By the Numbers: Werribee’s First 1000 Games

Sunday’s clash with Box Hill is shaping as quite the occasion for Werribee. As well as being the eighth edition of the beyondblue VFL Cup, the match also marks a historic Werribee milestone as the club’s 1000th game.

To mark the occasion of reaching such as significant number, we take a look at some of the other significant numbers that have defined Werribee over its 999 games to date.

The Firsts

First game: April 1965 (vs Sunshine @ Skinner Reserve – lost by 82 points)
First goal: Don Traianon
First win: Round 2, April 1965 (vs Camberwell @ Chirnside Park)

Division 1 Record

Played: 637
Won: 360
Lost: 275
Drawn: 2
Highest score: 36.17.233 (vs Coburg, 1993)
Lowest score: 3.6. 24 (vs Williamstown, 2009)

Division 2 Record

Played: 362
Won: 126
Lost: 231
Drawn: 5

Grand Finals

Senior premiership: 1993
Norm Goss medallist: David Allday (1993)

Liston Trophy Winners

Anthony Eames (1991)
Paul Satterley (1995)
Michael Frost (1998)
James Podsiadly (2008)
Ben Ross (2012)

The People

Presidents: 13
Coaches: 23
Captains: 31
Players: 869

100-Game Players (29)

Joskun Aziz – 106 games, 1993-1998
James Bourke – 108 games, 1971-1981
Henry Button – 108 games, 1968-1974
Andrew Button – 130 games, 1989-2000
Robert Castello – 169 games, 2004-2013 (games record holder)
Trent Churchill – 108 games, 1996-2003
Steven Douglas – 124 games, 1973-1983
Jeremy Dyer – 111 games, 1986-2002
Anthony Eames – 100 games, 1991-1997
Scott Faulkner – 100 games, 1998-2002
Lynton Fitzpatrick – 125 games, 1990-1997
Dominic Gleeson – 137 games, 2004-2011
Paul Gudde – 109 games, 1979-1989
Teghan Henderson – 125 games, 2002-2010
Martin Jack – 106 games, 1975-1982
Kevin Leece – 111 games, 1971-1981
David Lyons – 126 games, 1966-1981
Michael McMaster – 130 games, 1988-1994
David Mitchell – 111 games, 1999-2004
James Podsiadly – 109 games, 2003-2008
James Puli – 104 games, 1994-2001
Travis Robertson – 135 games, 2000-2006
Nathan Saunders – 123 games, 1996-2002
Scott Sherlock - 106 games, 2010-2016
Shaun Smith – 100 games, 1994-2004
Ben Speight - 104 games, 2009-2016
Adam Taylor – 101 games, 1995-2001
Ben Warren – 100 games, 2008-2014
Sam Wormald – 110 games, 2006-2014
Robert Young – 110 games, 1970-1981

100-Goal Kickers (23)

Joskun Aziz – 372 goals, 1993-1998
Andrew Button – 151 goals, 1989-2000
Robert Castello – 179 goals, 2004-2013
Trent Churchill – 103 goals, 1996-2003
Peter Henley – 114 goals in 52 games, 1967-1969
Kevin Leece – 406 goals, 1971-1981 (club record holder)
David Lyons – 181 goals, 1966-1981
Donald McDonald – 105 goals in 58 games, 1993-1996
Ben McKinley – 122 goals in 52 games, 2011-2013
David Mitchell – 271 goals, 1999-2004
Frank Mitchell – 113 goals in 70 games, 1973-1978
Phillip O'Keefe – 125 goals in 50 games, 1990-1994
James Podsiadly – 315 goals, 2003-2008
Richard Raeburn – 102 goals in 88 games, 1990-1994
Michael Redenbach – 100 goals in 81 games, 1981-1986
Alan Richardson – 139 goals in 72 games, 1982-1986
Nathan Saunders – 115 goals, 1996-2002
Stephen Sells – 243 goals, 72 games (1988-1992)
Larry Simmons – 128 goals in 49 games, 1981-1983
Shaun Smith – 119 goals, 1984-2004
Darryl Taylor – 194 goals in 75 games, 1986-1996
Ben Warren – 191 goals, 2008-2014
Patrick Wiggins – 107 goals in 74 games, 2000-2004

Special mention to Norm Mitchell: 99 goals in 38 games, 1972-1976

Werribee’s 1000th game kicks off at 2pm at Box Hill City Oval on Sunday and follows the Development League match at 11am.

IMAGE (left to right): Club games record holder Rob Castello; club leading goalkicker Kevin Leece; and 2008 Liston Trophy winner James Podsiadly.

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