WERRIBEE snapped a three-game losing streak and secured a spot in the VFL finals after a workmanlike 25-point victory against Frankston on Sunday.
After Geelong defeated Essendon on Friday night, the Tigers ventured to Frankston Oval with the knowledge they had to prevail to book a ticket to the finals.
The visitors led by 15 points at half-time before increasing that advantage to 37 points at the final change.
The Dolphins had the better of the final stanza, but the Tigers claimed a 15.13 (103) to 12.6 (78) victory, their 10th for the season.
Werribee, which finished sixth, will now face North Ballarat in a cutthroat final at North Port Oval on Sunday.
“We went there with an expectation that we would win but Frankston has been super competitive all year,” a relieved Tigers coach John Lamont said.
“I was probably cautiously optimistic, knowing that we’d have to just keep it simple and not be too result focused — just make sure that minute-by-minute we were playing how we should have.
“Ten goals to eight at half-time I wasn’t really happy with. I felt they just got some easy goals that we needed to prevent.
“When the rain arrived I thought we probably adjusted to the conditions better than Frankston.”
Daniel Currie, Ben Speight, Scott McMahon and Jamie Macmillan piloted the success. Jye Bolton and Addam Maric each contributed three goals.
Lamont said Werribee produced a mixed performance.
“There was some good, some bad and some indifferent,” he said.
“We were definitely better. We’ve still got some things to work on, of course. We just need to have a good week on the track.
“We’ve got a winnable game now. Of course in finals anything can happen. Hopefully we can give a really good account of ourselves.”
The Tigers defeated North Ballarat by 22 points when the pair met in Round 13.
The Roosters will be smarting after being on the receiving end of a 111-point hammering from minor premier Port Melbourne in the final round of the home-and-away season.
“We’ve got to match their midfield,” Lamont said.
“Nick Peters, Liam Anthony, Nick Couch, Trent Dumont. They bat reasonably deep through that midfield area.”