Monday, May 26, 2008

Round 7 Preview

Dimboola club host hockey at Nhill
Wimmera hockey’s round seven sees another change of venue with all nine matches to be played at Nhill College. Dimboola club will host the day.
Sitting a close second and third on the junior ladder Leopards and Raiders should give the 9.30am early bird crowd a game worth getting out of bed to see. Leopards are fresh from a bye while Raiders have come from making an exciting comeback scoring three second half goals to draw last week.
Next on field one Kaniva Women will be evenly matched with Yanac Women.
Neither Thunderbirds nor Warrack Women are at their usual force and this should be a good even match. Warrack are strengthening again however and if goal scorers Sue Puls and Karen Triffitt are on target they might just have the upper hand.
Hoops will be full of confidence after a six-goal victory last week, but if Allan King is at his usual strength in defence and Jarryd Bendall pushes into attack then Nhill could make life difficult for them.
In the late match on field one Kaniva Men will have another tough match against Tigers. This was a fast match last meet and could be again if the field holds up after four other matches and recent welcome rains.
When the two Dimboola junior teams meet at 11am on field two it will be the first time this season any club will have had teams compete in the same division. Kangaroos at the top of their ladder are generally more experienced than their club counterparts, Kookaburras, and will have the advantage.
Revengers and Bombers will enjoy an even match, giving two teams on the lower side of the junior ladder a chance to shine.
Highlanders are six points clear on top of the women’s ladder and it looks at this stage of the season that if anyone is going to give the Horsham team a run for their money it might just be the Dimboola side with skilful big hitter Elizabeth Klinge and Jess Ross directing plays, while Kate Ferrier and Ellie Morrow give the tactical playing Highlanders an edge.
In the last men’s match Dimboola play Hurricanes.
Warriors have the bye.
- Rachel Clark

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