After a break from local competition, the Wimmera Hockey Association season resumed, with the top teams beginning to draw away from their lower ranked opponents.
Despite this, much interest remains in the battle for the lower places in the top four overall divisions.
With the top three teams all recording victories there were no changes in ladder positions, with the Tigers and Hoops comfortably in the top two places, followed by the Kaniva Cobras in third. The Horsham Hurricanes retain fourth place despite a loss on the weekend, but only by two points from the Dimboola Burras. The Nhill Rangers are a further game behind but still in the mix.
At Kaniva the difference between the Yanac Tigers and the Dimboola Burras after an even first half was a single goal.
Although the Tigers dominated the general play after the break they were only able to add one more goal to give an end result of a two-goal win.
The winless Nhill Rangers went into the half-time break of their game against the Kaniva Cobras in the unfamiliar position of a one goal lead, but three goals to their opponent in the second half has left the Rangers still looking for their first victory for 2017.
The Warrack Hoops controlled their game from the start but very strong defence by the Horsham Hurricanes restricted them to only one goal by half-time. Two more goals in the second half sealed the game for the Hoops.
Whilst the Dimboola Roos and the Horsham Jets are setting the pace in the Women’s competition, the four remaining teams are staging a great battle to fill the next two places on the ladder, with Kaniva and Yanac currently holding those positions.
The Kaniva Women remain in touch with the top two despite a one all draw with the Nhill Thunderbirds.
The Horsham Jets had considerably more play than their opponents, the Warrack Women, but strong defence restricted the second placed Jets to only two goals.
The third Women’s match involved the grand finalists from last season, and the result was similar to the 2016 season decider. At the midpoint of the second half, the Roos’ captain Elizabeth Klinge started the scoring. This was followed minutes later by a confident solo run by her sister Jennifer who eluded several Yanac defenders to also score. Adina King scored the Roos’ third.
The Leopards remain on top after a 3-1 win over the Kaniva Raiders and they are closely followed in second place by the Warrack Revengers who scored twice in their win over the Horsham Bombers. Dimboola Kangaroos defeated Warriors 4-1.