Werribee has recorded the second biggest win in its VFA/VFL history, piling on 27 goals to beat Northern Bullants by 160 points at Preston City Oval on Sunday. The victory was Werribee’s third in a row, moving them up to seventh on the ladder after six rounds of the 2021 campaign.
It took just 90 seconds for Werribee to kick its first goal of the game with Nick Hayes getting on the end of a deep forward 50 entry from debutant Ariek Lual. Lual came into the side for captain Michael Sodamaco and impressed early as did another first gamer in Ryan Kemp who kicked two first quarter goals in his season debut. Kemp, Wylie Buzza and Harry Stubbings each kicked two majors in the swashbuckling opening term which saw the Big W lead by 60 points at the first break.
Scoring wasn’t as free flowing in the second quarter with the first goal not coming until the 12-minute mark via Stubbings. Buzza and Kemp also continued to trouble the Bullants defence as they both booted their third majors in the term, while defender Max Spencer added his name to the goals list as Werribee’s total neared three figures at halftime.
With eight individual goal scorers in the first half, it was surprising that Shaun Mannagh’s name was absent from the list as he eventually finished as the game’s leading goal scorer with five. Mannagh opened his account seven minutes into the third quarter, and it didn’t take long for him to add a second. Kemp’s fourth took the lead beyond 100 points while Werribee’s defence limiting the Bullants to a single point in the term, also contributed to the commanding three-quarter time lead.
The visitors rounded out the game by piling on eight fourth quarter goals with the first four coming in the first 10 minutes and the last four over the final seven minutes of the term with Matt Lobbe inserting the exclamation mark on the dominant display by goaling after the final siren.
Werribee: S. Mannagh 5, W. Buzza 4, R. Kemp 4, H. Stubbings 3, N. Hayes 3, K. Gray 2, K. Declase 1, H. Garoni 1, J. Henderson 1, D. Brew 1, M. Lobbe 1, M. Spencer 1
Northern Bullants: J. Boyd 1, F. O’Dwyer 1
Werribee: S. Mannagh, W. Buzza, M. Hanson, N. Coughlan, L. Pinnuck, H. Stubbings
Matt Hanson: 32 disposals, 14 handball receives, 5 tackles, 10 inside 50s
Tom Gribble: 32 disposals, 13 contested possessions, 5 tackles, 6 inside 50s
Wylie Buzza: 25 disposals at 84% efficiency, 8 marks (2 contested), 12 hitouts, 4 goals
Louis Pinnuck: 24 disposals, 6 marks, 4 inside 50s, 3 rebound 50s
Shaun Mannagh: 20 disposals (16 kicks), 6 marks, 7 inside 50s, 5 goals
Harry Stubbings: 20 disposals, 11 marks (1 contested), 3 goals, 4 score assists
Nick Coughlan: 16 disposals (13 kicks), 6 marks (2 contested), 8 rebound 50s
Werribee vs Sandringham
Saturday May 29
1pm at Avalon Airport Oval