Tigers claim big scalp

Updated: July 26, 2015
Werribee coach John Lamont  Picture: ARJ GIESE
John Lamont

Werribee coach John Lamont. Picture ARJ GIESE

WERRIBEE has produced a major form turnaround to gain a significant break on the chasing pack inside the VFL top eight after stunning top side Box Hill Hawks today.

With their spot on the line following consecutive defeats, the Tigers responded to score their second win over the Hawks this season and open up a two-game buffer on ninth-placed Port Melbourne.

The hard-fought 9.12 (66) to 7.11 (53) victory at Avalon Airport Oval also effectively ends Geelong’s hopes of a top eight finish.

The Cats are now three games behind Werribee in 11th spot following their 13-point loss to Essendon on Saturday, where they were overrun in the final term by the Bombers.

The experience of veteran North Melbourne defender Scott McMahon was important in the Tigers win while coach John Lamont also highlighted the performances of Jake Wilson, who nullified Sam Grimley, and Nathan Laracy as instrumental.

“We spoke about that we’re playing for our footy survival so to speak each week now because those teams (below us) are coming at us,” Lamont said after the game.

“A month ago we’re wanting to push to finish in the top four. But then we lose a couple in a row and we’re only a game inside the eight. We know that we’ve got a tough draw – today we played the top team and then we play all the teams above us.

“So critical today’s effort. Pleased with the start kicking into a breeze then to have a buffer at half-time and then basically maintained it for the second half.”

Ben Speight and Kieran Harper both kicked two goals for the Tigers while youngsters Matthew Brett, Will Fordham impressed along with Brayden Norris.

Lamont said the discipline of the playing group to stick to the team structures paid dividends today.

“The method of our game plan the previous two weeks in our narrow two losses, we just didn’t get enough of it done at the right level,” Lamont said.

“You pay the price by getting beaten. We were a bit more consistent today and you win. I thought our effort against Sandringham was good, but we made too many mistakes and that cost us the game – the same with the Geelong game.”

The Tigers travel to Cranbourne next Sunday for a crucial clash against the Casey Scorpions, who sit just above them on the ladder by percentage.

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