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: 3.2 5.5 7.6 12.9 (81)
Geelong: 4.6 8.9 11.11 12.12 (84)
Werribee: J. Riccardi 3, B. Malual 2, N. Coughlan 2, M. Munro, R. Hebron, J. Henderson, T. House, J. Clayton
Geelong: D. Fort 3, L. Smith 2, J. McLachlan 2, J. Kennerley, Q. Narkle, D. Capiron, B. Jarvis, J. Tarca
Werribee: M. Augerinos, T. Gribble, M. Spencer, J. Riccardi, R. Barrack, D. Brew
Geelong: R. Abbott, Z. Guthrie, D. Fort, J. Parsons, Q. Narkle, J. Gow
HOW IT HAPPENED
After a tight opening where both sides traded early goals, Geelong began to take advantage of its control of the stoppages approaching half time, kicking four consecutive goals either side of the main break to turn a slender lead into a 34-point advantage midway through the third term.
An immediate and unlikely reply from defender Ryan Hebron and a second goal to Timm House provided some Werribee resistance before Geelong hit back. With two goals before three-quarter time and another after the final change, the Cats extended their lead back beyond five goals and looked to be cruising towards a comfortable victory at the 10-minute mark of the final term.
But a bit of baulk-and-weave brilliance from Bior Malual moments later provided the catalyst for a dramatic momentum change. By the time Matthew Munro sent through a set shot at the 29-minute mark, Werribee had kicked five unanswered goals to find itself just three points adrift.
Ultimately, though, time was against the home side, the siren sounding with the ball deep inside its attack to leave the “big W” ruing another one that got away against the Cats.
FROM THE COACH
“What a disappointing day. There was a big crowd, great conditions, and the oval looked fantastic, and we really didn’t turn up in the first three quarters.
“At half time, Geelong had eight goals, and seven of them were from stoppage, so that was the area of most concern. We couldn’t stop them winning stoppage and getting inside 50.
“We were really disappointed with it because we were really looking forward to the standard and the step-up of what Geelong would bring to us, and I thought we failed pretty miserably.
“But credit to the boys, they kept working it. Right at the end, we had a sneaky chance to win, so it was nice to see the resilience and the belief was still there, even though most things went against them.”
- Werribee Senior Coach Mark Williams
Tom Gribble: 31 disposals (13 kicks, 18 handballs), six tackles
Josh Clayton: 25 disposals (15 kicks, 10 handballs), eight marks, one goal
Max Augerinos: 18 disposals (12 kicks, six handballs), five tackles
Jake Riccardi: 13 disposals (seven kicks, six handballs), six marks, three goals
Northern Blues vs Werribee
Saturday 27 April
2pm at Ikon Park, Carlton