Highlanders win eleventh straight
Horsham Highlanders have won their eleventh straight game comfortably disposing of Warracknabeal Women in their Wimmera hockey round eleven encounter at Yanac.
On lush green fields Highlanders outran their opponents with good pace and fitness, although they missed many scoring opportunities. Goals to Kate Ferrier, Carmel McFarlane and Johanna Tuomisto in the first half set the team up for the win. The reigning premiers fought back in the second and kept Horsham scoreless. But the damage was already done and Highlanders won 3-0. Ferrier, Robyn Creek and Ellie Morrow were instrumental in the win, while Joanne Lawson, goalie Kate Perkins and Julia Hausler were strong for Warrack.
Yanac Women secured their first win of the season in a close game against Thunderbirds. The Yanac side claimed the four points the last time the two teams were set to meet after Thunderbirds forfeited. On Saturday the first half saw equal chances for both sides and play was mostly midfield. Thunderbirds scored the early goal through Christy Marais but Yanac leveled the score soon after. Yanac played a more structured game and used more teamwork as the game continued. Yanac scored in the second half to earn the win 2-1. Sheree May and Sharon Croot scored Yanac’s goals. Best for Yanac were Anne Blackwood, Sarah Coughlan and May. Bridie Kennedy, Grace McLeod and Anna Rowe were top for Thunderbirds.
Kaniva Women frustrated many of Dimboola’s efforts at goal holding the strong side to one goal each half. Elizabeth Klinge scored early with a solid hit from the top of the circle. Jennifer Klinge worked the ball into Dimboola’s attacking circle on many occasions setting up many opportunities. Young Meaghan Pohlner was in the right place to convert from a scramble on the line. Cara Elsom was strong in defence for the victors, who won 2-0. Hannah Bedford was strong for Kaniva.
Hurricanes took advantage of a depleted Hoops side to take a win and equal points on the ladder with them, although just behind on percentage. The Warrack side was missing many players due to injuries and the team could not hold Horsham out. Horsham dominated and deserved the 2-0 victory. Ryan Robson and Richard Kemp were stars for Hurricanes while experienced Simon King and junior Mark Hewitt did their best for Hoops.
Kaniva Men worked hard for a 3-1 win over Dimboola Men. Defender Fergus Meyer scored two goals and was instrumental in the win, and Brett Jewell scored the other for Kaniva, while Dimboola’s Basil Jorgensen scored one back.
Tigers and Nhill Men had good even back and forth play in their match with the difference being Tigers were able to convert off some attacking chances. Jarryd Bendall at centre half and goalie Graeme Jago did well for Nhill. Yanac halfbacks Luke Reichenbach and Matt Kube pushed forward for the 3-0 win.
Warriors have sneaked up to third spot on the junior ladder ahead of Raiders on percentage. Warriors had a strong win 7-3 over Kookaburras.
Jack Janetzki scored three times to give Leopards a solid 3-0 win over Bombers.
Kangaroos beat Revengers 4-0.
Four points to the canteen crew – Yanac is renowned in the association for its five star feasts and homemade treats and held up its reputation for the crowd as they watched and played nine matches on Saturday!
- Rachel Clark