The fourth round presented some surprise results, with two teams earning their first points for the year, but the leading teams also continued their dominance.
The Open competition ladder is taking on a familiar look with the Yanac Tigers and Warrack Hoops occupying the top two places, followed by the Kaniva Cobras and Dimboola Burras, with the Horsham Hurricanes and Nhill Rangers both just outside the top four.
The reward for the victors in the clash between the Kaniva Cobras and Warrack Hoops was outright second place on the ladder.
The Hoops took control of the game early, with their short passing game penetrating the Cobras half back line to set up opportunities to score, but when they gained possession the Cobras used their big hitting game effectively to transfer the ball into their attacking zone.
This resulted in a fast-paced game and it was a passage of play following a short corner that resulted in a Cameron Bardell goal that opened the scoring for the Hoops.
Another goal by Bardell in the dying minutes of the game stretched the winning margin to two.
Despite struggling for players, the Nhill Rangers showed some of their potential, with a fighting come-from-behind draw with the Dimboola Burras to earn their first points for the season.
The Yanac Tigers were clinical in their five-goal win over the Horsham Hurricanes.
The Horsham team had no answer to the Tigers’ quick and accurate passing and disciplined positional play.
The Dimboola Roos are yet to be defeated this season and sit comfortably a game and a half clear on top of the ladder but it is the rare presence of the Kaniva Women in second place that is the talking point of this division.
Kaniva strengthened their place in the top four, with a close two- goal win over the Warrack Women.
This result has the Kaniva Women comfortably in the top three and leaves Warracknabeal winless after four games, but with the tenacity they showed in this game, their first victory cannot be too far away.
The Dimboola Women have established a clear six point lead at the top of the ladder. It was the Nhill Thunderbirds who made a valiant attempt to stop them but despite a hat-trick of goals by Kellie Farquharson they still finished two goals short of the Roos’ tally of five.
After a slow start to the season, the Yanac Women are beginning to move up the ladder after a one goal win over the Horsham Jets.
A gap is developing between the top three and bottom three teams on the Under 16 ladder. The Nhill Leopards are undefeated on top with 16 points, six ahead of both the Warrack Revengers and Dimboola Kangaroos who in turn are six points ahead of the remaining three teams.
The Leopards continued their winning streak with victory over their closest rival, although the Kangaroos were not disgraced by the 4 goals to 2 score line.
After a comfortable six goal win over the Kaniva Raiders, the Warrack Revengers have climbed to second place on the Under 16 ladder.
A breakthrough win by the Horsham Bombers now has them equal on points with the fourth placed Yanac Warriors. The Bombers kept the Warriors scoreless 4-0.
The Lowan Stars defeated the Horsham Blackhawks in a very even game.
The Dimboola Kookaburras had a comfortable win over the Nhill Bandits and the Kaniva Rampagers earned a win over Warracknabeal.