Seagulls pick up fifth straight win
Williamstown has all but sewn up a top four spot after defeating Coburg by 65 points at Piranha Park earlier today.
The win was the Seagulls' fifth straight, with the travelling team booting 14 goals to four after quarter time to set up the 16.23 (119) to 8.6 (54) victory.
With just three games remaining in the home and away season, Williamstown have locked away their place in another finals series, with only a catastrophic drop in form and percentage preventing them from securing a top four spot now.
Coburg got the jump on their opponents in the opening term, getting out to a 19-point lead before Williamstown brought it back to two goals at the first break.
Kicking with the aid of a breeze in the second term, Williamstown quickly snuffed out the deficit and by halftime held a three-goal lead.
Williamstown's dominance continued into the third term as the Seagulls smaller brigade began to rise to the top, with the likes of Ben Cavarra and Lachlan Schultz causing havoc up forward amongst the Lions defence.
While a touch of inaccuracy plagued Williamstown in the final term, the Seagulls continued to add to their already healthy margin, running out the game as 65-point winners.
Crafty small forward Ben Cavarra played his best game in the blue and gold, booting five goals (a season high for any Seagull) and providing plenty of defensive and inside 50 pressure. His bag of goals sees him overtake Arryn Siposs as the club's leading goal kicker so far this season. He was well helped by fellow small forward Lachlan Schultz, who kicked two goals and also showed plenty of acrobatics in the air.
Hard-nosed defender Jack Charleston was the pick of the Seagulls backmen, with his attack on the footy as impressive as ever and keeping the likes of the dangerous Kerbatieh quiet for most of the game.
Williamstown's engine room was in full flight also, with the ever consistent Michael Gibbons, Willie Wheeler and Ben Jolley dominating on the inside and ensuring that the Seagulls forwards were getting plenty of supply. Jolley will now look forward to game number 250 next weekend against Werribee.
The Seagulls now go into next Sunday's home clash against Werribee just needing one more win to ensure a home final.
Coburg: 8.6 (54)
Williamstown: 16.23 (119)
Goals: Cavarra 5, Schultz 2, Masters, Wheeler, Dunell, Chisari, Faulks, Davies, Bewley, Pongracic, Sing.
Best: Cavarra, Gibbons, Marcon, Schultz, Charleston, Jolley.
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