Werribee has been outclassed by reigning premiers Footscray, going down by 51 points at Victoria University Whitten Oval on Saturday night.
Despite trailing by 26 points entering the final change, the Tigers had all the momentum and looked poised for a run at it in the last quarter before the Bulldogs piled on seven goals to two to put paid to any hopes of a tight finish.
Werribee started much more cleanly in front of goal than in the previous week’s loss to Geelong and looked well and truly in the hunt when Cam Zurhaar kicked his side’s fourth early in the second to cut the margin to a goal.
But a run of quick goals to the Dogs saw them finish with a four-goal to-two quarter to take a 28-point lead into the main break.
The Tigers then dominated the play through the third term but were unable to hurt their opponents on the scoreboard, a late goal to the Bulldogs’ Lauchlan Dalgleish only compounding the frustration.
While pleased with its third-quarter effort, coach John Lamont was again frustrated with his side’s lack of consistency throughout the game.
“We won the [third] quarter, won the clearances, won the inside 50s; but unfortunately, in the last quarter, Footscray got on top again,” Lamont said.
“At the minute, our group has just not been able to put four quarters of football together.”
On what proved a tough night for the Tigers, captain Michael Sodomaco was as reliable as ever, providing plenty of run off the backline to finish with 20 disposals and six rebound 50s, while Ryan Clarke was again lively up forward with two goals and 22 possessions.
Ryley Barrack was also impressive down back in his return to the senior side, as was Jordan Jones, whose 18 disposals included a team-high six clearances.
But some solid individual efforts from Werribee in defence were not enough to curb the influence of Fergus Greene, who ran riot in the Bulldogs' forward 50 to finish with five goals.
The result sees the Tigers sitting at 0-2 to start their season and squares the ledger for the reigning premiers after last week’s narrow loss to Box Hill.
Werribee now turns its attention to its Round 3 clash against Essendon at Arden Street on Saturday.
Werribee: 3.4 5.5 7.10 9.12 (66)
Footscray: 5.3 9.9 11.12 17.15 (117)
Werribee: Matt Hanson 2, Ryan Clarke 2, Will Fordham, Majak Daw, Cam Zurhaar, Nick Meredith, Jed Anderson
Werribee: Michael Sodomaco, Ryley Barrack, Jed Anderson, Jordan Jones, Ryan Clarke, Declan Mountford