The Nhill Rangers continued to impress as their undefeated start to 2019 in the Wimmera Hockey Association's Open division extended into round three.
In a determined display the Rangers played out a scoreless draw with last year's grand finalists, the Warrack Hoops.
Other results of note to come out of the weekend's action included Horsham earning their first points for the season in the Open competition and Yanac winning the re-match of the 2018 grand final against the Dimboola Roos in the Women's division.
The Nhill Open division team is reaping the rewards for their perseverance over the past few seasons when they struggled from week to week to even field a team.
They have now recorded one win and two drawn games in the first three rounds.
This has put them in the unfamiliar position of outright second place on the ladder and preparing for a top-of-the-ladder clash with the Yanac Tigers in the next round.
On Saturday they welcomed the Warrack Hoops to their home ground and between them played out an intense scoreless draw.
Although the Hoops controlled slightly more of the play, solid defence by the Rangers kept them in the game and earned them another two points.
Another match up that always guarantees some entertaining hockey saw the Yanac Tigers maintain their undefeated run when they overcame a spirited Dimboola Burras.
In another milestone the third Open division game resulted in the Horsham Hurricanes' first win for the season, when they scored three goals to defeat the Kaniva Cobras who could only find the net once.
The game that attracted the most interest in round three of the Women's competition was the first meeting of the 2018 grand finalists since last season, with the Yanac Women once again finishing ahead.
The ball spent much of the game in Yanac's half of the field and despite some solid defence by the Dimboola Roos it was only a matter of time before the reigning premiers found the goals.
The end result was a three-goal win to Yanac, which leaves them undefeated on top of the ladder, yet to concede a goal this season, but despite this the Roos remain in equal second place.
The Nhill Thunderbirds are keeping the pressure on the top two teams with a three-goal win over the Warrack Women. The Kaniva Women currently fill the last place in the top four, after they outlasted the Horsham Jets to win by three goals to one.
Round Three Results
Yanac Tigers 2 (Goals - N Alexander, S Alexander; Best - N Alexander, J Cramer, T Alexander) defeated Dimboola Burras 0 (Best - T Jorgensen, D Danish, B Tischler)
Nhill Rangers 0 (Best - M Miller, S Bone, B Miller) drew with Warrack Hoops 0 (Best - C Bardell, K Mills, S Schultz)
Horsham Hurricanes 3 (Goals - P Mackereth, W Gulline, T Roberts; Best - S Trigg, P Mackereth, D Pumpa) defeated Kaniva Cobras 1 (Goal - J Hendy; Best - L Mills, D Cole, A Wallis)
Yanac Tigers 12 5
Nhill Rangers 8 1
Warrack Hoops 6 3
Dimboola Burras 4 1
Horsham Hurricanes 4 -1
Kaniva Cobras 2 -9
Nhill Thunderbirds 3 (Goals - E Murden 2, S Allen; Best - E Murden, E Farquharson, C Kessler) defeated Warrack Women 0 (Best - K Krahe, D Rigby)
Kaniva Women 3 (Goals - L Stimson 2, H Beattie; Best - O Williams, N Hutchins, J Wallis) defeated Horsham Jets 1 (Goal - L Schilling; Best - L Schilling, R Creek, M Middleton)
Yanac Women 3 (Goals - S Alexander, H Honeyman, N Harding; Best - E Alexander, S Hedt, C Beattie) defeated Dimboola Roos 0 (Best - B McMaster, N Kuhnell, C Hadzig)
Pts GD %
Yanac Women 12 12 0%
Dimboola Roos 8 3 200%
Nhill Thunderbirds 8 3 200%
Kaniva Women 8 1 125%
Horsham Jets 0 -8 20%
Warrack Women 0 -11 0%
Yanac Warriors 9 (Goals - Caleb Zanker 2, M Farmers 2, J Croot 2, Chloe Zanker 2, Archie Zanker; Best - M Farmers, Caleb Zanker, A Farmers) defeated Dimboola Kangaroos 0 (Best - T Krelle, M Reichelt, T Bamford)
Nhill Leopards 6 (Goals - I Deckert 2, C Koop 2, T McBride 2, L McBride; Best - L McBride, I Deckert, K Clark, T McBride) defeated Warrack Revengers 1 (Goal - Ben Williamson; Best - B Williamson, T Engelbrecht, A Mills, N Eilola)
Kaniva Raiders 3 (Goals - M Goodwin 2, I Williams; Best - M Goodwin, I Williams, E Dixon) defeated Horsham Bombers 2 (Goals - J Crookford, A Koch; Best - L Simmons, S Foot, T Batchelor)
Yanac Warriors 12 26
Kaniva Raiders 12 6
Nhill Leopards 4 1
Horsham Bombers 4 -7
Warrack Revengers 4 -13
Dimboola Kangaroos 0 -13
Nhill Bandits 5 (Goals - V Maloney 4, G Pohlner; Encouragement - T Moloney) defeated Warrack Avengers 1 (Goal - Not Recorded; Encouragement - H Zwar)
Horsham Black Hawks 3 (Goals - A Trigg 2, J Schwarz) defeated Kaniva Rampagers 1 (Goal - X Stimson)
Yanac Lowan Stars 7 (Goals - Asher Zanker 3, S Pedie 3, L Cramer; encouragement - A Trenery) defeated Dimboola Kookaburras 1 (Goal - Thar Shue)