Werribee have moved into the top four after defeating the Northern Blues by 29-points in round fifteen of the Peter Jackson VFL season at Visy Park. The loss for the Blues relegated them from the eight and they now face an up-hill battle to regain a spot in it as their topsy-turvy season continues.
The Tigers were inaccurate in front of goal but worked harder around the ground in the cool conditions to win 11.18.84 to the Blues 8.7.55. In an even competition, the clash was critical in the quest for either side to figure deeper into the season.
Werribee began well with goals to Ben Warren and Tom Gribble however the home side booted the remaining four goals in the quarter to lead by nine points at the first change.
It was the Adam Maric and Mason Wood show in the second term with both helping themselves to two goals each for the Tigers. Werribee restricted the Blues to just the one goal coming from Blaine Johnson, his second, and held sway at the main break with an eight point lead - 6.8.44 to 5.6.36.
The Blues suffered a blow during the quarter when key runner, Dylan Buckley, left the field with a hamstring strain.
The third quarter was a tight tussle with goals hard to come by. Blues Irish import, Ciaran Byrne, made the most of an opportunity in the goal square to boot the Blues to within five points at the 24-minute mark.
However Tiger’s bigman, Daniel Currie, marked strongly on the three-quarter-time siren and kicked truly to make the margin eleven points at the final change - 8.12.60 to 7.7.49. A fracas developed on the siren which amounted to little but warming the vocal chords of fans in the outer.
Blue's defender Jack Anthony was moved forward in the final quarter after copping a knock in a clash with Warren during the third term and had an immediate impact, goaling from a mark at the Royal Parade end to reduce the deficit to five points. However, it was to be the last time the Blues would score for the match. The Tigers midfield including Michael Sodomaco and Jye Bolton, 27 disposals, found space while Maric and Wood continued to be damaging around goal.
Maric snared another two for the term to be the leading goalkicker on the ground with four. Wood impressed with his strong marking to finish with three goals while Johnson was the only multiple goalkicker for the Blues with two.
Better players for Werribee included Sodomaco, Brody Mihocek in defence, Maric, Wood and Gribble (35). For the Blues, Kane Lucas (25) is pushing for a recall to the Carlton side, Anthony (22), Patrick Cripps (25) and skipper Brett Bransgrove all worked hard to try and keep their side in the hunt.
Both sides have a week off before round seventeen sees the Tigers at home to Port Melbourne in a mouth-watering clash while the Blues are away to the Casey Scorpions in what could be their last chance at claiming a spot in the eight ahead of the finals.