Seagulls Lose Flight
The 2015 season has become one in which the Werribee Tigers has buried some long standing hoodoos. Away wins over Port Melbourne, Box Hill Hawks and last weekend over Williamstown, sees the boys from Avalon Airport Oval writing a new page in the club history. The trip to Point Gellibrand has in recent years been a harrowing one for the Tigers, who have not tasted victory there since a star studded Werribee line up beat the Seagulls back in 2008. Conditions are usually windy, cold and wet but this time it was the opposite. A warm spring day presented itself, and the ground was more like that prepared for a cricket game rather than footy.
The day started perfectly with the Tigers Development side having a win over Williamstown, to finish its season on a high. It was just two weeks ago that the sides last met with Williamstown winning by 89 points. Head coach John Lamont was full of praise for the effort.
“It was a terrific way for them to finish the season. The playing group has been crippled with injury and we have had a lot of players from our supplementary list who have played a lot of games. We have had some bad defeats, and it has been tough on the playing group at times. Credit to Dan Fraser and his coaching assistants on the win, and the season in general.”
The senior Tigers were assured of a finals berth before this game, but showed no signs of taking their foot off the pedal, an indication of the character of the side. Lamont admits it was a different day.
“We don’t forget preseason training in the heat, or those hard, hot practice matches, but after 12 weeks of playing and training in 12 and 13 degrees temperatures and in the wet, a warm day really takes the edge off the players. That, and the hardness of the ground, presented some challenges. We held sway for most of the day and probably let a few chances go in that third quarter where we kicked 2.7. Williamstown showed why they are up the top of the ladder in the last quarter, they never gave up and kept coming and coming. In the last month our blokes have answered every challenge. They beat Box Hill, won away at Windy Hill and now at Williamstown. All those teams were above us on the ladder. I think we are giving our supporters value for money."
There is no bigger challenge than the reigning premiers Footscray this Sunday at Avalon Airport Oval. It is the annual Past players Day and Multicultural Day with the game being telecast by Channel 7 and starting at the earlier time of 11.40am.
2015 AFL Victoria Development League
Williamstown: 4.1 6.2 9.4 11.7 (73)
Werribee Tigers: 6.1 10.5 10.7 12.8 (80)
Williamstown: Hetherington 3 Davies 2 Di Ciero Merlo Di Donato Maher Hislop Walshe
Werribee Tigers: Wells 2 King 2 Walson Del Papa Iles Pepper Helliwell Holman Wales Kolang
Williamstown: Hine Myers Carr Hetherington Hislop Locco
Werribee Tigers: Jawad Del Papa Mihocek Holman Wales Pepper
2015 Peter Jackson VFL
Williamstown: 2.3 4.5 7.7 11.7 (73)
Werribee Tigers: 4.4 7.8 9.15 11.22 (88)
Williamstown: Lockwood 5 Conway 2 Curtis Critchley Dunell Bewley
Werribee Tigers: Porter 4 Speight 2 Conway Maishman Daw Wood Hanson
Williamstown: Jolley Lockwood Bese Meese Conway Fahey
Werribee Tigers: Hussey Speight Laracy Crichton Hanson Fordham