Matthew Lobbe and Mark ‘Choco’ Williams have been reunited as player and coach, with the 100-game former Port Adelaide and Carlton ruckman landing at Avalon Airport Oval.
Lobbe will don the black and gold and also take on the role as ruck coach/midfield assistant, as part of Werribee’s new-look coaching panel in 2020.
Williams - who was Lobbe’s coach at Port Adelaide for the first three years of his career - is looking forward to linking up again.
“I have known Matt for many years. I actually recruited him to Port Adelaide way back in 2007 (pick 16) and have always admired his rucking ability as well as his leadership,” Williams said.
“He is a fierce competitor who gets his hand on the ball then hunts at ground level. For a tall guy he is a wonderful tackler and this ferocious attack on the ball will really help improve our clearance numbers. He is a terrific club man and he cares deeply for his teammates.”
Matt Lobbe comes to Werribee with an impressive football CV:
• 100 AFL Games - 92 with Port Adelaide and 8 at Carlton
• AFL finals with the Power in 2013 and 2014
• Life Membership to Port Adelaide
• Carlton Best Clubman and Spirit of Carlton awards
• Port Adelaide leadership group 2013-2016, vice captain (2015)
• 84 senior State League games – 57 SANFL (West Adelaide/Port Magpies) 27 VFL (Northern Blues)
Away from football, 30 year old Lobbe is a mental health ambassador and has also been heavily involved in the youth and community space programs.