By Saturday evening, after round five of the Wimmera Hockey Association season on Davis Park in Nhill, every team will have played each opponent once, giving a good indication of where each team stands.

In the match of the round, the Horsham Hurricanes have the opportunity to confirm their claim to a place in the top two on the ladder when they take on the Kaniva Cobras, who have started their season confidently despite a loss last weekend. A Horsham win could see them open up a two game break between themselves and third place, but they could also drop one place if the Cobras score a decisive victory.

Another match to attract considerable attention is between the two teams currently sitting outside the top four. The Warrack Hoops showed some improving form when they gained their first victory last weekend and are eyeing off a rise into fourth place with a win over the Nhill Rangers. The home team is yet to taste success in 2022, but when they have their top eleven on the field, they have shown that they can pressure any side.

The Yanac Tigers remain undefeated, and they just appear to get better every week, so it is difficult to see the Dimboola Burras causing an upset, particularly after they had to forfeit their match last Saturday.

The feature match in the Womens’ competition will be the clash between two undefeated sides. Kaniva has not lost a game and is leading the competition, while the Horsham Jets are close behind, having only dropped two points when they drew with Yanac in the first round. The winner of this game will finish the round on top of the ladder, with Kaniva either increasing their lead to four points or the Jets rising to the top with a two point lead. If both can field close to their best teams, this match will be worth watching and could go either way.

The other Women’s game should also be a tight encounter, with the evenly-matched Warrack and Nhill Thunderbirds both chasing their first win for the season. The winner will finish the round in fourth place, and the defeated team will begin to lose touch with the leaders.

Yanac has the bye but cannot fall from their current third place on the ladder.

The fourth-placed Warrack Revengers and third-placed Nhill Leopards meet in an Under 16 game where the prize for the winner will be outright third on the ladder and some breathing space ahead of the lower two teams. However, having won one game each so far in 2022, this will be another encounter that could go either way.

In the other Under 16 match, Kaniva Raiders take on the Horsham Bombers, and although the Yanac Warriors have the bye, they should still finish the round on top of the ladder unless the Bombers can win by more than nine goals.

Round Five Fixture

Saturday 28 May 2022, at Davis Park, Nhill

Field One

11:00 am - Under 16 - Nhill Leopards v Warracknabeal Revengers
12:30 pm - Under 12 Development Program
  - Yanac Lowan Stars v Dimboola Kookaburras
  - Nhill Bandits v Warracknabeal Avengers
  - Kaniva Rampagers v Horsham Black Hawks
2:00 pm - Women - Nhill Thunderbirds v Warracknabeal
3:30 pm - Open - Nhill Rangers v Warracknabeal Hoops

Field Two

11:00 am - Under 16 - Kaniva Raiders v Horsham Bombers
12:30 pm - Women - Kaniva Women v Horsham Jets
2:00 pm - Open - Yanac Tigers v Dimboola Burras
3:30 pm - Open - Kaniva Cobras v Horsham Hurricanes

Bye - Yanac Warriors and Yanac Women