Final four positions were decided on Saturday in Warracknabeal in warm conditions.
Kaniva Raiders secured forth place with a strong performance against the Horsham Black Hawks. The best Raiders were Claire McDonald and Kendal Meyer, with Braden Clark scoring 2 goals. The highlight for the Black Hawks was a great solo goal to Andrew Valentine.
The Raiders victory meant the Nhill Bandits could not make the finals regardless of the result against the Warriors. The Bandits have performed well all season, and it is a shame they had to miss out on finals action. Jarryd Bendall controlled things in the middle as usual and was ably supported by sister Lauren and Ben Smith. The Warriors perhaps played their best game of the season drawing 2 all with the Bandits. Erin Blackwood again very solid in defence. While Alex Wheaton provide attacking and Adam
Horsham Highlanders also secured a finals birth with a convincing victory over second placed Nhill Thunderbirds. The Highlanders running and long passing game was too hot for the Thunderbirds, winning 3 nil.
Kaniva women’s only hope of making the finals was a Highlander loss. Knowing they couldn’t make the finals, Kaniva were very determined to end the season on a high note. Kaniva dominated the first half of their clash against Yanac with accurate passing to forwards from the half backs, resulting in many shots at goal. The second half was more even, but it was Kaniva’s Sharon Williams who scored the only goal from a loose Yanac pass.
Warracknabeal beat Dimboola women 4-2 in the other women’s match to finish the year on top of the ladder.
In the men the Yanac Tigers were impressive coming back from a 2 nil deficit to beat Kaniva 4-2. While the Hoops had too much fire power for Dimboola winning 4-1 and finished the year on top of the ladder.