Hockey made a welcome return to Kaniva on Saturday in ideal weather, which complemented the condition of their two fields, despite not having hosted a match since September 2019, with the fourth round of the Wimmera Hockey Association season.

Open -

The Yanac Tigers continue to lead the Open competition after claiming their fourth win when they comfortably defeated Nhill Rangers with their trademark quick, well-coordinated game style, with players all down the field combining well to put consistent pressure on the opposition defence.

Although their forwards did not see much of the action, the Rangers’ defenders were initially up to the task, until in the shadows of quarter time, the Tigers’ forwards scored with a solid hit from the top of the scoring circle that deflected off several defenders, but not enough to miss the goal.

Further scores in the next two quarters saw them three ahead at the last break, a lead they extended to five goals by the final whistle.

The Warrack Hoops played out their fourth match this season to be decided by just one goal, and for the first time, it was in their favour when they took on the Kaniva Cobras in the last of the Open division games. In an otherwise even match where both sides created scoring opportunities, a Hoops’ goal eleven minutes into the second quarter proved to be the difference. The ball spent equal time at each end of the field throughout the rest of the game, but neither team could breach the others’ defences and the scoreline finished at one goal to nil.

The third Open match was not played as the Dimboola Burras forfeited to the Horsham Hurricanes, who, with this result, moved into outright second place on the ladder.

Women -

Kaniva continued their dominance of the Women’s competition with a win over Warracknabeal. They started the game strongly but could not get the ball past the Warrack defenders throughout the first quarter but opened their scoring in the first minute of the second.

Despite earning numerous penalty corners during the second half, Warracknabeal defended them all, but five field goals in the second half established the six goal margin by the end of the game.

The reigning premiers, Yanac, had to work hard for their first win this year when they defeated Nhill Thunderbirds. After conceding three first-half goals, the Thunderbirds tightened their defence after halftime and prevented any further scoring, but the damage had already been done.

Under 16 -

Another team to earn their first points for the season was the Warrack Revengers, who prevailed over the Kaniva Raiders by two goals to one in a tight match, and the Yanac Warriors overcame the Nhill Leopards to remain undefeated on top of the ladder.

Wimmera Hockey Association - Round Four Results

Open -

Yanac Tigers 5 (Goals - B Alexander 3, T Alexander, S Alexander; Best - B Alexander, T Alexander, J Honeyman) defeated Nhill Rangers 0 (Best - K Rowe, H Pearse, D Reichelt)

Warracknabeal Hoops 1 (Goal - R Bennett; Best - H Wagenknecht, R Bennett, B Williamson) defeated Kaniva Cobras 0 (Best - M Goodwin, L Mills, A Wallis)

Horsham Hurricanes (5) defeated Dimboola Burra (0) by forfeit

 Pts  GD
Yanac Tigers1618
Horsham Hurricanes124
Kaniva Cobras80
Dimboola Burras8-8
Warrack Hoops4-2
Nhill Rangers0-12

Women -

Yanac 3 (Goals - E Alexander, E Wheaton, N White; Best - E Alexander, L Farmers, M Farmers) defeated Nhill Thunderbirds 0 (Best - C Kessler, K Clark, O Williams)

Kaniva 6 (Goals - J Braisby 3, Q Pearse, J Wallis, H White; Best - O Williams, L Stimson, J Braisby) defeated Warracknabeal 0 (Best - B McMaster, F Eilola, L Eilola)

Bye - Horsham Jets

 Pts  GD
Kaniva Women1413
Horsham Jets125
Yanac Women101
Warrack Women2-8
Nhill Thunderbirds2-11

Under 16 -

Yanac Warriors 5 (Goals - R Croot, L Farmers, H Pedie, A Zanker, C Zanker; Best - R Croot, L Farmers, H Pedie) defeated Nhill Leopards 0 (Best - D Clark, O Bone, S Rowe)

Warracknabeal Revengers 2 (Goals - N Eilola, L Nuske; Best - C Bennett, J Nuske, N Eilola, S Williamson) defeated Kaniva Raiders 1 (Goal - C White; Best - C White, L Krelle, L Williams, F Dodson)

Bye - Horsham Bombers

 Pts  GD
Yanac Warriors1622
Horsham Bombers1013
Nhill Leopards6-3
Warrack Revengers6-19
Kaniva Raiders2-13

Under 12 Development Program -

Yanac Lowan Stars 1 (Goal - A Zanker; Encouragement Award - E Alexander) v. Nhill Bandits 1 (Goals - S Albrecht; Encouragement Award - S Albrecht)

Kaniva Rampagers 1 (Goals - L Williams; Encouragement Award - L Doyle) v. Warracknabeal Avengers 7 (Goals - H Lomax 3, S Williamson 2, L Nuske, C Peters; Encouragement Award - Z Nuske)

Dimboola Kangaroos 1 (Goals - J Ward; Encouragement Award - E Ward) v. Horsham Black Hawks 2 (Goals - H Toet 2)