To suggest a run of five losses in three years amounts to a hoodoo might be a stretch, but Werribee’s 11-point loss to Footscray on Saturday did nothing to quash any growing sense the Bulldogs might be emerging as a bit of a bogey team for the “big W”.
Werribee was unable to break its recent run of outs against Footscray on Saturday, going down to the Bulldogs by 11 points at VU Whitten Oval.
From the moment Bior Malual put through his second goal inside the opening five minutes against the Northern Blues at Ikon Park on Saturday, you got the feeling it was going to be Werribee’s day.
With almost 32 minutes on the final-quarter clock, as the umpire blew his whistle to signal time on and end the frantic game of stacks-on taking place deep inside the Werribee forward line, the tension that gripped the black-and-gold army at Avalon Airport Oval seemed to give way to a familiar sinking feeling.
It took less than 10 minutes for Ryan Kemp to announce his arrival on the VFL stage.
Just as Saturday 8 June, 1996 is remembered by AFL fans more as “the night the lights went out at Waverley” than for the contest that took place between Essendon and St Kilda, Saturday 6 April, 2019 may well come to be known among the wider state-league footy fraternity as “the night the sprinklers came on at Avalon Airport Oval”. But for those who hold the Werribee Football Club near and dear to their heart, the match will go down as one of historical importance for far more worthy reasons.
Werribee put in a strong showing against the Box Hill Hawks in arctic conditions at Avalon Airport Oval on Saturday, going down to the reigning premiers by 15 points in its final practice match.
Werribee was unable to hold off a fast-finishing Geelong in its opening practice match of 2019 and the first at home in more than 10 years, going down to the Cats by 15 points under the Avalon Airport Oval lights on Friday night.
Elite footballers don’t need external motivation, we are told. Their intrinsically high motivation levels are part of what makes them elite and what makes great orators of old such as Ted Whitten, John Kennedy, and Ron Barrassi apparently redundant in this day and age. Yet it seemed patently clear watching the scenes that unfolded in Werribee’s rooms after Saturday’s 14-point win over the Box Hill Hawks that these highly motivated elites had been driven by much more than their desire for a mere four points.
Werribee has fallen short of victory against Port Melbourne despite a big comeback, going down to the Borough by 16 points at Adcon Stadium.
Werribee has bounced back emphatically from its narrow Easter Saturday loss, claiming its third win of the year with a 58-point victory over the Northern Blues at Ikon Park on Saturday.
Werribee has suffered another Easter heartbreak against Geelong, falling three points short in a thriller against the Cats at Avalon Airport Oval on Saturday after staging a remarkable final-quarter fightback.
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 has kicked off the Mark Williams era in sensational style, mounting a spirited fightback to down old alignment partner North Melbourne by 39 points in its season opener at Avalon Airport Oval on Saturday night.
A second-half Bulldogs blitz has seen a super-sized Werribee team go down to Footscray by 54 points in Saturday's practice match at VU Whitten Oval.
This was no forlorn farewell.