It seems the Wimmera hockey Open competition ladder is taking on a familiar look, while the highlight of the fourth round was the first meeting between the Dimboola Roos and Yanac since their epic Women’s Grand Final clash last season.
The Yanac Tigers continue to be the benchmark after registering their fourth win in as many rounds, but the Warrack Hoops and Kaniva Cobras are snapping at their heels.
The Tigers took on the Dimboola Burras and both looked to overcome the slow ground conditions with the effective use of aerial shots to get the ball into their attacking zone.
But it was the Tigers who made the most of their chances, finding the goals four times.
The Warrack Hoops and Horsham Hurricanes played out a very even game with both teams setting up scoring chances.
However Darius Cosgrave of the Hoops eluded the opposition goalkeeper and scored what would prove to be a match-winning goal early in the game.
The Kaniva Cobras remain in touch with the top teams on the Open ladder after they finished one goal ahead of the Nhill Rangers.
The Women’s competition remains very tight with only six points separating the top four teams after two games in round four ended in draws, and the improving Warrack scored another win.
The result of the game between the Dimboola Roos and Yanac was the same as at full time in the season decider last year, with scores tied, but unlike the final where extra time and a penalty shootout was used to decide the winner, on this occasion there was no tie breaker so the teams had to settle for sharing the points.
These two teams remain very evenly matched, and once again look destined to play a significant role in the outcome at the end of the season.
Rebecca Lovett and Elizabeth Klinge controlled the midfield for the Roos and Natalie Jones and Susan Hedt were dominant for Yanac.
The Warrack Women remain in the top four after their second win, overcoming the Horsham Jets by four goals to one.
Alysha Genn scored twice, including converting a penalty stroke, and Donna Rigby also found the goals on two occasions for Warrack. Rhiannon Marr scored the only goal for the Jets.
The Nhill Thunderbirds and Kaniva Women played a draw with Grace McLeod scoring for the Thunderbirds and Hannah Braisby for Kaniva.