|The fifth round of the Wimmera Hockey Association’s winter season will be played out on the artificial turf pitch at the Dimboola Health and Fitness Centre this evening and all day tomorrow.
The Horsham will be the host club, having played their home rounds at this venue for the last few seasons, and all of their players will be wearing pink socks, rather than their usual black and red hoops socks, to support Breast Cancer Network Australia.
This weekend will also mark the point in the season when all opponents have played once, giving an early indication of where each team stands this season.
Two of the most significant games of round five will be played on Friday evening at the Dimboola Health and Fitness Centre, when teams from Dimboola and Nhill teams will meet in the Women’s and Open divisions.
In the Women’s competition both the Dimboola Roos and Nhill Thunderbirds will be keen to return to the winners list after suffering defeats last weekend, with the incentive being a good win to either could see them rise to second on the ladder.
The recent good form of the Nhill Rangers came to the end at the hands of the undefeated Yanac Tigers on the weekend, although with the current form the Yanac team is in, it is no disgrace to finish two goals behind them, so the Rangers remain a serious threat to the rest of the competition.
In contrast, the Dimboola Burras have not been getting the results that their line up on paper would suggest they are capable of, and on their home ground under the lights will be an ideal opportunity to demonstrate what they are able to deliver.
The most interest in the Under 16 games will be in the opening game on Saturday morning when the Warrack Revengers play the Horsham Bombers, with both teams in search of some consistent form a win this week would be a big confidence boost.
This will be followed by the Dimboola Kangaroos playing the Nhill Leopards and competition leaders Yanac Warriors will take on the Kaniva Raiders.
Kaniva Women’s recent impressive form will be tested when they take on the undefeated Yanac, where a win would see them draw level on points with the ladder leaders, but even a narrow loss could see them maintain second place.
The third Women’s division game will be between the Horsham Jets, fresh off their first win for the season last weekend, and Warrack Women who are still looking for their first win for 2019.
Although when the Yanac Tigers take on the Kaniva Cobras it will be first against sixth on the ladder, it will be a much closer game on the field. The Tigers have continued their perpetual good form to lead the competition, but the Cobras have been very close in many of their games this year without registering a win, so if the Tigers drop their guard just a little, the Cobras have the players, and style of play on the turf, to seriously challenge the ladder leaders.
The final game of the round will see the Horsham Hurricanes take on the Warrack Hoops
Despite sitting in second place on the ladder, the Hoops have rarely been dominant for any extended periods yet this season whilst the Hurricanes have shown considerable improvement over their below par performances over recent years.
The Hoops play the artificial surface well, but will still need to focus on the basics to finish with the points.
Round Five Fixture - at the Dimboola Health and Fitness Centre
Friday 31 May 2019
7:00 pm - Women - Dimboola Roos v Nhill Thunderbirds
8:30 pm - Open - Dimboola Burras v Nhill Rangers
Saturday 1 June 2019
9.30 am - Under 16 - Horsham Bombers v Warracknabeal Revengers
11:00 am - Under 16 - Dimboola Kangaroos v Nhill Leopards
12:30 pm - Under 12 Development Program - Horsham Black Hawks v Warracknabeal Avengers
12:30 pm - Under 12 Development Program - Dimboola Kookaburras v Nhill Bandits
12:30 pm - Under 12 Development Program - Yanac Lowan Stars v Kaniva Rampagers
1:30 pm - Under 16 - Yanac Warriors v Kaniva Raiders
3:00 pm - Women - Yanac Women v Kaniva Women
4:30 pm - Women - Horsham Jets V Warracknabeal Women
6:00 pm - Open - Yanac Tigers V Kaniva Cobras
7:30 pm - Open - Horsham Hurricanes V Warracknabeal Hoops
Cash donations to support Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) can be made at the canteen over the weekend, or via the BCNA website.