The Tigers enjoyed a fantastic season, making the Grand Final and looking the goods for much of it until Premiers Narre surged home late in the last term on a wet afternoon.
They administered a few beatings and managed to beat the other three top 4 sides throughout the season.
They started of the year well, narrowly defeating finalists Olinda Ferny Creek by a goal and beating Wandin, who finished third, by 16 points. Round 6 was a bit of a reality check as they went down to Narre Warren by 76 points in a match to be forgotten. They later comfortably beat Olinda Ferny Creek and smashed Wandin to the tune of 50 points in Round 11, before exacting some revenge on Narre Warren in Round 15.
In Round 18 they came up against a helpless Mt Evelyn outfit and Woori Yallock showed no mercy, booting 31.24 to record and an astronomical 199 point victory (210-11).
After defeating Wandin twice during the H&A season, Wandin turned the tables and beat the Tigers by 22, before taking care of business against Olinda Ferny Creek the next week. In the Preliminary Final they pipped Wandin by just seven before losing the Grand Final to Narre Warren who had a brilliant last 45 minutes.
Joshua Neal was excellent up forward, booting 41 goals from 15 games, Zach Monkhorst with 25 from 10, whilst Josh Hawkins, Mitchell Arnold, Kane Thompson and Liam Odea were also busy hitting the scoreboard, all kicking a goal a game.
Liam Odea had a phenomenal year, being named amongst the best on 14 occasions, as did Robert Allen (11 times from 13 games). Kane Thompson also enjoyed a very strong year before injury cut it short.
Odea was deservedly acknowledged in Team of the Year as a follower, as were Robert Allen (CHB) and Robert Swan (INT).
Woori Yallock should be proud of their efforts against a super strong Narre Warren outfit.
If they stick at it, the Tigers should go deep into finals again in 2023.
The reserves also enjoyed their best year in recent times, building on this depth will be crucial to Woori Yallock maintaining future success.
Woori Yallock were a highscoring team however leaked too many goals in defence. They finished 6th with 6 wins and 11 losses (including one forfeit).
They struggled against the top two sides and had tight contests against ROC, Wandin and Monbulk (1-1).
Although they challenged the third, fourth and fifth teams, they lost a few games to lower ranked teams, which didn’t do their final’s chances any good.
Woori recorded the third most goals of the season with 854 (approx. 46 per game) however conceded the most of any team (909 approx 50 per game). If their team defence can improve, then they will pose a big threat for other teams next year.
Elizabeth Murphy finished third in A Grade Premier Division for goals with 508, who was paired well with Mia Sudomirski who shot 249 of her own.
Elizabeth Murphy and Mia Sudomirski (GA) were two of the standout players, as was Alana McGurgan (C), Kyla Kimpton (WD), Brodie West (GD) and Bree Sudomirski (WA).
Alana McGurgan’s fantastic season was acknowledged in team of the year.
In C grade, Woori Yallock struggled and finished last.
Written by Jordan Peeler