If you are a fan of the modern game, where the ball is moved at warp factor 9 and the silky skills that are practised day after day are on show, and the pristine state of the ground allows for fast flowing lightning quick end to end football, then suffice to say this game would not have been of any interest to you at all.
Werribee v Port Melbourne on a water logged, muddy and slippery North Port Oval was never going to serve up anything but a blue collar get your hands (and everything else) dirty contest. In all honesty being able to adapt to these conditions is a skill in itself. It was never going to be a pretty game to watch but it was absorbing from start to finish. In Monty Python gondola tradition, this game had stoppages, stoppages and more ...... stoppages.
Braydon Preuss was going to need and use all of his 206 centimetres and 107 kg’s in the ruck. When his partner in grime Majak Daw went down with an ankle injury early in the game, his job description grew an extra arm and leg, and he rose to the occasion.
Fair to say Port Melbourne had control of the majority of the game, but were never able to convert that control to a big lead on the scoreboard, credit to the Werribee players . At quarter time the margin was 11 points, and when Werribee went to the main break a point in front, it must have surprised them as much as anyone at the ground or watching Channel 7. The Tigers desire, commitment and work ethic was beyond question.
Even with three players out of action Werribee never gave up and played the game out to the final siren.
The much depleted development side matched Port for a half but went down in the end by 6 goals. They will travel to Casey Fields this Friday night for an 8pm game. Werribee seniors will play Geelong this Saturday at Simonds Stadium from 12 noon. Scott Sherlock will be playing his 100th game for the club, more about Scott and his history at Werribee will be on the website during the week.
Peter Jackson VFL 2016
Port Melbourne: 2.8 3.13 8.17 9.20 (74)
Werribee: 1.3 5.3 8.4 10.7 (67)
Port Melbourne: Cain 2 Pearson Sandilands Hobbs Iaccarino O'Sullivan Dickson Mihocek
Werribee: Porter 2 Gribble Conway McFarlane McKay Mountford Munro Maishman Turner
Port Melbourne: O'Sullivan Lange Cain Osborne Tynan Pinwill
Werribee: Preuss Gribble Conway Wilson Turner Tippett
AFL Victoria Development League
Port Melbourne: 3.3 5.4 8.7 11.9 (75)
Werribee: 3.4 5.6 5.7 5.8 (38)
Port Melbourne: Hogan 4 Halsall 3 Neiwand 3 Knowles
Werribee: Xavier Mahony VanDenBerg Brett Blair
Port Melbourne: Batsanis Knowles Gordon Urban Halsall Waddell
Werribee: Williams Aylett Barrack Blair Iles Ellard