Werribee win Grand Final rematch in Gold Coast

03 June 2024

Werribee’s good form continued with a fourth win in a row this time over the Gold Coast Suns. 

Meeting for the first time since the 2023 Grand Final Werribee emerged victorious with a 17-point margin defeating the Suns 13.12.90 to 11.7.73.

It was a sweet victory for Werribee first year coach Jimmy Allan and boosted his side up to third on the ladder. 

The Suns started the game strongly, booting the first two goals in quick succession. For the second consecutive week Jack Henderson ignited Werribee's attack kicking the team's first two majors. Jay Dahlhaus maintained his goal-kicking form with a trademark snap in the first quarter, and Louis Pinnuck again snuck forward to add another long-range goal to narrow the margin to just three points by quarter time. This was Pinnuck’s third goal of the season, a feat he has not managed since 2019. 

Gold Coast began the second quarter in a similar fashion kicking the first two majors opening up an 18-point lead. However a strong fightback saw Werribee kick four goals in a row and take a seven point lead into the main break. Flynn Young and Hudson Garoni both kicked goals to begin this run. Garoni was able to maintain his record of scoring in every game this season.

The third quarter was a tight, goal-for-goal tussle, with both sides managing only two goals. Hudson Garoni kicked his second of the quarter and 18th of the season, elevating him into the top five in VFL goalkicking. An Aidan Johnson goal from the ruck just before three-quarter time provided Werribee with a bit of breathing room, giving them a nine-point lead at the final break.

Gold Coast kicked the first goal of the final quarter, with Sam Day’s third of the day reducing the lead to four points. After a 10-minute goalless stretch Cooper Whyte capped off a great afternoon with his first goal in Werribee colors—a classy snap from the pocket. Werribee then dominated the remainder of the quarter.

Jack Henderson’s 25 disposals, nine clearances, and seven marks earned him the Round 10 Totally Workwear Player of the Round. Nick Hayes sealed the victory with a big contested mark on the goal line, converting Werribee’s third consecutive goal to secure a 17-point win. 

Louis Pinnuck continued his good form with a team-high 28 disposals and 14 marks. Fellow defenders Riley Bice and Jesse Clark also had fantastic afternoons. Bice offering run and carry all day and picking up 23 disposals and seven marks while Clark had ten marks picking up 17 disposals.

FINAL SCORE:
Gold Coast: 5.0 7.5 9.6 11.7 (73)
Werribee: 4.3 8.6 10.9 13.12 (90)

GOALS:
Gold Coast: L. Casboult (4), S. Day (3), B. Ellis (2), J. Rogers (2)
Werribee: J. Henderson (3), H. Garoni (2), J. Dahlhaus, K. Declase, N. Hayes, A. Hicks, A. Johnson, L. Pinnuck, C. Whyte, F. Young

BEST:
Werribee: J. Henderson, J. Clark, R. Bice, H. Grintell, L. Pinnuck, C. Whyte

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Following the bittersweet chapter of our history that was the 2023 season, the story continues and this year we want you back to help us achieve a different ending.Our board, our coaches, our players and our staff are ready to embark on a new season, united in our mission for the ultimate success. The question remains: Are you with us?

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