Wimmera Hockey Association set for round of big matches

WIMMERA Hockey Association teams will return to the park at Yanac Hockey Club at the weekend after the Senior Country Championships break.

In the open division, Yanac will meet Warrack Hoops for the second time in three rounds.

The Hoops will seek revenge after Yanac Tigers won last time the sides met.

The Hoops won convincingly over Kaniva Cobras before the break and will want to test their strength against the ladder-leader Tigers.

The division's leading scorer Marcus Williamson will have another chance to be the first player to find the back of the Tigers' net this season.

New shirts brought a fresh result for Horsham Hurricanes prior to the break its first win of the season and the side will take confidence into its clash with Dimboola Men tomorrow.

This should be an even contest through the midfield and could come down to the strength of the goalies.

Hurricane Stuart Hoffman and Dimboola's Ellie Woods have been top contributors in goals this season.

A Hurricanes win could see them sneak into the top four.

Nhill Rangers will meet Kaniva Cobras, which could be an even contest if the Rangers go in with a positive attitude.

In the women's division, a number of players will return from a successful country week campaign.

Nhill Thunderbirds and Kaniva Women should play a hard-fought and reasonably even match, however Kaniva will have to watch out for the Thunderbirds' fast forwards.

Warrack Women will face Yanac Women in what promises to be a tough encounter.

Warrack has confidence after its first win of the season last round and will use that to put pressure on Yanac's defence.

Horsham Highlanders will want to test their strength against Dimboola Women, who are just ahead on the ladder.

In the junior competition, Yanac Warriors will meet ladder-leader Kaniva Raiders in a clash of the top two sides.

Dimboola Kangaroos played a great team game last round and will look to keep that up against Nhill Leopards, while an in-form Warrack Revengers will face the skilful Horsham Bombers.

Dimboola Kookaburras have a bye.

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