Can finals bring out best in Werribee?

Williamstown bowler Fraser Hay fields a drive from Werribee skipper Tim O'Brien. (Mark Wilson)

By Lance Jenkinson

There seems to be more questions than answers for Werribee ahead of the Victorian Sub-District Cricket Association finals starting on Saturday.

Will the Tigers bare any scars of past failed finals campaigns?

Are their recent disappointing results – three losses in the past four matches – a truer indication of their form or just slight missteps?

Tigers captain-coach Tim O’Brien acknowledged the need to address these questions and more, but he will not be consumed by looking too long into the rearview mirror ahead of a qualifying final with Altona at JK Grant Reserve on Saturday.

“It’s a new season now with finals and we’ll train for that,” he said.

“I’m fully confident we can put it together in the next couple of weeks.

Werribee batsman Matt Dean. Picture Mark Wilson

“We play Altona and we had a good win against them a few weeks ago.”

Werribee fell to fourth on the ladder over the final two weeks of the season.

The Tigers missed their chance of a home final with a five-wicket one-day loss to Williamstown away on Saturday.

Fourth-placed Werribee posted 9-153 with Mathew Palmer top-scoring with 34.

Williamstown reached the target with 19 balls to spare with their skipper Brent McMinn leading the way with 53.

Hoppers Crossing managed an unlikely win over Bayswater, defending a small total of 115.

The Cats bowled out the Bays for just 105. Hoppers Crossing finished seventh, narrowly missing out on the finals on percentage.