Werribee Tigers news

Thommo’s day out

From Star Newspapers
Reported by Tim Doutré
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WERRIBEE may have showed good form in the past couple of weeks but on Sunday against VFL rivals Williamstown they were a disappointment.

That was the word from Werribee coach Simon Atkins after his side’s 59-point round 12 thumping at Chirnside Park, 14.12.96 to 24.11.155.

Media No.1 for Nathan Thompson

From the Herald-Sun
Reported by Chris Mitchell
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NATHAN Thompson has defended his decision to put his media work ahead of his football. The Werribee forward, who has also joined the Tigers as forwards coach after 179 games for Hawthorn and North Melbourne, arrived 10 minutes into the first quarter at Williamstown last week after dashing from Richmond, where he was a panellist on Channel 9's Sunday Footy Show.

Werribee Tigers prowling for Falcons after the draft

From the Geelong Advertiser
Reported by Joel Cresswell

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This is the message the VFL club is pushing in the Geelong region, stepping up its claim as the key local pathway back to the AFL.

Werribee has launched a bid to have its TAC Cup feeder-club, the Falcons, play several curtain-raisers before home games next year.

Throughout the pre-season, the Tigers will also hold one of their tri-weekly training sessions at Little River, with Geelong-based players allowed to spend another session locally with the Falcons.

The club will also advertise to support its campaign.

Werribee's lure is its presence in both the VFL senior and reserve competitions, while it maintains only a part-time allegiance with an AFL club.

Chirnside Oval gets funding boost

From the VFL Official website
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Wyndham’s sports lovers will be kicking goals with Chirnside Oval receiving $700,000 in funding to be used for improvements at the ground.

The State Government has committed $500,000 in funding and AFL Victoria has committed $200,000.  The money is part of the Improving Community Access to VFL Grounds Initiative and will be used to make several improvements to the facilities at Chirnside Oval.

Wyndham Council will project manage and undertake works that are approved by the State Government and AFL Victoria.

The works will include the installation of:

Ground lighting upgrades

Spectator shade structures

An electronic scoreboard

Terrace seating and

Goal netting.

James Podsiadly caps week with J.J. Liston Trophy

From the Herald-Sun
Reported by Chris Mitchell

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JAMES Podsiadly's week just got a whole lot bigger.

A day after booting eight goals against Casey Scorpions to lead Werribee to a VFL preliminary final, the Tigers captain last night won the league best-and-fairest, the J. J. Liston Trophy.

In a thrilling vote count at Moonee Valley, the star forward polled one vote for booting seven goals in the 66-point win at Bendigo in Round 19 to finish with 16 votes and pip Sandringham skipper Peter Summers and Williamstown captain Brett Johnson by a solitary vote.

Johnson missed the votes in the final-round Williamstown-Werribee clash at Burbank Oval, while Summers failed to poll in Sandy's home loss to North Ballarat, handing Podsiadly victory.

J.J. Liston Medal won by Werribee\'s James Podsiadly

Congratulations James Podsiadly
2008 J.J. Liston Medallist
Picture taken by Zebraman

Congratulations James Podsiadly - 2008 J.J. Liston Medallist

In a close  vote count held at Moonee Valley Racecourse, Werribee Captain James Podsiadly was voted the competitions most prestigious award as the Best and Fairest player.

Podsiadly narrowly missed out on the goal-kicking award, the Frosty Miller medal at seasons end to prolific VFA/VFL forward Nick Sautner.

Podsiadly (16 Votes) finished just one vote ahead of Peter Summers from Sandringham and Brett Johnson from Williamstown who shared second place with 15 votes.  The Dolphins Paul Kennedy also polled strongly, polling 14 votes, reflecting his strong season.

Glen Carrick from the Coburg Tigers took out the A. Todd medal for Reserves Best and Fairest earlier in the night.

Final Votes:

James Podsiadly (Werribee) - 16 Votes
Peter Summers (Sandringham) - 15 Votes
Brett Johnson (Williamstown) - 15 Votes
Paul Kennedy (Frankston) - 14 Votes
Greg Tivendale (Coburg) - 14 Votes
Brett Goodes (Nth Ballarat) - 14 Votes

A milestone match-winner

From The Age
Reported by Michael Sharkie
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VFL stalwart James Podsiadly celebrated his 100th game in style yesterday, almost single-handedly lifting Werribee to the most unlikely of victories over Frankston at Chirnside Park.

Podsiadly took an amazing 15 marks, gathered 18 possessions and kicked five goals as the Tigers overcame a six-goal deficit to win by five points and continue their climb up the VFL ladder.

Although in control early, Werribee went missing in the second term as the Dolphins slammed on six unanswered goals while holding the home side to just four behinds. The torrent of goals forced Werribee coach Simon Atkins to send Podsiadly into defence to try to curb the flow.