Werribee has secured back-to-back home wins to kick off its 2019 campaign with a 32-point victory over fellow standalone side Coburg at Avalon Airport Oval on Saturday night.
Werribee: 4.2 9.7 12.12 15.13 (103)
Coburg: 3.3 4.4 5.7 10.11 (71)
Werribee: R. Kemp 3, J. Riccardi 2, T. House 2, B. Malual 2, L. Pinnuck 2, T. Gribble, J. Maishman, A. Clarke, D. Brew
Coburg: S. Lowson 4, M. Podhajski, J. Corigliano, S. Binion, M. Lentini, J. Neaves, P. McEvoy
Werribee: A. Clarke, J. Clayton, D. McFarlane, D. Nielson, K. Declase, J. Riccardi
Coburg: S. Lowson, H. Nolan, J. Corigliano, M. Lentini, L. Dickson, B. Cannolo
HOW IT HAPPENED
A free-flowing opening term had things tightly poised at the first change, a snap left-foot goal to Werribee first-gamer Ryan Kemp and two each to Timm House and Sam Lowson for the hosts and visitors respectively leaving the home side five points clear at quarter time. From there, with Dane McFarlane providing the drive out of defence, Joe Maishman offering plenty of dash through middle, and Jake Riccardi providing a strong target up forward, Werribee took control of the contest, booting four of five second-quarter goals to take a 33-point lead into the main break.
As Kye Declase caught fire through the third term while Louis Pinnuck chimed in with two goals and Kemp snared a third to cap off a dream debut, the hosts extended their advantage to be 47 points clear at the main change. A five-goal-to-three final quarter in the Burgers’ favour, which included a fourth to Lowson, brought the end margin back to 32 points and took a little of the gloss off what was nonetheless and impressive sophomore showing from the new Werribee side under Mark Williams.
FROM THE COACH
“Coming back from last week’s win, I was curious to see how we might start. I thought last week we started pretty poorly, so I was really impressed [this week]. We were in front at quarter time, and I thought our second quarter really built on it. Up to three-quarter time, I thought we really dominated the play; but to Coburg’s credit, they kept going at it, and I’m sure they’d be happy with how they finished off the game.”
- Werribee Senior Coach Mark Williams
Dane McFarlane: 26 disposals (23 kicks, three handballs), 12 rebound-50s, nine marks
Josh Clayton: 24 disposals (nine kicks, 15 handballs), seven marks, five clearances
Joe Maishman: 19 disposals (13 kicks, six handballs), five inside-50s
Kye Declase: 17 disposals (12 kicks, five handballs), five marks
Ryan Kemp: 12 disposals (seven kicks, five handballs), three goals
Jake Riccardi: 14 disposals (nine kicks, five handballs), two goals
Angus Clarke: 34 hitouts, 10 disposals (four kicks, six handballs), one goal
Werribee vs Geelong
Saturday 20 April (Easter Saturday)
2pm at Avalon Airport Oval