The eternal flame would have struggled to stay alight when the heavens opened over Avalon Airport Oval in the opening minutes of the Werribee-North Ballarat clash.
The weather dictated the style of football and it was never going to be pretty to watch. North Ballarat started briskly which riled Werribee senior coach John Lamont "I was really disappointed to give up the first three goals of the game. The number one instruction to the playing group was keep your feet. Our attention to detail to our game plan was not up to standard early"
North Ballarat led at every change and Werribee were going to need a supreme effort in the last quarter to get the points, something the coach was well aware of "I said to them at three quarter time, you have 30 minutes to find out where you are at as a playing group and thankfully they did turn it around"
Werribee responded with 4 goals 4 to a solitary point from the Roosters, winning by 14 points.
Lamont was happy but frustrated "It was good to win, but it wasn't a good win. I can't question the players effort. we don't need them to play harder, we need them to play smarter. We were behind all day, we hit the front at the 20 minute mark of the last quarter, it's not ideal, but I am pleased to get the 4 points. There is a lot of room for improvement because we want to play a brand of football that is sustainable, and will win you finals"
Werribee will play Port Melbourne at North Port Oval this Saturday at 2pm. Werribee's next home game against Wiliamstown in round 5 has been transferred to Saturday May 16th from 12 Noon and will be the Channel 7 Match of the Day.
2015 Peter Jackson VFL
Werribee Tigers 2.4 6.8 7.8 11.12 (78)
North Ballarat 4.3 8.6 9.9 9.10 (64)
Werribee Tigers: Robinson 2 Bolton 2 Speight 2 Reid Hanson Munro Maishman Daw
North Ballarat: Black 2 Powell Bacon Sewell Staley Preuss Youl Hooper
Werribee Tigers: Conway Crichton Currie Hanson Reid Vickers-Willis
North Ballarat: Sewell Durdin Rippon George Tsitas Boseley
2015 AFL Victoria Development League
Werribee Tigers 4.0 4.6 6.7 7.11 (53)
Casey Scorpions 4.1 8.4 11.7 21.10 (136)
Werribee Tigers: VanDenBerg 2 Christensen Hussey Brett O'Shea Redfern
Casey Scorpions: Rennie 7 Page 3 Petropoulos 2 King 2 Plummer 2 Fritsch Moncrieff Rosier Battle Waters
Werribee Tigers: Ferrari Holman Hussey Arnold Redfern Maddock
Casey Scorpions: Rutherford Rennie Gains Petropoulos Keilty Fritsch