Wild weather brought an unexpected end to Werribee’s final practice match of the year on Saturday, with the Tigers forced to abandon their clash with the Casey Demons at Casey Fields in the final term.
Trailing by six goals at the final change, the Tigers had been hoping to take advantage of a roaring tailwind and drag themselves back into game, but a huge downpour and the threat of lightning put paid to those plans, with both teams agreeing to call time early in the final quarter.
The match had begun under glorious blue skies, albeit with a strong wind blowing from the north, and Casey took full advantage of the breeze in the first term to clear out to a 29-point lead.
The Tigers then failed to capitalise on their turn with the advantage, only pulling the margin back by nine points in the second term after some costly errors allowed Casey to kick four goals into wind.
Werribee consolidated after the main change with a two-goal-to-five third term, setting the platform for a big final charge before the storm set in and brought a premature end to the match without any addition to the three-quarter-time score.
Senior coach John Lamont was disappointed to be denied an opportunity to have a run at it in the final term, but he acknowledged the Demons were clearly the better team on the day.
“It was our turn to kick with the wind, but I felt Casey had been a bit steadier over the course of the day,” Lamont said.
“We didn't defend well enough when we had the breeze. We used it okay in the second quarter, but we didn't defend well enough.”
Having kicked six goals in his previous two senior practice matches, Nick Larkey was again a key figure up forward, adding a further two goals to his pre-season tally.
Cam Zurhaar and Sunbury Kangaroos recruit Tom Ellard also finished with two goals, Zurhaar also setting up a Ben McKay major with a brilliant run down the wing.
Earlier in the day, the Tigers’ development side skipped out to an early lead before Casey piled on eight goals in the second term to take control of the match, the Demons going on to win by 42 points.
With the pre-season fixture now complete, all attention turns to Torquay, where Werribee will kick off its 2017 VFL campaign against Geelong on Easter Sunday.
Senior Match (Abandoned)
Casey Demons: 5.5 9.8 13.12 13.12 (90)
Werribee: 1.0 6.6 8.6 8.6 (54)
Werribee: Nick Larkey 2, Cam Zurhaar 2, Tom Ellard 2, Matt Hanson, Ben McKay
Casey Demons: 1.0 9.2 12.4 18.5 (113)
Werribee: 5.1 6.2 9.4 11.5 (71)
Werribee: Jason Robinson 2, Billy Iles 2, Harry Boyd 2, Josh Corbett 2, Harry Kershaw, Brad Xavier, Anthony Liberatore