Werribee is expected to meet Port Melbourne in an all-VFL grand final if the Borough defeat Claremont next week.
Mature age North Melbourne recruit Cameron Pedersen was best on ground for the Tigers with 22 disposals, 14 hit outs and two goals, while Majak Daw (16 touches, 13 hit-outs) and Ben McKinley (five goals, 16 touches and six marks) were just as dominant in the win that finished with a six goal final term.
Pedersen will be in the mix for a senior recall against Carlton in a crunch match on Friday night.
Daw again showed plenty of bursts of excitement, none moreso than the spectacular checkside kick from the boundary line. Unfortunately, Nathan Ablett struggled to back up his best on ground performance last week in the VFL and barely had an influence up forward.
Not dissimilar to Williamstown, who won the inaugural competition last year with a strong Western Bulldogs-contingent, the Tigers fielded 10 handy North-listed players yesterday and most of them appeared a couple of cogs ahead of the rest.
Ben Speight and Ben Warren also worked tirelessly in the commanding win which was virtually won after half time. Morningside showed plenty of fight in the first half, although was fortunate to be in the match through Werribee’s bad kicking for goal.
Meanwhile, Richmond president Gary March confirmed on 3AW radio on Saturday that there were “difficulties” in the alignment with the Coburg Tigers and it was looking to cease its relationship with it and form a stand alone team as soon as next season or 2014. It comes as Punt Road Oval undergoes a fundamental refurbishment.
Coburg’s fragile financial situation sees its future precariously placed in the VFL, which is set to undergo a new look of its own from 2014 when a number of AFL clubs alignments expire.