Ruthless Seagulls swoop Lions
Sam Dunell (pictured) kicked five goals against the Lions in Round 7.
Williamstown surged to its fourth win of the 2019 VFL season with an emphatic 32-point win over Coburg in Round 7.
The Seagulls made their presence felt from the get-go at a breezy Piranha Park, booting the opening eight goals of the game and keeping the Lions at bay thereafter.
The 14.16 (100) to 10.8 (68) win kept the Seagulls on an upward trajectory on the ladder, now sitting fifth with a 4-2 record after six matches.
Ruckman Nick Meese’s 58 hit-outs, seven tackles and 15 touches was destructive in his 100th match as a Seagull.
Adam Marcon (23 disposals and nine tackles) and Willie Wheeler (23 and five) were the highest possession-getters for the Seagulls, while Mitch Hibberd and Nick Mellington were sound all day.
They were supported competently by midfield counterpart Liam Hunt (19 touches and a goal) and defender Jake Greiser who is continuing his strong start to the season.
Debutants Joe Ayton-Delaney and Josh Minogue also impressed, showing plenty of promise throughout the day.
But the show-stealer on a day where there were goals aplenty was Sam Dunell, who booted five goals (four in the first half) and caused plenty of headaches for Lions defenders.
Williamstown was far more clinical with the ball in hand and the proof is in the ruthless first term by the away side, kicking six goals to nothing to establish an early, match-winning 37-point lead - aided by a breeze to the clubroom end.
Jaylon Thorpe and Dunell seemed to continue the onslaught after kicking the opening two goals of the second quarter against the wind.
But the home team woke up to kick the final three goals of the quarter to reel the margin back to 33 points.
The third quarter was reminiscent of the second - the Seagulls again booting the first two goals, only for the Lions to return serve with three more going into the last change of ends.
Marcon, Jason Pongracic, Thorpe and Dunell added to the scoreboard in the final stanza as the Seagulls cruised to their fourth win of the season.
“We were coming off a bye so it’s always really worrying for us having two weeks off,” assistant coach Matt Pearce said post-game.
“We started really well, scored nicely and then coming back into the game - we’re really respectful of Coburg, (they’re a) good side, Patch Adams (Coburg coach Leigh Adams) has got a good group of guys together this year.
“We knew we were going to be in for the fight but (there was) some great contested footy from Adam Marcon, Willie Wheeler and Nick Meese.
“We’re really happy with the win.”
The Seagulls will host the 10th-placed Casey Demons this Sunday at Downer Oval.
Williamstown: 14.16 (100)
Coburg: 10.8 (68)
Dunell 5, Thorpe 2, Ebinger, Hibberd, Hunt, Kennedy, Marcon, Pickess, Pongracic 1