Wimmera Hockey Association 2017 season to start on Friday night

WIMMERA Hockey Association’s 2017 season begins at the Dimboola Health and Fitness Centre on Friday night. 

The opening women’s and open competition will be contested under lights with the Dimboola Roos hitting off against the Horsham Jets at 7pm. The Dimboola Burras take on the Horsham Hurricanes. 

All remaining games will be played out on Saturday. 

This season will involve competitions in four divisions across 15 regular rounds – starting in April and ending in August. This culminates in the grand finals on September 9, after the semi-final and preliminary final.

After the success of the first season of the under-12 competition last year, this will continue with three games played in the prime 12.30pm time slot each week.

Teams representing the Wimmera Hockey Association will participate in the Junior State Country Championships at various venues in Melbourne on May 20 and 21 

The senior men’s championships are at Greensborough in Melbourne while the women compete in Geelong during the long weekend in June.

There have been many rumours about player movements since last year, but the line-up of most teams will not be settled until a couple of rounds into the season.  

This makes early season form difficult to predict, but there is no evidence to suggest that the leading teams from 2016 will not be the teams to watch.

The only thing that can be predicted with any confidence about the under-12 competition is that three keenly contested games will be played each Saturday, but player availability each week can have a great impact on the performance of each team.