Werribee has secured back-to-back home wins to kick off its 2019 campaign with a 32-point victory over fellow standalone side Coburg at Avalon Airport Oval on Saturday night.
Just as Saturday 8 June, 1996 is remembered by AFL fans more as “the night the lights went out at Waverley” than for the contest that took place between Essendon and St Kilda, Saturday 6 April, 2019 may well come to be known among the wider state-league footy fraternity as “the night the sprinklers came on at Avalon Airport Oval”. But for those who hold the Werribee Football Club near and dear to their heart, the match will go down as one of historical importance for far more worthy reasons.
Werribee put in a strong showing against the Box Hill Hawks in arctic conditions at Avalon Airport Oval on Saturday, going down to the reigning premiers by 15 points in its final practice match.
Werribee was unable to hold off a fast-finishing Geelong in its opening practice match of 2019 and the first at home in more than 10 years, going down to the Cats by 15 points under the Avalon Airport Oval lights on Friday night.
Elite footballers don’t need external motivation, we are told. Their intrinsically high motivation levels are part of what makes them elite and what makes great orators of old such as Ted Whitten, John Kennedy, and Ron Barrassi apparently redundant in this day and age. Yet it seemed patently clear watching the scenes that unfolded in Werribee’s rooms after Saturday’s 14-point win over the Box Hill Hawks that these highly motivated elites had been driven by much more than their desire for a mere four points.
Much like in the AFL, the toughest task in VFL football right now involves a trip to Yarra Park to take on Richmond. On Saturday, Werribee found out just how difficult an assignment that can be.
Werribee produced an incredible one-point win over Essendon at Avalon Airport Oval on Saturday in one of the VFL games of the year.
Werribee fell short in its bid to exact revenge on Geelong for its round-one heartbreaker, going down to the Cats by 16 points at GMHBA Stadium on Saturday.
Werribee has fallen to its heaviest defeat of season 2018, going down to Port Melbourne by 78 points at Avalon Airport Oval on Saturday.
Werribee has kicked off the Mark Williams era in sensational style, mounting a spirited fightback to down old alignment partner North Melbourne by 39 points in its season opener at Avalon Airport Oval on Saturday night.
A second-half Bulldogs blitz has seen a super-sized Werribee team go down to Footscray by 54 points in Saturday's practice match at VU Whitten Oval.
This was no forlorn farewell.
With so much focus on “six-six-six” formations and extended goalsquares, it would have been easy enough for an impartial observer to Werribee’s round-18 clash with Coburg to overlook the fact there was an actual game of football going on rather than a mere experiment to workshop potential AFL rule changes.
Right from the opening – a Tom Gribble free kick to replace the customary first bounce thanks to a flattening opposition blow before play had even begun – it was clear there was going to be plenty of heat and spite in Werribee’s home clash with the Northern Blues.
Werribee was unable to produce a result to remember for milestone men Ben Moloney, Joe Maishman, and Sam Collins in its clash with Collingwood on Sunday, going down by 58 points in the wet at Victoria Park.
Werribee scored a resounding triumph with an 83-point win over Frankston at SkyBus Stadium on Sunday.