Rd 17 v Northern Blues Match Report

No Winter Blues for the Tigers

For the last day of a cold and wet July you could not have asked for better weather or better conditions to present themselves, as the Tigers hunted back to back wins at Avalon Airport Oval. The game started at a pretty hectic pace and never really slowed down in a fast and open first quarter. Werribee went to the break leading by 11 points. Not much changed in the second quarter with both sides able to keep the scoreboard ticking over. Neither side had the ascendency, and the nine point margin was pretty indicative of the game. The game was ripe for someone to grab it by the scruff of the neck and take control. That did not happen till the final quarter when Werribee unleashed an avalanche of unanswered early goals to put the result beyond doubt.

Last week’s win was a relief for John Lamont and his coaching staff, this week was much more enjoyable.

“I am probably the most pleased I have been since round 4 against Footscray, because we got our game going. We moved the ball with much more speed, we were much more aggressive with ball in hand, we took risks, and took the opposition on. We mucked up a few, but credit to the players they stuck to it, and didn’t go into their shell. The only thing that annoyed me, was a couple of times at the end of quarters, we let them back in for a couple of goals.”

The crowd not only enjoyed the sunshine but the spectacle, with 40 goals kicked for the afternoon, highlighted by the Tigers 11 in the last quarter.

The coach was pleased with the overall commitment.

“We had a lot of blokes who played closer to their best footy. We want to build a bit of momentum and finish the year positively. We look forward to Box Hill this week, and our recent record against them is pretty good, and with a bit of increased confidence it is certainly a game that is winnable. We want to give a good account of ourselves again.”

Werribee will play Box Hill Hawks at Box Hill City Oval on Sunday. Development league at 11am followed by the seniors at 2pm. The sides will be competing for the Beyond Blue Cup which Werribee currently holds.

Peter Jackson VFL 2016
Werribee: 6.3 10.9 14.13 25.15 (165)
Northern Blues: 4.4 9.6 12.8 15.12 (102)

GOALS:
Werribee: Durdin 4 Daw 4 Fordham 2 Wagner 2 Hanson 2 McKay 2 Maishman 2 Corbett 2 Nahas Jones McFarlane Conway Mountford
Northern Blues: Kerbatieh 5 Jaksch 2 Smith 2 Wilson Wood Totevski Tutt Whiley Lamb

BEST:
Werribee: McFarlane Gribble Mountford Fordham Hanson Sodomaco
Northern Blues: Wilson Kerbatieh Whiley Jones Jaksch Tutt

AFL Victoria Development League
Werribee: 2.1 4.3 8.5 9.7 (61)
Northern Blues: 2.6 6.8 6.8 9.13 (67)

GOALS:
Werribee: VanDenBerg 2 Porter 2 Button 2 King Munro Laird
Northern Blues: Cyster 2 Brown 2 Bolger Corboy Jacques Barrett Stevens

BEST:
Werribee: Holman Williams Porter Munro Brew Kershaw
Northern Blues: Aujla Stevens Ballard Roos Cripps Malual

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