Tigers’ second-half blitz seals victory

Victorious Werribee Districts coach Paul Chapman. Picture Damjan Janevski

Werribee Districts blew in-form Albion away after half-time to win by 65 points in Western Region Football League division 1 at Soldiers Reserve on Saturday.

The Tigers led by just four points after a tight first-half struggle but piled on 11 goals to two in the second to crush Albion, which had upset premiership favourite Deer Park a week earlier.

Matthew Wilkinson (five goals) and Andrew Panayi (four) were dangerous in front of goal for the Tigers, while Lachlan McDowell, in the midfield, wrapped up best-afield honours.

The Tigers are on top of the ladder on percentage with the same 3-1 record as Hoppers Crossing and Deer Park.

They will face Deer Park for the first time since last year’s grand final disappointment on the road at John McLeod Oval on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Wyndhamvale is licking its wounds after a disappointing 88-point loss to St Albans at Kings Park Reserve. The Falcons had been competitive until the Saints stunningly reeled off 10 goals to nil in the third quarter.

In division 2, Glenorden’s season sparked to life with a 132-point shellacking of Albanvale at Heathdale Reserve. It was the Hawks’ first win of the season, one that significantly improved their percentage after consecutive losses to the top three sides.

Bailey James was superb for the Hawks with eight goals, while Jonathan Miller, Stefan Angelini and Jake Pettitt were at the forefront of the victory.

In division 3, Tarneit defended top spot with a 31-point win on a difficult trip to North Sunshine. The Titans booted six goals to one after half-time with Corey Mackey (four goals), Jake Styles (three) and John Whitehouse prominent.

Sanctuary Lakes had to come from behind at three-quarter time to defeat Braybrook by 24 points. Steven Neralic and Michael Hall snared three goals each for the Sharks.

Wyndham Suns ran out of gas late to lose away to Sunshine Heights by 22 points.