Round 7 wrap: Footscray vs Werribee

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.

RESULT

Footscray: 4.2 6.6 10.9 13.13 (91)
Werribee: 1.5 5.9 8.12 11.14 (80)

Goals

Footscray: B. Dale 3, A. Scott 2, N. Drummond 2, L. Webb, J. Schache, P. Lipinski, B. Kanakis, J. Wallis, L. Vandermeer
Werribee: M. Augerinos 3, J. Bennett 2, T. House 2, J. Riccardi, J. Maishman, J. Henderson, M. Barlow

Best

Footscray: P. Lipinski, B. Dale, J. Prudden, L. Young, B. Williams, A. Scott
Werribee: J. Henderson, R. Hebron, T. Gribble, M. Barlow, T. House, J. Bennett

HOW IT HAPPENED

Werribee trailed by 15 points at quarter time after failing to capitalise on its early opportunities, but a four-goal-to-two second term had the visitors within three points at the main change and threatening to take control of the game over the second half.

With a goal after half time to Joel Bennett in his first game of the year, Werribee found itself in front, and the two sides then traded goals and the lead early in the third quarter before the Dogs seized the momentum with three in a row to stretch out to a 14-point lead approaching quarter time. A third goal to Max Augerinos and a first to Timm House either side of the three-quarter time siren had Werribee back within a kick, but that was as close as it would come in the final term. The Dogs again booted three in a row to lead by an even four kicks midway through the quarter, leaving second goals to both Bennett and House in the closing minutes as little more than a consolation prize for Werribee.

FROM THE COACH

“[We played] okay at times. We were in the game for most of the day. Minus 30 in contested possession was probably the difference in the end.

“It was uncontested and free-flowing to a certain level, but when there was a contest to be won, we seemed to get beaten in that area, which was probably the overriding factor of why we lost. We were down about eight on inside 50s, and I think we were mucking around with the ball a little bit as well, going that extra handball when we probably just needed a longer kick down the line, so there are a few lessons to be learnt.”

- Werribee forward coach Nick Daffy

KEY PLAYERS

Tom Gribble: 29 disposals (22 kicks, seven handballs), eight marks, six inside-50s, four clearances

Michael Barlow: 28 disposals (14 kicks, 14 handballs), seven inside-50s, four clearances

Josh Clayton: 27 disposals (six kicks, 21 handballs), nine marks, six rebound-50s

Ryan Hebron: 12 disposals (10 kicks, two handballs), eight marks (four contested), five rebound-50s

NEXT WEEK

Frankston vs Werribee
Saturday 26 May
2pm at Skybus Stadium, Frankston

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