2014 - Round 2
Saturday 12 April 2014
At Brim Recreation Reserve, Brim (hosted by Warracknabeal Hockey Club)
Brim hockey first
Warracknabeal Hockey Club will host round 2 of the Wimmera Hockey Association season with matches at the Brim Recreation Reserve for the first time. This venue is a one off for this season due to a clash of dates with the hockey club’s usual venue at Anzac Park in Warracknabeal, but could prove to be an exciting venue with good facilities, despite the extra distance to travel. Two hockey fields will fit across the football field and all nine round two matches will be played there on Saturday.
Warracknabeal’s junior team Revengers will make its season debut after having the first bye last week. Revengers will play Horsham Bombers in the early match and will be keen to see how their side stacks up this year.
Kaniva Raiders and Yanac Warriors will play a rematch of last year’s grand final when Raiders came out premiers. Despite each losing a couple of players both sides at this early stage still look the teams to beat this season following strong wins for each in their season openers last week. Warriors’ goalie Brittany Keam will play her first game against her former team and this could be a fun challenge.
Young teams Nhill Leopards and Dimboola Kangaroos will enjoy a reasonably even match.
Yanac Women are still quietly strong with Erin Alexander leading the charge – she has changed her name after marrying in the off-season but the former Blackwood and three-time consecutive women’s best and fairest has not changed her quiet strength on the field. Yanac of course has depth throughout its line up and will rely on that when they take on Horsham Highlanders who once again are a team not to underestimate. The Horsham team has good numbers to choose from this year and if they make the most of their scoring opportunities will be quite competitive once again.
Warrack Women and Nhill Thunderbirds will play an even match.
Despite a slight change in lineup from last year’s premiership side Dimboola Women look super strong again this year but will still have to work for their points when they play the late game against Kaniva Women. Will a couple of new recruits Kaniva have made the best start to a season for a while and will be looking to keep pushing forward.
Dimboola Men made a great start to their season last week boosted by new female goalie Ellie Woods and will be keen to see how they shape up against one of last year’s stronger teams in Kaniva Cobras.
Yanac Tigers are looking sharp again as always and will be too strong for Horsham Hurricanes.
Coming off a draw last week Warrack Hoops will want to dominate when they play Nhill Rangers but may have to work harder than they think. Despite Nhill almost not fielding a team in the open competition this season they have recruited well and put up a good fight in their season opener against the reigning premiers Tigers.
Warracknabeal club will also host a bbq tea and live music following the day’s matches from 6pm at the community centre as part of a social get together for all clubs in the association. See your club secretary for details.
Round 2 Draw
Field 1: 9.30am Horsham Bombers vs Warrack Revengers; 11am Kaniva Raiders vs Yanac Warriors; 12.30pm Dimboola Men vs Kaniva Cobras; 2pm Yanac Tigers vs Horsham Hurricanes; 3.30pm Warrack Hoops vs Nhill Rangers.
Field 2: 9.30am Minkey; 11am Dimboola Kangaroos vs Nhill Leopards; 12.30pm Yanac Women vs Horsham Highlanders; 2pm Warrack Women vs Nhill Thunderbirds; 3.30pm Dimboola Women vs Kaniva Women.
Bye: Dimboola Kookaburras.
- Rachel Clark, WHA Records Secretary 2014
Hot hockey in Brim venue first
Wimmera Hockey Association round 2 matches were held at Brim Recreation Reserve in a first for hockey on Saturday. Warracknabeal Hockey Club hosted the round in hot conditions. Two hockey fields fit across the well-trimmed Brim field, which was a good fast playing surface for the nine matches despite some mid-week rain.
Yanac Tigers take a clear lead on the open ladder after a convincing 6-0 win against Horsham Hurricanes. After a slow start due to some good defence by Horsham, Tigers took control scoring five times after the break to take the match. Nathan Alexander with two goals was named best for Tigers. Fellow centre half back Paul Mackereth was best for Hurricanes.
Goals to four individual scorers saw Warrack Hoops take a 4-0 win over Nhill Rangers. A back-hand skilful shot from a short corner gave Warrack a one-goal lead at half time. Good skills from both sides kept the game close. The second half saw Nhill being blocked by Warrack’s defence with Warrack making the most of their forward plays. Full backs were named best for their respective sides: Will Hewitt for Hoops and Mont Miller for Rangers.
Kaniva Cobras had a convincing win over Dimboola Men 6-1. Cobras had a two-goal lead at the break although Dimboola scored early in the second to keep them in touch. Cobras then ran away with the match, despite good efforts by Dimboola’s Tim Jorgensen. Braden Clark with one goal was named best for Kaniva.
Nhill Thunderbirds have secured their first win of the season with a strong four-goal haul over Warrack Women. Thunderbirds enjoyed a talented forward-line with goals scored by four individual scorers. Half backs all worked hard across both teams, with Emma Janetzki named best for Nhill and Alana Argent for Warrack. Thunderbirds won 4-0.
Dimboola Women dominated the scoreline in their 7-1 win over Kaniva Women but they had to work for it. Dimboola scored first but Kaniva soon replied to be one-all. Dimboola had another couple by half time but ran away with the game late in the match when Kaniva tired. Centre half backs were best for each side: Nyree Hutchins for Kaniva and Elizabeth Klinge for the victors.
Horsham Highlanders had a chance to take an early lead with a penalty stroke against Yanac Women but goalie Michelle Honeyman blocked the shot by the formidable Launa Schilling. Yanac scored later in the half and then never lost the lead. Horsham scored once in the second half but two goals to Jenny Smith in the second half and a second to Erin Alexander secured the 4-1 win. Alexander was named best for Yanac while Lucy O’Connor in her first official senior year was best for Horsham, also scoring her side’s lone goal.
Yanac Warriors had a lot of the attack in their match against Kaniva Raiders but were unable to capitalise despite good efforts from centre half back Zachary Dorrington, while Raiders had a few good breaks and made the most of their opportunities, scoring three times including once by Brandon Rich who was named best for his side. Raiders won 3-0.
Nhill Leopards jump into second spot on the ladder after a solid win with eight goals over Dimboola Kangaroos. A four-goal haul from young Jason Reichelt plus goals from four other separate scorers showed the young team has breadth in attack. Young Ellie Murden scoring one of the goals was named best for the victors, while Zoe Pilmore at full back was a strong defender for Kangaroos. Leopards won 8-0.
Horsham Bombers secured a 3-2 win over Warrack Revengers. Making their season debut after finishing third last year Revengers have lost several of their older players and are in a rebuilding phase. Teams were two each at half time but Bombers scored in the second half to win by a goal. Full backs were named best for their respective sides: Kiah Zietsman for Bombers, and Colin Taylor for Revengers.
Dimboola Kookaburras had the bye.
- Rachel Clark, WHA Records Secretary 2014
RESULTS AND LADDERS
Warrack Hoops 4 def Nhill Rangers 0
Goals: Hoops, Brad McKenzie 1, Darius Cosgrave 1, Marcus Williamson 1, Paul Slater 1.
Umpire votes: Hoops, William Hewitt 3, Darius Cosgrave 2, Russell Brown 1; Rangers, Mont Miller 3, Alex Pipkorn 2, Trevor James 1.
Kaniva Cobras 6 def Dimboola Men 1
Goals: Cobras, Mathew McDonald 2, Braden Clark 1, Shannon Mitchell 1, Lewis Bothe 1, Jordan Clark 1; Dimboola Men, Zack Slater-Collard 1.
Umpire votes: Cobras, Braden Clark 3, Adam Wallis 2, Brandon Rich 1; Dimboola Men, Tim Jorgensen 3, Zack Slater-Collard 2, Caleb Halsall 1.
Yanac Tigers 6 def Horsham Hurricanes 0
Goals: Tigers, Nathan Alexander 2, Adam Clohesy 2, Jamie Harding 1, Michael Dart 1.
Umpire votes: Tigers, Nathan Alexander 3, Simon Farmers 2, Michael Dart 1; Hurricanes, Paul Mackereth 3, Tim Davey 2, Daniel Pumpa 1.
Open Ladder after Round 2
Pts Goal Diff.
Tigers 8 +10
Cobras 6 +5
Hoops 6 +4
Dimboola Men 4 +1
Rangers 0 -8
Hurricanes 0 -12
Nhill Thunderbirds 4 def Warrack Women 0
Goals: Thunderbirds, Stephanie Daly 1, Leah Hawker 1, Diane Janetzki 1, Lauren Bendall 1.
Umpire votes: Thunderbirds, Emma Janetzki 3, Wendy Crowhurst 2, Stephanie Daly 1; Warrack Women, Alana Argent 3, Teagan Roche 2, Donna Robinson 1.
Dimboola Women 7 def Kaniva Women 1
Goals: Dimboola Women, Kristin Klinge 3, Ellie Woods 1, Kelly Smithyman 1, Rebekah Albrecht 1, Jemma Schultz 1; Kaniva Women, Rachel Clark 1.
Umpire votes: Dimboola Women, Elizabeth Klinge 3, Brooke Nuske 2, Kristin Klinge 1; Kaniva Women, Nyree Hutchins 3, Rachel Clark 2, Julie Braisby 1.
Yanac Women 4 def Horsham Highlanders 1
Goals: Yanac Women, Erin Alexander 2, Jenny Smith 2; Highlanders, Lucy O’Connor 1.
Umpire votes: Yanac Women, Erin Alexander 3, Louise Bone 2, Anne Blackwood 1; Highlanders, Lucy O’Connor 3, Launa Schilling 2, Rebecca Batchelor 1.
Women's Ladder after Round 2:
Pts Goal Diff.
Dimboola Women 8 +9
Yanac Women 8 +5
Thunderbirds 4 +2
Warrack Women 2 -4
Kaniva Women 2 -6
Highlanders 0 -6
Kaniva Raiders 3 def Yanac Warriors 0
Goals: Raiders, Duncan Shalders 1, Adam Feder 1, Brandon Rich 1.
Umpire votes: Raiders, Brandon Rich 3, Jayden Hendy 2, Lachie Mills 1; Warriors, Zachary Dorrington 3, Todd Alexander 2, Alex Magrath 1.
Nhill Leopards 8 def Dimboola Kangaroos 0
Goals: Leopards, Jason Reichelt 4, Victoria Janetzki 1, Sharma Delaney 1, Ellie Murden 1, Stef Bull 1.
Umpire votes: Leopards, Ellie Murden 3, Blake Miller 2, Jason Reichelt 1, Stef Bull 1; Kangaroos, Zoe Pilmore 3, Amy Pilmore 2, Elisha Russell-Haby 1.
Horsham Bombers 3 def Warrack Revengers 2
Goals: Bombers, Mia Guest 2, Traiyth Leffler 1; Revengers, Jack Dean 1, Rebecca Sanders 1.
Umpire votes: Bombers, Kiah Zietsman 3, Traiyth Leffler 2, William Gulline 1, Mia Guest 1; Revengers, Colin Taylor 3, Oskar Bennett 2, Jack Dean 1, Serena Foot 1.
Bye: Dimboola Kookaburras
Junior Ladder after Round 2:
Pts Goal Diff.
Raiders 8 +13
Leopards 8 +11
Warriors 4 +15
Bombers 4 -9
Revengers 2 -1
Kookaburras 2 -3
Kangaroos 0 -26