2014 - Round 10 Preview

Round 10

Saturday 28 June 2014

At Anzac Park, Warracknabeal




First matches at Anzac Park this season as Hockey Victoria celebrates Women's Round

Wimmera Hockey Association round 10 matches will be played at Anzac Park this Saturday with nine matches to be hosted by Warracknabeal Hockey Club. 

Hockey Victoria will celebrate Women’s Round for any matches to be played between 20th and 29th of June.  Wimmera’s matches fall on Saturday 28 June 2014 which is this round 10.

The designated Women’s Round is celebrated across Victoria and is becoming a tradition with some clubs across Victoria hosting their own special events.  The round aims to celebrate women and girls in hockey and recognise the important role they play in sport whether it is as a committee member, player, coach, team manager, umpire, taxi driver, supporter, mentor, sponsor, canteen helper and more.  Some clubs arrange massages, pink food, pink roses, manicures, pink outfits and any other special moment in celebration and thanks.  Wimmera members can wear a small splash of pink to help mark the day on Saturday if they wish and just keep in mind the contributions women and girls make to the sport, as well as encourage them in their roles.


With not much separating home team Warrack Revengers from Nhill Leopards on the ladder this should be a close game.  The two teams have only played once so far this season with a very close 1-0 result in Revengers favour, although Leopards are two points ahead on the ladder.  Revengers have senior boys who work the ball well in Colin Taylor and Jack Dean while Leopards have strong defenders including full back Victoria Janetzki and plenty of players who can sneak goals including equal third top goal scorer so far in the junior competition Jason Reichelt.

Dimboola Kangaroos come up against the Kaniva Raiders who have plenty of players who can score goals.  Kangaroos have good defence with the Pilmore sisters Amy and Zoe and half backs brother and sister combination in Hayden and Kaylee Withers.  Kangaroos will need to work together well and when they get a chance use their wings who sit well on their posts especially while Raiders do not have a regular goalie.

Horsham Bombers and Dimboola Kookaburras should enjoy a close contest.  Lachlan Schultz and Danny Moore provide a good basis for the Dimboola team while Bombers have strong full backs in Kiah Zietsman and Ashleigh Fogarty, and hard working half back Mikayla Farmers and clever Traiyth Leffler through the midfield.

Yanac junior team Warriors has the bye.


Dimboola Women and Nhill Thunderbirds will play a fast match on the grass with plenty of strong hits and passing.  Thunderbirds have a strong half back line with Emma Janetzki and Wendy Crowhurst ably supporting the fast forwardline with Lauren Bendall and Stephanie Daly accounting for the majority of Nhill’s goals so far.  Last contest Dimboola came out two goals in front and with sneak scorers Adina King, Kelly Smithyman and Jemma Schultz, who scored twice last week, backed by the support of strong half backs Elizabeth Klinge in centre and Brooke Nuske Dimboola may be hard to beat.

Horsham Highlanders will take on the undefeated Yanac Women in what should be a good contest with plenty of precision passing.  Yanac has strong goal scoring capabilities particularly in Louise Bone and Jenny Smith with strength coming through the midfield from consistent centre half back Erin Alexander.  Highlanders have scored a handful more than Yanac for the season so far but have several more scoring options with 12 women scoring goals so far.  Yanac won last encounter and are still looking strong after holding Nhill’s fast forwardline to a zero score last week.

Warrack Women will have the home ground advantage for the second time when they play Kaniva Women.  Both in the lower order, Warrack is just ahead on the ladder and had the win last contest.  The line up of each team might determine the outcome this time, with Kaniva coming off the back of a strong performance despite a close loss last week against the stronger Highlanders.


Warrack Hoops and Kaniva Cobras are equal on points and when they play this could alter second and third spot on the ladder.  Coming into the second half of the home and away season a good performance this match could be important for final standings.  The match will be fast with plenty of big hits and passing.  Hoops were victors last encounter although they have drawn this season.

Dimboola Men and Nhill Rangers should play an even contest with teams equally matched on speed and strength through the midfield.  It was a close game last encounter with Rangers enjoying their first win of the season by a goal.  Dimboola may need to pass around wide in attack to combat some strong defence from Rangers with Mont Miller consistent at full back while Rangers should avoid the centre where Tim Jorgensen has been consistently strong at half back all season.

Horsham Hurricanes come up against top team Yanac Tigers in the later game in what will be a tough match.  Tigers have strength all over the field and Hurricanes’ skilful goalie Stuart Hoffman will be kept on his toes.  David Jochinke is proving to be a strong centre half back for Hurricanes with good performances there over the last couple of weeks, while Tigers’ Nathan Alexander has been a consistently capable centre half back directing the play for Tigers all season.  The Horsham team will need to pass quickly and efficiently if they are to get around the Tigers.

- Rachel Clark, WHA Records Secretary 2014


Round 10 Draw

At Anzac Park, Warracknabeal

Saturday 28 June 2014

Field 1

9.30am Warrack Revengers vs Nhill Leopards; 11am Dimboola Kangaroos vs Kaniva Raiders; 12.30pm Warrack Hoops vs Kaniva Cobras; 2pm Dimboola Men vs Nhill Rangers; 3.30pm Horsham Hurricanes vs Yanac Tigers.

Field 2

9.30am Hook in 2 Hockey; 11am Horsham Bombers vs Dimboola Kookaburras; 12.30pm Dimboola Women vs Nhill Thunderbirds; 2pm Horsham Highlanders vs Yanac Women; 3.30pm Warrack Women vs Kaniva Women.

Hook in 2 Hockey: 9.30am on Field 2.

Bye: Yanac Warriors