Werribee beat the top side and the trying conditions for a very important win.
While one moment does not decide a game of football it can sometimes encapsulate the importance of the result. Nathan Laracy, he of the Ned Kelly beard, took a mark in the third quarter that was one for the ages in terms of courage, commitment and good old fashioned guts.Running back with the flight of the ball, his Box Hill opponent charging towards him and a free Box Hill player running into goal waiting for the spoils- Lara took a blinder- a game definer.
Four home games in four weeks were looking like a poisoned chalice, rather than a season defining month. A win over Coburg was followed by two deflating losses to Geelong and Sandringham. The challenge of top of the ladder Box Hill Hawks was not one that looked very appertising to supporters but the coaches and players ate it up. The heavens open up before the first bounce and the weather had more twists and turns than an episode of Dancing with the Stars. A howling gale one minute followed by blazing sunshine and more rain to follow.
Senior Coach John Lamont was satisfied with the win.
“It was a terrific effort into the breeze in the first quarter, we kicked the first two goals and held them to two, and it was a two to three goal breeze. That really helped set it up and the second quarter where we scored 5 goals to 2 gave us a good lead which we maintained in the second half. The attitude was right from the start. I was probably a bit disappointed that we kicked 1.5 in the last quarter. It was a really positive game and a much needed 4 points. No doubt having Sherlock, Sodomaco, Hansen and McMahon come back in helped. Having those steadier heads in there, and I am taking nothing away from our younger players, but that bit more experience made a lot of difference”
Werribee won the beyondblue cup presented to skipper Michael Sodomaco after the game by Sam Walker from beyondblue (picture Wade Archer)
The Tigers travel to Casey this Sunday to take on the Scorpions who sit right above them on the ladder in 7th spot, also on 32 points and very little difference in percentage. Lamont using a different approach in the build up this week
“We have a 7 day break so we will train Tuesday and Thursday at Avalon Airport Oval and Saturday morning at Arden Street which we have never done in my time. It is just a bit different and freshens things up a bit”
2015 Peter Jackson VFL
Werribee Tigers: 2.0 7.5 8.7 9.12 (66)
Box Hill Hawks: 2.1 4.4 6.10 7.11 (53)
Werribee Tigers: Harper 2 Speight 2 Reid McMahon Wood Norris Maishman
Box Hill Hawks: O'Brien Simpkin Howe Pittonet Willsmore Tatupu Exon
Werribee Tigers: McMahon Wilson Laracy Brett Norris Fordham
Box Hill Hawks: Anderson Sicily Heatherley O'Donnell Fisher Collins
2015 AFL Victoria Development League
Werribee Tigers: 0.1 2.5 4.5 4.14 (38)
Box Hill Hawks: 7.5 9.8 12.10 15.12 (102)
Werribee Tigers: Helliwell 2 Strnak Pepper
Box Hill Hawks: Williams 3 Jones 2 Traynor 2 Switkowski 2 Sullivan 2 Dimasi Sheridan-Ferrie Murphy Franetic
Werribee Tigers: Jawad Maddock Wales Robinson O'Shea Strnak
Box Hill Hawks: Murphy Williams Dimasi Gibson Monkhorst Evans