Cats by a Whisker
It It was a dirty day in more ways than one, as the Tigers hosted the Geelong Cats at Avalon Airport Oval. It was the bitterest of winter days with an icy wind bringing rain and making sure the game was going to be a low scoring, old fashioned slog. One bright point was the state of the ground, twenty years ago it probably would have been a mud heap.
The Tigers started reasonably well and unveiled yet another debutant in Hugh Wales a former Murray Bushranger who has been at the club for three years, so his persistence and hard work has been rewarded. The game will long be remembered for the final siren heroics of Geelong’s Shane Kersten kicking the winning goal to give the Cats a two point victory.
“Terribly disappointing” is how Werribee senior coach John Lamont summed up his thoughts after the loss.
“We made some mistakes in the last quarter for sure, but what the players have got to understand is a mistake in the second or third quarter is just as costly in the end, as those in the dying moments of the game. We had a very young side on the ground and that inexperience was evident at times. We will review things like how we react under pressure. We have got plenty of work to do, but we are looking forward to it”
The task doesn’t get any easier with a home game this Saturday against third placed Sandringham who defeated the Tigers in round 7. The development side had the weekend off and will play the curtain raiser this week at 11am followed by the seniors at 2pm. The Tigers will train Monday, Wednesday and Thursday this week with injury clouds over Jye Bolton and Jesse Crichton from the weekend game.
Werribee Tigers: 3.3 5.5 6.7 7.9 (51)
Geelong Cats: 1.3 2.7 5.9 7.11 (53)
Werribee Tigers: Wood 2 Hanson Speight Sodomaco Porter Harper
Geelong Cats: Bates 2 Kersten 2 Haintz Raidme Luxford
Werribee Tigers: Wilson Holman Hanson Porter Brett Wallace
Geelong Cats: Ruggles Kolodjashnij Horlin-Smith Menzel Smedts Jansen