mellor and defenders Jarryd Bannan and Paul Mackereth prevented many more goals.
Brad Alexander was named as the best player of the Tigers.
The Warrack Hoops moved back into second place on the ladder with a four goal win over the Nhill Rangers in a game where they established the lead in the first half but were held in check in the second half.
Jordan Williamson assisted Darius Cosgrave to open the scoring after ten minutes of play, and in a result that should please their coach, the three further goals were all scored off short corners which is a part of the Hoops game that has not been as effective as they would like in recent games.
The Hoops’ early dominance of the play continued after half time and if it wasn’t for a solid game by goalkeeper Murray Miller and full back David Jochinke the margin would have been much greater.
Although they did not take the points, the Nhill Rangers still put in a notable performance to keep the Hoops scoreless for the last half considering their quick start.
Above - Sandon Schultz of the Warrack Hoops initiates another forward move.
At Kaniva, Lachlan Schultz of the Dimboola Burras scored the only goal of the first half which was matched by Jimmy Mitchell of the Kaniva Cobras just after the restart for the second half.
The Cobras took the lead ten minutes later when Clint Beattie goaled, and they looked to be heading for a win until Schultz scored in the last five minutes to salvage a draw.
The evenness of the Women’s competition early in the season was reinforced at Kaniva when the home team finished ahead of the reigning premiers.
Kaniva had a majority of the play in the first half, and it was only a shot from the top of the scoring circle by Olivia Williams that just dribbled past the Roos’ goalkeeper that separated the teams at the break. This was increased to two goals just seconds after the re-start when Sharon Williams also scored.
Kelly Smithyman began the Roos’ fightback mid-way through the half with a goal but her team was unable to back this up and they finished the game one goal behind.
The Warrack Women and Nhill Thunderbirds fought out a close and exciting game with the latter team finishing two goals ahead in a game that could have gone either way. Kendra Clark scored for the Thunderbirds in the first half and Ellie Murden added to this in the second half, but strong defence at both ends of the ground highlighted the game.
Kellie Krahe played a very solid game at half back for the Warrack Women repelling may opposition forward thrusts with help from fellow defenders Alysha Genn and Tiffany Bull.
Fullback Rachel Clark of the Thunderbirds was named as her team’s leading player.
The Yanac Women continue to impress with a six goal win over the Horsham Jets which extends the Jets’ losing streak to four games, dating back to the preliminary final last year, which is their longest such streak since the middle of the 2014 season when they lost five in a row.
Shanaye Alexander and Susan Hedt scored twice each to lead the Yanac goal scoring whilst Sophie Robinson, Mia Guest and Zoe Pilmore all played well for the Jets.
The Nhill Leopards and Yanac Warriors have risen to the top of the Under 16 ladder with strong wins on the weekend, but the lower teams are still showing enough good form that the leaders will have to continue to improve if they are to remain there.
The Leopards overcame an under-manned Warrack Revengers team by seven goals with Ellie Murden and Cory Koop scoring two each to contribute over half their team’s goals between them.
For the Revengers, Oskar Bennett and Ben Williamson both played a strong game in the midfield whilst Jason Reichelt and Ellie Murden provided the drive for the Leopards.
Although the scores suggest that the Yanac Warriors had an easy win, the young and inexperienced Horsham Bombers team continue to play beyond expetations and it will not be long before they are causing genuine problems for the leading teams.
Jasper Croot scored twice, and Mikayla Famers, Chloe Zanker and Archie Zanker once each to make up the Warriors’ five goals and the Bombers’ only score was by Josh Schwarz.
A single goal by Olivia Williams towards the end of the second half was just enough for the Kaniva Raiders to finish ahead of the Dimboola Kangaroos.
Olivia was noted as having a strong attacking game whilst Tom Krelle impressed in the backline for the Kangaroos.
Under 12 Development Program
The Horsham Black Hawks are currently the leading team in the Under 12 Development Program which is a promising sign for their Under 16 team in the coming years, but the enthusiastic participation by more that 50 young hockey players each week over the six teams is a good sign for the future of the whole Association.
Horsham Black Hawks, Nhill Bandits and Kaniva Rampagers had wins over the Yanac Lowan Stars, Warrack Avengers and Dimboola Kookaburras respectively on the weekend.
Round Four Preview
All games in round four will be played at Yanac next Saturday with a couple of games that will have significant influence on the shape of the competition over the weeks to come.
The feature game in this division will be the Dimboola Burras attempting to steal some points from the ladder leading Yanac Tigers in their own back yard.
The Tigers have many options all over the field, with not only players dominating all positions but they have many options to move players around to cover any team mate having a bad day. The Burras will have to play at their absolute best if they are to prevail.
The Horsham Hurricanes are suffering with player availability and injuries and will struggle against a Hoops’ line up that also has quite a few options in both attack and defence.
Despite not yet winning a game this season and rarely having the luxury of playing with a full complement on the interchange bench, the Nhill Rangers are still troubling most teams, and have the opportunity to continue this against the Kaniva Cobras.
All three games in the Women’s competition could could go either way and significantly shape the ladder.
The Nhill Thunderbirds will be looking to continue their recent good form, and consolidate their place in the top four, when they come up against the Kaniva Women who will be full of confidence after their win last weekend and hoping to prove that it was not a fluke.
The Horsham Jets will not be comfortable with going into round four without a win so far this season, and will hope to change this against the Warrack Women who are playing some of their best hockey for the last few seasons and will not give up easily.
The other game will see the ladder leading Yanac Women take on the Dimboola Roos who suffered their first loss since round 6 last year on Saturday. The incentive to win for Yanac will be to gain a psychological advantage over one of their closest rivals and consolidate top place on the ladder, and for Dimboola a win will see them move to the same points as Yanac in equal first place on the ladder.
Under 16 Preview
The focus in the Under 16 competition will be on the Warrack Revengers and Horsham Bombers game, with the Revengers struggling to recapture their premiership winning form from last year in the wake of significant personnel changes and the young Bombers showing improvment every week.
By recent form, the Nhill Leopards and Yanac Warriors should be able to overcome the Kaniva Raiders and Dimboola Kangaroos respectively but there is potential for the underdogs to cause an upset.
Round Four Fixture
- at the Yanac Recreation Reserve, Yanac
9.30 am - Under 16 - Kaniva Raiders v. Nhill Leopards
11.00 am - Women - Kaniva Women v. Nhill Thunderbirds
12.30 pm - Open - Warrack Hoops v. Horsham Hurricanes
2.00 pm - Women - Dimboola Roos v. Yanac Women
3.30 pm - Open - Kaniva Cobras v. Nhill Rangers
9.30 am - Under 16 - Dimboola Kangaroos v. Yanac Warriors
11.00 am - Under 16 - Warrack Revengers v. Horsham Bombers
12.30 pm - Under 12 Development Program - Dimboola Kookaburras v. Yanac Lowan Stars
12.30 pm - Under 12 Development Program - Warrack Avengers v. Horsham Black Hawks
12.30 pm - Under 12 Development Program - Kaniva Rampagers v. Nhill Bandits
2.00 pm - Women - Warrack Women v. Horsham Jets
3.30 pm - Open - Dimboola Burras v. Yanac Tigers
Round Three Results
Yanac Tigers 4 (Goals - K Croot, J Harding, B Alexander, T Alexander; Best - B Alexander, S Farmers, T Alexander) defeated Horsham Hurricanes 0 (Best - J Bannan, P Mackereth, C Dodson)
Warrack Hoops 4 (Goals - D Cosgrave, R Bennett, J Knoops, P Slater; Best - P Slater, J Knoop, J Williamson) defeated Nhill Rangers 0 (D Reichelt, M Miller, E Lyon)
Kaniva Cobras 2 (Goals - J Mitchell, C Beattie; Best - L Mills, A Wallis, C Beattie, D Cole) drew with Dimboola Burras 2 (Goals - L Schultz 2; Best - B Tischler, C Halsall, J Williams)
| || Pts || GD |
| Yanac Tigers || 12 || 11 |
| Warrack Hoops || 8 || 5 |
| Dimboola Burras || 6 || 5 |
| Kaniva Cobras || 6 || -3 |
| Horsham Hurricanes || 4 || -10 |
| Nhill Rangers || 0 || -8 |
Nhill Thunderbirds 2 (Goals - K Clark, E Murden; Best - R Clark, G McLeod, E Murden) defeated Warrack Women 0 (Best - K Krahe, A Genn, T Bull)
Yanac Women 6 (Goals - S Alexander 2, S Hedt 2, N Jones, C Beattie; Best - S Alexander, N Jones, E Alexander) defeated Horsham Jets 0 (Best - S Robinson, M Guest, Z Pilmore)
Kaniva Women 2 (Goals - Sharon Williams, O Williams; Best - Sigourney Williams, O Williams, Sharon Williams) defeated Dimboola Roos 1 (Goal - K Smithyman; Best - R Albrecht, R Lovett, L Smithyman)
| || Pts || GD |
| Yanac Women || 12 || 12 |
| Dimboola Roos || 8 || 2 |
| Nhill Thunderbirds || 8 || 0 |
| Warrack Women || 4 || -1 |
| Kaniva Women || 4 || -4 |
| Horsham Jets || 0 || -9 |
Nhill Leopards 7 (Goals - E Murden 2, C Koops 2, I Deckert, T McBride, J Reichelt; Best - J Reichelt, E Murden, K Clark) defeated Warrack Revengers 0 (Best - O Bennett, B Williamson, T Engelbrecht
Yanac Warriors 5 (Goals - J Croot 2, M Farmers, Chloe Zanker, A Zanker; Best - M Farmers, J Croot, Caleb Zanker) defeated Horsham Bombers 1 (Goal - J Schwarz; Best - J Schwarz, K Dodson, C Dodson)
Kaniva Raiders 1 (Goals - O Williams; Best - O Williams, J Mitchell, Jacob Dixon, Johnathon Dixon) defeated Dimboola Kangaroos 0 (Best - K Bamford, T Krelle, T Bamford)
Under 16 Ladder
| || Pts || GD |
| Nhill Leopards || 10 || 18 |
| Yanac Warriors || 10 || 6 |
| Warrack Revengers || 8 || -5 |
| Kaniva Raiders || 4 || -2 |
| Horsham Bombers || 4 || -14 |
| Dimboola Kangaroos || 0 || -3 |
Under 12 Development Program
Horsham Black Hawks 4 (Goals - S Scharz 2, K Dodson, L Nuske) defeated Yanac Lowan Stars 2 (Goals - H Pedie)
Nhill Bandits 7 (Goals - V Maloney 4, T McBride 2, R Reichelt ; Encouragement - R Reichelt) defeated Warrack Avengers 3 (Goals - S Goodwin 2, H Zwar)
Kaniva Rampagers 3 (Goals - C White 3; Encouragement - C White) defeated Dimboola Kookaburras 1 (Goal - L Krelle; Encouragement - L Williams)
Under 12 Ladder
| ||Pts || GD|
| Horsham Black Hawks || 10 || 3|
| Kaniva Rampagers || 8 || 3|
| Yanac Lowan Stars || 8 || 0|
| Dimboola Kookaburras || 6 || 4|
| Nhill Bandits || 4 || 2|
| Warrack Avengers || 0 || -12|
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