It’s Tiger time

Updated: July 9, 2015
Werribee coach John Lamont hopes history doesn't repeat in 2015. Picture: ARJ GIESE.
Werribee coach John Lamont hopes history doesn't repeat in 2015. Picture: ARJ GIESE.

Werribee coach John Lamont hopes history doesn’t repeat in 2015. Picture: ARJ GIESE.

WERRIBEE coach John Lamont would look at the VFL ladder and get a sense of déjà vu.

His Tigers were in almost the identical position at this stage last season, sitting in third spot on the ladder with an 8-4 win-loss record.

But they only won two of their last six matches – including three consecutive losses – and needed to win the last round to scrape into the top eight, which they did.

This season the Tigers are among a log jam of sides chasing a top four spot and face a tough stretch of matches that will determine if they’ll be part of the September action again.

Werribee hosts Geelong tomorrow followed by Sandringham (fifth) and top side Box Hill, who they beat earlier in the season, with away trips against Essendon (third) and Williamstown (second) in their final month.

“We’ve got a really tough draw so if we end up in the top four then our boys will deserve to be there without a doubt,” Lamont told K-ROCK

Lamont said he and his coaching staff have tried to address the side’s poor third quarters that have dogged them in recent weeks.

Lapses probably cost them victories against Collingwood and the Northern Blues while, even though the Tigers defeated Coburg last round, they again allowed their opponents back into the match in the third term.

Lamont said the onus was on the players to be able to read the situation on-field and react accordingly if their opponents are getting on top.

“In both games we lost we’ve gone in at half-time in front and you would imagine the opposition coach has put it on a few blokes and maybe tinkered with a couple of things,” Lamont said.

“Then, out on the ground, we haven’t really responded well enough to that. There’s going to ebbs and flows in a game, but when the opposition are coming at you you’ve got to be able to hold your nerve.

“That’s the main thing we’ve spoken about; just understanding the feel for the game. We need to be better in the third quarter based on the last three weeks, but we don’t want it to become a phobia either.”

Werribee’s current ladder position is impressive given their injury list. The Tigers have lost Tom Gribble (leg), Jake Sharp (knee) and Aaron Christensen (arm) for the rest of the season.

Emerging defender Brody Mihocek (foot) will be sidelined for at least this week while recruits Isaac Conway and Joe Redfern along with Aiden Adams – who’s been their 23rd man – are also on their injury list.

Lamont said they’ve also lost North Melbourne-listed trio Leigh Adams, Ed Vickers-Willis and Daniel Nielson for the rest of the season.

“Vickers-Willis and Nielson, we were expecting they would be in defence for us which would increase the competitiveness amongst our group, but they’ve had season-ending injuries,” Lamont said.

“The playing group has shown a good level of resilience. We’re pleased with where we’re at, but there’s no doubt we would have liked to have more players available.”

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