A late fightback wasn’t enough as Werribee slumped to its third consecutive narrow loss, this time to Collingwood at Avalon Airport Oval on Saturday.
Werribee: 2.3 3.7 7.8 11.11 (77)
Collingwood: 5.2 7.4 10.6 12.8 (80)
Werribee: M. Munro 3, N. Coughlan 2, A. Marklew 2, M. Augerinos, B. Malual, T. Gribble, J. Riccardi
Collingwood: T. Broomhead 2, A. Gallucci 2, M. Chippendale, C. Lane, M. Lynch, B. Crocker, A. Bosenavulagi, T. Varcoe, M. Smith, C. Hustwaite
Werribee: D. Brew, M. Munro, K. Declase, B. Malual, T. Gribble, D. Nielson
Collingwood: C. Hustwaite, R. Wills, B. Crocker, J. Noble, T. Brown, T. Wilson
HOW IT HAPPENED
A slow start once again proved costly for Werribee who found itself 17 points down at quarter time.
A comeback was inevitable with Mark Williams’ trademark attacking brand always a danger for opposition clubs when in full flight, but when the final siren sounded, Werribee was on the wrong side of a three-point margin.
Skill errors, costly turnovers and red-time goals to Collingwood proved decisive in the loss, which extends the ‘big W’s’ frustrating run of close defeats to six by 16 points or less. Missing vitally important midfield trio Michael Barlow, Matt Hanson and Josh Clayton, saw added responsibility placed on others, and Dom Brew relished the task, named Werribee’s best for his shutdown job on Collingwood’s co-captain and ball-magnet Alex Woodward.
Matt Munro continued his strong form, booting three goals, while the versatile Kye Declase and excitement machine Bior Malual showed good signs.
Timm House, Louis Pinnuck, Aiden Domic and Max Augerinos made successful returns from injury, however skipper Michael Sodomaco experienced a hamstring issue in the second term and did not return.
Dom Brew: 20 disposals, 16 tackles, six inside 50s, five clearances
Matt Munro: Three goals, 16 disposals, seven tackles, five marks
Tom Gribble: 29 disposals, 19 contested possessions, 12 clearances, nine tackles, one goal
Kye Declase: 16 disposals at 94% efficiency, nine marks
Richmond vs Werribee
Sunday 14 July
10.10am at Swinburne Centre