W for Werribee
The facts don’t lie and they are not pretty. Going into Saturday’s game the Tigers had not won a game since May 15th-round 6. Seven losses in a row puts pressure on everyone at the football club. The remedy is obvious, but not simple. Fortunately the football historians can put away their record books, because the Tigers got back on the winning list with an 11 point victory over North Ballarat.
Avalon Airport Oval was in great condition, considering the recent wet weather, but mother nature was going to throw up some climatic challenges, to add to the mental and physical ones the Tigers faced.
Werribee got off to a flyer, kicking 6 goals in the first quarter, to signal to themselves, and the opposition, that they were switched on, and ready for the contest. The Rosters certainly provided that, right to the final siren.
It was a relieved senior coach John Lamont after the game.
“We got off to a good start and that was where the game was won. Interestingly it was very similar to a couple of our games (Collingwood & Coburg) where we didn’t start well, gave up a buffer and could not peg it back. That two and a bit goal break, we just held that after quarter time.”
The day did not start well, and the Tigers brains trust must have thought the football Gods were angry.
“I said to the players in the pre game meeting, the only thing that has not happened to us this year is losing a player in the warm up, it just happened. Ed Vickers-Willis did his hamstring. Ryley Barrack who had played a full game on ball in the development league, and was best on ground, backed up. He was a valuable contributor in the senior game until cramp got him in about the 15 minute mark of the last quarter. He played 8 quarters of football, on ball in the development game then as a forward in the seniors. It was a gutsy effort. Our 23rd player Brett Blair from the Geelong Falcons went well, kicking 3 goals. Matt Hanson was good and it was nice to have the captain Michael Sodomaco back on the field.”
The Tigers face the Northern Blues this Sunday at Avalon Airport Oval starting at 11.40am.
“We will have a light week only training Wednesday and Friday. We have played 50 blokes in the seniors so far this year, and we have 5 games to go. So we are mindful of that. We are on the TV this week so we will hopefully give a really good account of ourselves.”
The game will be broadcast on Channel 7 from 11.30 and the Development game will start at 2.40pm.
Peter Jackson VFL 2016
Werribee: 6.2 7.3 8.6 10.11 (71)
North Ballarat: 3.1 5.7 6.8 8.12 (60)
Werribee: Blair 3 Hanson 2 Nahas Preuss Mountford McKay Maishman
North Ballarat: Keeble 2 Stephenson George Kiel Lusby Schache Rippon
Werribee: Hanson Preuss Mountford Tippett Blair Nahas
North Ballarat: Tate Kiel Keeble Austin Cassidy Schnerring
AFL Victoria Development League
Werribee: 2.1 2.1 2.5 2.5 (17)
Box Hill Hawks: 4.7 9.10 14.11 18.16 (124)
Werribee: Houlihan Corbett
Box Hill Hawks: Kidd 3 Jones 2 Soccio 2 Gordon 2 Murphy 2 Traynor 2 Lewis 2 Langford Mcintyre Cox
Werribee: Barrack King Miller Vistarini Laracy
Box Hill Hawks: Jeffs Bond Gordon Traynor Cox O'Sullivan