VFL Preview – Finals Week 1

Updated: September 3, 2015
Werribee coach John Lamont  Picture: ARJ GIESE
Werribee coach John Lamont Picture: ARJ GIESE

Werribee coach John Lamont Picture: ARJ GIESE

WERRIBEE’S line-up for Saturday’s cut-throat VFL elimination final against Collingwood has been impacted by North Melbourne’s decision to rest a host of stars ahead of its AFL finals campaign.

The Tigers start their fifth consecutive finals series without their leading goal kicker Majak Daw, who’s been called up by the Kangaroos for their final round clash against Richmond tomorrow night.

Werribee have also lost Mason Wood and Kayne Turner to the Kangaroos while Luke McDonald returns to the AFL after sitting out last round.

Ruckman Daniel Currie, midfielder Kieran Harper and defender Scott McMahon are emergencies for the Kangaroos.

In another twist, key Tigers trio Jye Bolton (foot), Scott Sherlock (concussion) and captain Michael Sodomaco (hamstring) will be put through fitness tests tomorrow night before Werribee coach John Lamont finalises his line-up.

The Magpies have named 14 AFL-listed players in its team, which will also be finalised tomorrow night.

Bolton has missed the past seven weeks after suffering a fractured foot but had set himself the goal of returning for Werribee’s first final.

In a positive sign, Lamont said Bolton had run 5km on Tuesday and saw his surgeon on Wednesday to get the final all-clear to return and help the Tigers’ quest.

The 23-year-old has been named on an extended bench and Lamont knows the prolific ballwinner, who has also shown an ability to push forward and kick goals, would be a handy inclusion against the Magpies.

“We’ve got a lot of youth in our team. We’ve provided massive opportunities for young blokes this year which has been wonderful,” Lamont said.

“Bolton’s not a 28-year-old veteran but he’s played finals for Werribee over last three years. This is his fourth year at our club and he’s just got that extra bit of experience so he’d be a massive inclusion for us for sure.”

The Magpies won the only encounter between the two sides this season – by seven goals in Round 9 at Victoria Park after Werribee led by 20 points at half-time.

“We lost our way in that third quarter,” Lamont said.

“We lost three blokes to injuries early in the third quarter and we were probably never going to win because we just ended up with no players (on interchange).

“I’ll go back and have a look what we tried tactically that worked and what didn’t, have a look at what Collingwood is doing now and how we have evolved as a team and then just try and pick the right team and come up with right tactics that differ from our game plan about how were going to beat the Pies.

“Our last month has been really good so we will take a level of confidence into the game. We’re just looking forward to it; it’s a great time of the year to be involved in footy so hopefully we get the job done.”

Ben Speight is scheduled to make his 100th appearance for Werribee on Saturday and Lamont is hoping they can make it a special occasion for the 25-year-old, who spent three seasons at North Melbourne after being drafted from South Australia.

“His game’s gone really well the last couple of weeks and hopefully he can have a big one in his 100th and we can get some team success for him,” Lamont said.

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Collingwood (6th) vs. Werribee (7th) @ North Port Oval, Saturday 12.10pm


B Sherlock Wilson Brett
HB Laracy McMahon Sodomaco
C Fordham Hanson Munro
HF Crichton Porter Maishman
F Hussey Currie Speight
R Wallace Harper Conway
Int Wales* Iles Robinson
Holman Ferrari Bolton
Reid Mihocek King

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