A Tigers Win was Never in Doubt
The Werribee Tigers proved too strong, too quick, and too talented for the Richmond Tigers at Avalon Airport Oval last Saturday. Werribee Senior Coach John Lamont was keen to get away early.
“A good start was important, and we were confident if we started well we could maintain it. Our aim was to get some ascendency around the stoppages as Shaun Hampson wasn’t playing, and he is a good ruckman at VFL level, so we wanted to get some early scoreboard pressure. We did that which was really pleasing”
Keeping Richmond to just 5 goals was another tick in the book for the group, especially the back 6 for Lamont.
“The team within the team, worked well. Where do I have to defend next? Where is the dangerous space? They help each other and they did that really well. On the transition to attack they really made the Richmond forwards defend our blokes They would be pretty pleased with their work as a group, especially without Scott McMahon. He has played over 100 games of AFL footy, so they stepped up in his absence and took on more responsibility”
One of the shining lights on the day was Josh Porter, the number 18 who was not listed in the VFL Record but certainly was noticed by everyone as the game progressed. The senior coach maps out his journey to Werribee.
“Josh Porter- He came through the Murray Bushrangers program. At the end of that he was living at Wangaratta and travelled to Corrawa each day to work in a piggery to get some money together, and he was playing with Wangaratta in the Ovens and Murray league At the end of 2013 he used the money he had saved to travel overseas through South America. We had his name and we had made ourselves known to him as a club. He was traipsing thru Peru or somewhere, and I got onto him on facebook. I wanted to know when he was coming back and was he keen to play footy. He came back and played 12 games last year. At the end of last season he travelled again, went to Africa with his brother. When he got back he was keen to go again. He missed a lot of pre season and then had an unfortunate injury. He jarred his knee and damaged the meniscus, and that is an operation straight away, so he missed 8 or 9 weeks with that. He has played 2 in the Development league and he was ahead of where we thought he would be. He was showing so much we put him in. There would have been AFL clubs watching him and been impressed. He is bigger than Majak, and he is deceptively quick, and he just launches himself at the footy in marking contests. We have real confidence in him that he will be able to maintain that sort of play”
Overall the coach took many positives from the game “We didn’t want to see Richmond kick 4 or 5 late goals and get up to 9 or 10 goals we wanted a hardnosed approach. Our ball movement has gone up a level. We are working on putting the opposition under pressure when we have the ball, make them defend and make them chase us. That is coming together well”
In the Development game Werribee had a disappointing loss to Williamstown and will play Frankston next Saturday night at 6pm at Avalon Airport Oval. The seniors travel to Victoria Park to play Collingwood Sunday at 11am.
2015 AFL Victoria Development League
Werribee Tigers: 2.3 2.5 3.8 6.12 (48)
Williamstown: 4.2 11.6 13.7 16.12 (108)
Werribee Tigers: Del Papa Killworth Christensen Helliwell Munro Krithararis
Williamstown: Bench 5 Conway 5 Carr Critchley Davies Walker Monk Bewley
Werribee Tigers: Munro Holman Iles Maddock Ferrari Jago
Williamstown: Conway Carr Fahey Walker Locco Hislop
2015 Peter Jackson VFL
Werribee Tigers: 6.6 9.11 14.13 19.19 (133)
Richmond Tigers: 1.4 3.5 3.7 5.7 (37)
Werribee Tigers: Porter 3 Speight 3 Robinson 2 Currie 2 Conway 2 Turner 2 Daw 2 L.Adams A.Adams Redfern
Richmond Tigers: Lloyd 3 McBean Lennon
Werribee Tigers: Porter Conway Bolton Currie Laracy Robinson
Richmond Tigers: Lloyd Cachia Gordon Newman Elton