Even play resulting in convincing scorelines was the order of the day as Wimmera Hockey Association hit off for its first round of the 2008 season at Nhill College on Saturday.
Only one match out of nine had a margin of one goal with others reaching up to nine goals.
The juniors got the ball rolling with Warriors using the ball well scoring twice through Sam Bone before half time but Leopards kept in touch with a goal to Grady Janetzki. Leopards equalised not long after the break and by improving their teamwork scored twice more to win 4-2.
The lowest score of the day reflected the evenness of the contest between Bombers and Kangaroos, the latter victors 2-1.
Raiders had good forward runs and scored good team goals winning 6-2, despite capable Kookaburras defence.
Revengers had the bye.
Warracknabeal Women were caught off guard with a lack of fitness compared to Highlanders who dominated and with great team passing were rewarded with a 9-0 win. Kate Ferrier led the attack from centre half, while a breadth in attack resulted in goals shared between six players.
Jess Ross pushed Dimboola Women into attack as they dominated the scoreline against Kaniva Women, despite some counter attack. Michelle Searle chipped in two goals in the 7-0 win and earned a spot in the best – a worthy effort after recently becoming a mum again!
Thunderbirds took advantage of scoring opportunities including from short corners to win 4-1 over Yanac Women.
Kaniva Men made the most of scoring opportunities in an even contest against Dimboola Men, winning 4-0. Patrick White led Kaniva’s campaign with four players scoring, while Tim Jorgensen led Dimboola’s defence.
Hurricanes tried hard and were rewarded with one goal but Hoops were the victors 3-1, with three goals to Shane Langman.
Yanac Tigers had the advantage over the returning Nhill Men’s side. Strength on the back line from Allan King kept Tigers to one first half goal. The fast paced game slowed in the second but Tigers continued to score, finishing 4-0. Adam Clohesy stood out for Tigers, also scoring two goals.