|After no community sport last weekend due to Stage 4 restrictions, local athletes will return to the fields and courts this weekend as the finals’ race intensifies.
The Blackheath-Dimboola Bulls will be looking to consolidate their place in the top four on the Horsham Cricket Association B grade when they travel to play Lubeck-Murtoa. These two teams are currently ranked third and fourth, so a win by the Bulls should see them rise to third, but a loss could see them finish the round in fifth place.
A win this weekend will also take the pressure off somewhat as they take on the top team, Colts, in the penultimate round next weekend, before finishing the regular season against the current bottom side, Horsham Saints, a week later.
After a close victory over Horsham Saints two weeks ago on Davis Park, the A grade West Wimmera Warriors will travel to Coughlan Park in Horsham to once again play this opponent, where a win will consolidate third place on the ladder. The team will then finish the regular season with challenging away games against Rupanyup-Minyip and Homers.
With six teams still well in the running for the last three places in the C grade finals, and the Warriors finishing the home and away season with the bye, a win over Horsham Saints tomorrow is vital for their finals aspirations.
Both these teams are on 24 points and currently hold third and fourth places respectively, and the Warriors will have another challenging game in their last match when they take on Laharum, who is now sitting just outside the top four, the following week.
One favourable point is that the Warriors play both of their remaining games at home on Davis Park in Nhill.
The Twenty20 grand finals will be played at the Horsham City Oval on Sunday, and although no local teams qualified, three thrilling games will take place.
The day hits off at 10.00 am with Quantong playing Colts in the C grade, followed by the B grade match featuring Laharum and Lubeck-Murtoa at 2.00 pm, and in the last game, Homers meet Jung Tigers at 6.00 pm for the A grade title.
Last weekend Round 12 of the Dimboola District Tennis Association was cancelled, and each team was awarded 2.5 points.
This evening, Round 13 commences with Antwerp hosting Arkona and Dimboola hosting Rainbow at the Dimboola Health & Fitness Centre. Tomorrow, Jeparit will travel to Hopetoun, and Brim and Warrack Gold will meet on the Brim courts.
Unfortunately, the local Weekend Pennant bowls season has come to an end for the local teams after last week’s round was abandoned. Both the Dimboola First Division and Seconds Division teams finished fifth on their respective ladders and will not participate in the finals.