Werribee suffered its fourth consecutive loss and seventh for the season by under three goals on Sunday morning against a strong Richmond outfit at Punt Road Oval.
Richmond: 4.5 5.9 8.14 11.15 (81)
Werribee: 2.1 4.3 7.4 10.4 (64)
Richmond: D. Butler 2, J. Caddy 2, L. Baker, B. Grewar, J. Townsend, J. Aarts, W. Coates, S. Morris, L. Street
Werribee: R. Kemp 2, N. Coughlan 2, T. Gribble, M. Munro, D. Brew, K. Declase, J. Maishman, J. Riccardi
Richmond: J. Caddy, C. Menadue, C. Coleman-Jones, J. Townsend, D. Butler, W. Coates
Werribee: B. Malual, N. Coughlan, T. Gribble, L. Pinnuck, D. Brew, R. Kemp
HOW IT HAPPENED
Ryan Kemp helped Werribee get off to a flying start with two goals in the first half of the opening quarter, but Richmond responded with three in a row to take a 16-point lead into the break. Wintery conditions swept over Punt Road Oval and settled in for the remainder of the contest. Late goals to Matt Munro and Tom Gribble restored the quarter time deficit at the main break. Richmond slammed on back-to-back goals inside five minutes of the third term, before majors to stand-in skipper Dom Brew and Nick Coughlan once again brought the margin back to 16 points at the final change.
Coughlan’s second in the opening minute of the fourth term closed the gap to ten points, but that would be as close as the ‘big W’ would get as Richmond answered every challenge to hang on for a 17-point victory.
Bior Malual impressed with his clean hands and composure in the scrappy affair, while Gribble, Brew and Joe Maishman fought hard in the clinches against premiership Tigers Josh Caddy, Jacob Townsend and Dan Butler.
Nick Coughlan: 18 disposals at 84% efficiency, two goals, five rebound-50s, five tackles
Tom Gribble: 29 disposals, 16 contested possessions, eight clearances, seven tackles, a goal
Bior Malual: 15 disposals, four marks, three inside-50s
Dom Brew: 24 disposals, 18 contested possessions, 11 tackles, eight clearances, a goal.
Werribee vs Port Melbourne
Sunday 20 July
2pm at Avalon Airport Oval