After two rounds played on the artificial surface at Dimboola, the Wimmera’s hockey players got their first taste of grass hockey on Saturday, with round three of the Wimmera Hockey Association season hosted on Anzac Park in Warracknabeal.

Open -

In the Open division, the Warrack Hoops went down by one goal scored late in an otherwise very even match for the second week in a row.

The Yanac Tigers enjoyed marginally more control of the ball throughout the game, but some great work by the Hoops defence, which included successfully defending eight penalty corners, curtailed the reigning premiers’ usual free-flowing game style that saw them win their first two games by six goals each. At the other end of the ground, the Hoops created some pressure, but the Tigers’ defence was equal to the task and preserved their perfect defensive record in 2022.

The only score came with just three minutes of play remaining when a scrambly field goal attempt got through the Hoops’ defence. After that, neither team could create any more scoring attempts in the little time that remained, and the Tigers kept their undefeated record intact and moved one game clear on top of the ladder, while the Hoops remain winless and outside the top four.

The Horsham Hurricanes reminded all opponents that they are a challenger this year with a four-goal win over the Nhill Rangers. They established a lead early, with three goals in the first half, and although the Nhill team’s play improved as the game progressed, they couldn’t score themselves, but they did restrict the Hurricanes to only one goal after halftime, setting the four-goal final margin.

The Kaniva Cobras moved into second place on the ladder after a comfortable win over the Dimboola Burras.

Women -

Warrack and Yanac played a tight match in the Women’s division that finished in Yanac’s favour by one goal. The play was even in the first half, with Yanac creating more attacking moves, but the Warrack defence held firm, and the teams went into halftime without anything on the scoreboard.

Yanac increased their control in the second half but were still not dominating, although they did wear down the Warrack defence and scored once, which proved to be enough to record their first win for the season.

Strong attacking by the Horsham Jets allowed them to establish a three-goal lead by halftime in their game against the Nhill Thunderbirds, and after resetting during the break, the ‘Birds started the second half strongly and restricted the Jets to just one more goal for the game.

Under 16 -

In the Under 16s, the Horsham Bombers bounced back from a loss last week to outlast the Nhill Leopards and score a narrow two goals to one victory, and the Yanac Warriors continued their perfect season with a five-goal win against the Warrack Revengers.

Wimmera Hockey Association - Round Three Results

Open -

Horsham Hurricanes 4 (Goals - W Gulline 3, R Duggan; Best - W Gulline, S Hoffman, T Leffler) defeated Nhill Rangers 0 (Best - D Schwarz, C Kessler, C Rowe)

Yanac Tigers 1 (Goal - T Alexander; Best - B Alexander, T Alexander, N Colbert, H Pedie) defeated Warrack Hoops 0 (Best - R Bennett, S Schultz, H Wagenknecht, F Eilola)

Kaniva Cobras 6 (Goals - J Bedford 2, L Mills, J Dyer, A Wallis, S Goodwin; Best - B Miller, B Lovett, J Bedford) defeated Dimboola Burras 0 (Best - D Danisch, S Schwarz, C Baldock)

 Pts  GD
Yanac Tigers1213
Kaniva Cobras81
Horsham Hurricanes8-1
Dimboola Burras8-3
Warrack Hoops0-3
Nhill Rangers0-7

Women -

Yanac Women 1 (Goal - A Zanker; Best - L Farmer, C Zanker, H Honeyman, L Cramer) defeated Warrack Women 0 (Best - B McMaster, F Eilola, C Hadzig, M Bentley)

Horsham Jets 4 (Goals - E Morrow 2, H Werner, A Morrow; Best - H Werner, E Morrow, A Morrow) defeated Nhill Thunderbirds 0 (Best - C Kessler, K Clark, T Hendy, H Cannell)

Bye - Kaniva Women

 Pts  GD
Kaniva Women107
Horsham Jets105
Yanac Women6-2
Warrack Women2-2
Nhill Thunderbirds2-8

Under 16 -

Horsham Bombers 2 (Goals - L Simmons, J Schwarz; Best - L Simmons, A Heal, J Schwarz) defeated Nhill Leopards 1 (Goal - J Clark; Best - S Rowe, D Clark, O Bone)

Yanac Warriors 5 (Goals - H Pedie 3, Archie Zanker, L Cramer; Best - H Pedie, H Zanker, C Zanker) defeated Warrack Revengers 0 (Best - S Williamson, L Nuske, E Williamson)

Bye - Kaniva Raiders

 Pts  GD
Yanac Warriors1217
Horsham Bombers813
Nhill Leopards62
Kaniva Raiders2-12
Warrack Revengers2-20

Under 12 Development Program -

Dimboola Kookaburras 3 (Goals - J Ward, E Ward, R Hadzig) v. Kaniva Rampagers 2 (Goals - J Beattie 2)

Horsham Black Hawks 1 (Goal - H Toet; Encouragement Award - A Jochinke) v. Nhill Bandits 2 (Goals - K Bessalaar 2; Encouragement Award - B Clark)

Yanac Lowan Stars 0 (Encouragement Award - A Zanker) v. Warrack Avengers 4 (Goals - S Williamson 2, H Lomax, C Peters)