A Touch of Class
Werribee Tigers – the North Melbourne VFL affiliate and last year’s FOXTEL Cup grand finalist – had seven North Melbourne players in their team when they took on Queanbeyan Tigers in Round 1 of the FOXTEL Cup competition last Tuesday evening and the gulf in class showed.
Jordan Gysberts, Will Sierakowski and Taylor Hine – North’s three emergencies from last Sunday’s heartbreaking loss to Adelaide – led the way. The Werribee team asserted its dominance on the contest early, demonstrating its immense tackling pressure and speedy transition through the middle of the ground.
Queanbeyan responded in the second term, but were unable to maintain the effort throughout match, conceding seven goals in the final quarter.
Gysbert was a standout performance in Werribee’s 85-point FOXTEL Cup win.
He switched clubs from Melbourne during last year’s trade period, and was industrious through the midfield, gathering 22 disposals, four clearances and four inside-50s – mostly before three-quarter time.
The NEAFL Tigers Premiership outfit were far from disgraced.
After a three goal burst by Werribee in the opening 5 minutes of play, Werribee did not score another goal until late in the first quarter as Queanbeyan adjusted to the hype of the moment and the quality of opposition they were up against.
Toby Conroy’s late arrival at the ground due to airport disruptions in Sydney did the visitors no favours but once he took the field of play there was a different tempo about the game.
The second term was a dour affair with only one goal apiece being scored but the damage had been done in the opening term and Queanbeyan were not able to convert opportunities that would close the gap sufficiently to worry the Melbourne based Tigers going into the second half.
Indeed Werribee had much of the play throughout the game and had they been more accurate a larger score may have been posted.
2013 FOXTEL Cup in Melb 015-600
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2013 FOXTEL Cup in Melb 039-600