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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.

Tigers on move

 
From the Herald-Sun
Reported by Chris Mitchell

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WERRIBEE coach Simon Atkins has not ruled out using James Podsiadly in defence again this season, after the skipper\'s starring performance against Tasmania last week.

Podsiadly, one of the VFL\'s premier forwards, is second on the goalkicking table with 38.

But he found himself in a rare position - centre half-back - against the Devils at Bellerive Oval last Saturday and may have to get used to the change in scenery.

"He played 10 minutes in the forward end in the second quarter. Podsy was all for it, it was half his idea," Atkins said.

"He\'s 6ft 4, he can mark it and kick it 60m, so it was a strength we wanted to use down at Bellerive."

But was it a one-off?

Dogs' VFL rift grows


18 September 2007   Herald Sun
From the Herald Sun

Reported by Mark Stevens
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TENSION is mounting between the Western Bulldogs and Werribee in the ongoing VFL shake-up.

It is understood Werribee has officially approached the Kangaroos to form an alignment, raising the ire of the Dogs.

It now appears possible the Bulldogs could team with Williamstown after Collingwood announced yesterday that it was splitting with the Seagulls to establish its own VFL team.

There is also an outside chance the Dogs could field a stand-alone VFL team called Footscray.

Werribee blast stuns Geelong

From Sunday Age
Reported by Sean Cusick

WERRIBEE won its fourth match on the trot yesterday, toppling ladder-leading Geelong by 15 points at Skilled Stadium.

The final margin didn't do the Tigers' domination justice, as the Cats booted six unanswered goals in the final 16 minutes.

Before that, the margin had blown out to a whopping 50 points when Werribee spearhead James Podsiadly booted his fourth halfway into the final term.

The Tigers captain finished with 4.4; the same return as Western Bulldogs forward Matthew Robbins, who was lively in attack and fierce at the man when the Cats were on the rebound.

Geelong began strongly, kicking three of the first four goals, including two from Charlie Gardiner, who loomed as an early game-breaker playing on first-year Bulldog Andrejs Everitt.

However, the Tigers lifted their intensity and put on a clinic with a sublime, run-and-handball game. They stunned the Cats with 14 of the next 17 goals to record their most impressive win of the year.

Rusty Grant shines in Werribee upset

From Sunday Herald Sun
Reported by Howard Leigh

THERE was a touch of irony about the comeback of Western Bulldogs champion Chris Grant in Werribee's shock victory over Geelong at Skilled Stadium yesterday.

In his 18th season of AFL football, Grant spent most of his 56 minutes of game time at full-back on 18-year-old Geelong boom recruit Tom Hawkins.

"Yeah, it was a bit ironic to line up on a young fellow who has got his whole future ahead of him," Grant said. "I felt old when I lined up on him."

It was Grant's first competitive match since having surgery three months ago to have pubic bone chips removed from his groin.

He wore a large adhesive protective pad on his left knee, a legacy of past surgery.

The former Bulldogs skipper finished with seven possessions, two marks and two tackles before spending the final quarter on the bench.

Grant, who has played a record 336 games with the Bulldogs, said he felt a little rusty.

"The plan was to play 50-odd minutes in the back line to find some touch and be able to read the play, and go back with the flight of the ball," he said.

"The plan is to play three quarters in next week's VFL game against Port Melbourne and then get back into the Bulldogs side.

"I was pleased to get through the game without any problems."

Werribee's potent forward line, led by Bulldog Matthew Robbins and skipper James Podsiadly, was the catalyst for the win over the ladder leaders.

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