Werribee’s winning streak has been broken by rivals Williamstown in a high-scoring thriller in this year’s John Pyne Memorial Cup at Avalon Airport Oval on Sunday.
Werribee: 2.2 5.3 10.6 14.11 (95)
Williamstown: 6.2 9.6 14.6 16.7 (103)
Werribee: M. Munro 5, J. Maishman 2, D. Brew, M. Hanson, B. Malual, N. Coughlan, M. Spencer, K. Declase, M. Barlow
Williamstown: W. Wheeler 2, N. Rodda 2, S. Dunell 2, J. Ottavi, L. Hunt, J. Greiser, J. Pickess, S. McLarty, J. Pongracic, J. Thorpe, S. Martyn, J. Dorgan, B. Myers
Werribee: M. Barlow, M. Munro, M. Hanson, D. Nielson, D. Brew, B. Norton
Williamstown: L. Masters, M. Hibberd, J. Tippett, W. Wheeler, J. Greiser, N. Meese
HOW IT HAPPENED
Back-to-back goals in the opening minutes to Williamstown’s Willie Wheeler set the tone for the visitors , who consigned Werribee to yet another poor start. Both sides traded goals regularly throughout the fast-paced clash in bitterly cold conditions at Chirnside Park. From 24 points down at the final change, Werribee mounted an inspired comeback, closing the gap to just two points in the dying minutes, but it wasn’t enough, as Willy held firm for an eight-point triumph. Matt Munro booted five goals in a masterful display, while leaders Michael Barlow, Matt Hanson and Daniel Nielson were other strong performers.
Michael Barlow: 37 disposals, seven inside-50s, one goal
Matt Munro: Five goals, 14 disposals, three tackles
Matt Hanson: 33 disposals, 21 contested possessions, nine clearances
Daniel Nielson: Eight disposals, three contested marks
Werribee vs Essendon
Saturday 30 June
11.40am at Avalon Airport Oval