Tigers claim a clear lead
Tigers now have a clear lead on the men’s ladder thanks to a 2-0 win over second placed Hoops in round nine of Wimmera hockey action. Tigers and Hoops had shared equal points since round four only separated by goal difference.
At Dimboola, Hoops rarely had the ball in their scoring zone in the first half while goals to Adam Clohesy and Hugh Finlay set Tigers up for the win following excellent passing and team play. Hoops came back strongly in the second and were unlucky not to score. Fitness may have let them down in the end. Simon Farmers and Clohesy were a strength for Tigers while goalie George Nikkelson and junior Ethan Schilling were Hoops’ standouts.
Dimboola Women gave another solid performance dominating Thunderbirds 3-0. Elizabeth Klinge scored one goal, and together with Michelle Searle and Jess Ross led the way for Dimboola. The Nhill side were not without their chances with direction from Grace Mcleod and Rosie Wallis but were thwarted by good goalie work by Rosa Goode.
Junior goalie Ambrose Hose did some top work for Dimboola Men with Ryan Booth at full back also creating a good defence against Nhill. While both sides created scoring chances in the first half, Nhill Men dominated early in the second with many forward thrusts and finally converted through young Jack Janetzki. Dimboola mounted a late burst and were unlucky not to convert from several short corners. Nhill’s Graeme Janetzki at half back and Allan King at full back proved hard to beat. Nhill won 1-0.
Junior side Leopards came out strong defeating Kookaburras 4-0.
Nathan Jorgensen scored three goals and steered Kangaroos to a comfortable 7-0 victory over Bombers. Sean Creek and Monique Schwedes helped Bombers work well together to stop more goals.
At Kaniva, top women’s side Highlanders continued their domination winning their ninth straight game this season, this time with a 6-1 demolition of the home women’s side. Highlanders controlled the game and took advantage of their attacking chances, resulting in a four-goal haul to star Ellie Morrow and two to Robyn Creek. Kaniva’s Claire Riches and Krystal Smith defended well but were unable to stem the flow. Kaniva launched a counter attack resulting in their only goal through Kelsey Webb.
Warracknabeal Women scored in the second half of an even game to beat Yanac a close 1-0.
Hurricanes started with good team work with Stuart Hoffman and Luke Dunn working well. Christian Stimson was on fire for Kaniva in the first half while a free hit outside the circle found teammate Kendal Meyer who deflected and put Kaniva in the lead. Ryan Wallis had a constructive game continually putting Kaniva into attack, although Dunn had a good shot and beat Kaniva’s goalie, sneaking the ball under him to even the score 1-1.
Raiders and Warriors drew 3-3 in a high standard junior game.
- Rachel Clark